Gluten Free Vanilla Donut

Donuts are for sure our favorite treats to enjoy as a family. It's our thing. When we lived in Nashville, we were frequent flyers at Five Daughters Bakery. One of my favorite things about their shop is that in addition to their fully indulgent donuts they have what they call
"paleo crushers" too.  Brilliant. Sometimes I just want a regular donut full of all the flour + gluten + sugar but sometimes I really don't want that.  I loved the idea of a clean donut treat so much I had to re-create my own version. These are so fun for lazy weekend mornings or post-dinner treats. 

-xo, Chels

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Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or plain)

1/3 Cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut oil (butter or avocado oil works too)

1 flax egg ( 1 tbsp flax + 3 tbsp water combined for 5 min) 

1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour blend **

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder **

Pinch of pink salt

Instructions:

Combine nut milk, syrup, oil and egg in a medium sized bowl. 

In a separate bowl, mix remaining dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients and stir to combine.

Pour into an oiled donut pan and bake for 12-13 minutes at 350 degrees. 

 Few things are prettier than a donut tower.

Few things are prettier than a donut tower.

Glaze Options:

1. SIMPLE MAPLE GLAZE

+ 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted) 

+ 1/4 cup maple syrup

+ 1/4 cup cashews

+ 2-4 tbsp almond milk (or water)

-Blend on high until smooth + creamy; pour into wide bowl for dipping

2. STRAWBERRY GLAZE

+ 2 tbsp coconut oil (softened)

+ 1/2 cup fresh strawberries 

+ 1 tbsp maple syrup

-Blend on high until you get a nice consistency; pour into wide mouth bowl for dipping

3. CHOCOLATE GLAZE

+ 2 tbsp coconut oil

+ 2 tbsp cacao powder OR chocolate chips

+ 1 /2 tbsp maple syrup 

-Combine and melt in a small saucepan. Pour into wide mouthed bowl, allow to cool, then dip. 

|| The chocolate glaze is fabulous also on my CHOCOLATE SPICED DONUTS ||

 Strawberry Glaze is Raegan's absolute favorite. Vance loves all donuts equally. ;)

Strawberry Glaze is Raegan's absolute favorite. Vance loves all donuts equally. ;)

Notes:

** For Paleo option, sub 1 cup almond flour and 1/4 cup coconut flour.

** You can use vanilla extract instead of the bean powder; just add mix it in with the wet ingredients. 

** It's also possible to sub 1 regular egg instead of the flax egg. But I do like the thickening action of the flax egg and the option to make this vegan. 

 They come by their love of donuts honestly. 

They come by their love of donuts honestly.