Heather made these after a week long craving for donuts. They are not "healthy" but they delicious and are gluten free and can easily be made dairy free as well.
Gluten Free Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts
1 packet or 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1/8 cup warm water
3/4 cup lukewarm milk, almond milk, rice milk, or any milk substitute(scald then cool)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons shortening(we used Earth Balance butter spread for the dairy free option)
2 cups gluten free flour blend(we used Authentic Foods)
1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine 1 cup flour with xanthum gum. In a large bowl or stand mixer, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, sugar, salt, egg, shortening, and flour mixed with xanthan gum. Beat on low for 30 seconds scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium for 2 minutes scraping bowl occasionally. Add additional flour and beat until smooth. Dough will be soft and slightly sticky.
Dust a clean surface with flour blend. Gently roll out dough and cut into shape. Cover and let rise until double(40-50 minutes). While donuts are raising prepare glaze.
Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fat fryer to 350 degrees. Slide donuts a few at a time into the oil and fry until golden. When donuts are slightly cook dip into the glaze and let drip on a cooling sheet.