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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. I love a really good cupcake!

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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!

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

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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.

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

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

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

  26. 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!)

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

  28. 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

  29. 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!

  30. I love orangettes and anything chocolate on valentines day.

  31. We always had cherry flavored jelly hearts for Valentines Day.

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

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

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

  35. I love chocolate covered cherries!

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

  37. 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

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

  39. 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.

  40. I love chocolate! Dark yummy chocolate!

  41. 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.

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

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

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

  45. Anything that involves dark chocolate 🙂

  46. 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.

  47. 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!

  48. Nutella chocolate chip cookies with walnuts. Yum!

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

  50. 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.

  51. anything chocolate .

  52. 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!

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

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

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

  56. My favorites are chocolate dipped strawberry.

  57. Anything chocolate!

  58. What a great giveaway!
    Cute donuts!

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

  60. Chocolate mousse and chocolate covered strawberries!!

  61. chocolate truffles

  62. anything chocolate especially chocolate covered strawberries

  63. 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

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

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

  66. I like chocolate anything!

  67. 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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  70. Yum, dark chocolate with pecans, sign me up?