It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
So why not make the most wonderful treat of them all? Chai spiced paleo donuts with vanilla glaze!
Ummm yes, like a million and one times.
My dirty little secret is that I would take a cake donut, coated in sprinkles over cake, pie, ice cream, really any dessert every.single.time.
I don’t know where my donut fetish came from, but obviously I’m not alone when there complete shops selling donuts alone and in a variety of ways. Don’t lie, you like yourself a donut too.
A donut happens to be our simple way of justifying cake for breakfast. Just form it into a circle cut a hole out and viola, we now have breakfast in cake form. I know, I know I won’t be a party pooper, I mean I am giving you excuse to make these cake donuts for breakfast… once in a while.
Of course I try to “healthify” them as much as possible, switching out the traditional sugars with healthier alternatives. You can learn more about what sugars I choose and why in my Free Sugar Guide below. But I get it sugar is sugar and hence why we call them a treat.
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I do have to say they are a pretty big hit in our house and telling by the little hands (that can’t seem to let the donuts be long enough for me to snap some photos) they are a hit. You can generally find donuts on birthday mornings, some Saturdays and of course for Jesus’ birthday ->INSERT Christmas morning<- I mean it is the most important birthday of them all. So we took a test run, a practice, you know just a few trials to get these chai spiced donuts perfect for the big morning.
Of course going to the T every.single.time with the sprinkles. You can imagine my husband, who is stroking out every single time we get sprinkles out from a. the mess b. the amount the girls simply dump into their mouths c. the cost of each bottle of “natural” sprinkles and how quickly we go through them.
This was my mistake, never let him pick this stuff up at the grocery store. He then learns that they aren’t as inexpensive as regular sprinkles and in his words, they aren’t a necessity. Party pooper again I tell you.
Deep breaths babe, deep breaths.
I mean the sprinkles, they make it all cheery and wintery. Plus, what kid doesn’t love sprinkles, on everything? And it’s Christmas, have a little holiday cheer…. Mr. Grinch.
I mean in his defense I do see one more little problem… our youngest the fiery one who is quite sneaky in all of her ways is fascinated by sprinkles. This only lead to one thing, licking nearly six donuts clean of sprinkles and tiny bites out of the top leaving the bottoms for her dad to eat. True love folks, true love.
I don’t know why he is complaining. I mean it’s still a cake donut just missing the vanilla bean glaze, loads of sprinkles and instead coated with a little extra slobbery and snotty nose. Eww, too graphic? I’m sorry. Go ahead, send sympathy, feel his pain, he will thank you.
But in all actuality, I think donuts could be a good addition to any Holiday dessert buffet. They are kid pleaser, quite pretty and cute and very holiday cheer-ish… that is if you coat them in the red, green and white sprinkle combo. Plus they are flavored with chai spices and coated in the vanilla bean glaze. I’d take them to a holiday party. You could even get creative and make a donut tree out of them. I would tell you to check instagram soon because this is probably happening in my near future!
Take that donut tree and combine it with this fruit tree and you have yourself a pretty tasty and good-looking Christmas brunch.
All the things I’m crushing on right now…food trees. Of course I would be.
In the meantime, whip up a batch of these paleo donuts, so easy.
Take a practice run before the big day and enjoy every sweet bite of these chai spiced paleo donuts with vanilla bean glaze.
Merry (early) Christmas!
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- 1¼ cup Almond Flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp cardamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 3 eggs (egg replacement for vegan)
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 TBS honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 cup powdered coconut sugar
- Beans from 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat donut maker or oven to 350F.
- Whisk together all dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Combine all wet ingredients in a bowl.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until smooth.
- Spoon dough into donut maker, filling them ⅔ the way.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes and flip. Continue cooking until springy to the touch and slightly browned. DO NOT OVER BAKE!
- If using the oven, bake for 10 minutes.
- To make glaze in a small saucepan over low heat melt coconut oil, powdered sugar, vanilla bean and maple syrup and bring to desired consistency.
- Let cool donuts cool and dip in vanilla glaze.
- Sprinkle or coat with sprinkles.