While I am back to eating a fairly regular diet (sans the items that came up on my food intolerance tests), I am still madly in love with some of the Paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and grain-free recipes I tried and some that I created out of sheer luck while doing my elimination diet. One of those recipes is a recipe for delicious donuts.
I love donuts. L-O-V-E donuts. My family likes to splurge on local donuts on the weekend sometimes, and our local library even sells some tasty donuts that we’ll treat ourselves to after checking out a new set of books.
When I first searched for grain-free donut recipes on Pinterest, I was overwhelmed by all of the different options. There were three I was drawn to the most: Savory Lotus’s recipe for Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo Maple Glazed Donuts, Primal Palate’s Grain-Free Donuts, and Against All Grain’s Caramel Glazed Donuts.
Using these recipes as a base for the general idea of how to make a grain free donut, I set forth adapting them to create a recipe for my family. The first attempt was good. The next two attempts were golden, and that’s the recipe I am sharing with you today.
As an option for you, I’m including two classic coatings: chocolate glaze, and cinnamon sugar.
These donuts are SO soft and scrumptious — not too cakey, but not too buttery or oily either.
NOTE ON MAKING THIS REFINED-SUGAR FREE:
To make these refined sugar-free, I used maple syrup as the dough sweetener.
For the cinnamon sugar topping, I used coconut palm sugar instead of white granulated sugar on my donuts. Coconut palm sugar is reportedly low carb, has a low glycemic index, and has more nutrients than refined white sugar. I want to reiterate that I am not a nutritionist, so please consult your doctor if you have questions or concerns about refined sugar substitutes that are right for you.
My kids, who are still a hard sell when it comes to completely switching out refined sugar in their sweets, had theirs with regular sugar, which are the ones pictured here:
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 eggs
- 4 Tablespoons full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 4 Tablespoons coconut oil melted
- CHOCOLATE GLAZE:
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips I love this dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free brand
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- CINNAMON SUGAR TOPPING:
- 2 Tablespoons coconut palm sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350’F.
- Lightly grease your donut pan with coconut oil.
- In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt, and baking soda.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs with the coconut milk, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, stirring until all ingredients are well combined.
- Place the batter in a piping bag. Or, spoon the batter into a large plastic bag and snip off one of the corners so that there is about a 1/2 inch opening.
- Gently squeeze the batter into each donut slot until it's just about 3/4 of the way full.To help even out the batter, I gently tap the pan against the kitchen counter a couple of times to make sure the batter settles evenly.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. The edges will be slightly browned when done.
- After removing the donuts from the oven, allow them to cool for just a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, prepare your choice of topping.
- CHOCOLATE GLAZE
- Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together in a small bowl in the microwave just until melted. Stir to blend.
- CINNAMON SUGAR TOPPING:
- In a medium shallow bowl, mix the coconut palm sugar and ground cinnamon until the cinnamon is well combined with the coconut palm sugar. This will be your cinnamon sugar topping. Set aside.
- Slowly turn the donut pan over onto a cooling rack to let the donuts fall out.
- Dip as many donuts as you want into the chocolate glaze OR into the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Trust me: these are delicious even if you are in no way shape or form trying to cut out grains, gluten, or dairy. Try them, and let me know what you think!