Chocolate Donuts (grain free)

  • Posted on: February 6, 2015

tacos, soup, donuts and cashews 047My sweet girl can’t get enough of these.  Little does she know one of the main ingredients is cashews.  I try to throw them in the blender and cover them with the milk and eggs before she’s any the wiser.  My seven year old, on the other hand, saw the cashews  go in and became very inquisitive.

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What kind of donuts have cashews?

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Why the kind you have been eating for some time.

Yah.  That didn’t fly.  He had recently tasted his first dunkin donuts on a trip to chicago and he was not going for my cashew ones.    Cecilia still loves these, as do I.

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One day I made this batter into muffins (or cupcakes- sometimes there is a fine line between the two)  just to see what would happen.

Yup.  He ate them right up.  Mom’s have to be tricky like that.

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This batter does work for muffins if you don’t have a donut pan but the donut shape is much more fun and special.  And sometimes we all need a little fun and special in our day.

Max recently told me that he doesn’t like bacon anymore. Gasp!

I didn’t even know how to respond I was so shocked.

Bacon- his most favorite food in the whole wide world  (besides apples).   If he tells me he doesn’t like apples next I will look for those pigs flying in the sky.  Or know he is messing with me.

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So these are not your traditional donuts by any means but they are full of chocolate and goodness-  cashews. coconut flour, farm eggs, maple syrup, cocoa.   They provide more protein than a traditional donut and will keep you full of energy.

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And my daughter loves them.  Maybe your will too.   I am thinking this will be a perfect Valentines Day breakfast treat.  1/2 will be mini muffins, the other half donuts.

As for a frosting, sometime I add a little vanilla honey butter on top, other days homemade whip cream and for an extra special treat, some chocolate ganache frosting.  You choose.  A little sprinkle of powdered sugar does the trick too.

For other breakfast ideas try homemade granola and these lemon poppy seed muffins.



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Chocolate Donuts (grain free)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 donuts

Serving Size: 1 donut


  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3 pastured eggs
  • 2 tbsp organic whole milk (or any milk substitute)
  • 1/2 cup grade B maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
  • vanilla honey butter
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
  • mix all together and spread on donut


Preheat oven to 350.

Grease a donut pan well...I spray mine with coconut baking spray

Place all the ingredients into the blender in the order they are listed.

Blend until mixture is creamy.

Fill donut pan 2/3 with mixture

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Let muffins rest in pan for about 15 minutes. To remove donuts. turn the donut instead of trying to lift it out of the pan.

top with your preferred topping.




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