Paleo Gingersnap Mini Donuts {Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Grain-free, & Refined Sugar-Free

Don’t think for a moment that you can’t indulge every once-in-a-while when you are eating a whole food that’s clean and health promoting. Before my lifestyle change donuts were a special treat but unfortunately, they were loaded with chemicals and trans fats as well as GMO sugar. There’s no way I would touch those now in order to indulge.

The great news is that we still enjoy donuts every now and then! I make Paleo mini donuts for our family nights and when we entertain. These donuts have fiber, quality fats, and coconut sugar in them which is low on the glycemic index. Plus, they have blackstrap molasses which is loaded with B vitamins that we all need. Needless to say, they don’t last long around here. The warm flavors of blackstrap molasses, ginger and clove are perfect for this piping hot, mini donut topped with crunchy coconut sugar. I know you’ll love these for your next get together!

Don’t Donuts Take Forever to Make?

Truth is, these donuts can be made in under 15 minutes – right before you sit down to watch a movie or visit with some company. They’re perfect to quickly throw together when you have company coming over and you want to welcome them with something hot and gratifying.

Donut Making Must Haves

There are two tools that I use to make mini donuts a cinch to bake. They are an electric mini donut maker and a stainless steel, lever action 1 Tablespoon scoop. The fact that I don’t have to turn on my oven to make these is convenient and the scoop makes the process quick and clean. I also love the mini donut maker because it makes rounded donuts on both sides unlike oven donut pans where the donut often doesn’t have a rounded top.  If you don’t have these tools, maybe it’s time to put them on your birthday or Christmas list?  As for the electric mini donut maker there really is no substitution. They are so quick and simple to use and so much fun!

Important Ingredients

It’s necessary to use blackstrap unsulphured molasses to make these donuts. I don’t want you going to Wal-Mart or Target to buy that “Grandmas Molasses” stuff off the shelf. Blackstrap molasses is the thickest and darkest of all molasses and has the lowest sugar content of all molasses’. It contains a super vitamin and mineral content including iron, magnesium, B6, calcium, copper and selenium. The other kinds of molasses have higher sugar content and lack the vital minerals. Buying unsulphured molasses means that during the process of making blackstrap molasses no sulfur dioxide is used to lighten the color. This matters if you tend to have a sulfite reaction. Some people can have headaches or allergic or sensitive reaction to sulfites and blackstrap molasses does not have any!  It has many health benefits all around. I highly recommend it.

I also wanted to mention Cassava Flour real quick in case you haven’t heard of it. You can get certified gluten free and certified non-GMO Cassava Flour here. It’s made from the root of the cassava plant unlike tapioca flour (or starch) which is made from the whole plant and behaves quite differently than Cassava flour. Cassava is also known as yucca or manioc. This flour is light, airy, is a fiber and has a neutral taste. It is a flour that is higher than starch so I always recommend eating only little bits at a time if you have gut issues.

Paleo Gingersnap Mini Donuts Recipe

Paleo Gingersnap Mini Donuts
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 18
Deep, rich blackstrap molasses, toasty ginger and cloves make these piping hot Paleo Gingersnap Mini Donuts a tantalizing dessert to share with guests or enjoy on a family night.
  • 4 Organic Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ⅛. C. Blackstrap Unsulphured Molasses
  • ¼ C. Organic Coconut Oil, melted
  • ¼ C. Filler Free Coconut Milk (I like Natural Value in a BPA free can)
  • 2 tsp. Raw Local Honey
  • ½ tsp. Ground Ginger
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Baking Soda
  • ¼ C. Coconut Flour
  • ¼ C. Cassava Flour
  • ¼ C. Ghee or Coconut oil, melted in a small bowl for dipping donuts
  • ¼ C. Coconut Sugar, in a small bowl for dipping donuts
  1. Plug in your electric mini donut maker to heat up.
  2. In a small bowl, with a hand mixer, combine all wet ingredients.
  3. In another small bowl combine all dry ingredients until well blended.
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. With 1 Tablespoon or your lever action mini scoop drop batter into each donut well in the donut maker.
  6. Close the lid and wait for the green light to come on.
  7. Pull them out when they are done and cool them slightly.
  8. Repeat this process until all the batter is used up.
  9. Once all the mini donuts are made you can start topping them.
  10. Dip the tops into the melted ghee or coconut oil.
  11. Then dip them directly into the coconut sugar.
Be sure not to overfill the donut wells. They will end up looking like Saturn with the rings around it if you do. Filling the wells just even with the top works perfectly!
Do not sub regular vinegar in this recipe. It will change the flavor all together as well as take away the health benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar has.
Be sure to use Cassava Flour and don't sub it out with anything - even Tapioca because as I said in my post Tapioca behaves quite differently than Cassava Flour does.

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