The first time I posted an image of these on Instagram, some troll wrote “not healthy!”. I beg to differ: these look like they’d be full of sugar and junk but they are NOT! Woohoo!
Check out my recipe below: you’ll be amazed! They are gluten-free and vegan with no refined sugar, and the “frosting” is pitaya with protein powder and water and the optional (ha) sprinkles are fruit-sweetened and colored.
I dare you to try these: you’ll fall in love! Bookmark this page and get baking!
Guilt-Free Donuts with Dragonfruit Glaze
(Soy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, No Refined Sugar, Vegan) Yields 8
1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour (or fine almond flour to be grain-free) 3/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/8 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp sea salt 1/2 cup mashed banana 1 TBSP maple syrup or extra banana 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1. Mash banana and stir all ingredients together. 2. Pour into coconut oil or avocado oil-greased donut pan. (hint: for easy removal, opt for a silicone donut pan; you can get 2 for less than $9 HERE!
3. Bake 16-20 min or until golden and set. Cool on a wire rack and drizzle with optional glaze.
To make the glaze: Whisk vegan vanilla protein powder with water and melt frozen pitaya or pitaya powder and combine with the protein powder/water until a spreadable texture is reached.
Add plant-based vegan sprinkles if desired! (And of course, you really should)
My absolute fave vegan protein powder is pictured below that makes the BEST frosting texture (and believe me, I've spend hundreds on protein powders testing them all for frosting texture, taste in baked goods and level of grittiness: this one is powdery smooth and blends right in with no lumps, aftertaste or grit.)