Glazed blood orange doughnuts

by Emma Hatcher

That rarest of things: a FODMAP-friendly cake

This recipe is taken from my book, The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen, the writing of which I explore elsewhere on the site. I’ve reworked this classic so that the words ‘doughnut’ and ‘low FODMAP’ can exist in the same sentence. Baking them instead of frying makes them slightly healthier, and covered in a sweet, seasonal blood orange pink glaze, they not only look beautiful but finish with a light citrus taste.


100g white rice flour
4 tbsp tapioca flour
70g brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp xanthan gum
¼ tsp salt
60ml lactose- or dairy-free milk of choice
4 tbsp oil
2 eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the blood orange glaze:
200g icing sugar, sifted
Zest of ½ blood orange
3-4 tbsp fresh squeezed blood orange juice, depending on desired consistency
Edible flowers to decorate


Preheat the oven to 180C and lightly grease a doughnut pan. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the rice flour, tapioca flour, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt. Set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir to combine.

Spoon the batter into a piping bag or a large re-sealable sandwich bag with a hole cut in one of the corners. Pipe the batter evenly into the prepared doughnut pan. Bake for 10-12 mins, or until the tops of the doughnuts bounce back when gently pressed. Let the doughnuts sit in the pan for 5 minutes, before popping them on a wire rack and leaving to cool.

To make the blood orange glaze, add the icing sugar, orange zest and 3 tbsp blood orange juice to a bowl and whisk together. Adjust the icing thickness by adding additional orange juice, 1 tsp at a time. Dip the cooled doughnuts into the glaze and then decorate with the flowers.

Recipe: Emma Hatcher