I have heard it said that all obsessions stem from some sort of deprivation early on in life; people obsessed with power often felt powerless, those obsessed with accumulating riches suffered poverty and so on. If this is true then I obviously was the victim of a severe lack of S’Mores growing up. I have made gluten free recipes for S’Mores Cupcakes, Whoopie Pies, Tarts, Cheesecake and now Doughnuts.
Maybe my obsessive behaviour would be better served (and my bank account fuller) if I had grown up in abject poverty but there are all different kinds of riches. So while my bank account may not be as flush as I would like, my wealth of gluten free S’Mores recipes is certainly abundant.
The only piece of specialized equipment you need to make these baked doughnuts is a couple doughnut pans. As a rule, I don’t like kitchen gadgets that have only one use, as an example, I don’t have a garlic press, I use my microplane grater instead – but I LOVE my doughnut pans! Trust me, the ability to make gluten free doughnuts at home, any time you want, any way you want is an investment well worth the minimum expense.
This recipe starts with a gluten free, dairy free chocolate doughnut. These are rich, moist, chocolaty and a very worthy treat all on their own. These come together quickly and can simply be dusted with some powdered sugar or drizzled with vanilla or chocolate glaze. But then they wouldn’t be “S’Mores Doughnuts”.
To transform these doughnuts into S’Mores, I frosted them with some Toasted Marshmallow Crème by Solo and sprinkled on some crushed gluten free graham style crackers.
The doughnuts can be baked ahead and stored in a food storage bag at room temperature for a day or so. I frost them when it’s time to eat them as the marshmallow crème stays fluffy for an hour or two. Also resist the urge to over-frost the doughnuts; you will end up with an ooey-gooey mess – albeit a delicious mess! The hubby actually loves the over-frosted doughnuts but he is more like an 8 year old boy than a grown man so if you have a bunch of 8 year old boys clamoring for doughnuts you might consider over-frosting them anyway, despite my warnings.
So there you have it – thanks to my sadly S’Mores deprived childhood, I present to you my latest gluten free variation of this classic campfire treat.
- Gluten Free Non-stick cooking spray
- 1¼ cups good quality gluten free flour blend with xanthan gum*
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup grapeseed (or other neutral flavored) oil
- ¾ cup rice milk
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon leftover cold coffee (optional but adds depth of flavor)
- 4 gluten free graham style crackers
- ¾ cup Toasted Marshmallow Crème
*if your gluten free flour blend does not include xanthan gum, add ½ teaspoon
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray 2 (6 count) doughnut pans with cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, oil, rice milk, vanilla and coffee. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Spoon the batter into the doughnut pans, filling each form about ¾ full. Bake for 7 – 9 minutes or until the doughnuts spring back when lightly touched and a tooth pick inserted into a doughnut comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 2 -3 minutes then remove to a baking rack to finish cooling completely. Can be made a day or two ahead.
Place the graham style crackers in a small plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin until you have some larger pieces (about ¼ inch) and some crumbs. Place on a small plate.
With a knife or small offset spatula spread about 1 tablespoon of the Toasted Marshmallow Crème on the top of each doughnut then dip into the crushed graham style crackers.
A gluten free recipe that makes 12 doughnuts.
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