Baked Doughnuts for Everyone {giveaway}

I have this thing with doughnuts. I think it was embedded in my brain as a tiny child; with each passing birthday nana would always come over with a pink doughnut and a birthday candle to sing, “Happy Birthday.” I always was aware of the pure awesomeness that is a fresh doughnut.

It’s one of the many foods I couldn’t wait to introduce to Liv. Conveniently, next to the salon where I get my eyebrows done, a Dunkin’ Donuts appeared from out of nowhere. So of course, every time I have an appointment, I go through the drive-thru to get a few treats for Liv and myself. One of the best mental images ever is of Liv doing the “doughnut dance,” bopping around with a munchkin in her hand. (Ok, I totally do the doughnut dance too.)

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While we enjoy them quite a bit, they’re more of a “once in a while” kind of a treat since I haven’t really dabbled in making donuts at home. They’ve always kind of intimidated me, and I think I’ve made one batch using my donut pan. Since then, it’s remained in the storage closet collecting dust. That is, until very recently.

My friend Ashley just released a cookbook with gluten-free donut recipes: Baked Doughnuts for Everyone. 

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In the beautiful pages of her book, you’ll find anything from sweet to savory recipes, cakes, and twists on the classic faves. When she offered to send me a copy, I knew it would be something I’d love, and something to use for upcoming special occasions. 


For my first recipe attempt, I decided to roll with the classic: cake donuts with chocolate glaze.

It was my first time using sweet rice flour:

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and while I was mixing the batter, I could tell that Ashley’s creation would yield fluffy, sweet doughnuts.

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I had enough for six, and then used some cute Halloween mini muffin liners to make some bites with the extra batter  since I only have one donut pan. 

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The result?

Incredible. The donuts were soft, perfectly sweet with a delicate vanilla flavor — I had to stop Liv and myself from eating all of the little bites before I had a chance to frost them ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I took some over to Kyle and Meg’s house when we went to visit Luna, and they couldn’t believe they were gluten-free.

I can’t wait to try more recipes from Baked Doughnuts for Everyone, especially since I love knowing what goes into treats and desserts. There’s something to be said about a decadent treat, homemade with love and whole ingredients. I’m so proud of Ashley, and so excited for her. She has always amazed me with her photography and recipe creations, and has done a truly beautiful job with her book.

Here’s what to expect from Baked Doughnuts for Everyone:

(From Ashley’s sneak peek post)

  • Simplicity! Almost every single recipe uses only 2 bowls, a spoon, a whisk, doughnut ingredients, and your doughnut pan. 
  • Tips & Tricks!  This is where I specify the oil + milk I like to use, what tool can help release your doughnuts more easily from the pan, an explanation of coconut cream, a quick tutorial on making your own powdered sugar, and so much more!
  • Flour details: Get the skinny on each type of flour I use throughout the book.  Youโ€™ll even find a substitute for gluten-free oat flour. [pssst! You can sub all-purpose GF flour if you canโ€™t tolerate oat flour!]
  • 101 doughnut recipes PLUS a bonus EIGHT vegan + gluten-free recipes at the end of the book.
  • In the More Than a Doughnut chapter, youโ€™ll see how to turn doughnuts into an actual meal, how to make doughnut stuffed ice cream [!!!!], how to make doughnuts for your dog, etc.  This chapter was such a fun addition to this book!
  • 50+ photos โ€“ Photographing only doughnuts for a cookbook had its challenges.  I tried to get creative and vary the styling, angles, and colors as much as possible.  Iโ€™m thrilled with how they 

She kindly offered a Fitnessista reader a copy of the book, along with some fun measuring spoons!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with your favorite donut flavor.

Mine: tie between chocolate cake with chocolate frosting or Boston creme

This contest is open to residents of the US, UK and Canada. It will end Sunday night (10/6) at midnight EST.

Thank you again to Ashley for sending me a copy, and to all of you for entering!



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  1. Janet V on October 5, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I love the doughnuts with jelly in the middle:)

  2. Lindsey on October 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I’ve been wanting a donut pan, but have been afraid it would end up in the closet collecting dust like yours, so have stuck to muffins. This would be a great excuse to get one! My favorite donuts are simple chocolate iced or glazed. The classics never die ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. judi0044 on October 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Oh my goodness – jelly-filled always with powdered sugar.

  4. Jodi on October 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Chocolate peanut butter! Mmmm!

  5. Lindsey on October 5, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I love a good old fashioned glazed donut!

  6. Melissa on October 5, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I love the classic cake doughuts!

  7. Danielle on October 5, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I’ll always have a soft spot for long johns filled with Boston cream. It reminds of Saturday mornings with my dad when I was little.

