Tiramisu Mini Donuts

Growing up, my father used to have an empty Sparklettes water bottle filled to the rim with change, stashed away in his closet.  Being the respectful kid that I was, I was well aware of it and would help myself to a dollar or twenty. In change, mind you. Perhaps this is why, to this day, I still *love* quarters. Brings back fond memories of theft. I promise this has something to do with Tiramisu mini donuts. Be patient with me.

Tiramisu Mini Donuts - Fork & Beans

But in my defense, my dad never touched the money. In fact, the water bottle was just a deposit slot meant for the sole purpose of emptying out his pockets. It was collecting dust. Someone had to be the helpful one and put the money to good use. Glad to be of service. I mean, I was merely keeping the bottle from overflowing. That’s what we call quality control. You’re welcome, dad.

Tiramisu Mini Donuts - Fork & Beans

So what exactly would I do with my over-filled pockets? Go to the donut shop, but of course! I had 2 donuts and a carton of milk that called my name on a weekly basis {not the healthiest choice, sure} but I had a love affair with donuts. Despite the fact that I don’t buy them anymore, they still have soft spot in my heart {not to mention have given me a soft, squishy bottom in their loving memory}. And in their honor, I thought how fun to combine one of my favorite childhood foods with one of my favorite adulthood desserts, Tiramisu.

Tiramisu Mini Donuts - Fork & Beans

Tiramisu Mini Donut Recipe

Gluten, dairy, and egg free

Makes 24 mini donuts


For the donut

  • 1/2 c. brown rice flour (Authentic Foods brand)
  • 1/2 c. sorghum flour (Authentic Foods brand)
  • 1/4 c. potato starch
  • 1/4 c. arrowroot powder
  • {OR 1 1/2 c. flour mix}
  • 1 tsp xathan gum
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c. non-dairy milk (I used hemp) + 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar (sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 2 mini donut pans {or use 1 at a time}.
  2. Combine flours, starches, xanthan gum, sugar, baking soda and powder, and salt together until mixed thoroughly.
  3. Make a well in the middle of the bowl. Add remainder of ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  4. Either scoop into a Ziploc baggie and pipe into donut pan OR spoon into pan.
  5. Bake 8-10 min until golden. Allow to cool completely in pan.

*You can also make these as cupcakes too*

For the Frosting {adapted from Food Network}

  • 1/2 c. vegan butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. vegan cream cheese, softened
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/8-1/4 c. hemp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Cream butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time until well combined.
  3. Add milk and vanilla and mix until fluffy.

Remainder Ingredients:

  • 1 c. Kahula
  • 24 chocolate-covered coffee bean {homemade or store bought}
  • cocoa powder, for dusting
  • muffin liners, to hold in the Kahula


  1. Place each donut into a muffin liner.
  2. Put 1 Tb Kahula into the middle section of the donut to absorb.
  3. Pipe frosting on the top of the donut.
  4. Dust with cocoa powder, using a small strainer.
  5. Top with a chocolate-covered coffee bean.

Tiramisu Mini Donuts - Fork & Beans

These donuts are so flippin’ good–but then agin, I don’t think you need me to tell you that. The pictures speak for themselves. So much so that I’m currently gathering up all my quarters and depositing them into my pockets for good times’ sake..Tiramisu Mini Donuts - Fork & Beans

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  1. I was looking up original tiramisu’ recipe and I found yours! It looks amazing!! Care to link up to my newest bloghop on tiramisu’?

  2. How dare you take your dad’s change. I would never have taken my dad’s change. Not even for after school del taco trips. Shame on you.

