Let's be honest - who doesn't love donuts? However, when we're trying to eat healthy, the first thing we may think is that donuts are off the menu. They tend to be high in empty calories, sugar, fat (and not the healthy kind, but saturated and trans fats), carbohydrates, preservatives, and synthetic ingredients, and notably lacking in nutrients and fiber.
What if I told you that there was a way to have your cake (I mean donuts) and have them be healthy as well?
A few of my family members came from Florida to visit recently, and my niece has celiac disease. She's gluten free, and I wanted to surprise her with some healthy donuts that wouldn't make her sick.
I worked to figure out a healthy donut recipe with a cake-like quality that can be customized, since we tend to be a picky bunch. I was so happy when these came out as well as they did. I chose to top mine with a dairy-free, homemade drizzle, strawberries, and coconut, but the possibilities are endless!
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 16 min
Ready in: 26 min
Yields: 12 donuts
Serving size: 1 donut per serving
· 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
· 1/2 cup honey
· 6 eggs
· 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
· 1/4 cup coconut flour
· 1/2 cup almond flour
· 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
· 1 teaspoon salt
· Spray coconut oil, to grease the pan
FOR THE CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE TOPPING:
· 2.5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
· 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
· 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease donut tins with coconut oil spray.
2. Whisk the applesauce and honey together.
3. Add the eggs and vanilla, and whisk until all is incorporated.
4. Stir in the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until everything is blended well. Don't worry if there's some lumps, this is normal, just try to break them up a bit.
5. Spread the batter into the circles on your donut pan. I only have 1 six circle donut pan, so I had to do this in 2 batches.
6. Bake for 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the donuts comes out clean.
7. Let the donuts cool,and flip them out onto a cooling rack.
8. For the chocolate drizzle - melt the coconut oil, and add the cocoa powder and maple syrup. Mix with a fork until everything is blended. Drizzle the donuts with the chocolate sauce, or you can dip the top of the donuts into the chocolate sauce if you like a more chocolatey donut.
9. Feel free to customize these however you like. I added strawberries and coconut to some of the donuts.
10. Once you are done decorating the donuts, place them in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to allow the chocolate sauce to harden. Enjoy!
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Container Count for 21 Day Fix
If you follow the 21 Day Fix program, the recipe as written counts as:
1 yellow container
Make sure you include any toppings you add on, such as the chocolate drizzle, strawberries, or coconut.
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