Mini Honey Donuts, #SundaySupper

Miracles, magic and moons are the topic of the day in the USA. Talk of the solar eclipse elicits excitement and trepidation. Similar to the emotions I felt when Dunkin’ Donuts opened their doors in Tokyo. Yes, it was a long time ago; during the dinosaur age (aka the ‘70s.) The import of an American donut franchise like Dunkin’ Donuts was a miracle! Tokyo in the 1970s had yet to see the onslaught of American-Japanese marriages of mayonnaise and maguro (tuna) sushi! Today in Tokyo, the offspring of global affairs are a given in Japanese supermarkets.

Donuts in the 1970s were also a connection to Mom. Massachusetts was home to Mom and Dunkin’ Donuts headquarters. Summer visits always included a stop at Dunkin’ Donuts and Steve’s Ice Cream in Somerville. Doctors may not approve but deliciousness is tied to happy times for me. How about you?

Fast-forward to the miracles and magic of today: A dear friend is recovering from cancer. He is strictly forbidden to touch wheat or sugar. Honey, however, is allowed. After a bit of searching on the Internet, my fingers stumbled upon a honey donut recipe at Get Inspired Everyday. Plus, the recipe is gluten-free! Even the glaze is sugar free and gluten-free. Move over powdered sugar. Coconut butter, lemon juice, vanilla beans and honey combine to create a great glaze. The texture equals the powdered sugar sort. A coconut flavor definitely stars in the glaze.  Are coconutty concoctions not your thing? No worries. Substitute almond butter. Skip the lemon juice and you’ll have a fantastic glaze.

Mini Honey Donuts

honey donuts glutenfree paleo easy recipe

Wholesome goodness greets you in each bite of honey donut. The almond flour gives the donut a hearty cake like texture. The glaze made with honey, vanilla beans and coconut butter crown the cake donuts with a touch of coconutty sweetness. More good news: The donuts are gluten-free!

This recipe is adapted from Get Inspired Everyday.


For the donuts:

  • Heaping 1¾  cups almond flour
  • Heaping ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • Heaping 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Generous ¼ cup honey
  • 5 tablespoons of salted butter, melted
  • 1 (room temperature) egg
  • ½ tablespoon honey extract
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract

For the glaze:

  • ½ cup coconut butter
  • Seeds from the inside of 2 vanilla beans
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice

For the donuts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Generously grease the insides of mini donut pans with coconut butter.
  3. (Coconut oil spray also works.)
  4. Melt the honey and butter at 30-second intervals in a microwave.
    (It took about 60-seconds/1 minute in mine.) Or melt the honey and butter over low heat.
  5. Allow to cool.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder and salt.
  7. If the melted honey and butter mixture is lukewarm or cooler, whisk in the extracts and egg.
  8. Vigorously stir in the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients. Aim for a smooth batter with no lumps.
  9. Pour the wells of the donut pans ½ to ¾ full. 
  10. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the donuts are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center appears clean.

For the glaze:
Melt the coconut butter and honey over low heat in a saucepan. Stir in the salt, lemon juice and vanilla beans.

Dip the donuts into the glaze. It’s easier if you freeze the donuts overnight. If not, be a tad careful as the cake-like donuts can easily crumble.

Mini honey donuts make for a terrific after school snack. So do the following recipes.

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Wishing you magic and miracles!

The Ninja Baker

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The Ninja Baker has guest blogged and contributed recipes to numerous food sites. These additional recipes can be found here.



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