Monday, 20 May 2013

Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Cinnamon Icing

Have you ever wondered why there are two different spellings for the word donut? (doughnut?) This only occurred to me today as I was baking these. I decided to Google the answer (because Google knows everything) and discovered that 'doughnut' was the original spelling which, makes sense as 'dough' refers to what they are made of while 'nut' refers to the shape (referring to the circular nut that you screw around a bolt). However when the Dutch introduced these adorable baked rings to America, the Americans abbreviated the spelling and created the second version of the word 'donut'.

You learn something new every day!

At first I was unsure what version of the word to use. Then I realized I was being pedantic. Spelling does not affect the taste of a recipe.

These donuts doughnuts are baked, grain free, sugar free, dairy free and taste like sweet potato pie! The icing is divine and the cake dense and moist. They are the perfect afternoon treat to get you over that 3pm slump without sending your blood sugar levels mad, keeping you satisfied until dinner :)



Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Cinnamon Icing
Makes 10

Ingredients

For the Donuts
1 cup grated sweet potato
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup granulated stevia (or sweetener of choice)
20 drops liquid stevia
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg

For the icing
1 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp granulated stevia (or sweetener of choice)
1 tsp almond milk
1 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350F). Grease a donut pan with coconut oil.

2. Place all the ingredients for the donuts in a bowl and mix till thoroughly combined (no need to be delicate or add liquids to the solids!)

3. Spoon the mixture into a large zip-lock bag. Cut one of the corners off the bag, creating a hole large enough to pipe the mixture out of. Squeezing the mixture, pipe it into the rings of the donut pan, using a wet finger to smooth out any uneven surface areas that occur.

4. Now place the pan in the oven and bake for 25-30min. Once the donut is golden brown and the center feels springy to touch, remove from the oven and let cool completely before icing.

5. To make the icing combine the ingredients in a small bowl, stirring to combine. Place the bowl in the fridge for a few minutes, until the icing starts to harden. Remove from the fridge and continue to stir the icing until it thickens to a paste-like consistency. Using a knife, ice the donuts with the paste. If the icing is hardening too quickly, resulting in a rough uneven surface, don't fret! Simply run the knife under boiling water and then use it to smooth out the icing over the donuts, achieving an even glossy coat.


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28 comments:

  1. Lol! I like the word lesson. The Americans do abbreviate a lot of things. The doughnuts look amazing :)

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  2. Love these healthy doughnuts! The cinnamon icing looks particularly tempting!

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    1. It literally melts in your mouth. It is safe to say that there are not many doughnuts left!

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  3. Now I want rush to the nearest shop, buy sweet potatoes and bake the most delicious donuts I ever seen! Too bad it's too late for everything now, I'll have to dream about them...

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    1. Thank you for the lovely compliment :) They honestly tasted as good as they looked. I am very tempted to make another batch now mmmm

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  4. These look so awesome! I seriously need a donut pan.

    I love anything with sweet potato in it - and pumpkin and anything that contribute to my beta-carotene induced orange glow haha ;)

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    1. I got it for my birthday and have been obsessed with it ever since! And I totally agree about the sweet potato and pumpkin! They take baked good in particular to a whole new level. Normally I'll use them as a puree but the grated sweet potato in this recipe really worked!

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  5. Good to know that donut and doughnut are both correct terms, lol :) Your recipe looks delicious and i love the cinnamon icing you added on top!

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    1. Thank you. The icing made them extra special!

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  6. These look so good! I love sweet potato, too :) I haven't used it in baking much but that is a great idea instead of pumpkin!

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    1. Sweet Potato tastes very similar to pumpkin however I find it a little sweeter which makes it perfect for baked goods :)

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  7. Is there a substitute for almond meal? I'm highly allergic but these look so wonderful!

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    1. You could just use all coconut flour. Use about 1/4 cup more coconut flour instead of the 1/2 cup almond meal and add 2 extra eggs to the recipe. That should work and create a fluffier style donut.

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    2. Thank you!! Can't wait to try it! :)

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  8. I love anything with sweet potato and donuts are my FAVORITE food of all time. I love your recipe, Brooke. DELICIOUS!!!

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    1. Haha thanx! Ive only had my donut pan for a few days but I can see myself becoming obsessed with making donuts! So many yummy options!!

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  9. I've always wondered why doughnut has two spellings too. Thanks for explaining it! these doughnuts look wonderful. I love that you used so much sweet potato in them.

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  10. There is just no way this is grain free and sugar free and looks so absolutely fabulous. I am in awe. I love your explanation of the spelling anomaly. I had never wondered and am really glad to know the reason.Great looking recipe Brooke.

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  11. What a fun, delicious idea.

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    1. Thank you! They certainly were delicious!

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  12. Posted these on my facebook. They look great. :)

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  13. I don't have a donut (doughnut) pan and was wondering if these would work as a cake/brownie bar instead? They look absolutely delicious and we are just starting a paleo journey and I am already missing sweet things!

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