  3. Delicious! I love Tiramisu…what a great combination.

  4. Tasty Yummies says:

    Oh my goodness these look amazing. I wish I could go to bed tonight and they would just be waiting for me in my kitchen in the morning. Aren’t there doughnut elves? Cuz there should be :)

    • Well, that could be reality–it would just require you to move to L.A. Any takers? And I think you are right about the elves. If cookies have them, why can’t donuts??? I’m all about making this happen…

  5. Kahlua is dairy free?! Holy crap. That is freaking awesome.

    Tirimisu is one of my absolute favorite things in the world and though I don’t like donuts usually, I think I would scarf this down in a really unattractive way. Gorgeous girl!

  6. These sound amazing! I started reading through the ingredient list wondering what made them tiramisu flavoured…but then I got to the kahlua and chocolate covered coffee beans and I was sold! So the Kahlua just gets absorbed into the donut without making it soggy at all?

  7. This is, hands down, the BEST recipe I’ve ever seen. You, my dear, have reached a whole new level of wonderful! The lovely flavors of tiramisu in a gluten free, vegan, AND easy version. I absolutely will be making these as soon as our move is over!

    • Tiramisu ANYTHING will always steal my heart, no? It is *that* good.
      And moving? Where to, my dear??? Moving always takes the best out of ya, doesn’t it?

      • We are just moving about 20 minutes away from where we are now. It’s just a pain with a three year old, closing our business, starting a new job, and trying to pack up our entire house! I’ll just be glad when things settle down! :)

        And I would probably give my left kidney for a piece of tiramisu! LOL

        • It doesn’t matter how far you move, it is a pain regardless! And with all those changes? Goodness me, you have your hands full at the moment. Allow me to bring you some tiramisu donuts!

  8. ooooo yeah KAHULA! YES! Anything with that glorious nectar of the gods is OK in my book… actually tiramasu is one of my all time favourite desserts. I love a almond milky-coffee with a good splash of kahula too 😉 I think I need to start a coin-bottle for Viper, he leaves little stacks of coins all over the house… so annoying!

    • Think of all the funny memories your kids will have stealing those coins. Best years of my life :)
      And I am right there with you on Tiramisu being THE best dessert, hands down. Why is that? No wait, I know: Because it is, that is why… (is that even a real answer? But for some reason, it totally works for tiramisu)…

  9. My favorite post of yours so far, all because of this story! I can’t tell you how many times I filled my pockets with my Dad’s extra quarters I *found*. Awesome.

    • hehehe. I like how you “found” your dad’s quarters. I don’t know how to explain it–they just ended up in my pockets, dad, I swear! :)
      Did you ever get caught?

      • Thankfully, no, though I am pretty sure he knew – how else did I raise money to buy all that makeup I started wearing – all of a sudden…in grade 4.
        True story. Sad, yes, but so, so true! :)

        • It’s kinda hard *not* to know when you are walking around with pockets clinking and clanking :)
          HAHA. Makeup in the 4th grade, eh? Hilarious! You were an early bloomer and better than I. I was buying snow cone makers and eating Mexican food alone. ha!

  10. Lady! These look ah-mazing! This is my favorite part: “Muffin liners to hold in the Kahlua.” Things to make things hold on to the alcohol are my favorite things…Especially when the things that are holding the alcohol are donuts. Mmmmm… rumnuts….

    • love that the kahlua is being held so well in those liners ;).. all of it nicely absorbed and yumm!:)
      super cool idea!! so this starts off donut-ize all the fave desserts and cookies 😉

    • Rumnuts! HAHA. Laughing so hard. xo P.S. My whole family this week would ask, who is Brooke who leaves comments on your blog? Your a popular girl in the Reed household :)

      • Desserts made into donuts. You are a dangerous woman, Cara Reed. And tell your family that I am the crazy cat lady up in Washington who now desperately wants to eat nothing but rum soaked donuts for breakfast every day… :)

  11. Brooklyn says:

    Yummmmm! My favorite so far! I’m having some good memories of our Buca days this morning… hee hee. We’re going to have to make these next time your here. :)

    • I had no extra space to write about those memories as well–BOTH were circling my mind whilst writing this post :) hehe. Nothing tops Buca tiramisu, however, nothing. I think I am going to go eat that for dinner now. It sounds so good! xo

  12. I’m so glad I don’t have a muffin pan because despite Sno-Balls and Moon Pies I’d have to make these too! And then I’d make a batch of blueberry and one of chocolate with glaze because they were always my favorite. Judging by this picture though, that may have changed.

