Cinnamon Sugar Paleo Donuts!

by danielle on November 3, 2012

Just a heads up…National donut day is Monday! So get prepared and make these ahead so you have a Paleo and gluten free option to enjoy! You’re getting two recipes in one! The first is just a basic Paleo donut recipe…the next a ton of options to change it up!

paleo donuts

Ingredients: 

For the Donuts:

  • ¼ coconut flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond milk (I used vanilla unsweetened almond breeze but keep in mind this particular brand isn’t Paleo!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

For the Topping:

  • 2-4 tbs. almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbs. cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine your coconut flour, almond flour, arrowroot powder, xanthan gum, baking power, coconut sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. Next add in your vanilla extract, 2 eggs, and melted coconut oil.
  4. Lastly add in your almond milk. It will seem like too much liquid at first but keep stirring and it will soak up the liquid.
  5. Pour your batter into a greased donut pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  6. While your donuts are baking prepare your cinnamon sugar topping.
  7. Combine the sugar and cinnamon first and slowly add your almond milk until the mixture thins.
  8. Lightly drizzle your cinnamon sugar mixture over the donuts and enjoy!

Makes 8 donuts 

cinnamon sugar paleo donuts

Some Other Options:

  • Almond Butter Donuts~Top your donuts with a thin spread of almond butter and sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  • Chocolate Chip~Add enjoy life chocolate chips to your batter before baking.
  • Coconut~Swap the coconut flour for 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes in your mix. Top with coconut butter.
  • Cranberry Orange~Add 1/4 cup dried cranberries and 1 tbs. orange zest to your batter.

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Paleo cinnamon donuts

paleo donuts

A little note on Paleo Sweets: I know I’ve mentioned this before but figured I’d put it up again! A lot of my recipes are not a part of my everyday diet. Paleo is not a healthy lifestyle because of all the Paleo Adaptions out there to normal food. Paleo is so great because it focuses on eating foods in their most basic form…fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and proteins. Whether you are vegan, paleo, gluten free, vegetarian, or just want to eat something sweet it is still a sweet and while, yes these are made with healthier ingredients and I would much prefer them to store bought donuts I would still not eat them every morning for breakfast! Coconut sugar is a great more natural swap for real sugar but it is still sugar! It still breaks down in our bodies to sugar so continue to use it sparingly in your diet!

Favorite kind of donut??? If you like them at all! I would so much rather have a muffin or a bagel if we’re talking sugary carbs!

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen@Change of Pace November 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

A donut pan is going on my Christmas list. I feel kind of left out seeing all these donuts everywhere. I can’t even make them because I have no pan. I love your note about paleo sweets. You have to have a treat once in awhile! I’d rather have a sesame bagel with cream cheese over a donut any day.

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 11:46 am

You need one! There are so many recipes using them now! I totally agree with you! I would definitely choose a bagel over a donut!

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Jessie November 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

I have gotta get myself a doughnut pan like ASAP! Hm, my favorite kind? Maybe vanilla creme filled? I haven’t had a doughnut in wow I don’t even know? I’m not sure how that’s possible since I walk past THREE doughnut shops everyday haha.

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Hahaha! I haven’t had one in forever either! They do always look so good though!

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katie @wishandwhimsy November 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

You had me at Donut. YUM! I want one of these SOOOO bad right now. Sounds warm for my belly on this chilly morning. Perfect with a cup of coffee. :)

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I agree! Thanks Katie!

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Shannon (Healthiful Balance) November 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

National donut day? Awesome! :) I love that there is a national day for so many foods. The donuts look so good!

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Thanks Shannon!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I do actually enjoy a good donut… cinnamon buns will probably always be my favorite of the sugary carbs, but when I think of a soft and delicious donut… yeaaaaaah :lol: Can’t deny that I start craving one ;)

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm

hahaha it’s amazing how some people just love them! My sister is the exact same!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish November 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm

These look FANTASTIC!! I’ve been wanting to buy a donut pan for so long, but couldn’t justify it because really, how often am I going to bake myself a batch of donuts? ;) BUT, now that I have a semi-healthy recipe in my hands, I think it’s perfectly justified. :-D

I’ve actually never been a donut person, but that’s only because they’re usually covered in waaay too much frosting. When I was little, I was the *special* child who passed on the pink-frosted, sprinkle-dusted donuts in favor of banana bran muffins. :-p I actually think I like donuts more now than I used to!

