Paleo Doughnut Recipe
(gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, grain-free, nut-free)
Mila has been asking for doughnuts for going on 2 years now. She has seen them in the grocery store and, as with other ready-made food items, she picks them up, smells them (through the packaging), looks up at me and says “Mama can you make these for me please?” For 2 years have been saying that I would make her doughnuts and, finally, I have!
I so wish I could have been a fly on the wall at her school the other day when she received her present from Father Christmas (he came to THEIR school 🙂 – Mila was gobsmacked!). The parents were asked to buy and wrap a present for “Father Christmas” to give them. While her friends unwrapped glittery dresses and Barbie dolls (both of which Mila would have loved), she got a… doughnut machine 🙂 She was absolutely delighted! “Now I get to have my OWN doughnuts” she shrieked when I collected her from school!
So we set about learning how to make doughnuts. I used this recipe from Health Riot for the batter to use in the doughnut machine – the recipe makes delicious tasting doughnuts, but the thing is… the doughnut machine squashes them! They don’t come out like the tall fluffy ones we have seen in the shop. So… we ditched Father Christmas’ present and set about making them the old-school way… many times… with many variations – all using Health Riot’s Cassava Flour, because it is gluten-free and grain-free!
I am finally happy with the recipe, and here it is!
Makes: 12 round doughnuts or 30 doughnut balls*
*I find the doughnut balls have a better texture than the round-shaped doughnuts.
FOR THE GLAZE
FOR A DUST COAT
Doughnuts ready to rise.
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So you’ll get none of the bad stuff and loads of the good! It’s the best Cassava on the planet.
Health Riot’s Premium Cassava Flour is GMO‑free, Gluten‑Free, Grain‑Free, and Nut‑Free and has the taste and texture of ordinary wheat flour. It’s also PERFECT FOR PALEO.” – www.healthriot.co.za
While being gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free initially worked for Mila and myself (in that my eczema disappeared and so did Mila’s green poo’s) the added stress that later transpired in our lives brought back my eczema and Mila often suffered from constipation. I realized that both our symptoms were worse after eating grains. So while I knew about the Paleo eating protocol (and had sworn I would never cut out another food group from my diet), I found myself and Mila doing just that!
And so many of the recipes that had lovingly made their way into my book, were no longer made. While there were alternatives such as almond flour and coconut flour, I haven’t baked much with these due to the cost of almond flour, and my inability to get anything to be edible with only coconut flour!
And then in October I saw the announcement on Faithful-To-Nature’s Facebook page that Health Riot’s Cassava Flour had been launched! I immediately ordered some and I have been busy re-testing/ re-creating my recipes using it ever since.
Some of the highlights:
Find out more about this amazing flour on Health Riot’s website.
(They have some great recipes created by Chef Jason Whitehead on their website!)
Health Riot’s Cassava Flour is available from Faithful-To-Nature
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