It’s the most wonderful time of year. The Christmas season always puts me in baking mode. The heat from the oven makes the house warm and toasty and I love smelling baked goods float through the air. Even washing the dishes which is the one house chore I hate seems more bearable with Christmas music on.
Can I make an early New Year’s Resolution? I will become a fabulous baker. My first years being gluten and dairy-free I was uneducated and probably too adventurous in the baking department. Several expensive mishaps later – I labeled myself a bad baker. I focused on cooking and reached for store bought mixes whenever I needed to bake or we honestly just went without. 🙁
Now that my little cuties are older and becoming more aware of delicious baked foods, I’m determined to give it to them. Fresh ingredients, natural sweeteners and all. My latest creation surprised the whole family. These Grain-free Chocolate Glazed Donuts were both fluffy and gooey and absolute hit.
The first batch I made, I actually made my kids go to bed just as I pulled them out of the oven. (I know, I’m such a mean mom!) My husband and I would have eaten the whole batch had I not promised our kids that they each would have a grain-free chocolate glazed donut with sprinkles waiting for them in the morning. LOL!
These grain-free chocolate glazed donuts are also dairy-free so they are perfect for those with dairy allergies. The base of the donut flour is coconut which light but nutritional filling. Oh yeah, this recipe is paleo friendly too. 🙂 Tripe Bonus Points!!
My biggest concern was to have a healthy dessert without leaving my kids with a sugar buzz. I used coconut butter and raw honey so the donut gets a sweet kick without the over kill. The sugar level in the chocolate glaze can also be modified depending on what type of dairy-free chocolate chips you use. Using milk chocolate from Enjoylife will give your donut a sweeter kick while using a darker chocolate from Lily’s will give you more nutritional value and less sugar. The option is completely yours to make which is the benefit of making a recipe from scratch. My husband and kids didn’t notice a difference in taste but I personally loved the Enjoylife chocolate chip glaze better. 😉
This was also my first time using these sparkly sprinkles from the Geeky Hostess Sparkling Sugar. I choose them because they do not contain any artificial colors or ingredients. They have an ingredient that looked weird to me called, E-163. When I looked it up it was a natural food derivative approved by the European Union. I had full confidence in the product because I know that Europe has much higher standards in food ingredients than the U.S.
The taste was great. My only disappointment was the color of the sprinkles seemed to fade as they sat on the donuts. I had to sprinkle a few times just so that I didn’t lose all the vibrant colors while doing my photo shoot. I still plan on using them for my daughter’s upcoming birthday cake which will be white frosting so I’ll keep you updated. The only other down side was that I could only find the sprinkles here on Amazon not in the stores.
If you give this recipe a try, please let me know. You can do so by giving the recipe a rating or leaving a comment. I would love to hear from you.