Yes, you read that right- a recipe to make Healthy Spelt Doughnuts. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s possible, because life isn’t about depriving yourself of all the good things, its about balance and sometimes, coming up with ways to make a really delicious thing like a doughnut, a bit healthier.
What’s the secret to healthier doughnuts?
Traditionally, doughnuts are deep-fried and they absorb a lot of cooking oil in the cooking process. In addition, many bakeries cook their doughnuts in shortening, a fat often loaded with trans-fats.
The solution – delicious baked doughnuts that are cooked in the oven with just a little bit of coconut oil and no added dairy. (besides the chocolate, which you can replace with a dairy-free version)
It is super easy to make baked doughnuts at home and a lot healthier than the deep-fried versions. I purchased a doughnut pan at Home Stuff Hillfox, but you can also look for one online if easier.
What is Spelt Flour?
Spelt flour comes from an ancient strain of wheat. It’s high in protein and has a nutty, flavour that’s sweeter and lighter than that of whole wheat.
Spelt is rich in vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, selenium, iron, manganese, zinc, vitamin E and B-complex vitamins. It is high in protein and lower in calories than wheat flour and also easier to digest than wheat.
Since I am not gluten-intolerant, but more gluten-sensitive I enjoy baking with spelt.
Healthy Spelt Doughnut Variations
- If you are vegan, try substituting the chocolate for a dairy-free version
- If you don’t have almond milk, you can use cow’s milk, soya milk or coconut milk
- I used coconut sugar, which is healthier than refined cane sugar, but if you only have cane sugar you can use this too
- You can top these doughnuts with whatever you feel like, be it sprinkles, grated chocolate, desiccated coconut, pistachio nuts, cinnamon, dried strawberries, the variations are endless.
Healthy Spelt Doughnuts
- 2 bowls
- 1 doughnut pan
- 2 cups Spelt flour
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder Royal Baking Powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 300 ml almond milk
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- Toppings your choice
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C and spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.
- In bowl 1, mix the dry ingredients together
- In bowl 2, mix the wet ingredients together
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until combined. Do not overmix.
- Spoon the batter into the doughnut pan holes, a third of the way full
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Place doughnuts on a cooling rack, with another baking pan placed underneath for easy glazing.
- In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil over very low heat
- Stir until evenly combined, and remove from heat.
- Allow to cool slightly, but not harden, then pour over the doughnuts with a spoon. Sprinkle preferred toppings, such as sprinkles or icing, I used pistachio and dried flowers.
Did you make Healthy Spelt Doughnuts?
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