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Gluten Free Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnuts


Looking at my headline, you might be wondering what on earth is a “Beetified Blogger” – well, I figured I would kick off this second month of 2015 with a new series called: the “Beetified Blogger Series” ~ in which I simply “beet-ify” a blogger!


You see, I adore y’all, my fellow bloggers and I adore beets, so, starting this month, I figured I would pick a recipe from a fellow blogger that my daughter and I have been drooling over and replicate it – using beets! I hope to try and do this once a month for the rest of this year. I don’t have any rhyme or reason behind whose recipes I duplicate, other than the fact that my daughter and I might happen across something totally mouthwatering that I think would be prettier in red! So if y’all happen to have any suggestions -any recipes of yours or others that would look pretty in red – please pass them on!

Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnuts With Beets from David @Spiced

I first toyed around with this idea during my beet crepe post and today, my first victim Beetified Blogger happens to be David @ Spiced. David has tantalized the tastebuds of all of us who have visited his site with his mouthwatering Double Chocolate Nut Bark, his insanely addicting Goat Cheese Flatbread using his wife’s BRILLIANT roasted grapes idea, and his oh-the-postlady-smelt-&-stole-the-package Butter Pecan Pound Cake! When I was reading his story behind some powdered sugar doughnuts he made, my daughter took one look at his Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnuts and announced these needed to happen in our home and…so…they did happen..with beets!


I also subbed brown rice flour for the cake flour making these gluten free – I used coconut oil in the first batch I made, and melted butter (like David’s recipe suggested) in the second batch – and the batch with the melted butter was way more fluffier and way more moist – I guess butter does make these doughnuts better! My daughter and I so enjoyed these beetified doughnuts – but, if you happen to want to make the un-Beetified version of these, please head on over to David @ Spiced to grab that recipe!

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Gluten Free Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnuts {Beetified Blogger Series}

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Author: Shashi


  • 1 1/4 brown rice flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk I used almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons beets
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 425°F and spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray
  • In a bowl, add all of the dry ingredients - the brown rice flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt and stir
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg then add the almond milk, vanilla extract, melted butter and beets and mix well.
  • Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring till well incorporated..
  • Spoon the batter into the doughnut pan.
  • Bake at 425°F for 12-14 minutes.
  • Let doughnuts cool in the pan. and then remove
  • Add powdered sugar into a bag (David used a paper one, but I used a plastic one, place doughnuts (one at a time) in the bag and shake with the powdered sugar until well coated. Tap off any excess powdered sugar and repeat with the remaining doughnuts.
  • Enjoy immediately!
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  1. […] And, even did a series where I would add beetroot to every recipe I fancied. From beet crackers, to beet donuts, to beet tortillas, to beet pizza, to beet bars, to beet cookies, there’s a beet-rich recipe […]

  2. Anonymous says:
  3. thecrowdedtableblog says:

    What a great way to use beets! My kids will go crazy for these 🙂

  4. these are so pretty! much better than the packaged powdered sugar donuts i ate as a kid!

  5. thenutritiouskitchen says:

    Okay I am not sure if you understand my love for powdered sugar doughnuts. Growing up they were the only doughnuts I liked! I usually only ate off the glaze/frosting of other doughnuts…and still do that actually LOL but powdered sugar…those are my FAVE!! So pinning these!

  6. So clever – pinning to my donut board immediately (Now I know what to do with those CSA beets I keep getting week after week!

  7. That’s so awesome that these contain beets! I would have never known 🙂

  8. donnagasquet says:

    Just…WOW…..Question of importance for imminent baking/consumption….are the beets (3 T) in the recipe steamed and pureed?…Mashed?…Merci from France!

  9. Joanne says:

    I LOVE THIS!! I mean, you were already the Queen Beet, but now you’ve really taken it to a whole new fabulous level.

  10. I love powdered donuts and with the lovely pink colour from the beets and making them gluten free- you are on to something special here. They are so fun! I think this would be perfect for a Valentines day treat and if you don’t tell your kids what is in it, then they will eat it. Sharing, of course!

  11. What a fun series – can’t wait to see all the recipes you beetify!

  12. What a great idea, Shashi! How about a red velvet cake using beets? (I can’t remember if you’ve already done that)
    Love the donuts – looking forward to seeing what else you come up with for sure!

  13. We all need to add beets to everything!

  14. Almost Getting It Together says:

    SOMEONE (me) HAS LOTS OF COOKED BEETS! I’m going to have to make these as a fun treat to have for Valentine’s Day for my friends and boyfriend! Can you send me some of your creativity please?

    • Shashi says:

      Aww – thanks so much Cassandra – I actually got the idea for these off of David @ Spiced’s blog – I only added beets and made these GF – btw, you friends and BF re sure to love these!

  15. These are so tasty looking! I love that pretty pink color inside!

  16. hipfoodiemom says:

    Beet doughnuts?!!! Love this! Someone had to do it!!! and I love this!!! that you are picking a recipe from another blogger, and re-creating it with beets . . this is awesome! what’s next?!

  17. And the beet goes on! You’re on a seriously BEET kick and I think it’s because you’re kicking me in the pants to get some, bah ha ha ha ha! Cuz I am a mess and still haven’t. But you know what? I think I am going to buy one tomorrow and figure it out!

