It’s national doughnut day, so let’s take a moment to consider a radical idea: why you should never eat a grocery store doughnut again. Yes, biting into a fresh-from-the-fryer glazed doughnut is a beautiful feeling, but let’s be honest, doughnuts can often be food frenemies. To achieve similar results, consider baking your doughnuts at home instead of frying them, and you’ll replace that why-did-I-eat-that sugar crash with a pat on the back for filling up on nutritious and wholesome ingredients such as coconut oil, cashew butter, honey, and even kidney beans. Read on to discover everything from baked chocolate protein doughnuts to gluten-free pistachio creations. Happy (and healthy) celebrating!
Paleo Doughnuts with Cashew Cinnamon Glaze
In order to keep these paleo, dairy-free, and gluten-free, but not free of flavor, this recipe uses almond meal, coconut oil, and cashew butter as the key pillars of its nutty and sweet taste.
Gluten-Free Fig Pistachio Doughnuts with Goat Cheese Honey Frosting
Free of gluten, eggs, and a recipe that can easily be adapted to become Vegan (just don’t use the goat cheese), these doughnuts are bursting with all-natural ingredients thanks to a combination of coconut flower, crushed pistachio, and a generous drizzle of honey.
Vanilla Donuts with Chocolate Ganache Frosting, Cacao Nibs, and Roses
Raw cacao, maple syrup, and coconut milk are whisked together to give these pretty and satisfying doughnuts their ganache frosting.
Baked Chocolate Protein Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze
Protein powder, cinnamon, egg whites, and semi-sweet chocolate make these a great post-workout treat.
Vegan Coconut Vanilla Doughnuts
Coconut milk, unsweetened apple sauce, and a generous helping of coconut flakes come together to create these sweet and fruity treats.
Baked Peanut Butter Doughnuts
Made with almond milk, fat-free Greek yogurt, and Jif Peanut Butter, these baked treats can replace your next protein shake in a jiffy.
Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Doughnuts
The base of these doughnuts is actually comprised of kidney beans, but don’t knock it until you try it. Paired with vegan dark chocolate and almond milk, these vegan delicacies will leave you full and with zero remorse.