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Chocolate Covered Cake Donuts – Gluten and Grain Free

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Chocolate Covered Donuts

This past Friday was National Doughnut Day. I had hoped to share this recipe with you on that day so that you could have donuts like everyone else but to tell you the truth I forgot all about my plans to hack a doughnut recipe until late afternoon on Friday.  I started out trying to make fried donuts but those were a dismal failure.   My frugal nature does not allow me to toss out the batter and start all over so I decided if these wouldn’t fry up, maybe they would bake.  I made two batches and they are awesome.  They are stupendously delicious without the chocolate glaze and even better with if you are a chocolate lover.

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And yes, we can have cocoa powder on GAPS!  Here is what Dr. Natasha says in her Frequently Asked Questions page:

From Dr. Natasha’s FAQ page: When can cocoa be introduced?

Cocoa is SCD illegal. However, I find that many people can start having it occasionally on the Full GAPS Diet, once the digestive symptoms are gone. Find pure organic cocoa powder. Mixing the powder with some honey and sour cream makes a delicious dessert, and you can add it to your homemade ice cream or cakes. After trying it for the first time, observe your patient for any reactions. Cocoa is very rich in magnesium and some essential amino acids and, unless your digestive system is not ready for it, there is no need to avoid it.

The only tiny minor problem is that I didn’t have a typical round donut pan – I only had a heart shaped donut pan which I’d recently found on clearance at a local store.  If you’re interested in buying the same donut pan, it was this one here: Wilton Nonstick 6-Cavity Heart Donut Pan and this is my Amazon affiliate link. I will earn a small percentage of the cost if you purchase using my link. Thanks!

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Okay, on with the recipe!

Gluten Free Grain Free Cake Donuts

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut milk (I use Natural Value as it has no additives and comes in a BPA free can)
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

All ingredients should be at room temperature, in this case room temperature was 78°F.

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Place eggs, coconut oil, vanilla, coconut milk, honey, salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
  3. Using a hand mixer beat for 1-2 minutes until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Pack coconut flour into 1/2 cup measurement and use a knife to cut across the top of the measuring cup to ensure you have exactly 1/2 cup.
  5. Sift the coconut flour into a separate bowl to remove any lumps.
  6. Add half of the coconut flour to the liquid ingredients and mix well.
  7. Allow to sit one minute so that coconut flour can absorb the liquids.
  8. If batter remains thin, add remaining coconut flour.
  9. Mixture should have a pudding like texture.
  10. Add baking soda, mix together briefly with hand mixer.
  11. Finally add apple cider vinegar and mix just until completely mixed in.
  12. If you are using the heart donut shaped pan, place 2 tablespoons of batter in each cavity.  The batter should come below the level of the middle piece – the part that makes the “donut hole”.  Otherwise your donuts will come out more like muffins.
  13. Be sure that the oven is at 325°F before placing donuts in the oven. Usually your oven will have a light that goes out to indicate when it is at the correct temperature.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes.  Donuts are done when you press on them lightly with your fingertip and they do not leave an indention.

Yields 18 heart shaped donuts

Just to let you know, if you are new to baking with coconut flour I have an e-book which tells you how to work with this flour.  This recipes calls for 1/2 cup of coconut flour and that is all you will need as it absorbs a lot of liquid.

And now for the chocolate glaze – be forewarned this is not your traditional glaze which is made with powdered sugar and milk.  This is a GAPS friendly version which works perfectly, although it is bound to be a little messy since it does not end up with a dry crusty surface like traditional glaze.

Chocolate Glaze

  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  1. Mix ingredients together.
  2. Dip the surface of each doughnut into the glaze.

All ingredients should be at room temperature, in this case room temperature was 78°F.

Chocolate Covered Doughnuts Grain Free Gluten Free GAPS Friendly Coconut Flour

This recipe was included at Fat Tuesday and Motivation Monday.

