Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Vanilla Coconut Donuts with a Raspberry Sauce

Trying to eat better isn’t easy; especially with the convenient, fast, simple choices we are so privileged to have these days. In the last few months, my family and I have slowly started to weed out foods that are downright unhealthy. For me, it’s Dr. Pepper. For the rest of my brood, it’s sweets. We have dubbed this change, “The Year of Health”. Ya, I know, not very creative. We thought about tweaking the name, but eventually this name stuck so we went with it. We are planning to make small changes throughout the year in hopes of drastically changing our entire lives into a more healthy way of living. Not just food either, but with every aspect. Since this is for 37 Cooks, I will share with you a recipe that I am hoping will help in guiding us to make this drastic change and stay with it.

Now, everything in moderation is key, right? I can’t sit here and tell you that I will never drink a Dr. Pepper, or that I won’t ever allow my kids to have a Twinkie. I mean, now that Twinkies are back…anyways. I was beyond ecstatic when I heard about Tropical Traditions challenge. I have heard from so many of my friends who have switched to different flours in their baking/cooking and had successes with it. I knew I wanted to get on the bandwagon of trying out how to make great food with coconut flour. With this being an alternative for a healthier way to make a sweet treat, I knew I wanted to make a dessert that my family would love and not feel like they were on a diet. We don’t do diets. I love being in 37 Cooks because I get to cook with ingredients that help me to create a healthier lifestyle, while improving my love of cooking. I highly recommend that if you are looking to switch flours for a healthy alternative in your cooking, that you try Organic Coconut Flour from Tropical Traditions. Tropical Traditions is America's source for coconut oil. Be sure to also check out their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and their Coconut Cream Concentrate!

Who doesn't love donuts? They are one of life’s greatest pleasures, right? We think so, too. The raspberry sauce is also a healthy alternative, made with fresh raspberries and Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Flour and Coconut Cream Concentrate

Vanilla Coconut Donuts with a Raspberry Sauce
by Rebbekkah
adapted from Comfy Belly

1/2 cup of Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Flour
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
6 eggs
1/2 cup of honey (or other liquid sweetener)
1 Tablespoon of vanilla
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted (coconut oil, or regular oil will work as well)
A dash of powdered sugar

Raspberry Sauce:
1 Tablespoon of honey
1 pint of fresh raspberries
1 Tablespoon of Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate

Preheat oven to 350°F. Blend all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Using a whisk or mixer on a low setting, blend in all the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Fill donut pan about 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

While your donuts are baking, pour the honey, raspberries and coconut cream into a small sauce pan. Smash continually until your raspberries boil. Turn the burner off and let cool slightly.

Once your donuts are done, pour a spoonful of sauce over your donuts and sprinkle with a dash of powdered sugar.


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