Monday, April 23, 2012

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Donuts


Before we arrive in donut land, here's a taste of chocolate... I ended with a choccie pic in my last post and asked if you had any guesses on what was inside. They're raw dark chocolates filled with silky raw vanilla cream. Yum yum!

I made chocolate bars with mulberries and probiotic almonds, and some with dried cherries. They make a nice treat. I used the vanilla cream to make little choccie cups too!


Here's another childhood food memory revisited in a healthy way. Last time it was pancakes, this time - donuts! Or "doe-nees" as I've nicknamed them. I pulled out my mini donut pan and got to work Friday evening in time to enjoy these delights with a movie. This is a super easy recipe that is cakey and downright delicious. I love decorating them different. It's so much fun to experiment with topping ideas.


J and I enjoyed them best frosted while still warm from the oven. They were good the second day out of the fridge... and by today, day three, they were good but I'd suggest eating them up within 2 days. Share with friends and family - my parents loved them! I may do a little tweaking with the recipe but I'm super happy with the way the turned out.


Gluten Free Donuts

1 1/2 cups gluten free flour blend*
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
3/4 cup sucanat
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon himalayan salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips 

Grease three mini donut pans with coconut oil. 
In a bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (except choco chips). 
In a separate bowl whisk wet ingredients together. 
Add dry mixture to the wet. Stir to combine. Add chocolate chips and fold in. 
The mixture will be more wet than dry. 
Spoon into a piping bag with large round tip and pip into donut pan. Only fill 2/3 as they will expand a good bit. Alternatively, spoon into the pan but I find it harder and more time consuming. 
Bake for about 10-12 minutes in a 350F preheated oven. When they are cooked you will be able to push your finger lightly into the donut and it will spring back. 
Remove from pan and set on cooling rack. I like to frost and eat them while warm! 

*I used a combo of rice flour, potato starch, sorghum flour, and tapicoa flour.

Topping choices are endless! Have fun with it. What's your fave?! J's favourite is the cinnamon sugar while mine is a toss up between the coconut and peanut butter.


Cinnamon Sugar - Mix some maple sugar with cinnamon. Lightly brush each donut with melted coconut oil and then dip in the sugar mixture.


Rawtella  Frosting - Warm Rawtella (raw nutella!) in a bowl of hot water. Stir to loosen. Spoon over donuts. This will firm when chilled.


White Chocolate hazelnut frosting - Warm Silk Rawtella over a bowl of hot water. Stir and spoon over donuts. Optional - sprinkle cacao nibs or dried coconut on top. Will firm when chilled.


Peanut Butter Frosting - Mix peanut butter with maple syrup and a pinch of salt. Spread over donuts. Sprinkle with maple flakes.


Coconut Frosting - Melted coconut butter with a wee bit of coconut oil and drop of vanilla stevia.


Lucuma Frosting - Melted coconut butter, lucuma, melted coconut oil. I sprinkled with sesame seeds - not sure what I was thinking, lol. It's not a bagel!


Who wants a donut?! Have you made healthy donuts?

Here's a sunset that J and I enjoyed on the weekend... we love our sunsets! This gorgeous lake is just a short walk from our place.


Naturally I had to strike a yoga pose! Running shoes and all.


Happy Monday- Have a great week!

Part of this week's Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays!

9 comments:

Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner said...

You're recipes are the BEST! <3 <3 <3

Anonymous said...

If I lived next door to you - I'd be quite plump....

Lana Raill said...

Total Food Porn! :)

shannonmarie said...

Oh yum! A donut making party. So fun. I wish I had a donut baking pan. My kids would love this.

Lauren said...

Lovely pics!!

Choccies with probiotics? I need this! Lol! Any excuse to eat chocolate and help my stomach at the same time! ;)

Heather Pace said...

Thank you! These were lots of fun and easy to make!

Lauren - the probiotic almonds are amaazzzzing! It's crazy. The don't taste like regular almonds at all!

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

beautiful artistry!

Gena said...

Exquisite. All of 'em.

Would flax eggs work in place of the eggs? Say yes, say yes!

Heather Pace said...

Gena - you can be the first to try with flax eggs!!! Let me know :)