Gluten Free Donut Recipe

Looking for a gluten free donut recipe? You can enjoy these gluten free donuts from the comfort of your own kitchen, and they’re baked, not fried!

Gluten Free Donut Recipe

If you’ve spent much time on the internet, you may have run into one or two or ten people who you’ve never met, but feel like you’ve known them for ages. We’ve been lucky to find several relationships like these, one of which being Ashley from Edible Perspective. We first connected through our mutual passions for gardening, photography, and vegetarian recipes, and more recently home remodeling. And now, she’s come out with a cookbook, Baked Doughnuts for Everyone! This gluten free donut recipe is a preview from the book, and man, is it detastlicious! Keep reading for the recipe and a bit more about the book.

Making this gluten free donut recipe

Even though sweets aren’t usually our forte, we were happy to find that the gluten free donut recipes from Baked Doughnuts for Everyone are easy to make and full of wholesome flours like oat flour and almond meal. There’s truly something for everyone in the book: from healthy to savory, to decadent.

These pistachio honey doughnuts are from the “Healthed Up” chapter and use a healthier spin on the base recipe. They were a fun project and turned out delicious with a sweet, spongy cake and a honey glaze. For this gluten free donut recipe and all of the recipes in the book, you’ll need a doughnut pan. Since the donuts are baked and not fried, you’ll pour the dough into the pan.

Gluten Free Donuts on wire cooling rack

Gluten free donuts ingredients

You’ll need a few special flours for this gluten free donut recipe: oat flour, pistachio meal, almond meal, flax meal, and rice flour. The first four can actually be made at home by grinding them in a food processor and/or spice grinder. The rice flour has to be purchased, but these days it’s fairly easy to find online.

Aside from these items, the other ingredients in these gluten free donuts are pretty standard: oil, milk, egg, honey, applesauce; what you’d expect in standard baked goods!

How to make gluten free donuts

This gluten free donut recipe couldn’t be simpler to make! Just whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another, then combine the two. Pop the dough into the doughnut pan and bake for about 20 minutes.

Then you’ll top these gluten free donuts with honey and chopped pistachios. And the flavor? Fluffy, sweet, and so good you won’t want to stop eating them.

how to make gluten free donuts

About the book: Baked Doughnuts for Everyone

We thought we’d sit down with Ashley and ask her a few questions to provide some more info on the book, Baked Doughnuts for Everyone. We’ve provided a summary of the chat below (though we originally recorded it live, the quality was such that we weren’t able to share it with you–darn!). Thanks to Ashley for her time — and it was so nice to finally talk “in person”.

How did this cookbook come about? Prompted by the increased popularity of baked doughnut recipes, a publisher contacted Ashley with the idea of creating a cookbook. She saw Ashley already had several variations of gluten free donut recipes on her blog. To give the publisher an idea of her recipes, Ashley even shipped doughnuts overnight to the publisher while they were trying to decide whether it was a good fit (guess it won them over!). Once she got the job, she developed and photographed all recipes in just 3 months in her own kitchen.

How about the base recipe? Ashley usually doesn’t work with all-purpose gluten-free flours, but instead likes to use wholesome flours like oat flour and almond meal. She tried to come up with a base recipe for doughnuts that uses flours that are relatively easy to find (for example, you can make your own oat flour in your food processor).

Wow, 100 doughnut flavors! How did you come up with them? Ashley told us she made a huge list and emailed her entire family and friends to ask their favorite doughnuts and flavor combinations. She also looked to Jeni’s Ice Cream (the famous Ohio ice cream parlor) for interesting flavor combinations like chocolate cayenne and blackberry basil.

Ashley’s favorite recipes? Apple Fritter, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Cinnamon Roll, Red Velvet (colored naturally with beet puree), and Tiramisu are some of Ashley’s favorites, along with most of the options in the Savory chapter (like Garlic Spinach, Jalapeno Cheddar, and Stuffed Greek with Feta Cream Cheese Spread).

Looking for healthy desserts?

