Donuts bring happiness to life!
Don't you think?
…Unless you've made the switch to a grain-free, low-carb lifestyle! Then the lack of suitable donuts might make you quite sad.
Cheer up! These Keto Cinnamon Baked Donuts with a spiced “sugar” topping will light that flame of happiness once again. 😉
The Story Behind Hanukkah & These Keto Cinnamon Baked Donuts
My family celebrates the Biblical feast days. While you won't find Hanukkah in the Bible, it's a Jewish holiday that we enjoy celebrating anyway. Known as the Feast of Dedication, Hanukkah commemorates the Maccabean Revolt in the 160s BC, when the Jews took back the Temple in Jerusalem from the Seleucid Empire.
One story associated with this feast is the miracle of the oil. You see, there was not enough oil to keep the lamps burning, yet by a miracle they were able to make the oil last 8 days. That’s why Hanukkah is celebrated for 8 days, too. It’s a wonderful time of using the light of the Word for searching our hearts as well as rededicating ourselves (our temples) to the service of God.
Hanukkah is also famous for filling up on fried foods! Latkes and sufganiyot (lacy potato pancakes crisply fried in lots of fat and deep-fried jelly-filled donuts, respectively) are traditional fare. Just not “traditional” in the Traditional Cooking School sense of the word. 😉
While deep-fried Hanukkah donuts are amazingly delicious and decadent… sometimes a lighter treat is in order, right? This is especially true if you’ve been feasting on a lot of fried foods for several days.
Hanukkah Meets Trim Healthy Mama
There's no way “traditional” Hanukkah donuts are on-plan with Trim Healthy Mama. Nope. Not by any stretch of the imagination!
That means we need a low-carb, grain-free, donut-inspired treat that incorporates olive oil in some way.
Hence, the birth of these delicious almond and coconut flour-based keto donuts, bathed in olive oil then coated in a delightful spiced sugar alternative. It’s got the taste of a cake donut with the satisfying crunch of a “sugary” coating — yet it won’t spike your blood sugar!
Can I get a hallelujah?
In addition to brushing each donut with olive oil before rolling it in the spiced “sugary” coating, I also added olive oil to the donut batter. My crew isn't keen on a lot of olive oil flavor, so feel free to brush your keto donuts with melted butter or coconut oil instead, if you prefer.
However, if you love the taste of olive oil, I highly recommend it! I wasn't sure olive oil + cinnamon + nutmeg + allspice would be a good combination the first time I tried it, but surprisingly, it was delicious! While I can’t quite put my finger on why these flavors work together, they really do.
The Best Sugar-Free “Sugar” Topping For Your Keto Donuts
There are both commercially available and DIY sugar alternatives that work well in low carb baking. Typically, they combine pure stevia extract with either non-GMO xylitol or erythritol.
However, I discovered that the best coating here is definitely just erythritol. The addition of stevia left a bit of a bitter aftertaste.
We don’t use xylitol in our house because we have dogs and don’t want to risk accidental poisoning. Certainly feel free to try it if it’s your preferred low-glycemic sweetening option. Learn more about xylitol here.
These low-carb Hanukkah donuts are not overly sweet on their own, but really don’t need a lot of extra sweetness to be delicious. Even plain they are quite tasty!
Keto Cinnamon Baked Donuts (Grain-Free, THM:S)
Hanukkah is famous for fried foods like donuts. Yet what if you're grain-free, keto, a Trim Healthy Mama, or just looking for an easy healthy treat? Traditional Hanukkah fare gets a makeover in this recipe: Keto Cinnamon Baked Donuts! They're the best homemade Hanukkah donuts ever, with gluten-free nut flours, olive oil, and a spiced, crunchy sugar-free topping that your entire family, kids included, will love.
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup erythritol or other sugar-free alternative such as xylitol
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil plus additional for coating the donuts
- 1/4 cup pure water or nut milk, plus more if needed for consistency
- 3 organic or pastured eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease donut pan very well, even if it's non-stick or silicone. Almond flour-based batters are more sticky. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients until completely incorporated. Be sure to break up any lumps of nut flour.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.
Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredient mixture and mix well.
Allow the batter to sit for a few minutes to allow the coconut flour to absorb the liquid.
If batter is too thick, add additional liquid in small amounts until a loose muffin batter consistency is achieved.
Divide batter among the wells in your donut pan. For 12 donuts, use about 1-1/2 tablespoons of batter. If any batter remains, be sure to divvy it up evenly.
Bake in your preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until tops are beginning to brown, bottoms are nicely browned, and donuts are beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
While donuts are cooling, mix together erythritol, spices, and salt in a small bowl.
Once donuts are cooled, gently remove from the pan by using a thin knife or spreader to loosen, if necessary.
Gently brush each donut with olive oil (or other melted fat of choice) then roll in Spiced “Sugar” Topping.
Will you try these Keto Cinnamon Baked Donuts? Did you ever think Keto Donuts would be possible?!
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