Paleo Chocolate Sweet Potato Donuts

Paleo Chocolate Sweet Potato Donuts

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!  

Paleo Chocolate Sweet Potato Donuts

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!

Paleo Chocolate Sweet Potato Donuts

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.

Paleo Chocolate Sweet Potato Donuts
Freeze dried fruit sprinkles.

 

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.  

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Paleo Chocolate Sweet Potato Donuts

 

Paleo Chocolate Sweet Potato Donuts
Paleo Chocolate Sweet Potato Donuts
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These donuts are a healthy breakfast, that will make you feel like you're cheating on your diet! They're paleo, diabetic friendly, and gluten and dairy free.
Servings Prep Time
12 Donuts 10 Minutes
Cook Time
12-14 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Donuts 10 Minutes
Cook Time
12-14 Minutes
Paleo Chocolate Sweet Potato Donuts
Paleo Chocolate Sweet Potato Donuts
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These donuts are a healthy breakfast, that will make you feel like you're cheating on your diet! They're paleo, diabetic friendly, and gluten and dairy free.
Servings Prep Time
12 Donuts 10 Minutes
Cook Time
12-14 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Donuts 10 Minutes
Cook Time
12-14 Minutes
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients
Wet Ingredients
For the Glaze
Servings: Donuts
Units:
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Mix together the wet ingredients, except for the coconut oil, in a larger bowl, then add in the dry ingredients.
  3. Once the dry ingredients are partly incorporated drizzle in the melted coconut oil, while stirring.
  4. Make sure all of the ingredients are well mixed, before spooning the batter into a greased donut pan. Fill each cavity about 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the donuts are set. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes, before turning the pan over onto a wire rack.
For the Glaze
  1. Place the chocolate and almond milk together in a bowl. Melt them in the microwave in increments of 20 seconds, stirring in between.
  2. Once the donuts have cooled (make sure to wait) dip them in the glaze. Sprinkle the freeze dried fruit and/or hemp hearts on the wet glaze and let it set up. Cover and refrigerate them if you're not going to eat right away. I think they taste the best at room temperature. Enjoy!
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