While we go to desserts for a splurge, we love finding healthy desserts that are big on flavor. Outside of this gluten free donut recipe, here are a few of our favorite healthy desserts:

This gluten free donut recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten free.

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Gluten Free Donut Recipe

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 1x


Looking for a gluten free donut recipe? You can enjoy these gluten free doughnuts from the comfort of your own kitchen, and they’re baked, not fried!


  • 1/2 cup oats or oat flour
  • 1/4 cup pistachios or pistachio meal
  • 1/4 cup almonds or almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds or ground flax meal
  • 1/4 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup ground pistachios
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (if pistachios are not salted)
  • 1/4 cup honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease your doughnut pan.
  2. If using whole oats, pistachios, almonds, and/or flax seeds, do the following: Grind 1/2 cup oats into a fine flour in a food processor. Then grind 1/4 cup pistachios into a fine meal in a coffee grinder or food processor, and do the same with 1/4 cup almonds and 2 tablespoons flax seeds (separately).
  3. Combine the oat flour, pistachio meal, almond meal, and flax meal along with 1/4 cup sweet rice flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl, mixing well. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg. Then whisk in 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup applesauce, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a large wooden spoon until just combined, being careful not to overmix (stop when you no longer see dry flour).
  5. Spoon the batter into the doughnut molds, filling to just below the top of each mold. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes until lightly golden brown around the edges. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Slide a thin spatula around the edges of the doughnuts to help loosen them out. Then place on a cooling rack and allow to cool fully before topping.
  6. To make the topping, chop 3/4 cup pistachios. In a bowl, mix the pistachios and salt together (if using unsalted nuts). In a microwavable bowl, add 1/4 cup honey, and microwave about 20 seconds until hot. Place parchment paper under the cooling racks, then generously spoon honey over the tops of the doughnuts. Top each doughnut with ground pistachios. Let cool and serve.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Gluten Free Donut Recipe, Gluten Free Donuts

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    November 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I would love to win this book for my husband. He absolutely loves to bake and this would be perfect to add to his collection of baking books.

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      Lilly Steirer
      November 18, 2013 at 9:43 am

      My husband is a doughnut lover and me… not so much! But, that is because I find them too stachy, too sweet and too bleh. I love all of those whole grain based flour mixes that must add an incredible element of texture and 100 different combinations? Yes!

      What a beautiful sounding cookbook!

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      November 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Who doesn’t want another cookbook?!? My husband would be the happiest man alive if I started making doughnuts.

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    November 18, 2013 at 1:45 am

    I received a donut pan for my birthday, and I need some good ideas so I can put it to use!

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    Kiran @
    November 18, 2013 at 6:19 am

    LOVE pistachios!! Yummy gf doughnuts :)

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    November 18, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I am still in awe. 100 – as in ONE HUNDRED – gluten free doughnut recipes. Truly amazing. And these look particularly nice – I am going through a pistachio craze myself at the moment, so looking forward to trying them…

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    November 18, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I’ve always loved Ashley’s recipes from her blog, so the book would be great to have in hand!

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    November 18, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I wouldn’t even know which recipe to start with, the pistachio ones look really good though!

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    Jen M
    November 18, 2013 at 7:25 am

    These look delicious! I’d love to try out some recipes from the book.

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    November 18, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I’d love to win b/c I love using my donut and minidonut pans!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    November 18, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I love how pretty the pistachios look on top – such a gorgeous doughnut!

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    November 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

    This book has been on my Christmas list for weeks! (So, if I win I’ll get to give my copy to a friend!)

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    Brittany Morreale
    November 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

    This book is awesome because who wouldn’t love donuts that are a little bit healthier :)

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    November 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I’m transitioning into a gluten-free/low gluten diet because my body has been reacting to sugar and carbohydrates to the point where I actually feel my blood sugar rise. It’s so easy to stick to just boring vegetables and forgo all desserts. I think this book would inspire me to be adventurous with my baking and cooking! I’d be so excited to crack this baby open and experiment in the kitchen. Thanks!!