Chocolate Covered Cake Donuts – Gluten and Grain Free
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 18
 

Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup coconut flour, packed
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Chocolate Glaze Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey

Instructions
  1. All ingredients should be at room temperature, in this case room temperature was 78°F.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  3. Place eggs, coconut oil, vanilla, coconut milk, honey, salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
  4. Using a hand mixer beat for 1-2 minutes until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Pack coconut flour into ½ cup measurement and use a knife to cut across the top of the measuring cup to ensure you have exactly ½ cup.
  6. Sift the coconut flour into a separate bowl to remove any lumps.
  7. Add half of the coconut flour to the liquid ingredients and mix well.
  8. Allow to sit one minute so that coconut flour can absorb the liquids.
  9. If batter remains thin, add remaining coconut flour.
  10. The batter should have a pudding like texture.
  11. Add baking soda, mix together briefly with hand mixer.
  12. Finally add apple cider vinegar and mix just until completely mixed in.
  13. If you are using the heart donut shaped pan, place 2 tablespoons of batter in each cavity. The batter should come below the level of the middle piece – the part that makes the “donut hole”. Otherwise your donuts will come out more like muffins.
  14. Be sure that the oven is at 325°F before placing donuts in the oven. Usually your oven will have a light that goes out to indicate when it is at the correct temperature.
  15. Bake for 20 minutes. Donuts are done when you press on them lightly with your fingertip and they do not leave an indention.
  16. Chocolate Glaze Instructions
  17. Be forewarned this is not your traditional glaze which is made with powdered sugar and milk. This is a GAPS friendly version which works perfectly, although it is bound to be a little messy since it does not end up with a dry crusty surface like traditional glaze.
  18. All ingredients should be at room temperature, in this case room temperature was 78°F.
  19. Mix coconut milk, cocoa powder and raw honey together.
  20. Dip the surface of each doughnut into the glaze.

Go forth and make yummy doughnuts for yourself and your family!

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11 comments to Chocolate Covered Cake Donuts – Gluten and Grain Free

  • i will! I will!
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  • Wendy

    I thought cocoa powder was not GAPS approved. I can only find it on the avoid list, though the website says to look in the FAQs. The FAQs are incredibly long. Can you give me any info on when cocoa powder is okay?

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    Starlene Reply:

    Hi Wendy, thanks for asking. I’ll update the post and include this since it always brings up questions. Here is what the FAQ says:

    1. When can cocoa be introduced?

    Cocoa is SCD illegal. However, I find that many people can start having it occasionally on the Full GAPS Diet, once the digestive symptoms are gone. Find pure organic cocoa powder. Mixing the powder with some honey and sour cream makes a delicious dessert, and you can add it to your homemade ice cream or cakes. After trying it for the first time, observe your patient for any reactions. Cocoa is very rich in magnesium and some essential amino acids and, unless your digestive system is not ready for it, there is no need to avoid it.

    I hope this helps! :-) By the way, the donuts are fantastic by themselves but the chocolate of course makes them completely different. Thanks for stopping by! My best, Starlene

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  • Wendy

    Thank you so much for the thorough and rapid response. You have made me soooo happy!!!

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    Starlene Reply:

    You’re welcome! :-)

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  • I’m sure my kids would love me if I made cute donuts like these! Off to pin and share. And I would love for you to link this recipe up on Motivation Monday linky at http://alifeinbalance.net
    Barb recently posted..june 2013 kitchen goalsMy Profile

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    Starlene Reply:

    Hi Barb! Hope you get to try the donuts sometime and thanks for the invite to link up with MM. I did! Thanks again! Starlene

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  • Kelsey

    Hello Starlene! I can not wait to try this recipe. But where should the donuts be stored. Should they go in the fridge. And how long will they last. I would love to make these to take to the beach for my daughter and I but I do not want them to go bad.

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    Starlene Reply:

    Hi Kelsey! These get eaten up pretty fast at my house but I would just place them in the fridge until you take them with you to the beach. You might want to leave the chocolate coating off and dip when you get there. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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