Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Valentine’s Day Doughnuts

Valentine’s Day is my kind of holiday—sweets, chocolate and lots of good lovin’. Doughnuts really hit the spot year-round, but there’s something special about heart-shaped ones. Just ask my sweet girl, Chiara! Out of all of the flavors I’ve made through the years, these were her favorite, for sure.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Valentine’s Day Doughnuts

Yield: 12


Gluten-free nonstick cooking spray

1½ cups Silvana's Kitchen Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 large egg, at room temperature

¼ cup canola oil or melted unflavored coconut oil

½ cup plus 3 tablespoons dairy-free milk

1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring, plus more for the glaze (optional)

2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Sprinkles, for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Generously grease two nonstick 6-doughnut, heart-shaped baking pans with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour blend, cocoa, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, oil, ½ cup milk and food coloring, if using, until smooth. Add to the flour mixture and whisk until combined. Fill each doughnut cup about half full. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, remaining 3 tablespoons milk and a few drops of food coloring, if using. Dip the doughnuts in the glaze to coat; top with sprinkles.


  1. Lisa F on February 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I’m making heart shaped sandwish cookies illed with jelly for Valentine’s Day! We love them!

  2. Allison on February 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Can’t wait to try these donuts, they look perfect. I do so love me some Kind bars and eat them all the time. Those boxes are adorable! My favorite Valentine’s Day treat is chocolate-covered orange peel and gf amaretti cookies. Yummy.

  3. Rebekah Shaver on February 8, 2013 at 10:09 am

    My favorite Valentine’s Day Treats are frosted sugar cookies! I use my old standby recipe using your GF All-Purpose Blend and they are PERFECT, actually even BETTER than the Gluten version!! 🙂 Use heart cookie cutters and some white & pink frosting, so they are fun and pretty!

  4. Krystina on February 8, 2013 at 10:12 am

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat was when my husband surprised me and and stayed home from work, cleaned the apt, and made me a special dinner complete with funfetti cake (my favorite-even though it’s from a box). But not that he is GF we will have to make a new favorite treat! 🙂

  5. Laura on February 8, 2013 at 10:12 am

    This is my first official gluten free valentines day. I am excited for new ventures!

    • silvana on February 20, 2013 at 8:35 am

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  6. Jasmine W. on February 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat is anything Gluten-free, vegan, organic, and SWEET 🙂

  7. Marsha Olsen Wiley on February 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I am simple to please when it comes to Valentine’s Day treats…rich, dark chocolate with or without nuts or mint speaks love to me every time. (Skip the fruit-and-chocolate combos though…no thanks, my palate thinks that’s culinary adultery…apologies to those who like it, but not these taste buds.) I suppose my dear husband is grateful. It’s simple, and he doesn’t have to find a fancy bakery or don an apron. But, like many couples, my culinary love language and my husband’s culinary love language are different. He’s a vanilla guy. And a fruit guy. A fresh bowl of berries and cream can make him twitterpated…cheesecake…blah…unless there’s a raspberry drizzle and fresh berries alongside. Then, he perks up. My son, for whom our world went largely GFCF, is happy with most anything, but he takes after his father in his love for fruit and vanilla. I’m trying to avoid putting too much coloring in things, so I love your strawberry cupcakes and made these beautifully pink beauties for his class last year. This year, I’m experimenting with pink heart cookies naturally colored (and sweetened in part) with the juice of a beet. It may flop. We’ll see. I’m doing a test run tomorrow, but that is the plan. And it always starts with a plan. Donuts…oh yeah…that’s a love language too. Mmmm…looks like I know what’s for breakfast on Thursday Feb 14th. Love it!

  8. Cat MacFarlane on February 8, 2013 at 10:17 am

    My favourite valentines treat are your amazing GF brownies! I make them into hearts for my daughters. They are delicious!! But I’m going to try these donuts as well! Love!

  9. Anonymous on February 8, 2013 at 10:21 am

    My favorite Valentine treat has always been anything and everything *chocolate*
    This applies to any other holiday as well 🙂

  10. Erin on February 8, 2013 at 10:23 am

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat really was a guilty pleasure… Brachs JuJube Hearts. Now, sadly, since having to go gluten-free I can no longer have them as they are made in a facility that also processes wheat 🙁

  11. d on February 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

    They look delicidous. I haven’t had red velvet cake since going gluten-free 5 years ago.

