Monday, December 27, 2021

My Recipe Box - Gluten Free "Timbits"( Donut Balls/Holes)

Toronto ON

Since John's been gluten free (allergy not preference) he has missed his Tim Horton Timbits.
According to the Taste Atlas:
Timbits are bite-sized doughnut holes made from leftover doughnut dough, fried in vegetable oil and available in a number of varieties such as yeast, cake, apple fritter, honey dip, old fashion plain, chocolate glazed, blueberry, strawberry, lemon, and filled timbits. 
They are sold by fast food chain Tim Hortons. The bit in Timbit is an acronym for Big in Taste, which is an original campaign slogan from the 1970s. In Quebec, people prefer to use the generic term doughnut holes or trous de beigne instead of timbits.

I found a recipe that resembles timbits and I have modified it to my preferences and is NOT deep fried.

makes 48 mini 


Batter Ingredients
1⅓ cups GF flour 
¾ cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp xanthan gum
¼ tsp salt
⅛ tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup sour cream or yogurt 
¼ (57 grams) cup butter, room temperature
2 eggs - I sometimes substitutes 1/4 cup applesauce for 1 egg
1½ tsp vanilla

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping Ingredients
¼ cup melted butter for dipping
½ cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Muffin Instructions
Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt and nutmeg. Whisk the dry mixture until evenly combined.

In a mixer bowl combine eggs, sour cream, butter and vanilla. Add half the dry mixture to the mixer bowl and beat until combined. Add the remainder of the mixture then increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Grease mini-muffin tins or use paper liners. Using a small scoop fill muffin tins ½ to ¾ full. (Note: If they are too full they will rise over the top of the pan and break when you try to remove them.)
Bake in 350°F oven for 18 minutes, do not under cook.
Cool on rack 5-10 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from the pan. Cool completely on wire racks.

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping Instructions
Melt butter in small bowl and add sugar and cinnamon. Mix very well.
Dip the top of each muffin into melted butter then into the cinnamon-sugar. Spoon the topping onto the muffins.

makes ????

1 cup gluten free flour 
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/4 cup butter melted
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup powdered icing sugar 
1/4 cup  milk 
1 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). 
Grease mini-muffin tins or use paper liners.
Sift the gluten free flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl. Sifting is important; you want to remove any clumps of cocoa.

In the same bowl, add in the eggs, butter, milk, and vanilla and stir together until completely smooth. The batter will be thick like peanut butter.

Spoon batter into the pan, filling it right to the top. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the donuts to cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10-15 more minutes before glazing.

Make the glaze. While the donuts are cooling, make the glaze by sifting the confectioners sugar into a medium bowl. Stir in the milk, and vanilla. If your liquid is not thick enough, the glaze may be too thin. If this is the case, add in 2-3 tbsp flour, or arrowroot starch if you have on hand. If the batter is too thick, add more liquid to make it thinner if desired.

Dunk each donut into the glaze using your fingers. Place on a wire rack on top of a large baking sheet to let the glaze drip down. Put in freezer for 5 minutes so the glaze sets. Repeat dunking two to three more times if you want a thick glaze coating. I dunked mine two times. If you run out of glaze, just make more.


1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream
1 tbsp vanilla
2 tsp maple syrup
2 cups (240 ml) icing sugar

Whisk together until smooth. Use immediately.


As above replace maple syrup with coffee granules


  1. Chef did a great job with these. They are delicious, however still waiting for the chocolate ones with icing which are my favourite Tinbits.

  2. Now I'm REALLY hungry. I need to find something sweet to eat. I like that the Tinbits aren't fried.

  3. Just got caught up with you. Great murals. And recipes even though complaints still come in I see. :D.


    1. Yes, but I don't think the customer is always right! Nore husbands...

  4. Never heard of timbits.
    Coffee is on and stay safe


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