It has been quite a week for Portland! We have had some pretty severe and unusual weather over the past 6 days. It all started with some seemingly harmless snowflakes early Tuesday evening. It gradually picked up later that night and then we woke up to a foot of snow! It was absolutely beautiful.
So of course that meant it no school. If you live in an area that frequently gets snow, you may not understand this. But here in Portland, we don't have the resources to plow the roads and create safer driving conditions. To make matters worse, we have a lot of hills to navigate. But the awesome part about that is kids all around Portland were living out their dreams! To make it even more magical for them, the snow kept them out of school for the rest of the week and even through today, as the temperatures have not reached above freezing. Keep in mind we had just wrapped up Christmas break. I know plenty of people who were looking forward to getting back into the routine and the next thing we know, Christmas break was back! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this picture I posted last week. It's more of a light hearted joke because my family is easy to be around. But my routine has been turned upside down for a month now due to the holidays and the weather. I'm ready for some normalcy.
Well, that normalcy is expected to return this week in terms of heavy rain and wind. But that's okay with me. I will take rain any day over icy roads. So what did we do all cooped up for a week? Eat of course! Fortunately for my family, I had plenty of stock in terms of food so I could make just about anything. All sorts of smells were coming from my kitchen. One of those delicious smells came in the form of donuts. Because how can you enjoy the snow without donuts?
We are all about carrot cake and what's not to love. The simple spices along with the carrots are truly warming and flavorful. So I turned this popular cake into a donut. The natural sweetness from the coconut flour complements the ingredients quite well and provides a fantastic texture. I created a simple frosting that has honey and vanilla tones. It's a great addition to this treat. Top it with some chopped nuts or coconut flakes for some extra goodness.
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup grass-fed butter melted (coconut oil for dairy-free)
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1 & 1/2 cups grated carrots
For the frosting:
1/3 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease your donut pans if necessary. I use these ones which require no greasing. I love the way the donuts just pop out!
2. Combine your dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then mix all of the wet ingredients except for the carrots. Once the wet ingredients are mixed well, add the carrots. Then combine the wet and dry ingredients.
3. To make it easy, use either a pastry bag or a large ziploc bag to pipe the batter in the donut wells. If you use a ziploc, simply fill the bag with the batter, cut a small corner off of the bottom of the bag, and squeeze the batter through the hole into each donut well. If neither one of these methods is an option for you, just spoon the batter in the donut well. It will just take a few extra minutes. Once you have the batter divided evenly among the donut wells, smooth out the batter and bake the donuts for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
4. While the donuts are cooling, you can get started on the frosting. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut butter and coconut oil. Once the ingredients are melted and mixed well, remove from heat and stir in the honey and vanilla extract.
5. The frosting will be too thin to spread, so stick it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. I leave the frosting in the saucepan while in the refrigerator in case it gets too thick, I can quickly put it over a touch of heat to melt it a little. Check the frosting in 3-5 minutes and stir it around. Don't judge it based on looks because when you start to stir it, the frosting thickens up. Once it seems like a good spreading consistency, remove it from the refrigerator and dip the tops of the donuts in the frosting. The frosting will seem thin but it will quickly solidify. Dip the tops of the donuts once more and quickly top them with chopped pecans or unsweetened shredded coconut if desired. Makes 12 donuts.