Mexican Hot Chocolate Baked Donuts (Grand Prize Recipe Contest Winner!)


Mexican Hot Chocolate Baked Donuts mad with Simply Organic Spices! Gluten-free & dairy-freeCongratulations to Brianna of Flippin’ Delicious! After kitchen-testing every entry in the Simply Organic Dairy-Free Bake Off, her Mexican Hot Chocolate Baked Donuts were chosen as the Grand Prize Winner for taste, performance and creativity.

Brianna won a $500 gift card from Simply Organic, and we’re hoping the money goes toward making some more of her amazing recipes!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Bake Donuts Recipe (Grand Prize Winner!) - Dairy-free and Gluten-free

One of our kitchen testers said:

Everyone liked these chocolate baked donuts, even my husband, who isn’t a gluten free fan. I used Enjoy Life’s gluten-free all-purpose flour blend, but think they would work well with all-purpose wheat flour for people who don’t bake gluten-free. They are simple to make and very cute with the tiny marshmallows on top. Everyone liked the flavors, especially the cinnamon and the warmth from the bit of heat. They are very tender and flavorful. There was some glaze left, but you could go heavier with the dipping.

If you were to make these Mexican Hot Chocolate Donuts with all-purpose white flour (wheat-based) instead of gluten-free, you could omit the xanthan gum.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Bake Donuts Recipe (Grand Prize Winner!) - Dairy-free and Gluten-free

Special Diet Notes: Mexican Hot Chocolate Baked Donuts

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. There is an egg-free / vegan option included.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Baked Donuts (Gluten-Free)
If you can't take the heat, use chili powder instead of chipotle powder. You will still get some of the depth of flavor, but in a more kid-friendly version.
Serves: 6 baked donuts
Mexican Hot Chocolate Donuts
Chipotle Chocolate Glaze and Toppings
Mexican Hot Chocolate Donuts
  1. Preheat your oven to 425ºF and lightly grease a 6-well donut pan.
  2. In a measuring cup, combine the dairy free milk and vinegar and let sit while you prepare the other ingredients.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour blend, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, spices, salt, and xanthan gum.
  4. Create a well in the dry ingredients and add the egg, oil, vanilla and dairy-free milk-vinegar mixture and whisk to combine those ingredients. Then stir everything together to make a batter.
  5. Scoop the batter into a sandwich bag, snip a corner off, and pipe the batter into the wells of your donut pan until they're each about ⅔ full.
  6. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
Chipotle Chocolate Glaze and Toppings
  1. In a microwave safe bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and chipotle powder. Add the dairy free milk beverage and vanilla and whisk until smooth. It will be very thick!
  2. When you are ready to glaze the donuts heat the glaze in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds or until it is thinner and warm to the touch.
  3. Quickly dip each donut in the glaze and garnish with the mini marshmallows, cinnamon, and chipotle powder, as desired. Work fast as the glaze can set up pretty quickly.
Vegan Option: These donuts should work well with your favorite egg substitute for baking and vegan mini marshmallows or marshmallow bits for topping.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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