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Double Chocolate Donuts

Just wait until you sink your teeth into these decadent double chocolate donuts with a luscious and rich chocolate ganache frosting. Prepare yourself for a fudgy, yet fluffy, and deliciously moist breakfast treat.

And honestly you've never tasted a donut unless you've had it frosted with dairy free chocolate ganache. Talk about a decadent treat.

Every bite is perfectly amazing.

A blue plate full of chocolate donuts with white and pink sprinkles on them.

And don't make the mistake I used too... one batch isn't enough. Plan now to double this recipe.

You won't regret it.

These double chocolate donuts with chocolate ganache are the best. And they bake perfectly every.single.time.

double chocolate donut ingredients

  • gluten free all purpose flour -- we use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Mix; your favorite gluten free blend should work too. Side note-- we purchase our Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Mix in bulk here to save money.
  • dark brown sugar--packed
  • xanthan gum-- omit this if your all-purpose flour blend contains this or guar gum
  • kosher salt
  • cocoa powder-- you can even use Rodelle's gourmet baking Dutch processes Cocoa
  • baking powder-- baking powder looses its potency after the container has bee opened for 6 months
  • vanilla extract
  • egg-- if you are egg free skip adding this in. There are only small differences without the egg... yes, this was accidentally forgotten a time or two.
  • dairy free butter -- we bake with the Earth Balance Butter Sticks in a red box. They are vegan and soy free too.
  • unsweetened chocolate almond milk -- use the shelf stable or refrigerated container. This ingredients adds so much flavor to the donuts.
  • chocolate ganache frosting-- we use our 2 ingredient ganache frosting recipe here. To frost these 6 donuts you will need half of the frosting recipe. Or if you are baking a dozen donuts you can prepare the entire recipe as directed. Ingredients for this ganache recipe are dairy free dark chocolate morsels and coconut cream.
  • sprinkles-- always check your sprinkle ingredients. Milk is a common added ingredient. The brand, Sweets Indeed, offer sprinkles in a variety of colors and fun shapes. You can purchase them on Amazon or through their website here. For Christmas we've used these. Valentine's Day these. Easter and spring time donuts look festive with these and definitely these sprinkles with bunnies and carrots. And for Halloween these are a hit.

double chocolate donut recipe tips

  • donut pan-- years ago we purchased an inexpensive Norpro non-stick donut pan. If you are shopping for a donut pan, we suggest purchasing two of these Norpro pans here.
  • Ziploc sandwich bag-- transfer the dough to a Ziploc bag. Cut off a bottom corner and pipe the donut batter into donut cavity. This hack is much easier than using a spoon; which gets messy.
  • allow the donuts to completely cool in the donut pan before removing. If needed use a sharp knife cut around the edge of each donut to loosen
  • after dipping donuts into a bowl of chocolate ganache top with sprinkles
  • these donuts taste best when consumed within the first couple days of being baked
  • store leftover baked donuts in an air tight container
  • you will have ¼ cup or so leftover ganache. We enjoy our extra ganache atop pancakes or waffles.
A blue plate with double chocolate donuts topped with chocolate ganache frosting and pink and white sprinkles.
A tray of 5 chocolate donuts after they've been dipped in chocolate ganache frosting and topped with festive Easter colored sprinkles.
A serving plate filled with 6 double chocolate donuts topped with chocolate ganache and Halloween themed sprinkles.
5 double chocolate donuts on a platter with chocolate ganache frosting topped with festive Christmas sprinkles next to a jar of candy canes.

Can you believe just how festive and delicious these donuts look? Enjoy them without the sprinkles or dress them up for any occasion.

more gluten + dairy free donut recipes to try

  • oreo donuts-- these are absolutely mouthwatering. You will thank yourself for baking a batch of these.
  • fruity pebble donuts-- here's a moist donut recipe that puts the fun in breakfast.
  • old fashioned sour cream donuts-- these taste just like you remember enjoying as a kid. These classic donuts are delicious and full of nostalgia.
  • pumpkin cinnamon sugar donuts-- incredibly soft and moist on the inside, with a sweet crunchy cinnamon sugar coating on the outside. The pumpkin flavor of these donuts is absolutely incredible too.

reader favorite dinner recipes

  • homemade sloppy joes-- here's the best dinner-on-the-go recipe. This easy recipe is ready in minutes and served with warm gluten free buns for a delicious meal. We make extra meat sauce to enjoy for lunch leftovers the next day.
  • mini chicken pot pies-- you'll enjoy comfort food at it's best with this recipe. And the crust is so easy to work with while the filling is so mouthwatering.
  • cozy soup roundup--this roundup includes 4 must-try gluten and dairy free soups
  • oven roasted salmon-- a family favorite recipe that is loaded in flavor
  • pasta e fagioli soup-- copycat Olive Garden soup recipe is loaded with hearty ground sausage, fresh diced vegetables, beans, tender ditalini pasta noodles, and delicious herbs in a savory broth
chocolate donuts with chocolate sprinkles on top


There is no doubt these double chocolate donuts are so moist and fudgy. They are the perfect breakfast treat.

And your family and guests will be stunned to know they're gluten and dairy free.

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Double Chocolate Donuts

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Course: Dessert
Servings: 6 donuts


  • 1 c gluten free all purpose flour see suggestions in post
  • ¾ c dark brown sugar, packed
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your all purpose gf blend has this or guar gum
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ c cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, room temperature omit if necessary
  • 3 tablespoon dairy free butter, melted
  • ½ c dairy free chocolate milk (unsweetened almond milk works perfectly)

Chocolate Donut Ganache

  • 1 c dairy free dark chocolate morsels
  • 5.4 oz can coconut cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • If your donut pan in not nonstick then spray it and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  • In a small bowl mix wet ingredients.
  • Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and mix. Do not over mix.
  • Place donut mix in a Ziploc bag. Cut off a bag corner. Pipe donut batter into donut pan.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 10-11 minutes. Watch carefully so donuts don't over bake.
  • While the donuts bake, prepare the chocolate ganache. Place the coconut cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour chocolate morsels into a medium size bowl and set aside.
  • Once coconut cream is hot and almost beginning to boil but isn't boiling, pour over chocolate morsels. Allow to sit for 2 minutes.
  • After a 2 minute wait stir coconut cream and morsels until well combined. Allow to cool until thickened for donut frosting.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Then remove donuts from pan and allow to cool on a rack.
  • After donuts have cooled, dip them in ganache.
  • If using sprinkles, allow ganache to set for a few minutes before placing sprinkles or any other toppings.
  • Store donuts in an airtight container up to a few days thou they are the best the day of.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Eating Gluten and Dairy Free” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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Sunday 23rd of May 2021

I don't want to buy a half gallon of lactose free chocolate milk as there are only two of us here, and no children. Can I mix my own chocolate milk and use that instead? I have lactose free milk which I can process without problems. Thank you!


Monday 24th of May 2021

Thanks for reaching out. Yes-- you can make your chocolate milk. We hope you enjoy these baked donuts, Jill