Grain-free Lemonade Doughnuts

It’s Kevin’s (30th!) birthday tomorrow and while store-bought presents are nice, I wanted to come up with a special treat for him instead.

To help inspire me in the kitchen and keep me on track; because I usually get distracted when I’m creating a recipe and end up with something completely different than what I’d planned, I asked Kevin to write down a list of his favorite foods he wanted me to incorporate into his birthday dessert. Here’s his list…

Wait, is meat listed twice? I swear I told him to write down sweet things. There’s no way I’m making a meat dessert. You’re on your own with that one, babe.

I seem to be doing a lot of raspberry things lately, so I decided to play on Kevin’s love for lemonade and turn it into a doughnut. Kevin is to doughnuts as a dog is to a bone. His eyes widen, his smile curls… I’m just surprised he hasn’t buried them by the dozen somewhere in his office for safe keeping. So naturally, doughnuts felt like a good fit.

A couple minutes prepping the ingredients, half an hour in the kitchen, and voila! A healthy (meat-free) birthday dessert.

Grain-free Lemonade Doughnuts
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Serves: 6 doughnuts
Lemonade doughnuts made with a combination of coconut and almond flours, xylitol and apple sauce.
Optional topping
  • A small smear of coconut oil on each doughnut and extra lemon zest shavings
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly oil a doughnut pan with coconut oil or non-stick gluten-free cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Add dry to wet and stir to combine. Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes to thicken up.
  5. Place dough into a piping bag or large ziploc bag, cut off the end so there’s about ½-inch opening. Press mixture into the pan, filling to about ¾ to the top.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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Happy birthday, baby!

Struggling to lose weight


    • Sure thing! You could use any type of sweetener here. Coconut sugar, date sugar, cane sugar..

  1. These are fabulous!! Just made them mmmmmmmmmm!!!! My husband loved the flavor too, reminded him of when his mom made lemon poppy seed cake….minus the poppy seeds :)

    • Glad you two liked them, JT :) Adding poppy seeds next time may be a good idea… I’ll have to try that!