{Holiday Recipe} Mini Gingerbread Donuts (Grain-Free!)

Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit like baked goods.

Especially those of the gingerbread variety.

There have been many attempts to Paleo-i-fy gingerbread baked goods in the past.

Most were relatively unsuccessful.

There were gingerbread muffins…which were kind of chewy and gooey.

And gingerbread blobs

BUT this year, I just might have succeeded in making a delicious gingerbread treat.

Mini gingerbread donuts.

They look just like donuts, which I’m happy about.

I made them super gingery– I like my holiday baked goods a little spicy.

I even rolled them in coconut palm sugar and cinnamon to make them extra pretty for you.

Perfectly cakey and not dry at all!

{Holiday Recipe} Mini Gingerbread Donuts (Grain-Free!)
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  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp ground ginger (I like my extra gingery, so if you're not so much into ginger, just use 1 to 1½ Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp molasses
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter (melted for coating donuts)
  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and grease a mini donut pan with coconut oil
  2. In a large bowl, mix your melted butter, eggs, maple syrup, molasses, and coconut milk.
  3. In a small bowl combine your coconut flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder and salt.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined.
  5. Fill the donut pan and bake for 15 minutes or until they pass a toothpick test
  6. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. Once cool, dip the donuts in melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar.
  8. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite holiday baked good? Have you made a grain-free version of it yet?

Feel free to tell me in the comments below!

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16 Responses to {Holiday Recipe} Mini Gingerbread Donuts (Grain-Free!)

  1. Melanie Braswell December 11, 2012 at 6:38 AM #

    These look amazing, Allison!! Happy Holidays to you!!

    • Allison December 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM #

      Thanks, Melanie! Happy Holidays to you too!

  2. j3nn December 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM #

    Nothing about these looks grain-free! Everything about these looks AMAZING! 🙂

  3. Roz December 19, 2012 at 11:49 AM #

    Oh man- I can’t wait to try these!!! Perfect for my grain-free self to bring to parties where I can’t eat anything else! 🙂

  4. Heather Barger December 19, 2012 at 1:29 PM #

    Thanks Allison – When paleo recipes call for coconut milk – is it the kind that comes in cartons like almond milk or is the kind that comes in cans, usually sweeter, coconutty and often used for baking? I’m often confused about the different coconut products called for. Thanks

    • Allison December 19, 2012 at 1:42 PM #

      Hi Heather! Great Question. When I say “coconut milk” in one of my recipes, I mean coconut milk from a can– plain, old, unsweetened coconut milk. I think most paleo recipes call for canned coconut milk. I have in the past used the coconut milk beverage in the carton, but I always make sure say so. This recipe uses coconut milk from a can. I shake up the can to combine the water and the coconut cream, and get a nice, thick coconut milk. You could use the unsweetened coconut milk from the carton, but you’d had to add less, as it’s more watery than the stuff from a can.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  5. Heather Barger December 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM #

    It helps very much and makes it easier to give this a try – thanks!

  6. Samantha December 19, 2012 at 3:41 PM #

    I want to try this! How many mini donuts does it make?

    • Allison December 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM #

      Hi Samantha! This recipe makes 12 mini donuts.

  7. Michelle December 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM #

    Is there any egg substitute you would reccomend? Would applesauce and baking powder work? We can’t have seeds of any kind so flax and chia are out.

    • Allison December 21, 2012 at 2:21 PM #

      Hmm…I’ve never used applesauce with baking powder before. I usually replace one egg with 1/2 ripe banana. It might change the taste a little… I’m curious about the applesauce…

  8. Joshua Vegas December 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM #

    I just made these, and they were awesome! I eat paleo, and these really satisfied my cravings for something baked and yummy for the holidays. I love how FILLING coconut flour is. These mini donuts sure pack a punch!

    • Allison December 24, 2012 at 11:41 PM #

      Yay! Thanks for sharing Joshua! I’m about to whip up a batch for Xmas breakfast!


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