Baked Brownie Donuts
Updated: Feb 12, 2019
Have you ever met anyone who doesn't like donuts ?? Hmm... EXACTLY! And for that exact reason I have vowed to not ever trust anyone who does not like them! I mean, come on, right? All joking aside I adore donuts and to be fair all people I know have never refused one. Now the problem with them usually is that they are not exactly the best treat to have health wise and the so called light alternatives I have ever tried have always left a lot to desire and far from the real thing. Over the last few years I have only indulged in an very occasional Crispy Creme or a traditional Polish fried donut filled with rose jam and as much I appreciate that being naughty every now and than is absolutely OK and I really stand by not following any kind of diet I have really felt that each of those treats didn't do anything for me nutrition wise. Technically donuts are one of those things that maybe should not be helthyfied or made any more nutritious than they are but spending all those hours on Instagram and in my kitchen redoing so many other traditional treats the healthier way I was sure I can first of all veganise my old recipes and more so make them a lot healthier. This is how over a series of trials and errors those beautiful healthy donuts have arterialised. They are 100% kids, hubby and one very honest friend (thanks to whom they were upgraded to the baked brownie donut name !) approved - I have made two successful batches so far and the third one is happening tomorrow for some more of my friends to try them out! They are moist and jut a beautiful balance between fluffy and gooey and completely plant based - and this is the past that i am the most proud and excited about. There are so may amazing people out there who are so totally worth being inspired by but i always have really enjoyed the trial and error road and I still feel that the feeling at the end of your learning journey is only called 'success' if you have done it all by yourself. Here is to delights of hard work and delicious donuts! Read on for the recipe...
Baked Brownie Donuts
Yield : 8 small donuts
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Sweet Coconut Diaries
♡ 1 cup reduced aquafaba (*note below)
♡ 1 tsp creme of tartar
♡ 2 tbsp avocado oil
♡ 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
♡ 1/4 cup Chocolate Lover powder by @yoursuper (**note below)
♡ 1/4 cup almond flour
♡ 1/4 cup golden caster sugar
♡ 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
♡ 2 tbsp runny almond butter
I have grouped the ingredients on purpose as you will need to use them in this order.
♡ Preheat the oven to 180C
♡ In a stand mixer (make sure that the bowl and the whisk are completely dry and oil free) beat the aquafaba tin soft peaks form, add creme of tarter and beat for another minute and follow with adding the avocado oil keeping the mixer on highest speed at all times.
♡ In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients. Reduce the speed of your mixer to low and add the dry mix spoonful at the time till all is well combined. Add the sugar and continue to beat for couple of seconds. The batter will have reduced in volume by now and thickened but this is all OK. In the end add the almond butter and beat for another coulee of seconds. Your donut batter is ready to be moved to a piping bag now.
♡ Pipe the batter into your donut moulds ( I use silicone ones as they allow easy removing and are very long lasting) leaving 2-3 mm space to the top of the moulds to allow room for rising without spilling out.
♡ Bake the donuts in a preheated oven for 20 min. Let them cool completely before removing from the moulds and frosting.
I have used diary free white and dark chocolate for glazing plus some edible dried rose petals but feel free leave them as they are as they are absolutely scrumptious on their own!
* To make sure that your aquafaba can be beaten to stiff peaks easily you will have to reduce it first by boiling it down by half: for this recipe you will need aquafaba from 2 cans of chickpeas reduced down to 1 cup. All you need to do is to pour the liquid into a pan and cook it for around 15 min - by the the liquid will start to thicken very slightly and will reduce the amount by almost half which should give you around a cup full of aquafaba ready to cool down. This step is very important so make sure you prepare it in advance as it is best used chilled.
** I have used Chocolate Lover blend by Your Super as it is a really beautiful combination between cacao, carob, coconut (the shredded type that adds the texture), chia seeds (which help bind the batter and support the overall texture of the baked donuts) and lucuma. You could replace that 1/4 cup with the same ingredients if you like with the cacao being the biggest volume here. If you are curious to try the same bland I have used here is a link http://bit.ly/2HUXhqW for you and if you decide you'd like to go ahead with the order you are welcome to visit my IG account for the discount code.