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Oat Almond Donut Muffins {vegan, oil-free, gluten-free}

Make a batch of oat almond donut muffins that are healthy, easy, and (you guessed it) taste like cake donuts! They are also vegan, gluten-free & oil-free.
bowl full of mini oat almond donut muffins sprinkled with sugar

Celebrate National Donut Day with Healthy Donut Muffins

In case you missed the announcement…tomorrow is National Donut Day!

I almost missed it, because… I never heard of it. That is, I never heard about it until a banner appeared in front of one of our local donut shops the other day. I almost missed that, too. However, my eagle-eyed 7-year-old spotted it, and announced it, as soon as we passed by.

I looked it up, and, sure enough, National Donut Day is indeed a thing.  It is celebrated the first Friday of June. 

In light of my public service announcement, I had to make something donut inspired to mark the day. Introducing my Oat Almond Donut Muffins! They are healthy and easy to make, but will remind you of vanilla cake donuts. Yippee!

three oat almond muffins on a piece of parchment paper

Vegan Donut Muffins made with Oats and Almond Flour

You might guess upon tasting one of these muffins that they are made with all-purpose wheat flour. In fact, they are made with rolled oats (ground into a fine flour in a food processor) and almond flour.

The fat from the almond flour allows you to bypass any added oil without any sacrifice of moistness or tender texture. 

Sweeten with Maple Syrup

Maple syrup provides natural, mild sweetness plus flavor. 

However, I could not resist adding a sprinkle of natural cane sugar. First I spray the mini muffin pan cups with cooking spray and then sprinkle with a little bit of natural cane sugar before filling with the batter. Another light sprinkle goes on top of the batter before heading to the oven.

mini donut muffin made with almond flour and oats

These donut mini muffins were a hit with Nick, but also with me and Kevin. They made me wonder whether donut day should become a monthly event at our house. I’m thinking YES. Cue the sprinkles and chocolate glaze!

Happy baking, everyone!

Yield: 12 mini muffins

Oat Almond Donut Muffins {vegan, oil-free, gluten-free}

three oat almond muffins on a piece of parchment paper

Make a batch of oat almond donut muffins that are healthy, easy, and taste like cake donuts! They are also vegan, gluten-free & oil-free.


  • Optional: natural cane sugar, for sprinkling


  • 1 cup (90 g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (56 g) almond flour
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) nondairy milk
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven o 350F (175C). Spray 12 cups of a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. If desired, sprinkle the sprayed cups with cane sugar.
  2. In a mini food processor process the oats into a fine flour. Transfer to a medium bowl and whisk in the almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and optional nutmeg.
  3. Add the milk, maple syrup, vinegar and vanilla to bowl; stir to combine into a thick batter. Divide batter evenly between prepared muffin cups. If desired, sprinkle tops with a bit more cane sugar.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 13 minutes until risen, golden brown at edges, and a toothpick inserted near the center of the muffin comes out with only moist crumbs attached.
  5. Cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes before running a knife around edges of each muffin and removing. Cool muffins completely on a cooling rack.


Storage: Store the cooled muffins in an airtight container at cool room temperature for 1 day, the refrigerator for 3 days, or the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 mini muffin

Amount Per Serving Calories 77Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 69mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 2g

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Aimee B.

Wednesday 13th of July 2022

These were easy and yummy. I got 24 out of one standard batch though, so perhaps my mini muffin tin is smaller. It's O.K. though because that just means more deliciousness!! :) The only thing I did differently was to dip the tops in melted vegan butter and then press them into a bit of sugar. My whole family enjoyed them. Thank you.


Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Hello! Would you be able to tell me approximately how much oat flour I could sub the ground oats with? We loved the flavor of these but my food processors just don't get the oats ground fine enough. I'd love to try them again with oat flour! Thank you!


Wednesday 28th of November 2018

Camilla, I have been making these for YEARS for my family. I double the recipe (I have a 24-count mini muffin tin). I've added icings, sprinkles, drizzled chocolate, etc. KIds think this is THEIR family donut muffin (they call them baked donut holes) recipe. THANK YOU!


Monday 23rd of April 2018

I LOVE cake style donuts and these little muffins did not disappoint. I will try adding a chocolate glaze next time, like you mentioned.


Sunday 12th of February 2017

came out great! I added a few mini chocolate chips to the batter.

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