Gluten Free Red Velvet Donuts

When I think of Valentine’s Day, I immediately think of all things red velvet.  Last year for Valentine’s Day I made my girls these Healthy Red Velvet Donuts.  Since I didn’t use food coloring, my donuts didn’t have that deep red color you associate with all things red velvet.  Well this year I have made a gluten free red velvet donut recipe that contains a secret ingredient to make them deep red.

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Healthy Red Velvet Donuts (Vegan)

Healthy Red Velvet Donuts with no artificial dyes! I have been wanting to try making red velvet donuts for a long time.  So yesterday I took the plunge and they came out great.


Healthy Red Velvet Donuts


Most red velvet cakes, muffins, and cookies are made with artificial food dyes.  Artificial dyes are a deal breaker for me. Did you know that a traditional red velvet baked good does’t even call for food coloring? It really is all about using the cocoa powder and the vinegar together.

Maybe it was all about my handy prep cooks I had helping me.  I bought Meadow and I matching aprons and she is too stinking cute wearing hers.




Even Olive wanted to help out.  Well, kind of.




She was really just fascinated with the spoon.  It’s funny, you buy your kids all these toys, but really, they want to play with stuff you have lying around your house.

Every parent knows exactly what I am talking about.  Give kids a cardboard box and they will play for hours!

Red Velvet Donuts

Healthy Red Velvet Donuts

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Serves 7 donuts     adjust servings


  • 1 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 2 T coco powder
  • 1 egg (I used flax)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup yogurt (I used coconut)
  • 1/3 cup milk (I used hemp)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all the wet ingredients in one bowl.
  3. Mix dry ingredients in another bowl.
  4. Add dry to wet.
  5. Spoon batter into greased donut pans and bake for about 10 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely before removing from the pans.


Recipe Notes

I got about 7 donuts out of my batch so you may want to double it for more. Not a red velvet lover? Try my Banana Chocolate Chip Donuts.