  13. These look so fantastic! What’d I miss? I’ve been out sick – I feel like I’ve got catching up to do…

    • Hi Lovely! So glad to hear you are feeling better. xo. You haven’t missed much because I have been in Texas since Wednesday. You did, however, miss an awesome post by Caitlin, but by the looks of it, you have already caught up on it! Not sure about the substitute for flours though… We will need to wait for Caitlin’s reply–I’m useless.

  14. oh, I NEED to make these for Jason, two of his favorite things are doughnuts and tiramisu.

    I love quarters, too. I have my own jar, a big carboy. I fill it with ONLY quarters, and when it gets full, it’s about $1700. I’ve only emptied it once, in college, and boy did that come in handy. 😉

    • I have no idea how you have the self-control. Quarters call my name. They *need* to be spent, or so they tell me. Donuts and tiramisu also call my name. So do most sweets, apparently… ha :)

  15. These definitely look yummy, the photos sure do speak for themselves!!! What a great idea!!! Love the flavor combo miss creative :)
    I was laughing out loud at your story too…I love your writing! your personality shines through and I can just see you grabbing change with a huge smile on your face and heading off to buy your weekly treat :)

  16. i don’t think i’ve ever had tiramisu! these donuts look delicious, though 😉

    my mom had, and still has, a mason jar filled with change. whenever i asked my mom for money and she didn’t have any, i’d say, “what about the jar??” i was such a brat.

    • hahaha. That is hilarious, Caitlin. You were a brat (says the girl who would steal money from her father…) :) You have never had tiramisu??? Oh goodness. Heaven on earth. Without a doubt.
      And I’m kidding about the brat comment, of course! xo

  17. Um yes amazing! How did you know my favorite thing in the world is Tiramisu, I haven’t had since going vegan :(

    …and you are not alone, my cousin and I use to “help ourselves” to my Grams change Jar and walk down to Corner Deli for BLT’s, Munchos & Mountain Dew – I cringe at the way I use to eat, thank goodness for the power of change :)

  18. Whoa, these look amazing!! What the world needs is more decadent vegan & gluten free donuts. The world thanks you!!

  19. Shut UP these look amazing. Definitely trying!

  20. Marissa says:

    Looks great! Can I just use regular white all purpose flour instead though? Would I need to adjust the recipe in any other way? I do not need gluten free.

    • Yes you can, Marissa! Simply add the flours and starches/arrowroot powder together in any of my recipes (1 1/2 c for this recipe), sub it with regular flour; and omit the xanthan gum. Another note: usually with gf/vegan, you need a little extra baking powder/soda to get a rise so you can decrease the measurements by a little bit as well (for example, use 1- 1 1/2 tsp total instead of 2).

  21. Holy crap on a cracker! I just realised Kahula is vegan!!

  22. I think I love you. Will you marry me?

  23. So you say that you would go buy 2 donuts and a carton of milk with the stolen quarters…was one of the donuts for your dad?!

    • Kierstan, go to My Story section and look at my before photo. Does that photo give you the slightest hint that I was good at sharing my food??? haha

  24. I think I need to invest in a donut pan! So cute and delicious looking as usual Cara!

    • A donut pan is a must! There are 2 things a girl needs in life: A good pair of shoes and a donut pan. And maybe some quarters. xo!

  25. shannonroche says:

    Oh wow. These sound phenomenal. I normally stay away from liqueurs, but might have to buy a bottle of Kahula now.

    • It’s hard to resist a liqueurs that has been sopped up in a cake!! If you buy a big bottle, you will only have the inevitable excuse to keep making these. ha :)


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