Picture the scene: Thick, sweet peanut butter glaze dripping down a freshly baked, super light doughnut; the delightful crunch of the peanut pieces as you bite into it - and all gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, egg free and vegan.
Yes, my friends, today I bring a little slice of HEAVEN with these amazing gluten free maple peanut glazed doughnuts. And to make it even better, they are less than 200 calories each, refined sugar free, and a perfect pre- or post-workout snack if you're craving the sweet stuff.
I've been meaning to buy a doughnut tin for AGES, after me and Lauren made Christmas doughnuts as part of Vlogmas - so when I found one half price in Sainsbury's this week, that was that.
In fact, this recipe is loosely based off the doughnuts Lauren and I made before from her own recipe, which you can find here. I used the same sort of base, but substituted a few ingredients. I used a chia seed egg replacement rather than flaxseed as it was all I had, and I thought it added a great texture to it.
I decided to try teff flour instead of buckwheat - and I was really pleased with the result. I have never used teff before, it's an 'ancient grain' which is gluten free, and I bought some of it by Dove's Farm to try. It has a nice taste and texture, which worked well in this recipe.
I also knew I wanted to create something involving nut butter for the glaze! It had to be sweet and sticky and after a few failed experiments (which ended up in the bin) and burning my tongue (why lick the spoon when you KNOW it's hot!?) I have cracked it with this simple maple peanut butter glaze. I could just eat it on its own!
I can't wait to make more doughnuts over the coming weeks - this recipe has me well and truly hooked and I'm already thinking of some new and exciting flavour combinations to test out. They are so much easier to make than I thought which is great. What flavours would you like to see next? Leave me a comment below and let me know!
For the doughnuts
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 4 tbsp water
- 120 g teff flour, I used the gluten free Dove’s Farm teff flour here
- 75 g coconut sugar
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 30 g coconut oil
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
For the glaze
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp Whole Earth crunchy peanut butter
- Preheat the oven to 180’C / Gas 4 /350’F.
- Place the chia seeds in a mug and cover with the water. Stir well and set aside for 15-20 minutes – this will form a thick and gloopy paste which makes a fabulous, vegan-friendly egg replacer.
- Mix all of the dry ingredients (flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, cinnamon) in a large mixing bowl.
- In a saucepan place the coconut oil, almond milk, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract. Put on a low heat until the coconut oil has melted – you don’t want it to bubble or boil, so remove from the heat as soon as it’s all liquid.
- Add the chia/water mix into the dry ingredients and stir through. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix well to form a thick batter.
- Lightly grease a doughnut tin with a little coconut oil to ensure the mixture does not stick. Fill each doughnut hole with around 2 tbsp of the batter, making sure you leave the hole in the middle.
- Bake in the oven for around 8 minutes – I had to do mine in two batches as I only had one, six-doughnut tin. This mixture should make around 10 doughnuts, unless you’re like me and eat half of the batter before it even makes it to the oven…
- Allow the doughnuts to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes before using a knife to gently remove them onto a wire cooling wrack. Leave to cool completely.
- Meanwhile, make the glaze. Add the peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil to a pan and heat gently. Stir often so that it combines to form a thick glaze, and once heated remove from the heat and allow to cool for a minute or two.
- Dip the doughnuts into the glaze, ensuring a neat covering. You may need to dip them twice – leaving to set a bit in between – or I used a spoon to distribute the rest of the glaze between doughnuts. Because I used crunchy peanut butter, this was easiest, but smooth peanut butter would create an easier dipping system!
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