Friday, March 29, 2013

Time to Make the Donuts!

One of the hardest parts of eating grain free, I think, is when it comes to desserts - I've been really missing having the occasional donut, so I figured it was time to try making some.  I'd bought a mini-donut pan awhile back but didn't try using it until today.  It worked very nicely!

This is a very basic recipe - as I've mentioned before, when I try new things, I like to work it out as a basic, 'master' recipe and then think of variations.  My inclination, honestly, was to shake  them up while hot in some cinnamon-sugar, but it's been so long since we've even used granulated sugar (even rapadura) that I didn't have any on hand.  Some sort of frosted spread, a sprinkling of nuts - these would jazz these up nicely.

But meanwhile, there are lovely cakelike little bites just as they are - I had to take this picture very quickly before they got devoured.  I've no idea how long they keep - these will be eaten long before they risk getting stale.

Cinnamon-Chai Mini-Donuts (Grain-Free)
(makes about 18 mini donuts)

1 1/3 cups blanched almond flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
3 eggs, whisked
1/4 coconut oil or ghee, melted
2 Tblsp. honey or maple syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Into a blender, combine flour, salt, baking soda and spices.  Pulse to combine.  Add eggs, oil, honey and vanilla.  Blend for a couple minutes so that the batter is very smooth.  Stop and use a spatula if needed  to ensure all the almond flour is thoroughly moistened.

Grease a mini-donut pan and pour the batter into each mold 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 10 minutes at 350F.  Turn out of pan onto  a rack to cool.

Shared with: Fight Back Friday, Foodtastic Friday, Foodie Friday, Rattlebridge Farm Foodie FridayFresh Bites Friday, Simple Meals Friday, What I Am Eating, Weekend Show Off Party, LHITS DIY Linky Party, Farm Girl Blog Fest, Freedom Fridays, Friday Favorites, Frugal Friday, Pin Me Linky Party, Show and Tell Friday, Get Schooled Saturday, SHOW-licious Craft Showcase, Simply Natural Saturdays, Show & Tell Saturday, Sweet Saturday Link Party, A Favorite Thing Saturday, Your Great Idea Link Party, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, Craft-Create-Inspire Linky Party, The Weekend Creative Saturday Link Party, Sunday School Blog Carnival, Sunday Show Off Party, Think Pink Sunday, The Creative HomeAcre Hop, Gluten-Free Recipe Round-Up, Make Your Own Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Melt in Your Mouth Mondays, My Meatless Mondays, On the Menu Mondays, Busy Monday, Homestead Barn Hop, Made By You Monday, Make It Yourself Monday, Marvelous Mondays, Mix It Up Monday, Mop It Up Monday, Mostly Homemade Monday, Motivate Me Monday, Motivated Monday, Nomday Monday, Fat Tuesday, Family Table Tuesday, Hearth & Soul Hop, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Totally Tasty Tuesday, Traditional Tuesday, Scratch Cookin' Tuesday, Anti-Procrastination Tuesday, The Backyard Farming Connection Hop, Time to Sparkle, Tutorial Tuesday, Eco-Kids Tuesday, You're Gonna Love It Tuesday, Allergy-Free Wednesday, Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up, Gluten-Free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, What's Cookin' Wednesday, Wheat-Free Wednesday, Wonderful Food Wednesday, Creative Spark, Down Home Blog Hop, Fluster's Creative Muster, Frugal Days - Sustainable Ways, Healthy 2D Wednesday, Party Wave Wednesday, Seasonal Celebration WednesdayShow & Tell Wednesday, Two Girls & a Party, Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, Wellness Wednesday, Whatever Goes Wednesday, Whimsy Wednesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Wicked Awesome Wednesday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Works For Me Wednesday, Wow Me Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Creative Juice, Eat-Pray-Love Link Party, The HomeAcre Hop, Hookin' Up With HoH, Showcase Your Talent Thursday, Thank Your Body Thursday, Transformation Thursday, Thursday Favorite Things, Thursday's Treasures.                                             


  1. Looks interesting! Happy Easter! Visiting from MHC.

  2. Oh Boy! I love doughnuts and this recipe looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing it and thank you for joining in today.


  3. These look delicious! I will have to try these! Stopped by from Nomday Monday :)

  4. Even though my family and I can eat grains I do enjoy using almond flour. It gives a lovely flavour and texture to baked goods. Your donuts sound delicious. I like the spices you have used.

  5. These look really delicious! I've never tried almond flour but I've always been intrigued by it. I'll keep this recipe in mind when I get around to trying out new flours :)

    Visiting from Eco Kids Tuesday.

  6. Those donuts look very good......Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  7. Time to make the donuts! I remember that commercial! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party. I hope you come visit & link again.

  8. Wonderful recipe--thanks for sharing!

  9. That looks delish! Grain-free, how impressive! I love all things almond, so I'll definitely add this to my "to-make" list. Thanks for sharing!

    Daydreaming Realist

  10. Ohhh... yum! I bought a donut pan about a month ago. I made peanutbutter donuts with a chocolate glaze using a recipe from another site and they turned out yummy. My kids wanted strawberry donuts so I tried making a recipe up and they turned out really good, they were just a bit too delicate - it needs a bit of tweaking and then I'll be happy. I'm for sure going to try this recipe. Looks SO yummy. Thanks so much for sharing it with us on Wellness Wednesdays!

  11. I'll have to try this recipe! Time to look for a donut pan. Thanks! Visiting from Wellness Wed.

  12. I love chai tea. If I can have a donut that tastes like that, double yum!

  13. I host a monthly brunch for friends and a couple of the ladies need GF items -- this would be such a nice surprise for them! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  14. Thank you for sharing your post on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    I hope to see you back tomorrow for our next hop!

  15. I use almond flour too. I'll give this a try. Thank you for sharing at the hop, your participation makes the hop extra special. Big Hugs P.S. the new giveaway posted yesterday!

  16. dude. i Love love LOVE cake. and doughnuts. they're dangerous for me. which is why i rarely make them. if i do, i'll mow 'em till their gone. these ones look exceptional. :)

    thank you for sharing with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! I hope we'll see you again this week with more seasonal & real food posts. xo, kristy

  17. Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it at the table with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  18. Great post and I featured it tonight on BeColorful.

  19. Keep them away from my husband, they will be gone in a second. Thanks for linking up with Eat. Pray. Love. :)

  20. Very interesting way to make donuts. Thanks for sharing with the HomeAcre Hop. Come back and see us this week:

  21. Delicious! I'm always looking for more almond flour recipes. Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday!

  22. I would love for you to share this on my Meatless Monday link up. This recipe will work perfectly for my 2 little ones who have PKU and a restricted diet- Id lust use their low protein flour.mix. Thanks for sharing!

  23. hello darling! i'm featuring this post on the Wednesday Fresh Foods monthly feature round up this week - i hope to see you there! xo, kristy