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Spiced Gluten-Free Doughnuts (Vitumba)- Cameroon

These fragrant doughnuts from Cameroon (vitumba) are made from a batter of rice flour and coconut milk, making them naturally vegan and gluten-free. Lightly spiced with cardamon and nutmeg, they are best served dusted in icing sugar. Or, for a real treat, serve them with our salted caramel dipping sauce.
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 50 mins
SERVINGS 12 doughnuts



  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 5 cardamon pods (seeds removed and ground)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar (to serve)

Salted Caramel Sauce (optional)

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Make Vitumba batter:

  • Whisk together rice flour, dry yeast, salt, coconut sugar, ground cardamom seeds and nutmeg.
  • Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add in warm water, coconut milk and vanilla essence. Whisk until smooth and lump-free.
  • Cover and leave batter to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes or until bubbles form.

If using Vitumba pan:

  • Brush each hole of pan with oil and heat over medium heat.
  • Once warm, add batter so each mould is three quarters full. Cook for a few minutes on one side, then flip with a toothpick and cook on the other side.

If baking in the oven:

  • Preheat oven to 180˚C. Grease a half spherical silicone mould or cupcake tin with oil.
  • Divide batter between slots. Cook for 7 minutes, then flip using a toothpick and cook for another 7 minutes or until golden brown.

Make salted caramel dipping sauce:

  • In a pot, bring the coconut milk and brown sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low for about 20 minutes or until mixture has reduced and thickened, stirring frequently.


Recipe inspire by African Bites
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine African, Cameroonian
Keyword caramel, coconut milk, Dough, doughnut, Gluten-free, Healthy, pancake, rice flour, spiced, Sweet, Vegan