Who knew a chocolate donut could be so healthy? This almond flour chocolate donut recipe is a must-try if you’re looking for a gluten-free, plant-based breakfast time (or any time) dessert! Using ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry, let’s look at what’s so healthy about this chocolate-y dessert and how easy it is to make.
They’re chocolate donuts – but they’re healthy!
The first of two flours used for these donuts is coconut flour (although it’s not mentioned in the title). Coconut flour is made solely from coconuts, which makes it a great gluten-free flour option. It’s also rich in fiber and is known to promote stable blood sugar, good digestion, and heart health. These health benefits alone make it a smart choice when it comes to choosing flour alternatives. Not to mention, it’s versatile and delicious.
Next in line for helping create the batter of these donuts is almond flour. Almond flour is made by grinding blanched almonds into a fine powder, which is why it’s considered the second healthiest flour alternative. Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fat, which is responsible for helping keep cholesterol under control. As we’ve all heard from the doctors – reducing cholesterol helps lower the risk of heart disease by significant amounts.
Making its way to the top of the charts as a superfood, flaxseeds have been eaten for centuries. They are loaded with nutrients, high in omega-3 fats, rich in dietary fiber, and contain high-quality protein. All win-win reasons to include them in more recipes than just this one. For making these donuts, flaxseeds acts as an egg substitute.
These sweet treats may look intimidating, but trust me… it’s not! A few things to do before getting into the thicket of making them is preheating your oven and mixing the water and flaxseeds together. This mix will need about five minutes or so to create the consistency needed to bring a moist and chewy taste to your donuts (because remember, we’re not using eggs).
- While your flax-mix is setting, grab a bowl and combine the cocoa powder, baking powder, sugar, almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla abstract. This is basically the liquid and flavor of your donuts.
- After you’ve given those ingredients a good stir, add in the flours – both the almond and coconut – the flaxseed mix, and stir again. After a few good whips, you should have a dough-like mixture.
- Make sure to line your donut pan with a thin layer of baking spray and begin filling each spot ¾ of the way with the dough. Small disclaimer: it’s known to be quite sticky so you may want to use two spoons for this process.
- Once each slot is filled, pop them in the oven to bake for 15 minutes and you’re done! They will feel dry, but will still be moist.
Oh, and we can’t forget about the glaze!
- Mix dark chocolate and coconut oil together and you’ve got an incredible topping that you may want to save for dipping too. (Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me!)
Other Topping Variations
There are a few ways to play with almond flour chocolate donuts. There is no doubt the chocolate glaze is yummy. However, you can also combine peanut butter, coconut oil, and salt to create a salted caramel topping. Go for an extra dose of healthy and add crushed pecans or walnuts on top.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure you enjoy them!Print
- ¼ Cup Cocoa powder
- ⅓ Cup Coconut flour
- ⅓ Cup Almond flour
- ⅓ Cup Almond milk
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- ⅓ Cup Sugar
- ¼ Cup Flaxseed
- ¾ Cup of water
- ¼ Cup Coconut oil
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
For the Glaze:
- ½ Cup Dark chocolate
- 1 Tbsp. Coconut oil
- Preheat an oven to 320° F.
- Mix the flaxseed with water and let it sit for 5 minutes. (This is going to bring moisture and a chewy consistency to our donuts).
- In a bowl, combine the cocoa powder, almond milk, baking powder, sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
- Add the coconut and almond flours and stir again.
- Spray a donut pan with baking spray.
- Using a spoon, fill the mold ¾ full with the dough. It will be quite sticky, so 2 spoons may be required.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. They’ll seem drier but still soft to the touch. Be careful not to overbake.
- Combine the ingredients for the glaze and dip half the donut in. Set aside on a cooling rack.
For a great variation drizzle the donuts with a salted caramel sauce made out of ½ peanut butter, 1 Tbsp coconut oil and ⅓ tsp salt.