Hi, friends, I hope your Spring is shaping up nicely! Things are going great here except for seasonal allergies and WIND. Lots of wind. Especially this past week. Instead of “April showers bring May flowers” it’s more like “April wind brings May wind”. It’s my east favorite part of spring in Wyoming and the past 2 days have been quite windy. It’s the perfect reason to stay inside and bake. I made these Gluten-Free Maple Donuts for a nice treat and the kids love them!
Maple might seem like more of a fall flavor, but since maple syrup is low-FODMAP and I have been cooking a lot with it, I use maple all year round. When I was a kid, the taste of true maple syrup didn’t appeal to me much but I have grown to enjoy it more now that I can’t eat much honey.
This recipe is a remake of my mom’s banana bread recipe that she made when we were growing up. I don’t know exactly where she got the original recipe, but since I have made so many changes to the recipe, it’s nothing close to the original at all! I have made this recipe several times but changed a few things each time, changing from a loaf to a cake, then to donuts and changing ingredients every time I made them.
Since I’ve made this recipe several ways, I can tell you for certain that this recipe works baked as a loaf of banana bread, a cake, donuts, and mini muffins (and probably full-sized muffins, too), so you have tons of cooking options here!
At first I was a little worried about these donuts coming out of the donut pan, but they released from the pan with no problems once they were cooled. I used a non-stick pan and sprayed half with oil and left the other half without oil but they all came out of the pan just fine, so spraying oil on your non-stick pan for this recipe is optional. You can also cook this batter in an 8×8-inch pan for 30 minutes to make a snack cake. If you want to make a banana bread loaf with this recipe, cook it for about 45-50 minutes.
Make sure that you don’t glaze these until you are ready to eat them. I glazed some for the photos and stored them in a container and they got a bit soggy. The glaze was thick but it will still soak into your donuts, so if you’re making them ahead, don’t glaze until right before you serve.