Oh hey there, remember me? Yep, it’s been a while. You’ll have to excuse me, I’ve been introvert-ing and eating donuts.
It’s been a little over two weeks since I finished my third round of the Whole30 and I’m now settling back into my food freedom. Although I still follow a mostly Whole30 template (protein and veggies) I’ve gone back to eating the foods that bring me joy. This includes paleo donuts.
My relationship with donuts is a special one.
In the past donuts brought me both joy and guilt. Deep-fried dough… need I say more?
Although I try to be mindful of not attaching guilty feelings to food (a response to a history of an eating disorder) I accept that there are foods that just don’t agree with my body. Deep-fried food falls under such category. Oh, and let’s not forget that I once weighed close to 300 pounds and could eat six donuts in one sitting.
Of course as with anything in life, there’s always an alternative. Enter paleo chocolate donuts. These beauties are not only free of grains, gluten and processed sugars, but turns out guilt too!
Today I no longer feel guilty about grabbing a dounut… or two. Especially because these donuts are made from real ingredients, including a little maca as an added good for you bonus.
Wondering what maca is?
In short, maca is a plant from Peru, grown in the Andes Mountains. You can purchase it in the form of powder or drops (I buy the powder). It is most well known for its use in balancing female hormones, increasing fertility and libido. There are many other uses for maca, however I encourage you do to do your research if you’re concerned as to whether maca is right for you.
Personally, I’ve been using maca for the last couple of years and found that it helps with my acne breakouts during my PMS phase (keep in mind this is just my experience). So, in an effort to combine my need for chocolate and hormonal support, I came up with these donuts. Of course you can always leave out the maca, you’ll still be left with chocolatey goodness.
Part of my food freedom is treating myself once a month (I’m sure you ladies can guess what time of the month) to a little extra dessert love, and these donuts do the trick!
Go on… live a little.
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 teaspoons maca powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional: Chocolate Chips (I used enjoylife choclate chips because they're dairy free)
Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a donut pan.
In a bowl, combine dry ingredients; almond flour, unsweetened cocoa, maca powder, baking soda and salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk wet ingredients; maple syrup, coconut oil, coconut milk, egg and vanilla extract.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, using a spatula until well mixed (careful not to over mix).
Carefully pour batter into donut pan. Shake pan a little to even batter. If desired, drop about 5-6 chocolate chips into donuts.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the donut comes out clear, about 15 minutes. Let donuts cool on wire rack before removing from the molds.