Paleo Strawberry Donuts (Nut/Grain/Dairy/Gluten Free)

Love is in the air and so are these Paleo Strawberry Donuts! And also – red food dye, gluten, and powdered sugar! You have all probably heard of the ill effects of food dyes (if not you can read some articles herehere, and here), but they continue to be used in festive treats around the US to provide those vibrant colors that lure kids in.

There's so many natural ways to get color though! Just look at the curries that use spices to provide bright yellow or red hues or how a spinach smoothie can go from green to purple when berries are added. So, I have a special Valentine's Day treat for you all! I turned to the colors of nature to provide the symbolic color of love: red.

strawberry donuts neatly stacked on a white serving platter


These paleo strawberry donuts are nut and dairy free, perfect to send to school with your kiddos who attend nut-free classes. Ground up, freeze dried strawberries provide the perfect colorful decoration. You won't have to worry about behavioral issues that can stem from the combination of sugar and fake food dyes! Involve your kids in the dipping process for a fun craft day.

close up view of strawberry donuts neatly stacked on a white serving platter

 And because I think everything is better with chocolate, I melted some 85% dark chocolate and drizzled it on top!

strawberry donuts drizzles with chocolate served on a white platter

Paleo Strawberry Donuts (Nut/Grain/Dairy/Gluten Free)


SERVES: 1 dozen

Cuisine: American

Category: Dessert

PREP TIME: 30 mins

COOK TIME: 20 mins TOTAL TIME: 50 mins




  1. Preheat a doughnut maker. If using a doughnut pan, preheat the oven to 350F and grease the pan liberally with butter.
  2. Using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, beat the eggs with the coconut oil on medium-high speed until creamy.
  3. Add the milk, honey, vinegar, and vanilla and beat again until combined.
  4. Using a fine mesh sieve or sifter, sift the remaining dry ingredients into the bowl. Beat on high until smooth.
  5. Scoop the batter into a large ziploc bag, seal the top, and snip one of the bottom corners.
  6. Pipe the batter into the doughnut mold, filling it completely.
  7. Cook until the doughnut machine indicator light goes off. For the oven, bake for 17 minutes. Remove the doughnuts and cool on a wire rack. Trim if necessary.

Make the glaze

  1. Mix the cacao butter, coconut butter, and honey in a shallow bowl. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes to thicken.
  2. Once the donuts are completely cooled, dip them in the glaze then dip the tops in the ground up strawberries.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to allow the glaze to set.

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