Healthy Donuts

I started my rehearsed introduction as I smiled, lifting the plate of donuts up slowly as I spoke, “Today I’d like to show you how to make …”

“Oh c’mon!” someone in the audience screamed. “Healthy donuts? Seriously? Gimme a break, Roc!”

I awoke abruptly, concerned by the dream. Why was I on a cooking show? Why was someone badmouthing me? Why wasn’t I throwing donuts at him?

PALEO DONUTS

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 large carrots, shredded
  • ½ cup sunflower seed butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ⅛ cup chopped walnuts (optional-do not use for nut free version)
  • ⅛ cup raisins (optional)

Frosting

  • ¼ cup Coconut Cream Concentrate or homemade coconut butter, melted to be just a bit soft
  • sprinkle of slivered almonds (optional- do not use for nut free version)
  • carrots zested on top

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Shred carrots using your shredding attachment with your food processor or cheese grater.
  3. Add your carrots to a large bowl and add sunflower seed butter, vanilla extract, and honey, mix well.
  4. Then add your eggs and mix into a soupy mess.
  5. Lastly add your coconut flour, baking soda and powder, and the rest of your spices. If you’d like to use raisins and walnuts, add those as well.
  6. Place mixture in your greased donut pan. Mine mixture made 6 donuts.
  7. Bake for 23-25 minutes.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Top donuts off with coconut butter, almonds, and a bit of zested carrot.
  10. Eat em. OMG.

While I would love to take credit for this awesome recipe, it comes from Paleo OMG and is one of many amazing recipes. While I don’t necessarily agree with the Paleo approach, I highly recommend her blog.

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4 responses to “Healthy Donuts

  1. Do you have any advice for eating while traveling for business? I’m living out of a hotel for the next couple weeks, and while eating out all the time is cool, I’m not sure how healthy it is!

    • Honestly, the best advice is to find the local grocery store and load up. Ask ahead at your hotel if you can swap the mini bar for an empty fridge. Some places may charge a small premium to do this but should do it. Tell them you’re a recovering alcoholic or something if they give you any hassle.

      Eating out is the worst when it comes to good health. Even if you order something decent, the portions will be huge! So definitely find the local grocery store.

      Something else I do is make my own protein bars in advance, bring them with me, and keep them in my iPad case so I have food on the go throughout the day.

      • Thanks for the response, I haven’t been super dedicated to my nutrition for awhile, you’re a great inspiration. Luckily my room came with a mini fridge, so I have that going for me. Just wish I was near a kitchen to try out these donuts! And those are quite the bags!

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