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    November 18, 2013 at 11:07 am

    As someone with celiac whose family members are definitely not gluten-free, I love the idea of having yummy doughnuts that we would all get to make and eat together. I have a bunch of pistachios in the pantry right now and I plan on using this recipe for sure.

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    November 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I’m a huge fan of doughnuts. Unfortunately, doughnuts aren’t the healthiest! This book would be great since it provides healthier versions for me to indulge.

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    November 18, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I have tried a few gluten-free donut recipes and really liked them. I’d really be interested in trying out the savory varieties, however. I mean, chili and…donuts? Roast chicken and…donuts? Sounds like a match made in heaven.

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    Jeanne G
    November 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

    My pregnant daughter-in-law is craving donuts right now so I bought her a donut pan so she would bake her own and try to keep it a little healthier. This cookbook would be a fun surprise for her.

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    Emily R.
    November 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I’ve been avoiding doughnuts for years because I always think of them as this eternal bad-for-you food. I love the idea that you can not only bake them to cut the fat, but that there are so many creative and interesting options to make them nutritious and yummy for everyone!

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    November 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I would like to win this so I can give it to my gluten-free homegirl as a present :)

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    November 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I would love to win this book. I don’t do gf very much but am always looking for ways to expand my experience!

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    Debbie (Accidently Delish)
    November 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    i just recently found out i am gluten intolerant. It was seriously one of the worst things for me, because I am a HUGE carb girl. Thankfully I had already been following Ashley, knew she made amazing things, so I knew I wasn’t completely doomed. I seriously think she saved me from a mental break down. With that being said, I would LOVE this cookbook to give me more ideas and to help get through this transition.

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    November 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Oh my goodness! Who doesn’t love a doughnut. And if they can be made little healthier by baking them that’s even better. Can’t wait to make some!

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    November 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    The recipes look delicious and original, and would make a great Chanukah gift.

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    November 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I would love this book to give as a gift to my sister, who is crazy about doughnuts!

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    November 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    I would love to win this book because I have been coveting Ashley’s donates since she first began posting recipes on her blog!

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    November 18, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I would love to win this cookbook as I am on a tight budget this holiday season, and think homemade treats would be lovely gifts. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

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    Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine
    November 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    I am currently in college and I would love for a fun get-together with friends and lots of donuts :)

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    November 18, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I would love to win this cookbook for my daughter who has Crohn’s and is gluten-free. She loves to bake and has been experimenting with her donut pan!

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    Allison C
    November 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I have been trying to make more gluten-free baked goods and who doesn’t like doughnuts?!

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    Becca F
    November 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I’d love to win because I terribly miss doughnuts since being diagnosed with my wheat allergy! All the ones I’ve tried to make have ended in the trash :(

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    November 18, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I love baked donuts and need more recipes to use my donut pan :)

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    November 18, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I love donuts & Ashley is a wonderful baker/blogger!

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    Debra Lee
    November 19, 2013 at 12:26 am

    I would love to win a copy because I’m gluten-fre and love doughnuts!

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    November 19, 2013 at 12:35 am

    This was the first recipe I attempted from Ashley’s book and I was extremely excited to use my locally grown pistachios and honey. They turned out divine! They were light and airy but still had a wonderful texture. Since my mother has celiac disease, she is always looking for new recipes to incorporate foods she’s had to cut from her diet and I think she’d love this book!

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    Kim C.
    November 19, 2013 at 2:23 am

    I started following Ashley’s blog after I found out that I had a gluten intolerance. I loved her very first doughnut recipe that she posted and I’ve made almost every single doughnut recipe on her blog. They are delicious and I would love to win a copy of her Cookbook so that I am able to make even more of her amazing doughnut recipes!!

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    November 19, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Looks very delicious!

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    sara by the season
    November 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Wow! Those doughnuts look amazing. We have a tradition at our house for birthdays – we go to a local doughnut shop for birthday doughnuts. They are delicious, and we always look forward to it. But then later in the day, I usually crash from the sugar high. I’d love this cookbook so I could learn some techniques to keep our doughnut tradition with a healthier spin!

