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Coffee Cake Donuts - Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free

Most of the time I find Baker by Nature's recipes pretty intimidating because they look INSANELY delicious - gorgeous, mouth-watering pictures and all.  This one was particularly out of my comfort zone but my Littles NEVER get to have donuts given their food allergies.  So I decided to give it a try, and wow was I happy I did!

This recipe is taken directly from Baker by Nature (follow her @bakerbynature on both Facebook and Instagram, or bakerbynature.com), and the only substitute I had to make was for the one egg!  


COFFEE CAKE DONUTS (no egg, no peanuts, no tree nuts, no sesame)

Ingredients: [crumb topping]

  • 1/4 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into tiny cubes
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tbs all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Ingredients: [donuts]

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup full fat sour cream
  • 2 1/2 tbs unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg (we use 2 tbs water, 1 tsp vegetable oil, 2 tsp baking powder)

Ingredients: [vanilla glaze]

  • 1/2 cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar
  • 1/2 tbs whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Spray donut pan with non-stick and set aside

  2. Crumb topping: in a small bowl combine the sugar, flour, and cinnamon.  Add in the butter cubes and quickly work them into the mixture until it resembles a coarse meal; chill the topping in the freezer while making the donut batter.

  3. Donuts: In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl whisk together the wet ingredients.  Gently fold wet mixture into the dry mixture - don't over mix!
  4. Spoon or pipe the batter into the prepared donut pan (6 molds).  Divide the crumb topping evenly among donut tops, and bake for 10-11 minutes.  Allow them to cool for 10 min in the pan before gently lifting them out and transferring to a wire rack to cool for a few more minutes.
  5. Glaze:  In a small bowl whisk together the confectioner's sugar, milk, and vanilla.  Drizzle over donuts and serve.


  • We have no affiliation with Baker by Nature.  This is not a paid advertisement for this brand.  Just a food-allergy family who enjoys these recipes and doesn't mind sharing how we modify to make allergy-free for us!