  8. Haley on October 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I love chocolate glazed!

  9. Ashley Lynch on October 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I would say Chocolate Cake Doughnuts or Custard filled! YUMMMM!!!

  10. Ally on October 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I love apple cider donuts!

  11. Barb on October 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Chocolate long johns!!!!!!!

  12. Jaleh on October 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I just love the simple glazed donuts. Perfect and delicious!

  13. Kristi P on October 5, 2013 at 11:33 am

    My love glazed donuts with chocolate frosting, my favorite!

  14. Kristina on October 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Its a toss-up between blueberry and old-fashioned cake donuts for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Cynthia on October 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm


  16. Joanne on October 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Maple donuts are the key to my heart!

  17. kimberly on October 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Definitely powdered vanilla creme filled!

  18. Kyla LaCombe on October 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Maple dip!!

  19. Kyla LaCombe on October 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Maple dip from Tim’s! Very Canadian

  20. Jenn on October 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I’m with you on boston creme…sooo good! although I wouldn’t turn down a fresh and warm glazed either ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Ashley on October 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I love red velvet cake donuts. Delicious!

  22. Jen E on October 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is my fave… can never have too much chocolate, right?

  23. Gabriella Allen on October 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I absolutely love chocolate filled long johns…with pink icing and sprinkles:)

  24. Amanda on October 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm


  25. Sarah on October 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    My fave would be a nice, warm toasted coconut doughnut ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Stephanie on October 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    So hard to choose, but at the moment would have to be pumpkin!

  27. Meryl on October 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I like cinnamon donuts.

  28. Lou on October 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    My favorite is jelly donuts.

  29. Karina on October 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    My favorite donut is one that I recently made: pumpkin donuts with a chocolate ganache! Oh my were they ever delicious. This book sounds awesome, would love to experiment with even more donut recipes!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Rebecca on October 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I just love good ol fashioned sprinkled donut – YUM!

  31. Mandee on October 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    My favorite would be plain glazed. So delicious!

  32. Annalisa on October 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! Those turned out great- they look beautiful. I love love love donuts!!! Lol. I agree with you I enjoy a homemade treat because you know what goes into it. I love this giveaway. I’ve never tried making donuts, but if it really is simple this cookbook is for ME. Plus, it would make a great Christmas gift.

    As for my favorite donut, it’s a tie between apple fritters and chocolate cake donuts with chocolate frosting. Mmmmmmm.

  33. Andrea on October 5, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Those look super tasty!
    My favorite is the classic Homer donut…glazed with pink frosting and sprinkles ๐Ÿ™‚
    Blueberry cake is a close second.

  34. Amee on October 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Those look amazing! I love an old fashioned…just plain is delicious with coffee.

  35. Sundus on October 5, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Sugar glazed donut holes ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. alexis on October 5, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Chocolate glazed donuts are my favorite. Now I think I want one tomorrow!

  37. Julia G on October 6, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Old fashion chocolate is definitely the fave… can’t remember the last time I had a doughnut though! Unacceptable, I must fix this ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. Meghan Finley on October 6, 2013 at 12:45 am

    I love any kind of bismark

  39. A. on October 6, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Maple Doughnuts!!!

    But a Healthier, Gluten Free Maple Doughnut sounds (wayyyyy) better!

    I’d love to try the recipes out and share with the family!

  40. Em on October 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Baked pumpkin spiced donuts are my favorites.

  41. Jannifer on October 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Baked pumpkin donuts with cinnamon sugar coating! Or any kind of chocolate…

  42. Aimee M on October 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Hot, fresh apple cider donuts from Clyde’s Cider Mill in Mystic, CT! They’re to die for!

  43. Melissa on October 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    My favorite are the classic glazed yeast donuts. I also love boston creme!

  44. kate on October 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Vanilla long johns!!

  45. Jess (Will Run for Cheeseburgers) on October 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    any kind of the trendy bacon donuts out right now!

  46. Shannon on October 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Apple Fritter…hands down!

  47. Lauren c on October 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I haven’t been able to eat doughnuts in years since being diagnosed with celiac but my all time favorite used to be cream donuts with powdered sugar!

  48. Amy L on October 6, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    My favorite is glazed chocolate cake donuts

  49. Rebecca on October 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I’m a traditionalist…regular cake with chocolate icing and rainbow jimmies!! Yumm

  50. Shanidy on October 6, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I love donuts with strawberry icing!

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