Perfect, Low Carb Valentine’s Day Donuts
Do you miss donuts? You are not alone. I, too, missed donuts after starting a keto diet. But why can’t you stick to a keto diet and also have a donut? Can’t we just have it all?! Yes, yes you can. This red velvet donut recipe is delicious, healthy, and completely keto. That “need” for a donut will be satisfied soon!
Our red velvet donuts are considered to be cake donuts. That means they are dense, delicious, and baked instead of fried. Of course, we don’t use regular flour to make our cake donuts. That wouldn’t be keto! Instead, we opt for almond flour. Almond flour is a much lower carb flour that is made by grinding whole almonds. Almond flour is light in texture like white flour, but it has many more healthy fats. It also has a great nutty taste that we absolutely love.
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In addition to almond flour, we add flaxseeds to the donut batter. Not only do ground flaxseeds act as a binder, holding the donuts together, but they are also extremely nutritious. Flaxseeds have lots of protein, fiber, and also omega-3 fatty acids. They also are full of vitamins and minerals. All that goodness gets baked right into the donuts! It makes eating them for breakfast feel even more like you are starting your day off on the right foot.
To sweeten our red velvet donuts, we use erythritol. Erythritol is great because it is a natural sweetener. It is found mostly in fruits and corn. Erythritol has a wonderfully sweet taste but none of the carbs that make up white sugar. You can use it just like you would use sugar but with no guilt! It works perfectly in this donut recipe and is also an ingredient you should have on hand.
If you are a red velvet lover, then you know that it is actually a chocolate flavor. So, of course, our red velvet keto donuts have to have chocolate. We use unsweetened cocoa powder to get that perfect chocolate taste. The red dye makes the donuts into “red” velvet, but the chocolate is where they get most of their signature flavor. Some people like to skip the red dye which is totally fine. Your donuts won’t be red in color but they will still have that great, velvety taste!
Every good donut needs a good icing. Our has just the one. We use powdered erythritol, butter, heavy cream, and vanilla to make a smooth, tasty icing. Add a little bit of red dye to make the frosting light pink. If you are looking for a tangier flavored icing, similar to the one you find on red velvet cupcakes, you can add a tablespoon of cream cheese too. Blend the cream cheese in with the butter and powdered erythritol and you will get that little boost of flavor!
Our low carb red velvet donuts make a fantastic breakfast, snack, or even dessert. They are going to make your craving for donuts disappear and they are also going to brighten up your day. We strongly suggest putting these donuts on your menu this Valentine’s day. What better way to celebrate love than with a donut you adore. Enjoy!
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
- 1/4 cup So Nourished granular erythritol
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 10 drops red gel food coloring
- 1/4 cup So Nourished Powdered Erythritol
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 drops red gel food coloring
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Make the donuts first. Begin by mixing the almond flour, flaxseeds, granular erythritol, and baking powder.
- In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter, eggs, milk, vanilla and food coloring.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir to form a smooth batter.
- Scoop or pipe the batter into a large silicone donut mold. Fill each mold about ¾ of the way up as it will rise and you do not want it to run down into the hole in the center of the mold.
- Bake the donuts in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out cleanly.
- While the donuts bake, make the icing by mixing all of the icing ingredients together until smooth. Add a little more dye if desired (we like a light pink color to go with the bright red donuts!).
- Pop the donuts out of the mold and let cool. Drizzle with the icing and then enjoy!
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