It can be tough getting the family on board with real food. Breakfast can be especially difficult when the whole family has been used to sugary breakfasts instead of nutrient dense ones. Luckily there are many ways to ease the family into real food. These gluten-free coconut cassava chocolate donuts are one especially tasty way. They are gluten-free, low in (natural) sugars, and pack a bit of protein as well.
While this is certainly not an everyday recipe, it has its place. Real food “treat” breakfasts are one way to introduce kids to real food breakfasts that they will like as much (or more) as packaged varieties. Additionally, when you do make recipes like these donuts for special occasions, you can be sure your kids are getting a filling and nutrient dense meal.
Coconut Flour Health Benefits
Coconut flour is a healthy gluten-free flour choice. It is a whole food made from ground-up coconut meat that is leftover from coconut milk production. Coconut flour contains lots of fiber, protein, and even retains a lot of its healthy fat. Coconut flour doesn’t spike blood sugar the way other refined flours do. This is because of the high fiber, protein, and fat content and the low digestible carbohydrate content. Because it doesn’t spike blood sugar, it’s a good flour for diabetics and others trying to regulate their blood sugar.
Cassava Flour Health Benefits
Cassava flour is another great gluten-free flour choice. Cassava flour is a whole food. It is the made from the whole root vegetable that is peeled, dried, and ground. Unlike coconut flour, cassava is high in carbohydrates. But like coconut flour, it has a low glycemic index. This makes it a great choice for anyone with blood sugar issues.
Cassava flour also helps support gut health. Cassava flour is rich in digestion-resistant starch. Theses starches pass through the upper part of the digestive tract and feed the beneficial bacteria in the gut.
Want More? Similar Recipes to Try
If you love sweet breakfasts but want them to be healthy, try these:
- Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes – These donut holes are a perfect example of how healthy food can be tasty. These are made with almond flour and just a few chocolate chips.
- Lemon Blueberry Muffins – Muffins are a great breakfast for a busy morning. This recipe also includes antioxidant-rich blueberries and low-glycemic coconut flour.
- Coconut Flour Waffles – This high protein, high fiber waffles are a perfect way to start the day.
- Coconut Flour Pancakes – Coconut flour is a great pancake flour once you get the hang of it. This recipe is simple, healthy, and delicious.
- Coconut Flour Apple Muffins – Muffins are so easy to cart around and can be a perfect vessel for healthy ingredients, like this apple muffin recipe.
- Grain-Free Pumpkin Pancakes – Pancakes are always a fun breakfast treat. This one is flourless and packed with nutrients.
- Protein Packed Crepes – These crepes have hidden protein but are tasty and light like traditional ones.
Next, I want to try this cinnamon crumble donut recipe that uses almond and coconut flour as the base.
Coconut Chocolate Donuts Recipe
For the donuts:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Lightly grease a donut pan with coconut oil.
- In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, softened butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
- In another bowl, mix together the coconut flour, cassava flour, cacao or cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Whisk the two mixtures together and carefully fill the hallows of a donut pan.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes in the preheated oven.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 8-10 minutes.
- Make the glaze by melting together the butter and then whisking in the cacao/cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla.
- Drizzle the glaze over the donuts.
- Add sprinkles or other toppings if desired.
What is your favorite treat breakfast?