HEALTHY DONUTS??? Yep, you heard right!! HEALTHY DONUTS!!!… And they are absolutely delicious! Donuts are typically deep-fried and coated with sugar, there’s a way to make them healthier! Just bake them. Completely gluten-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free. No butter, no sugar, no flour and no frying! Who would have thought that such a thing could possibly exist? These donuts are really yummy, just plain, and even better with my Nutella frosting! Be creative and top them off with a sprinkle of something colourful! I’ve used raw cacao nibs, freeze dried raspberries, bee pollen and flaked pistachios. So good, you can even have them for BREAKFAST 😉
If you don’t have a donut pan, I highly recommend that you treat yourself to one! Once you own it, you will find yourself finding any excuse to make DONUTS!!!
Makes 12 Donuts.
1½ cup almond meal
½ tsp baking soda
¼ cup coconut sugar
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cinnamon
1 cup mashed ripe banana
¼ cup milk of choice (almond, soy, coconut)
1 egg (whisked)
2 tbsp maple syrup
½ tsp vanilla bean paste
1 cup hazelnuts
⅓ cup coconut milk (full cream)
¼ cup agave syrup or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
2. For the donuts, Add almond meal, baking soda, coconut sugar, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon to a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl combine mashed banana, milk, egg, maple syrup,and vanilla bean paste. Gently fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined.
4. Carefully pour mixture into 12 donut tins.
5. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes and let cool on cooling rack immediately after cooking.
6. Lower the oven temperature to 160 degrees celsius and roast hazelnuts for approximately 10-12 minutes – be careful not to burn!
7. Let cool completely and rub hazelnuts together in a paper towel to remove skins.
8. In a food processor, blend hazelnuts until it becomes a nut butter.
9. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
10. Using a butter knife, carefully frost each donut with the Nutella Frosting.
11. Be creative and decorate your donuts with dried fruit, nuts and seeds! I’ve used raw cacao nibs, freeze dried raspberries, bee pollen and flaked pistachios.
12. Yep, there is such a thing as healthy donuts. ENJOY!! 😉
Love Secret Squirrel xx.