Three glazed Lemon Fōnuts (gluten free vegan donuts) with pastel-colored sprinkles on a white background.

Lemon Fōnuts: Gluten-Free Vegan Donuts – A Delicious Delight

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Ah, donuts – those sinfully delicious treats seem to be everywhere, and while I once lived in Portland, OR, it seemed like donut shops were everywhere. My quest for gluten-free alternatives had me yearning for that classic coffee and donut experience. Then, a few years ago, I stumbled upon the elevated world of delicious treats at Waylynn Lucas’ Los Angeles-based, oven-baked donut shop, Fōnuts.

These delectable baked (sometimes steamed), never-fried fōnuts perfectly capture the familiar and beloved donut flavor. My search for gluten-free options had left me hanging, but Fōnuts came to the rescue.

Three glazed Lemon Fōnuts (gluten free vegan donuts) with pastel-colored sprinkles on a white background.

Now, let’s delve into the Lemon Fōnuts recipe, straight from Waylynn Lucas’ renowned Los Angeles bakery. The delightful lemon glaze strikes a harmonious balance, adorned with blue and yellow sprinkles, making it the answer to all your cravings. This recipe yields either six standard-sized fōnuts or fifteen mini ones.

I’ve had this recipe for quite some time and had always wanted to give it a try. Now that I’ve finally made these Lemon Fōnuts, I can’t help but wonder what took me so long to indulge in this delightful experience.

Lemon Fōnuts gluten free

The Unique Ingredients

What sets Lemon Fōnuts apart from traditional donuts is their ingredient list. These donuts are crafted using a blend of almond flour, coconut oil, and of course, fresh lemons. The absence of gluten and dairy makes them suitable for individuals with various dietary needs.

Baking Process: A Labor of Love

Crafting the perfect Lemon Fōnuts: Gluten-Free Vegan Donuts requires precision and care. The batter is mixed to just the right consistency, ensuring that each donut is fluffy and moist. The secret ingredient? Lemon zest, which infuses a burst of citrusy flavor into every bite.

Why Lemon Fōnuts?

Irresistible Flavor

The combination of tangy lemon and the subtle sweetness of the glaze creates a flavor explosion that’s simply irresistible. It’s no wonder Lemon Fōnuts have a dedicated fan base.

Dietary Accommodation

For those with dietary restrictions, Lemon Fōnuts are a dream come true. Whether you’re gluten intolerant, vegan, or simply health-conscious, you can enjoy these donuts guilt-free.


Lemon Fōnuts aren’t just for dessert; they can be enjoyed any time of day. Pair them with a morning coffee or savor them as an afternoon snack—the choice is yours.

Lemon Fōnuts gluten free


1 cup white rice flour
1 cup almond meal (fine almond flour preferred)
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 lemons, zested
2/3 cup almond milk or 1/4 live yogurt with a splash of milk
1/4 cup avocado oil or olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced or ¼ tsp vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice (or as needed to make a thick glaze)

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For the fonuts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the white rice flour, almond meal, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together the soy milk vegetable oil and lemon juice. At the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and then add the vanilla. Pour the batter into doughnut pans and bake until light and fluffy to the touch, 12 to 15 minutes.

For the glaze:

  1. In a bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and lemon juice, adding the lemon juice a little bit at a time until you achieve a thick glaze consistency*.
  2. Dip the tops of the baked and cooled fonuts into the glaze and allow to set on a sheet pan or waxed paper
  3. Recipe makes 6 regular donuts or 14 mini.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are Lemon Fōnuts: Gluten-Free Vegan Donuts truly gluten-free?

Yes, they are! These donuts are made from almond meal, which is naturally gluten-free, and all other ingredients are carefully chosen to ensure there’s no cross-contamination.

Are they suitable for vegans?

Absolutely! Lemon Fōnuts are 100% vegan, with no dairy or animal products used in their preparation.

Can I order Lemon Fōnuts online?

Yes, many bakeries now offer online ordering and nationwide shipping, so you can enjoy Lemon Fōnuts no matter where you are.

What’s the shelf life of Lemon Fōnuts?

When stored in an airtight container, Lemon Fōnuts can stay fresh for up to five days.

Do they offer different glaze flavors?

While Lemon Fōnuts are known for their lemon glaze, some variations may offer other glaze options for added variety.

Hi, I’m Valerie!

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