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  • Writer's pictureRoz McIntosh

Cacao Doughnuts

I often find myself trying to reincarnate recipes with a healthy twist and I have finally perfected a recipe that works every time. These doughnuts are indulgent without the trans fat and refined carbohydrate ingredient list.

They also happen to be gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free and grain free, making them paleo friendly and easy on the digestion.

You'll find this recipe surprisingly easy to make if you can get your hands on a doughnut pan. Either metal or silicone. They usually come in 6's, this recipe makes 10-12 doughnuts, so either buy two, or reuse the same one again with the remaining mixture. Alternatively simply half the recipe if you only want to make 6.

Ooh and did I mention they are kid friendly too! These doughnuts passed with both my staunch in house critics, and that is saying something!


Vanilla and Chocolate Doughnuts with Walnuts

Ingredients (Makes 12 doughnuts)

  • 140 g blanched almond flour

  • 60 g tapioca flour

  • 30 g coconut flour

  • 40 g cacao powder

  • 60 g coconut sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste

  • 1 cup water


  • 100 g dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa.

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

  2. Generously grease the pan with coconut oil, butter or ghee.

  3. Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.

  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, melted coconut oil and vanilla, then add the water and mix well.

  5. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ones.

  6. Spoon two tablespoons full of mixture into each doughnut round.

  7. Gently tap the tin to spread the mixture evenly and avoid air bubbles.

  8. Place in the oven at 180ºC for 15 - 18 minutes until the doughnuts spring back when touched.

  9. Allow to cool completely before icing.

To make the icing...

  1. Break up the chocolate and place into a small pot.

  2. Set the pot inside another larger pot with a little water on the bottom.

  3. Place this over a medium heat and gently melt the chocolate.

  4. Allow the chocolate to cool slightly before pouring over the cold doughnuts.

  5. Top with chopped walnuts.

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