A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands”
Who doesn’t love donuts? At home we always have space for a sweet treat, and donuts are some of our favorite foods. I always wanted to craft a healthy donut as a meal, no guilt, and pure healthy indulgence. I think this is IT! Try it and let me know your thoughts, share your ideas, and how were your results? And feel free to share this page with your friends ‘n loved ones. To health!
I recommend my Wappa Donut Tray– food grade silicone, BPA free, donuts pull out easily!
Serves 7-8 Donuts
Ingredients For The Dough
- 1 yam 4.5 oz in weight
- 1 carrot 3.5 oz in weight
- 2 eggs
- 4 Tbsp melted oil (coconut, ghee, or butter)
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Sufficient coconut oil for lining the donut tray
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 2 Tbsp coconut flour
- 2 Tbsp arrowroot flour
- 1/2 tsp pink salt (or your choice of salt type)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder*
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Gather all your ingredients. Clean and weigh the carrot and yam.
- Pulse the carrot and yam in your Food Processor until small pieces (or grate finely).
- Add to the processor, all your dry ingredients and pulse until well incorporated, see photo for this step below.
- Pre-heat your oven at 350 Fahrenheit. Line your donut tray with ample oil. I prefer coconut oil for this.
- Toss in your wet ingredients and pulse until everything blends well.
- Pour your batter to each donut setting to the mid mark so that the donuts have space to rise.
- Place in the oven and set your timer for 30-40 minutes. My oven is electric and mid size. 40 minutes was my perfect baking temperature. Other ovens are larger and faster, so work with your oven’s capacity to bake. You can always check your donuts by inserting a toothpick, and if it comes out clean, then your donuts are ready. You can also sacrifice one donut as the test. These are like molten cake donuts, so they are moist. For the future, make a note of your ideal baked time.
- Take the donuts out, let them rest for 5-10 minutes so the ingredients settle in. (I know this is hard to do because they are irresistible!)
- Then let the donuts cool on a rack.
- Use this time to make your frosting.
Ingredients For The Frosting
- 3/4 cup unsweetened chocolate chips or 4.2 oz
- 1/2 tsp liquid monk fruit**
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp maple extract flavor– this is optional, or switch with vanilla extract or any other choice for flavor
- 3 Tbsp hardened coconut oil or 0.8 oz
- 1/8 tsp pink salt
- Melt all ingredients on a sauce pan over low heat and stir often.
- Sample and adjust to your liking.
- Drizzle over the donuts or dip the donuts one or both sides in the sauce.
- Close your eyes, fall in love, share with others!
Other Frosting Ideas
Try other flavors, mix ‘n match ingredients according to your liking, experiment, get wild! Try ripe figs, black berries, vanilla extract, chocolate extract, cacao butter, butter, strawberries. To thicken any sauce you can use arrowroot flour but do this when the sauce is cold- arrowroot doesn’t thicken well in hot/warm temperatures. You can also thicken by putting the mix in the fridge or freezer for a little bit since many oils harden in cooler temperatures.
Raw cacao is high in antioxidants, may reduce depression, is low in sugar, and is high in fiber and iron. Cacao may also help in lowering blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Yams are high in fiber and minerals like potassium, and they are also helpful to pregnant women and relieve menopause and PMS symptoms. Yams aid digestion, reduce blood sugar, and are anti-inflammatory. Carrots purify the blood, are rich in anti-oxidants and Vitamin A, reduce diabetes, improve sperm quality, help digestion, and enhance the immune system and cholesterol.
*Baking powder traditionally is not paleo since it is made with cornstarch, but you can super duper easily make your own at home. In a small jar, shake vigorously 1 tsp cream of tartar with 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp arrowroot powder. Now you have 2 tsp of baking powder for use.
**Monk fruit is low glycemic, no calories, and perfect for sugar mindfulness. I use it a lot to sweeten with other traditional paleo sweeteners so that I can conserve my use of them. You can use your own ratios of monk fruit with coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup. Taste as you go, and you will find your heaven. I recommend getting PURE monk fruit from Now, not mixed with other processed sweeteners, so read the label to make sure.