How I love donuts! If I were to pick a favorite kind, it would be too difficult of a task. In that way, donuts are a lot like ice cream is to me. I will take it any way it comes! That is so bad, isn't it?
Or maybe it's not as bad as I think. After all, I think as far as donuts are concerned, the ingredient list for this recipe is pretty clean eating. They are nothing like the packaged donuts I grew up on! I remember those days clearly. Being in a rush to leave for school and no time for breakfast, those miniature donuts in their cellophane wrap were an easy grab n' go item. Sadly, they provided no healthy properties for my body, nor did they really satisfy my hunger. Being full of sugar with no substantial nutrients, there just isn't a whole lot for our bodies to grab onto in order to thrive. Ugh, I don't even want to know how many of those packages I consumed! It's a good thing that the body heals over time when given the right nutrients.
That's where these delicious vanilla caramel donuts shine! One unique thing about these donuts is the layer of caramel in the middle. It makes such a tasty addition. I prefer these donuts without any frosting. Adding some toppings, if desired, is really all you need because the donuts really speak for themselves. If you do want to frost them, check out my spiced carrot cake donuts for the frosting recipe I use on those. I think it would be a great option for these donuts as well.
You can use my homemade caramel sauce recipe, or the caramel sauce of your choice. I have linked you to the donut pans I use below. I love baking with them. There is absolutely no fuss when it comes to baked goods sticking. The donuts pop right out, no problem!
2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup arrowroot
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
1/3 cup homemade caramel sauce
unsweetened shredded coconut
crushed slivered almonds
1. Lightly grease your donut pans with coconut oil. Preheat your oven to 350°.
2. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, arrowroot, baking powder, and sea salt.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, and coconut milk until mixed thoroughly.
4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Spoon some batter in each donut well to fill the bottom fourth of the cavity. Then spoon about 1 & 1/2 tsp of caramel over the donut batter. Then, top the caramel with more batter so it's about 3/4 of the way full. Garnish with desired toppings.
5. Put your donut pans in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the donuts to cool and enjoy! Makes 12 donuts.