Wednesday, December 31, 2014

"Oliebollen" -Dutch Doughnut (Gluten, Refined Sugar and Yeast Free)

Happy New Years! We have had a healthy happy 2014 and look forward to 2015.  As some of you may know, I was born in the Netherlands, so to celebrate New Years Eve, we have made a traditional Dutch treat, Healthy Happy Wife style.
In the Netherlands, many homes will be serving a plate of oliebollen and/or apple beignets. Oliebollen are definitely not healthy as they are a sweet dough fried in oil, however they are a special treat. The original recipe calls for yeast and are served with powdered sugar for dipping.  I have decided to keep the yeast out and we enjoyed ours dipped into a little pure maple syrup.

Ingredients (makes 10-12)

  • 3/4 cup tapioca or arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon psyllium husk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raisins/currents (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup non dairy milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 shredded apple 
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla
  • 10 drops liquid stevia
  • oil for frying (I used grapeseed oil)

  1. Heat a small but tall pot of oil.  I used about 2-3 cups of oil and cooked 2-3 at a time.  You could use a larger pot to cook more but it will take longer to heat.  I turned the oven fan on high and it kept the oil smell way down.  Bring the oil to 180 C.
  2. In a small dish combine apple cider vinegar and milk and let sit.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients including the raisins. 
  4. In a small bowl blend the egg, apple, vanilla and stevia.
  5. Add the egg and milk mixtures to the flour bowl and stir to combine.
  6. With the aid of two large spoons form balls out of the batter, drop these into the hot oil.   Fry for 2-3 minutes flipping them over until they are golden brown.  
  7. Drain the oliebollen onto a paper towels.  
  8. Enjoy.  In my opinion they are best served right away while still warm.  


  1. Hi Irene,
    I've just discovered your wonderful website. Even more excited about your oliebollen recipe. I know it's only March but I'm planning ahead. I live in Australia and also make oliebollen on New Year's Eve. I do cook them outside in an electric pot. Took a food sensitivity test in February and I'm highly sensitive to dairy (how was a Dutch girl going to survive on no cheese and yoghurt), wheat, yeast and cashews.
    Made you soda bread, fudge and lemon poppy pancakes.
    Thanks again for creating wonderful recipes and I'm looking forward to trying out many more of them.
    Monique ��

  2. Thanks for sharing your GF oliebollen recipe. Mom used to make these all the time when I was younger, but I was diagnosed with Celiac in 2011, so I can't eat the ones the rest of my family used to enjoy. I have most of the ingredients at home and look forward to making some tomorrow night for my own New Year's Eve Oliebollen feast.