Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Donuts

What just screams the winter season?

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Well, first off: snow. Lots and lots of snow.

Last year, my hometown got almost 2 feet of snow. However, I now go to school in DC (since coming to college), which is two hours north of my hometown and gets about 6 inches to a foot more snow than we typically do. Meaning, this year I will most likely be experiencing long trudges to class through mounds of snow, I’ll probably slip on black ice down my dormitory stairs at least twice, and I’ll be in a permanent state of feeling cold.

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Which brings me to my next point: what food just screams the winter season?

Peppermint.

And nothing signifies the holidays more – or will warm you up better – than a fresh baked batch of chocolate peppermint donuts straight from the oven.

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Now, never fear! You won’t have to limit yourself to just one measly bite of these warm, fresh donuts due to the millions of calories you’re used to donuts containing. Because, in fact, these donuts are good for you!

First, they’re gluten free. So, instead of consuming a bunch of highly processed, empty-calorie white flour, you can eat high-fiber coconut flour instead. Additionally, they’re lower in sugar than most decadent desserts (only 8g sugar per donut, compared to Dunkin’ Donuts 20g sugar per chocolate cake donut). Further, they have 4g fiber per donut! And finally, they don’t contain any butter, vegetable oil, or shortening. Just pure, natural coconut oil.

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What better way to keep your insides warm this winter – but keep the extra pounds off – than with these pepperminty, chocolate donuts (that are so good you’ll hardly believe they’re healthy!)?

Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Donuts

*adapted from my Healthy Chocolate Glazed Donuts recipe

  • 3/4 c coconut flour (or other gluten free flour)
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1/3 c stevia/sugar baking mix (or coconut sugar, white sugar, etc)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbs melted coconut oil (or melted, organic grass-fed butter)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 tbs dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Add coconut flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder,  and salt to a bowl and stir to combine. Add coconut oil, egg, milk, vanilla, and peppermint extract and stir until smooth. Melt chocolate in the microwave and stir into batter until fully combined. Grease a donut pan. Pour mixture into a ziploc bag or icing bag and cut the tip off. Squeeze into donut cavities, filling 3/4 the way full. Bake for 26-28 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for 3 minutes in the donut pan, then remove and place on a wire rack until completely cool. To prepare the icing, mix additional melted dark chocolate chips, a drop or two of peppermint extract, and coconut oil in a bowl. Drizzle over donuts and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)

Calories: 130

Fat: 7g

Carbs: 14g

Protein: 2g

(Yields 10 donuts)

Nutritional information does not include chocolate glaze.

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