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Hahaha that’s too funny! The pink frosting was always my favorite ;)

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile November 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Yuuumm! I don’t have a donut pan, sadly :(

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Aww you’ll have to get one!

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Lucie November 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm

These donuts look delicious! I prefer bagels though too, made a healthy version lately, so good!

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm

A healthy version of bagels?! Definitely share that recipe!

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Lisa November 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm

You know, I’ve actually never been a donut fan. But these look amazing! I think I could like these, since you know the ingredients are awesome. And now I want to go out and buy a donut pan asap!

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Hahaha I’m glad I gave you a reason to get one!

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Paige @ Your Trainer Paige November 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

These look great, Danielle!

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Thanks Paige!

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Jess @ JessieBearWhatWillYouWear November 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I never get donuts from the stores, because if I’m going to buy a dessert, I tend to go all out…. which means a giant slice of cake from my favorite bakery ;) . These look delicious though!

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Thank you Jess!

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Kat November 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Great idea! I always need these recipes because I suck at baking ;)

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I’m sure you do not! Glad I can be of help though!

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Kim@hungryhealthygirl November 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Yum! Thanks for the heads up on national donut day. Donuts are my absolute favorite! Love blueberry the best!

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

No problem :)

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Ashley November 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm

We need to figure out a healthy and clean recipe for a custard filled donut. Do you think that’s possible? LoL :-) Those donuts look so yummy though!

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Hmm I’ll have to think on that one!

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Danielle @ itsaharleyylife November 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

wow those donuts are soooo yummy! I love your recipes! I love donuts and will definitely be celebrating on monday!

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danielle November 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Awesome! Thanks Danielle!

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Linz @ Itz Linz November 4, 2012 at 12:41 am

i’m not a HUGE donut lover.. i’d rather have other things like you. i’ve never heard of coconut sugar before!

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danielle November 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

You’ll have to try it! It’s still sugar but it doesn’t spike your blood sugar as much as other sugars!

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GiGi Eats Celebrities November 4, 2012 at 2:47 am

I definitely DO NOT eat donuts anymore, and I actually haven’t in over 10 years if you can believe it, but when I did…. I LOVED GLAZED DONUTS… Frosted with vanilla with sprinkles just on one corner (of a round donut, lol)… I would always eat the donut but save the sprinkled section for last! :) Oh the days of me going to the grocery store with my dad for a donut – AH HA HA! It was our Sunday ritual… That my mother NEVER knew about, because if she did, she would have KILLED US!

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danielle November 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Hahaha that’s too funny! We only got them on special occasions too when I was younger and I’m with you I haven’t had one in forever!!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 4, 2012 at 3:45 am

DONUTS!!!! YES. YUM. APPROVED.

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danielle November 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Hahaha excellent!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 4, 2012 at 11:26 am

I pretty much never eat donuts because of my nut allergies and potential for contamination at bakeries. :P I’d much rather have a big doughy bagel with cream cheese anyway! ;)

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danielle November 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Me too!!!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 4, 2012 at 7:50 pm

These look awesome! I haven’t been successful at GF doughnuts yet, so I’m glad you posted these. I’m going to try to add some blueberries in mine!

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danielle November 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Sounds perfect! I hope you like these!

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Alysia @ Slim Sanity November 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm

National Donut Day? I didn’t know! I don’t think I’ve met a donut I didn’t like… haha. Major sweet tooth over here!

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danielle November 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Hahaha I have one too!

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Happy girlfriend November 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Aw I don’t have a donut pan but I got a mini bundt cake pan so that will work. I used to love every kind of donut but I have celiac now… so its awesome that I can still eat this much healthier version

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danielle November 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Perfect! Glad I could help!

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