Paleo Chocolate Donuts!

December 19, 2016

It's officially Christmas week everyone! I don't know about you, but I am feeling unusually festive for a Monday morning. This weekend, Denver graced us with -5 degree temperatures forcing Adam and I to stay inside, watch movies and for me, bake!

We watched Home Alone, one of my all time favorite christmas movies and it made me realize how horrible Kevin's family is?! I mean, that scene in the kitchen, yikes! And, one thing I don't get - does Kevin ever tell him family about what happened while they were gone? I mean, the cops just left him house and didn't think to come back and tell his mom and dad? Seems a little unrealistic to me.

So, now that we've gotten Home Alone straighten out, let's talk about things I love. I love christmas, I love hallmark movies (who is with me here), I love baileys and last but not least, donuts. It is no secret that I love donuts. If you follow me on Instagram (kgrace01) you will see that I post a new donut picture about once a month. I cannot help myself. Those sugary little circles are my favorite.

My best friend Coti is obsessed with donies. When we were in college, we would go at 2am to the donut store to get the fresh, warm donuts right out of the oven. Man, I miss the days when 4000 calories at 2am didn't go straight to my hips. Also, my donut dish is from my paleo guru, Callie. This recipe is dedicated to Coti and Callie, my two best girls always making sure I'm making the best recipes. <3

My love for donuts is almost always squashed when I try to make them paleo. They are good, but just not as good as regular, white sugar donuts. I made some apple cider donuts a while back and Adam has never asked me to make them again, which is usually a good hint that he was crazy about them. I never really mastered paleo donut making, until now.

I found inspiration for this recipe on Paleo Hacks, one of my go-to recipe blogs. I used different flour, more of some ingredients and less than others and I am so pumped about how these little babies turned out.

Because it's Christmas, I decided on some to crush some candy canes and sprinkle them on top. Cute and SO festive, am I right? Ya know what else would be good? Melt those candy candy kisses and drizzle that on top! Oh man, I know what I'm making this weekend.

This little babies would be a perfect treat for Christmas morning. Can you just imagine. I would have to make like 12 dozen, my fambam would gobble these up. Without further ado, let's get to the good part.

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

How to Make: 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt) in a large bowl.
  3. In a microwave-safe dish, melt coconut oil completely; Whisk eggs and coconut oil together. Add the other wet ingredients (applesauce, honey, vanilla) to that same bowl and stir.
  4. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients.
  5. Grease donut pan with nonstick spray; Add dough to donut pan, pressing down so the dough is tightly packed and smooth.
  6. Place pan in oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until dough is no longer soft.
  7. Remove from oven; Flip your donut pan upside down and the donuts should pop right out.
  8. Allow at least five minutes for them to cool before icing them.
The Icing: 
  1. On the stove, heat the chocolate chips and coconut together, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
  2. Eat warm or refrigerate to allow the icing to harden
  3. Enjoy!
 Perfect mini donuts.

The best part about these little donuts is that you don't feel like you're eating that many because they are so tiny. So like 9 tiny donuts equals one right? Cool, glad we are on the same page here. Don't mind me, I'll be in the kitchen coming up with all the different things to drizzle on top of these. I wonder if you can melt baileys and mix it with chocolate to make a boozy syrup. I'll report back.

Happy Monday! Happy one week until Christmas! Happy 2 weeks until 2017! Let the countdowns begin!

PS - Wanna be great and repin this recipe? 
Here is super easy pinnable image! 
Perfect for your holiday pinterest board! 

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  1. These look like they turned out great! I will have to try them!

  2. They look so yummy! I don't have any baking ingredients in my kitchen cupboards...and this just reminded me to go buy some!

    xo, B

  3. I think about that every time I watch home alone! Haha! And these look amazing!

  4. These sound yummy! Looks like they turned out great!

  5. They are super chocolate! I see that it will a nice snack while I write reviews on BookWormLab. Cause I can't do my work without eating.


I love hearing from all of you and greatly appreciate all your feedback and comments! xx Kristen