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There’s something quite disturbing, yet intriguing about a country that names a holiday after donuts.

Dr. Joel Furhman says that donuts are “representative of the worst junk food and highly-processed foods are now over 60 percent of calories consumed by Americans. Doughnuts are likely the most dangerous food, even compared to other harmful refined overly-processed foods; deep fried sugar and white flour with artificial flavors and coloring.”

We might as well celebrate how fat and sick everyone is getting each day.

I remember when I used to work as a college admissions counselor, every Friday morning there was a giant pink box that was placed right in the middle of our meeting table. And it sat there throughout the meeting. It was a test of willpower and guess what, everyone caved in. No wonder we could never pay attention to what our director was blabbering about. All we could think of was the damn donuts.

 

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Dairy Free | Gluten Free | Refined-Sugar Free | White Flour-Free

 

Okay, okay I won’t rain on your parade and spoil the fun anymore. Although I’m not encouraging you to gorge on all the sugary donuts, I will give you something better to celebrate about.

You now have an option to make your own healthier version at home.

Here’s a recipe for an easy gluten-free, sugar-free baked donut.

Oh yes, they do exist. Gluten free chocolate donuts with a peanut butter glaze. In order to make them healthier, you do have to use real, whole ingredients like natural peanut butter. Homemade peanut butter is even better. Bonus points if you substitute it for homemade almond butter.

Did you know that this holiday was started by the Salvation army in 1938 to honor the soldiers in World War I? That’s another random useless piece of information.

So while I dodged all the Krispy Kremes stores (used to be my weakness) today and just hid in my kitchen, I came up with this healthier version of my favorite chocolate donut.

The chocolate donuts were easy to make and only took less than 5 minutes to whip together. You don’t even need a fancy Kitchen Aid mixer.

So why is this donut recipe healthier? It uses brown-rice flour, which is great for those with gluten intolerance. Gluten is also responsible for many allergies, bloat, digestive issues, skin issues,  and a long list of chronic ailments. Yikes.

Not only are these donuts baked, they don’t require the usual refined sugar and yucky oils. In fact, there’s 5 tablespoons of flax seed which gives you added omega 3’s, fiber, and protein.

And for those who are lactose intolerant, let me introduce you to “faux buttermilk” which is a combination of coconut milk and apple cider vinegar.

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The glaze, however was a little tricky for me to come up with. I actually searched the internet for a healthy glaze that did not involve the standard powdered sugar, or any type of diabetes-induced sweeteners.

So I gave up and just experimented on my own. To my surprise (and David) the glaze was off the hook! Basically I combined our favorite ingredients: natural peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut milk.

For this recipe I used a low-fat organic coconut milk like this one, but you can probably use the regular full one too. Don’t be afraid to use coconut milk in your baking. This video couldn’t explain it any better:

Recipe for Gluten Free Chocolate Donuts

Makes 6 large donuts

  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour (or any gluten-free all purpose flour)
  • 5 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup “faux buttermilk” (3/4 cup coconut milk+ 1.5 tablespoon apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

Directions: Place all ingredients into bowl together. Make sure all wet ingredients are at room temperature.  Scoop donut batter into your donut pan. Bake donuts at 375 degree for about 14 minutes. Let cool in pan for a few minutes before taking out of pan. In the mean time, whip your glaze together.

This is where I bought my donut pan. It’s non-stick and pretty awesome. If you don’t have one, you can also use a bundt cake pan. 

Recipe for Peanut Butter Glaze

  • 4 tbsp coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1.5 tbsp pure maple syrup

Whip ingredients together with a fork or a hand mixer.

*Note: You can adjust the sweetness according to your own preference and dietary needs. I would start off with 1 tablespoon, taste it, and add more if necessary.

 

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Sharing is caring! Pin this recipe on Pinterest or share on Facebook. Now go make these donuts today and honor our troops. 😉

 

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