Paleo-Friendly & Gluten-Free Maple Bacon Donuts

Oh yes, I did! You thought it would never happen. It did! Don’t wait, just bake!

Coffee and donuts anyone?

If you’re not paleo, a gluten-free maple and bacon donut might seem a bit bizarre. Just think of it this way: pancakes, maple syrup, and bacon. All breakfast flavors you love, right? Well, here they are together in one glorious glazed donut!

But here’s the deal. We’re not allowed to have a lot of sweets on the paleo plan. That’s just how it goes. But if you’re like me and my hubby, we’ve stuck pretty close to the paleo rulebook for awhile – going on 8 months now. We believe we’re entitled to a little treat every now and then. How about you?

Or maybe you’re not paleo at all, and just want to enjoy treats that are gluten-free and contain no processed sugars. Well, you’ve hit the jackpot with this recipe!

No deep-fat fryer required. Just mix and bake in a simple donut pan.

Obviously, this is not a nutritious breakfast recipe. This is definitely a dessert that’s gluten-free and paleo-friendly. 

So here’s a little backstory on the donuts… I lived in the Northwest for a long time. If you’re a northwesterner too, you’ve probably heard of VooDoo Doughnuts in Portland, Oregon. They serve crazy, awesome, full-on, wheat and refined sugar donuts.

In fact, they’re so good, the minute they open the doors to their hole-in-the-wall on 3rd Avenue, a line forms around the block.

Make these and your friends could start queuing up at your kitchen like Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland!

One of their bestsellers is a maple bar with bacon. Seriously? What could be better than that?

So that’s where I got my inspiration. I wanted to make a paleo version of VooDoo’s popular treat. I admit I stepped outside the box with this one, but I can honestly say, I love it!

What’s special about these donuts? There are actually little bits of bacon inside the donut. You take a bite, taste the sweet cake along with a little salty-smokey flavor from the bacon.

Oh my goodness…I think you’ll go hog-wild over the flavor of these.

And if that wasn’t enough, I used a little more bacon as sprinkles on top of the sweet maple glaze! Boom!

There you have it! The perfect paleo-friendly, maple bacon donut…completely gluten-free and refined sugar-free!

Keep in mind you will need a donut baking pan of some kind to pull these off. There are steel, aluminum and silicone donut baking pans out there. Here’s our affiliate link to one brand on Amazon.com.

Hope you enjoy this donut recipe!

 

paleo and gluten-free baked donuts with a maple-flavored glaze and bacon sprinkles

Paleo-Friendly and Gluten-Free Glazed Maple & Bacon Donuts

by Trina
You can easily bake your own maple-flavored glazed donuts with bacon inside and sprinkled on top — this one's amazing!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 7 donuts

Equipment

  • donut baking pan

Ingredients
  

Donut Ingredients

  • 4 eggs – whisked
  • 1 3/4 cups almond flour
  • 2 tbs coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup raw maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil – melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup bacon bits about 6-8 pieces, fried and crumbled

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup raw maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp of palm shortening
  • About 6 pieces of bacon crumbled for bacon “sprinkles” on top of donuts

Instructions
 

Donut Instructions (see separate glaze instructions below)

  • Preheat oven to 350º F
  • Grease donut pan
  • In a medium bowl mix dry ingredients. almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt
  • In another bowl, mix all the wet ingredients: eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients, and stir thoroughly to combine
  • Gently stir in bacon bits
  • Get a large Ziplock bag and pour the batter into it. Release the air and seal the bag.
  • Cut off a corner and pipe the donut batter into the donut pan. Fill each mold about 2/3 full
  • Tap the pan on the counter to make sure the top is even
  • Bake for about 20 min or until a toothpick comes out clean (oven cooking times vary)
  • Allow to cool, then remove donuts and place on wire rack until you’re ready to glaze

Glaze Instructions

  • In a bullet or a good blender combine all the glaze ingredients
  • It should be the consistency of a thick glaze – like you’d normally find on a donut
  • Make sure the donuts have completely cooled before glazing
  • Dip one side of the donuts in the glaze and return to the wire rack.
  • Sprinkle with bacon crumbles
  • Makes somewhere between 6-8 glazed maple-bacon donuts

Notes

 
 
 
Keyword donuts, doughnuts, paleo-friendly, gluten-free, bacon, maple, bake

Join the Conversation

  1. I made these as muffins, and they were amazing!!!! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Great idea! Yum! :)

  2. What are the nutritional values and counts on this recipe. Could these please be put on recipes

    1. Diane, at this time i do not add nutrtional valuse to my recipes. If you’re interested, there are websites available where you can add the ingredients and amounts and it will do it for you.

  3. These sound amazing!! I know what I am baking this evening. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    1. They are crazy good Luke! Hope you like them. :)

  4. We went to Voodoo Doughnuts when we were in Portland and our doughnuts were really stale – I was bummed after waiting for 2 hours! Everyone says they’re so good, so it was kind of a let down, (bad timing I guess). Your version looks way better, and healthier too! :)

    1. Kari. What a bummer! They were awesome when we went but it’s been a while. Maybe the quality has changed. Our version is really good for sure. And there’s never any left over, so there is no such thing as stale. Especially when my boys are around! :)

  5. Can you add sorghum flour instead of almond flour?

    1. Veronica, I haven’t made them with sorghum flour, so I,don’t know. Sorry.

  6. I’ve been to Voodoo Doughnuts a few times (on trips to see the in-laws). My favorite thing is the maple bacon bar. Thank you for this! I have been gluten free for quite some time and have missed doughnuts! And these in particular!

    1. Finally! Someone that knows what I’m talking about! Try them. They are sinful, but the gluten is gone and ready to enjoy! Let me know what you think of the recipe! :)

  7. Really shorty I still haven’t eating any Doug nots since we got back from the trip. Wish we could stop on the day lol:)

  8. Can’t wait to try baking them!
    Thanks!

  9. Because they are! :)

  10. Why do those look good lol

  11. Yes please. :-)

    1. Mmmmm…those look delicious!

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