Carrot Cake Donuts + Coconut Glaze

All the goodness of carrot cake in donut form with oats, pineapple, and spices baked into a delicious dessert.




  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup melted butter and/or coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk (of choice)
  • ¼ cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour*
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated carrot

Coconut Glaze:

  • 2-ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Coconut flakes
  • Crushed pecans or walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place brown sugar and melted butter/oil in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Whisk together until combined. While mixer is running, add the egg, milk, pineapple and vanilla extract until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together oat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg until combined.
  4. While mixer is running, add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in the grated carrot.
  5. Fill donut cups with donut mixture, pressing it down into the cup with the back of a spoon and filling to the top, leaving a hole in the center. Bake in preheated oven for 12-13 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly, then transfer donuts to parchment paper and allow to completely cool.
  6. While donuts bake, whisk together cream cheese, coconut milk, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Place in the refrigerator until donuts are cooled. Coat donuts with glaze, sprinkle with toppings and allow to dry.


*Substitution Tip: This recipe works with whole wheat pastry flour, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, oat flour or gluten free all-purpose flour.


Keywords: easy, doughnut, baked, easy, no yeast, healthy, coconut flakes, cream cheese, glazed