Last Updated on January 18, 2022
Today, we’re going to be answering the question: does Dunkin Donuts have gluten-free donuts or foods? You’ll almost definitely have heard of Dunkin Donuts; it’s one of the best fast food donut places in the US. As well as donuts, they also do an all-day breakfast menu – and offer a range of hot and cold beverages. But does Dunkin have anything gluten-free? Let’s take a closer look.
Ingredients In Dunkin Donuts
The ingredients you’ll find in the standard glazed Dunkin’ Donuts are:
- Wheat Flour
- Malted Barley Flour
- Ferrous Sulfate
- Thiamin Mononitrate
- Folic Acid
- Palm Oil
- Soybean Oil
- Skim Milk
- Soy Flour
- Wheat Starch
- Soy Lecithin
- Xanthan Gum
- Artificial Flavor
As you can see – the ingredients list is quite extensive!
Do Dunkin Donuts Contain Gluten?
From the list of ingredients, you’ll probably notice that Dunkin’ Donuts does contain gluten. Many of the ingredients in the glazed donuts (as well as all of their other donuts) contain wheat and barley; both of which contain gluten.
Gluten can be found in cereal grains, including wheat, barley, rye, and oats (unless GF oats). Therefore there are no donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts that are suitable for a gluten-free diet. They do not offer a gluten-free alternative at any of their stores, and unfortunately do not plan to make any gluten-free additions to their menu anytime soon, which is frustrating for us.
Gluten-Free Dunkin Donuts Menu
As well as their donuts, their all-day breakfast sandwiches are also not gluten-free – and they do not offer any gluten-free alternatives. While the donuts and sandwiches are not gluten-free at Dunkin’, there are a few food and drinks items we can enjoy at their stores. Although it is important to tell your server when ordering that you have an allergy. That way, they can be vigilant of any cross-contact when preparing your order.
Here are the gluten-free items you can enjoy at Dunkin’ Donuts:
- Hot Chocolate
- Iced Latte
- Iced Macchiato
- Cold Brew
- Iced Coffee (Dark, Decaf and Original)
- Hazelnut Swirl
- Pistachio Almond Swirl
- Caramel Swirl
- French Vanilla Swirl
- Pumpkin Swirl
- Heath Swirl
- Mocha Swirl
- Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Creme Swirl
- French Vanilla
- Toasted Almond
Coolatta and Frozen Drinks
- Blue Raspberry Coolatta
- Pineapple Coolatta
- Grape Coolatta
- Cotton Candy Coolatta
- Cosmic Pineapple Coolatta
- Cosmic Cotton Candy Coolatta
- Vanilla Bean Coolatta
- Cosmic Grape Coolatta
- Cosmic Strawberry Coolatta
- Strawberry Coolatta
- Blue Raspberry Coolatta
- Vanilla Chai (Frozen)
- Frozen Chocolate
- Coffee (Frozen)
- Frozen Dunkaccino
- Vanilla Chai
- Fruit Iced Tea
- Black Tea (Iced)
- Green Tea (Iced)
- Sweet Tea (Iced Tea)
- Snackin’ Bacon
- Hash Browns
If you inform the server of your allergy, some stores will be happy to make a breakfast sandwich without the bread and that can be enjoyed safely.
It’s important to note that there will be a chance of cross-contact, this is why it’s important to make your server aware. Cross contact is when a product that does not contain any gluten ingredients, comes into contact with a product that does contain gluten. The risk of this is high in Dunkin’ Donuts stores as their preparation areas are usually relatively small.
GF Dunkin Donuts Recipe
If you’re missing donuts (which is understandable considering the lack of options), you may want to make your own. It’s much easier than you may think! Let’s take a look at this Gluten-Free Vanilla Birthday Cake Donuts recipe from Gluten-Free Palate.
For this recipe, you’ll the ingredients you’ll need are:
- 2 Cups of All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
- 3/4 Cup of Granulated Sugar
- 2 teaspoons of GF Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon of Salt
- 3/4 cup of Milk
- 2 Large Eggs
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Cup Oil
- 1 cup of Powdered Sugar
- 2 tablespoons of Milk
- 1 cup of Sprinkles
- Preheat your own to 425F and grease donut pans (this recipe makes 12 donuts)
- Mix the salt, flour, sugar, and baking powder into a large bowl
- In another bowl, mix the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract
- Gradually add the wet mixture, to the dry mixture, combining well
- In each donut hole in your greased pans, spoon the batter in until around half full. Do not cover the donut hole with batter
- Bake for around 7-9 minutes (it may take longer, but they should be set and risen)
- Carefully remove from the oven and the donut holes. They may need some loosening up. If so, do it gently with a spatula
- Cool on a wire rack for around 10 minutes
- Place the rack somewhere you don’t mind getting messy – parchment paper underneath is a perfect solution
- Now time for the glaze! In a bowl, mix the sugar and milk. Heat for 30 seconds in a microwave. Stir until there are no sugar lumps remaining
- Individually dip the donuts into the warm glaze
- Once glazed, return to the wire rack and repeat until all donuts are covered. You may have to do this process twice to get the donuts completely covered
- Now dip the glazed donuts into the sprinkles (or leave without sprinkles if you’d prefer)
- Place in an airtight container and they’ll stay fresh for around 3 days – yum!
These donuts are absolutely delicious! If you need the donuts to be dairy-free too, just substitute the milk for a dairy-free alternative. All other ingredients are already dairy-free.
I hope this article has helped to answer the question: does Dunkin Donuts have gluten-free options? Unfortunately, if you’re craving donuts – the selection is very limited. But if you want to pop in for a hot/cold drink and a snack, it’s a great place to stop. Some stores even sell a pre-packaged GF brownie, so keep an eye open for that!
Do you like Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you usually order? Please feel free to let me know any answers in the comments below.
Hi, my name’s Zoë. I’m 28 years old and live in London, UK. I work full time as a freelance writer and critic for West End theatre. Writing has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I spend most of my free time at the theatre, or at conventions. I’m married to the love of my life, and live in a small apartment with my fur baby, Lillie. I run two of my own blogs: No Safer Place and Stage to Page: both of which have won awards. I also have a YouTube channel where I talk about all things stagey.