  18. Farrah says:

    Ah… <3 All your beet posts have been amazing thus far, so I already love this series! Hooray for healthified doughnuts! <3 I've never tried making em', but this is the first recipe I'd attempt! :O

  19. You know I’m a fellow beet lover, Shashi. And these donuts are over-the-top amazing!!

  20. mjskitchen says:

    I would not feel guilty about eating these donuts…no ma’am!!! I’m absolutely loving your beet series!

  21. hotlyspiced says:

    What a great idea and I look forward to following you on your beet journey. Your doughnuts are so pretty-in-pink and I love the dusting of powdered sugar. I agree that butter does make everything better – that is why I’m not a vegan – I could live without meat but I couldn’t give up butter! xx

  22. What a fabulous idea. These donuts are not only bee-utiful but delicious looking too. Girl, you have been on a beet high. Now, that said, I cannot wait for you to try one of my recipes;). xoxo

    • Shashi says:

      I like what you did there with that “bee-utiful”! 🙂
      I need to stalk out your blog and find one – I will email you before I do though. Btw – thank you bunches Asha!

  23. Ashley says:

    hahaha oh my gosh I love this! At first I was like huh? What’s that mean?? And then I kept reading and I just love the idea. And seeing as how I seem to buy beets like crazy lately, I’m looking forward to all the recipes! (this coming from the person who has two huge containers of roasted beets and a container of beet hummus because I had no idea what to do with it all this weekend haha)

  24. You’re doing some amazing things with beets over here — the color of these donuts is so pretty and the look amazingly delicious! 🙂

  25. Lyubomira says:

    Your recipes are so creative and pictures are beautiful! What a lovely color! Pinning!

  26. These are the Pink Panther’s donuts they’re super duper pink!

  27. Kelly says:

    Love these donuts, Shashi! I always had a weakness to powdered donuts when I was younger and am seriously craving a big batch of these right now! I love that you made them gluten free and added beets, so creative lady! They look incredible and I love the color!

  28. Alison says:

    So…silly question…but do they taste like beets? I’m not really sure if I like beets, as I don’t think I’ve actually had them. But I have a jar of homemade canned beets in my pantry that I could probably use for this. I guess if I pureed a few of them?

    Also, do you think they’d work with regular flour? Sorry for all the questions, but these have me intrigued!

    • Shashi says:

      Allison – they don’t taste exactly like beets straight up – but there is a difference in taste – kinda like if carrot cake was made with carrot puree – I hope I didn’t confuse you with that…
      Please don’t apologize for the questions – yes, I am thinking regular flour would work – I adapted this recipe from David @ Spiced who did use regular flour in his.

  29. Kim says:

    I think that you are determined for all of us to try and love beets:) I do love the color of the donuts!!!

  30. I would totally cookie monster these to oblivion, Shashi!

  31. Chris says:

    Awesome idea for the series! I love how you use beets so often and now there will be even more! I don’t have any recipes for you to beetify, but if I did i would be honored to be selected! =)

  32. Wow! Love your beet powdered doughnuts, Shashi, as well as your beetified blogger series! Very creative and the pink is very pretty.Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

  33. spicedblog says:

    I am totally honored that you selected me as your first Beetified Blogger, Shashi! Powdered doughnuts hold a special place in my heart…after all, I ate enough of them as a kid. I’m totally digging this beetified version, though. These would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. Forget the candy…just give someone one of these doughnuts instead. It’s better than hitting them with Cupid’s arrow. 🙂 Kudos to you for an awesome recipe…pinning it right now!!

  34. You are so very clever! I love how you beetified these doughnuts! They look great. Congratulations on the new series!

  35. Healthier powdered donuts! YES PLEASE. My Grandpa used to always buy us powdered donuts as a kid, so these have a special place in my heart. What a fun new series girl! Pinned!

  36. cottercrunch says:

    the color alone makes me swoon.. a GF swoon!

  37. Thank you for giving me the biggest donut craving at 4:30 AM 😛 And please don’t ask what I’m doing awake at 4:30. These look great though, Shashi. And I’m loving the red beety theme for February! You can even get all fancy and call it red velvet 😉 But seriously… biggest.donut.craving.

    • Shashi says:

      Lady – I wake up at 4.30am too – so I won’t ask! In my case, it’s not by choice – I just wish I could have a carbon copy of myself I could send to work and a scratch and taste monitor at home so I could “taste” recipes and blog and comment all day – ahhhh…am dreaming!

  38. I would never have thought of using beets in a donut recipe. What a great recipe and especially one which I know Lynne would love for valentines day. Thanks Shashi! 🙂

  39. Khushboo says:

    Gah I can’t even remember the last time I ate a donut but that needs to change asap- you’ve left me hankering! Not going to lie- the best part about sugar donuts is the face full of sugar part at the end ;)! If my future kids don’t like veggies, I’m sending them to you- SO impressed that you managed to sneak veggies into a donut!

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – thanks so much lady!
      Yeah – my daughter had the same thoughts as you – she had powdered sugar on her nose and smeared all over the lower part of her face!

  40. Jessie says:

    These are almost too gorgeous to eat…. almost! You should make a huge roundup post of all your beet recipes. I bet it’d be a huge hit.

  41. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    You are so creative, Shashi! I love these gf doughnuts!

  42. Can.Not.Resist.Donuts! Also, these are perfectly themed for Valentine’s Day so I would eat a few (many!) just in the spirit of the season, ya’ know?! 🙂