When I graduated from college I went on a diet and lost about 25 pounds. All I really did was count calories and exercise more. I don’t count calories anymore, but it was helpful for that season of my life. I learned that foods, like soda, most fast food meals, and donuts should be avoided. At that time I avoided them mainly because they were high in calories. Now that I know a bit more about nutrition, I don’t think it’s the calories in and of themselves that are the main culprit in junk food with those kinds of foods. Nuts, avocados, dark chocolate, and coconuts are also high in calories, but I’ve lost 30 pounds and kept it off for a year and a half eating things like that. The type of calories you are eating is many times more important than the quantity of calories you are eating.
Note: One little qualifier I will give here is that I’m not necessarily against counting calories…it may help you for a time. I don’t think it’s a sustainable plan, though, and would advise you not to use calories as your only measure of healthiness. If you’re trying to lose weight, you can count your calories, but also make sure to eat healthy whole foods and lots of veggies!
Normal donuts are, of course, very high in calories, and are made of refined flour and sugar, then deep fried in unhealthy oils. When you eat one your liver and pancreas will need to do some gymnastics in order to bring balance back to your body! I don’t think donuts are worth the havoc they wreak on your system, even if you only eat them every once in a while.
This recipe for Paleo Chocolate Sweet Potato Donuts is my attempt to give you a healthy donut option, that won’t crash your system! It’s very similar to my recipe for Sweet Potato Paleo Brownies, but I’ve made a couple small adjustments. Both the brownies and donuts are made with almond flour, which lowers the carbs significantly from normal quick breads, and adds healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. The sweet potato adds a rich, delicious flavor, as well as fiber and vitamin A. Dark chocolate is also very good for you, adding fiber, iron, and minerals. These donuts do not use yeast, and they are much easier to make than normal donuts…no frying necessary! You’ll need to buy a donut pan to bake them in if you don’t already have one!
My 3 older kids LOVE these donuts! JJ’s not so sure about them, but I think he’ll like them if I use blanched almond flour, instead of the kind with skins still on. The kind with the skin on has more fiber, which is great, but the fiber affects the consistency, so he rejected it…picky boy! All children know that the BEST donuts in the world have to have sprinkles on them, so I pounded freeze-dried fruits into small chunks and sprinkled them on.
Before we get to the recipe for the Paleo Chocolate Sweet Potato Donuts, I want to invite you to join with others who are making healthy changes. I’d love to walk alongside you in your journey towards wholeness and health! Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full!” Freedom from food addictions is part of having a truly full life.