  12. Evalyn Warden Yanna on February 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Anything dark chocolate brightens up any day, let alone Valentines…

  13. Mandy Sundberg Hodson on February 8, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Anything with white chocolate!

  14. deb marinucci on February 8, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I love a really good cupcake!

  15. faithfamilyfibro on February 8, 2013 at 10:46 am

    My fave valentine treat is anything my daughter makes that day….she is 11 and is really enjoying baking. She is a future cake decorator and loves making cookies and cupcakes and doing fancy decorating. Thank you for an amazing giveaway!

  16. Anne on February 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Chocolate dipped strawberries. Chocolate truffles. Chocolate. Enough said.

  17. Melissa Salyards on February 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

    My favorite gluten free treat are your chocolate doughnuts with chocolate icing! My kids and other little ones that I take care of have never been able to tell that they were gf. Big hit!

  18. Oanh H. on February 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

    My favorite Valentine’s day treat is strawberry dipped chocolate with heart sprinkles.

  19. Jill Jones on February 8, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I’ll always be happy with chocolate covered strawberries on V-Day! And I can’t wait to try the kinder bars. YUM.

  20. Rhonda Imbeault on February 8, 2013 at 11:21 am

    My favorite Valentines treat is having someone make a meal for me! It would not hurt if there were a box of chocolates or jube jubes included for dessert!

  21. Leah on February 8, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Brownie covered Oreos. Buy the Newmans Own GF Oreos and buy a GF brownie mix and voila! A yummy gluten free treat and no one will know the difference.

  22. Leah B on February 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I’m a chocolate NUT! So anything covered in extra dark chocolate is my go-to!

  23. Angela on February 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    My fav is anything with Chocolate on it, raisens, cranberries, peanut butter, pretzels, cherries. I have just found the taste for Dark Chocolate in the last couple of years, now I prefer Dark over milk.

  24. Cristi Perkins on February 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Home made pecan pie muffins and home made ice cram. We are in Texas…yall

  25. Julie on February 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I love conversation hearts! And, of course, chocolate!

  26. Mary S on February 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s treat is anything made with sinfully rich chocolate.

  27. Megan Kudrolli on February 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Ooh… Godiva chocolate dipped strawberries and a champagne cocktail! (But maybe these donuts will give that a run for it’s money! You really are the BEST for sharing all these great recipes with us!)

    • Heather on February 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      caramel filled chocolates are the best…well, anything chocolate is good =)

  28. Linda on February 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I like you on facebook and my favorite treat is dark chocolate

  29. Joann Ianniello on February 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    The recipes you share with us are already a treat in themselves. Amazing how a challenge for your son turned out to be a blessing for so many via your book, recipes and blog. I enjoy dark chocolate and do like strawberries dipped in chocolate. May go to the nearby restaurant with friends and have a chocolate fondue party with fresh fruit 🙂 I have already “liked” you on Fb. Joann

  30. Karen on February 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Time with the people I love. That is the best. Second to Lily’s Chocolate bars and Kind bars…it’s a day to day thing which of those two I favor but people come out on top every time!

  31. Mindy on February 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I love orangettes and anything chocolate on valentines day.

  32. Laura H on February 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    We always had cherry flavored jelly hearts for Valentines Day.

  33. Todd O. on February 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    My favorite Valentines treat would be a chocolate cake with chocolate chips and chocolate fudge icing or buttercream icing, yum!

  34. Karen Taylor on February 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Chocolate covered strawberries are the best. This year I am trying heart shaped GF cutouts. Wish me luck!

  35. Courtney on February 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    ANY kind of chocolate on Valentine’s Day is my favorite.

  36. Carolsue on February 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I love chocolate covered cherries!

  37. Judy McClelland on February 8, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I love chocolate in any form! I equate Valentine’s with chocolates. Yummy!

  38. Kristen O on February 9, 2013 at 7:31 am

    I love mint chocolate. However I really enjoy chocolate covered peanut butter such as eggs. I am hoping to try these doughnuts because I have been missing them since gf

  39. Carol on February 9, 2013 at 7:58 am

    My favorite treat….that is simple. Anything that won’t make me sick after eating it!