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    Sophia Albright
    November 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I have just begun my journey for cooking healthy but delicious at the same time, and I could really use a cookbook like this! A few of my family members eat gluten free, and we go to Ashley’s blog for her awesome recipes all the time. Really, we’ve never tried something of hers that hasn’t tasted just amazing!

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    Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    November 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    After following along with all the blogs that made recipes from Ashley’s book, I have now decided that I MUST have the book. I would love to make some donuts for breakfast for Christmas morning this year with my family. Wouldn’t that be a fun treat!? Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I also posted over on your Facebook page!

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    Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)
    November 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I have donut baking pans that I’ve barely put to any use, and gluten-free friends to bake for! :)

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    Nataliya M.
    November 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I want this book because it’ll be proof to my husband that it’s possible to make doughnuts delicious and HEALTHY(er) at the same time. I love baking and Ashley’s (healthified) doughnuts will be my next adventure.

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    November 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Would LOVE to give this book to my sister-in-law for Christmas. She lives with celiac disease and has become a wonderful cook because of it.

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    November 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I would love to try these recipes to make treats for all of my gluten free friends!

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    Rachel VanderWindt
    November 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I would love this book! I love baking and donuts are my specialty, always looking for more recipes! :)

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    November 20, 2013 at 1:19 am

    101 GLUTEN FREE DONUT RECIPES!!! I love donuts so much I continued to eat the glutinous goodies a year after I finally was diagnosed with a gluten allergy. When the pain and danger finally trumped the bliss of those tempting little circles of pure pleasure I put my baking skills to the marble board. Gluten free baking has proved to me that baking and any passion or endeavor of creation is always an evolving, learning experience. Donuts became the fastest confection to reinvent to an even better (healthier!) gluten-free creation! I’d love to explore and indulge in Ashley’s baking wisdom of different flours to use with this awesome cookbook!!

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    Becki @ Bites 'n Brews
    November 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I love spending cold mornings baking and have a family of donut-lovers that I like to spoil. It’d be nice to have a plethora of gluten-free versions for the ones with sensitivities. And I hear there are vegan recipes in the back for my vegan bro and sis-in-law!

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    Lindsey | The Next Course
    November 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I’ve been following this book around the internet, drooling over all of the pictures of Ashley’s doughnuts as cooked by other bloggers! I would love to win a copy (but if I don’t win, I’ll probably purchase it for myself very soon!)!! I love the second image–such a gorgeous mess!

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    Rachel Tilly
    November 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    What a neat book! I would love to win this cookbook so I could continue to experiment with baking with whole grains.

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    November 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I’d love a copy of this book. I admire Ashley’s talent for creating gluten free recipes that use normal wholesome ingredients that are easy to find.

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    November 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I’d love to try more gluten-free baking! I’ve made a couple gf recipes, but can’t seem to get the consistency right!

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    Jaclyn Reynolds
    November 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Would love to learn some new gluten free recipes for my family!

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    November 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Pistachios are becoming all the rage, aren’t they? These would be especially fun to make around the holidays due to their pretty green color.

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    Linda Wagner
    November 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Oh my gosh, my bf walked up as I was reading this and demanded we make them right away!! I’m not much of a baker but I’ll give it a go! These look amazing! Do you think that coconut flour would work as a sub for the oats?

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      November 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Linda! This recipe is fairly easy to follow and put together, so don’t worry about being much of a baker! I’d probably stick to the recipe and use the oats to get the best texture. We haven’t used coconut flour before, so I’m not quite sure how it would turn out. Best of luck!

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    Mindy Gordy
    December 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Ooooh! I would love to try those pistachio donuts. Yum! Trying to cook and bake more gluten free too. I could use this book!

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    Garnet Lavendar
    December 8, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Is there a substitute for rice flour? I wonder if quinoa flour or more oat flour would work…. Please respond! These donuts look amazing and I would love to be able to make them!

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      December 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Hello! Actually, in Ashley’s book she states that there is not a good substitute for the sweet rice flour – it helps to make a nice texture. You can find it online at

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