When I was 16, all of my friends got jobs at the new "Pizza Hut" that opened in our hometown that summer. I worked at the "Dunkin Donuts" in the same shopping center. I'd like to say I worked there because I wanted to be my own person and wasn't a crowd follower but that couldn't be further from the truth. In actuality, I was agonizingly shy. Beads of moisture formed on my upper lip and my voice shook at the mere thought of waiting tables.
I loved working at DD. At the end of the night, employees could take home any left over donuts and throw away the rest. My friends would wait for me in the parking lot after waiting tables all night and I'd bring them garbage bags full of left overs. Anytime I see donuts, I think back to when I was the "donut fairy."
Today, I ran into "Michael's Craft Store" for some Valentine's Day inspiration. When I saw the donut pans, I knew they had to be mine. I have seen gorgeous pictures of Paleo donuts all over Instagram and Pinterest for ages but never got around to creating my own version. Today, was the day. I went back into donut fairy mode for my family. All these years later, they're much more healthy.
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, its perfect timing to whip up these heart healthy treats for everyone you love.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your donut pan (best one I've found here. Or, if you prefer silicone here.)
Mix all dry ingredients (flour and baking soda) in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients minus the eggs (maple syrup, extracts, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar). Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
Beat egg whites until they develop a foam at the top. Fold the eggs into the rest of the batter.
Press batter into donut pans and bake for 15 minutes. Let cool.
In a sauce pan add cocoa powder, bakers chocolate, coconut oil and stevia. Put the heat on low and stir the chocolate mixture constantly until fully melted. Dip donuts in the glaze.
(Note: These donuts were decorated with sprinkles from the regular baking section of the grocery store. For 100% paleo decoration, mix coconut sugar with cinnamon or more cocoa powder and sprinkle on top while the glaze is still wet,
Rosanne is a life coach, has her degree in Sports Medicine, is a former state champ and national level NPC figure competitor. As a foodie & lover of all things health & wellness she is determined to make the world a healthier place by sharing one fit tip at a time. She serves up real, easy to digest advice for real people.