Thursday, November 29, 2012

Paleo Apple Cider Donuts

I'm a big donut fan. Even on this diet I have cheated probably 3 times in the past 6 months to have a donut. But after I eat one I feel all the lethargy and downsides associated with cheating with sugar + gluten so I've realized it is not worth it and haven't had one in probably 3 months now. That doesn't mean the craving goes away, as I've said I'm a totally human person and as such some times I just want a donut. The good news is I've never been a fan of "fast food" donuts, I want something fresh made, by a person, and awesome. These donuts I think are a great adaptation if you really need a donut and care about keeping paleo. The recipe is based on the recipe at Paleo Spirit. I just changed the preparation and cooking. 

I have a tiny kitchen and no dishwasher so I tend to rewrite every recipe to accomodate my desire to use one bowl when possible. So instead of putting the dry ingredients aside, I tend to start with the wet ingredients on top of that. It should be noted that when you prep like this it becomes a time game. The second your baking soda/powder 'lifting ingredients' become wet, they 'activate' so the time between them getting wet and you getting your batter into the oven should be small, otherwise you won't get the rise you were expecting. So that being said here is this awesome recipe. I enjoyed it a lot.
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
2 eggs (room temperature)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil (liquid)
1/2 cup warm apple cider

Preheat oven to 400F.
Prepare donut pan- I used a bit of coconut oil and spread it within the cavities with a paper towel.
Microwave apple cider.

In stand mixer mix together, eggs, oil (I microwaved mine to make it liquid) and honey (depending on how raw yours is you might want to microwave it to make it more liquid) until well combined.

Add coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix. 

Add the warm apple cider to the bowl and mix until fully incorporated into the dough. This will cause mixture to hiss- the baking soda is reacting with the apple cider.

Scoop the donut batter into the prepared donut pan. I used my fingers to smooth the tops, you could use a knife too.
Place in oven for 8-10 minutes. If you're really fancy you could probably try to flip them halfway so both sides have the 'smooth donut pan' finish but I'm not that fancy.

 Personally I think they taste awesome on their own. (but hey I haven't eaten a proper pastry in 3 months) If you want some pizzaz you could then melt some butter or coconut oil and then dip them into a mixture of equal parts coconut palm sugar and cinnamon. Or you could melt some chocolate and dip them in that. Or you could spread honey across the top. These taste delicious and are seriously versatile. You can expect more variants of donuts in the future.
Makes about 6 donuts in a regular size donut pan. You could definitely use a mini donut pan too or one of those fancy donut makers, but who really needs an appliance whose sole purpose is making donuts? not me.

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