  40. Emily on February 9, 2013 at 8:46 am

    my favorite treat for Valentine’s Day has to be dark chocolate-dipped strawberries…my two favorite foods – together! but really, anything my husband gives me is always fantastic.

  41. leslie on February 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I love chocolate! Dark yummy chocolate!

  42. Joy Switala on February 9, 2013 at 10:25 am

    My favorite Valentine’s treat? Chocolate candy. If you ever have a chance to try Romolo’s Chocolates in Erie, PA, they are my favorite! I’ve had See’s candy, Godiva, and the now defunct Quality Candy of Wisconsin fame, and Romolo’s beats them all, hands down.

  43. Dawn on February 9, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Chocolate…especially the kinds with sea salt, like Chocolove almonds and sea salt in dark chocolate!

  44. Andrea A on February 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Can’t wait to make these for my 6 loves (hubby and 5 kids)!

  45. Ttrockwood on February 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    My favorite valentines treat is champagne and and chocolate covered strawberries!

  46. Christie on February 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Anything that involves dark chocolate 🙂

  47. sunducky on February 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    GF cheesecake!

  48. Sandy on February 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

    My favorite GF treat is cheesecake, or anything chocolate, like Flourless Chocolate Cake,
    or chocolate candy. However, our treats must also be low carbs for my husband.

  49. Byrmom on February 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I love soft cutout cookies, will make them for my grandchildren using a gluten, dairy free recipe this year since 2 of my grandkids are GF/CF due to Autism!
    Love them!

  50. Jan Talbot on February 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Nutella chocolate chip cookies with walnuts. Yum!

  51. Amber Gillespie on February 10, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s treat is decadent dark chocolate.
    Thanks from karmakaytlyn (at) yahoo (dot) com.

  52. Chrys Hovestol on February 10, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    My very favorite Valentine treat is right out of your Cooking for Isaiah Cookbook. It is the Chocolate Mousse Cloud Pie with a Chocolate Cookie Crust. It is so rich and delicious and nobody can tell it doesn’t have dairy or gluten.

  53. Kerin Hoffman on February 10, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    anything chocolate .

  54. Christin Holt on February 11, 2013 at 1:49 am

    My favorite Valentine cookie has been heart shaped oatmeal cookies with coconut frosting, my MIL used to always make these. My new favorite will be your thin mint cookies!

  55. rachel on February 11, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I love making heart-shaped scones. 🙂 Great way to start the day!

  56. Lily on February 11, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I have to admit, a classic box of chocolates has always been my favorite for Valentine’s day 🙂

  57. Sheila K. on February 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    My favorite Valentine’s Day treat is chocolate-covered cherries!

  58. Donna L on February 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    My favorites are chocolate dipped strawberry.

  59. Anna on February 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Anything chocolate!

  60. Stephanie on February 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    What a great giveaway!
    Cute donuts!

  61. Christina on February 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I am making your chocolate mousse pie recipe for Valentine’s Day. Can’t wait! Who doesn’t love chocolate?

  62. Bernie on February 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Chocolate mousse and chocolate covered strawberries!!

  63. sandra on February 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    chocolate truffles

  64. julie on February 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    anything chocolate especially chocolate covered strawberries

  65. Ella on February 13, 2013 at 9:03 am

    While chocolate is my favorite, this year I’m making a pineapple ginger ice cream cake for my boyfriend. Colored red, of course. It’s melty, crunchy and pineapple is his favorite

  66. Kelly Culbertson Martinek on February 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Anything dark chocolate is my favorite. This year I am making dairy-free red velvet cupcakes.

  67. Madeline on February 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I like just about any dark chocolate, especially artisanal chocolates. I “like” your Facebook page (FB name: Madeline Brubaker).
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

  68. manda on February 14, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I like chocolate anything!

  69. Karin Goodman on February 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    My family loves your doughnuts. I make up a big batch and they freeze wonderfully, what is left. Where did you get your heart shaped doghnut pan? I love the look of these. Will have to buy one to have for next year.

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    Talk soon,

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