Phil's Sweet Ricotta Doughnuts

Serves: 4 servings (about 30 bite-sized doughnut balls) Cooking time: 25 minutes

"When I wrote my gluten-free cookbook these doughnut balls were one of my favourite recipes, so I thought I’d have a go at creating a no added sugar version and I’m delighted with the results…

For a sweet treat, just make sure the oil is deep and hot enough to make the dough inside fluffy and light. You can use wheat flour instead of gluten-free, in which case leave out the xanthan gum." - Phil Vickery


  • vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 250g ricotta cheese
  • 45g gluten-free flour blend - Makes 500g: 175g mixture of half white rice flour with half brown - 175g potato starch - 150g tapioca flour/starch
  • 1/8th level tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 level tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2tbsp  Total Sweet Xylitol and 1 tsp cinnamon for dusting


Preparation time: 10 minutes plus 30 minutes to drain the ricotta 

  1. Drain the ricotta: turn into a colander and leave to drain until dry, about 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep fat fryer to 180⁰C, or a deep-sided pan filled one-third with oil.
  3. Place the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, xylitol and lemon zest into a bowl and mix together evenly. Add the egg and yolk; next, add the drained ricotta cheese and again mix well.
  4. Spoon the dough into a piping bag (not fitted with a nozzle) and when the oil is hot, pipe small balls of dough straight into the hot oil. If you don’t have a piping bag, roll little balls of mixture between metal spoons and transfer them to the oil.
  5. Cook a small batch at a time, swirling and turning with a slotted spoon so you get an even colour and until nice and golden: about 3- 4 minutes.
  6. Drain well on kitchen paper and then roll in cinnamon dusting while still warm.
  7. Serve warm and fresh straight away. The recipe makes about 30 to allow 4 servings of six little bites.