A healthy donut? This is as close as you’ll get. Made without frying or refined sugar, these bright and beautiful donuts will make anyone’s day! And yes, they are Paleo, but no one would be able to tell the difference. Feel free to color the donuts with any natural food coloring of your choice. Today, I chose beets. In the past, I’ve used matcha and turmeric. You can also kept the icing a simple white. Enjoy!
Yields 6 donuts
Paleo Donuts with Pink Icing
1¼ cup blanched almond or hazelnut flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
3 tablespoons 100% maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 eggs, at room temperature, whites and yolks separated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease your 6-mold donut pan with coconut oil.
Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl combine all of the wet ingredients except egg whites.
Mix the wet with dry and set aside. Beat the egg whites until firm peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.
Equally distribute the batter between the 6 donut molds. Smooth out the tops of each donut. Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden. Allow the donuts to cool, remove from pan and then chill in the fridge for half an hour.
To Prepare Icing:
1 beet, greens removed and washed
1/4 cup coconut butter
2 teaspoons 100% maple syrup or honey
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup coconut milk
pomegranate seeds or topping of your choice
Place clean beet in a small saucepan. Cover with water and set over medium heat. Allow water to come to a bowl. Water will begin to turn deep red. Remove saucepan from heat and allow to cool.
Mix remaining ingredients over very low heat. Allow to cool. If too thick, add a bit more coconut milk. Color with beet juice from saucepan one tablespoon at a time until desired color is achieved.
Dip donuts into icing. Once all donuts have been dipped, you may wish to re-dip donuts to achieve an even deeper pink color.
Top with pomegranate seeds or topping of your choice.