These Gluten-Free Donuts Get Their Pretty Pink Color From Veggies

pink donuts It’s always a good time to bake a batch of donuts, but come spring you want them to have pretty pastel vibes. Enter this gluten-free version, which gets that pink color from beets (without any beet flavor). Serve ’em for Mother’s Day, Easter or even Valentine’s Day and your dessert will be totally on hue.

Gluten-Free Pink Donuts

Yield: 10 donuts


For the Beet Puree

  • 1 can beets, drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1–2 tablespoons milk, if needed

For the Donuts

  • ½ cup pure cane sugar
  • ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 6 tablespoons blanched almond flour
  • 6 tablespoons sweet rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup beet purée, divided
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla beans (scraped from 1–2 pods)
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or other baking oil)
  • White sprinkles, if desired

For the Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1–2 tablespoons beet purée


1. Place beets and lemon juice in a blender or food processor and fully purée until it’s the texture of applesauce. If needed, add a small amount of milk to help the mixture move in the blender. Set aside.

2. Preheat your oven to 350º F. Heavily grease two donut pans with softened butter or coconut oil.

3. In a large bowl, stir together the oat flour, almond flour, sweet rice flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

4. In another bowl, whisk the eggs. Then whisk in 3 tablespoons of beet purée, the milk, vanilla extract and vanilla beans. Whisk in the oil.

5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until combined.

6. Pour the batter evenly into the donut pan molds, filling each about ¼” from the top. Drizzle about 1½ teaspoons of beet purée over each donut. Drag a knife lightly through the batter to swirl it.

7. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the donut comes out clean. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes, then slide a knife or thin flexible spatula around each donut and remove from the pan. Place on a cooling rack and allow to fully cool.

baked beet donuts 8. While the donuts cool, beat the cream cheese and butter in a mixing bowl until creamy. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy and smooth. Beat in the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of beet puree. Add more if you prefer a darker pink color. Refrigerate the frosting until ready to use.

9. Once donuts are fully cooled, spread a thick layer of frosting on each.

pink donuts 10. Finish with white sprinkles if preferred, then serve!

Photos courtesy of Edible Perspective

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4 Responses to “These Gluten-Free Donuts Get Their Pretty Pink Color From Veggies”

  1. Connie Salsgiver

    My grandson and I are both gluten sensitive, so this is a very good recipe for us!

  2. Yvonne Huskisson

    Can’t wait to try these donuts!

  3. Leanna Stoufer

    These are so pretty! I really appreciate that the color comes from veg, and not from artificial coloring. Now if there could just be a grain-free version -- then I could make donuts and eat them too!

  4. Susan Berkheimer

    Looks interesting, can regular flour be substituted for those of us who are not gluten free?