Below: Learn how to make these healthy and easy gluten free donuts with a homemade chocolate glaze.
Is there anyone in this world that doesn’t like doughnuts? After making and trying this delicious gluten-free donuts recipe, I had to ask myself that question. “Normal” donuts don’t have anything on these ones, although I think it is we should stop calling the unhealthy version of everything “normal.”
Shouldn’t food that provides us with nutrients and helps heal our bodies with better ingredients be called normal instead? Healthy, all natural foods use ingredients that you find in nature, and is what everyone used to eat before processed foods became the norm.
On the other hand, the ingredients in “normal” food is what causes so many diseases and illness. For example, saturated fats and refined sugars cause obesity, diabetes, and many cardiovascular diseases.
My goal is to help you to be able to enjoy your favorite foods and desserts, like donuts, while still maintaining a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet.
How do you make healthy gluten free donuts?
There are many different gluten-free flour blends in the market today that you can choose from. They are usually derived from some type of root, seed, or nut which ensures that they do not have gluten. This is good for people who have celiac disease or who simply are on a gluten-free diet for any other reason. Some examples are almond flour, cassava flour, arrow root flour, coconut flour, and oat flour.
To add some sweetness to these homemade donuts, we will use maple syrup. Aside from giving it a slightly sweet taste, it adds some liquid to the batter which helps to create a more spongy texture.
To make these homemade gluten-free cake donuts, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cup of gluten free flour
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon powder
- 1/4 cup collagen powder
- 1/4 cup peanut butter powder
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (can be substituted with almond milk)
To make these, you just have to combine all of the dry ingredients and wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl to make a sweet, somewhat thick dough. You can use your hands to make them into the shape or a donut, or you can buy a doughnut pan like this one which makes it even easier!
To cook them, you can choose to bake them or to fry them. Of course baking them is the healthier option, but it is up to you.
You can also eat these by themselves, or you can prepare a tasty and homemade chocolate glaze to go on top. To make it, all you need is cacao powder, honey, coconut oil, and water. It is so tasty and easy to make and much more healthy than a glaze made using milk or even semi-sweet melted chocolate.
You can also make your own maple glaze or vanilla glaze if you prefer, which also would be great choices.
Are gluten-free donuts good for an anti-inflammatory diet?
In short, yes! This recipe uses healthy fats like coconut oil which can help lower stress levels, cholestero, and blood sugar levels. These are all important for an anti-inflammatory diet.
It is important to note that not all coconut oils are created equal. I recommend buying one that is cold pressed and organic.
Another ingredient from this recipe that is good for an anti-inflammatory diet is the gluten free flour. Especially for people with an auto-immune disorder or other diseases that make them sensitive to gluten, these types of flours are better for you than all purpose flour. Removing gluten from your diet can definitely help lower inflammation levels especially if you have a chronic illness.
What are some good ways to serve healthy donuts?
After you have made the donuts and added the glaze (if desired), you can top the donuts with other ingredients. My favorite way to make these is to get some nuts, like almonds, cashews, walnuts, or pecans, and put them on top right away after adding the glaze. These give them that classic donut look, but are better than adding crumbled cookies, sprinkles, or other toppings that you see on standard donut recipes.
For best results, you will want to let these donuts cool for a little bit after adding the glaze. Also, keep an eye on them in the oven or in the hot oil if you are frying them. You don’t want to burn them, because that will ruin the flavor.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. These may not be krispy kreme donuts, but is that a bad thing? They are still a sweet treat that can help satisfy that sweet tooth and that won’t set you back on your journey towards health and healing. Next time you are craving something sweet, come back to this easy recipe and give it a try.These donuts are not only for the gluten-free community; everyone can enjoy these and I bet you will too!
Let me know in the comments below how this turns out, and don’t forget to try our other healthy dessert recipes that you can find here!
Chocolate Glazed Gluten Free Donuts
For the Chocolate Glaze
- 1 Tbsp Pure and Organic Cacao powder
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil melted
- 1 Tbsp Water
- Preheat oven to 325 Degrees F
- Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and then add the wet ingredients a little bit at a time and mix until a smooth dough is formed.
- Put the dough in a donut pan and fill 3/4 of the way to the top to give the donuts room to grow.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
For the chocolate glaze
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Add to the top of each donut. Add nuts if desired and serve!
Hi, I’m Charbel!
I am a child of a loving Heavenly Father. A mother to four and wife to a marvelous husband. I am also a Lupus Fighter. I Love to cook. I love inspirational podcasts. I am also lover of all things creative and a fearless DIY-er. A Homebody. A wellness and Relaxation lover. Welcome to The Healing Cookbook! Read more...