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3 Doughnut Recipes That Are Totally Guilt Free

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author image Ariane Resnick
Ariane Resnick is a private chef and certified nutritionist who creates indulgent, seemingly “normal” food out of clean, whole food ingredients. She has cooked for celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Groening, and has been featured in media such as InStyle, Star, Huffington Post, Refinery29.com, Men’s Fitness and the Food Network's "Chopped."
3 Doughnut Recipes That Are Totally Guilt Free
These gluten- and grain-free doughnuts are incredibly delicious and simple to make. Photo Credit Ariane Resnick

The words “healthy” and “doughnuts” don’t typically belong in the same sentence: Doughnuts are typically fried and then doused with confectioners’ sugar or an ultra-sweet glaze.

But if we’re being honest, these fried treats are usually hard to resist because they’re so darn good.

So, as a favor to our waistlines, we’ve created three incredibly delicious (and simple to make) gluten- and grain-free doughnuts. One is Paleo, one is vegan, one is high-protein — and all are free of starches, gums, tapioca products and other high-starch pseudo foods.

And once you get in the habit of making your own healthy doughnuts, you just might never bat another lash at a store-bought doughnut again.

These nutty doughnuts are filled with fiber and protein.
These nutty doughnuts are filled with fiber and protein. Photo Credit Ariane Resnick

High-Protein Chocolate Doughnuts

These protein-rich doughnuts are loaded with fiber-filled black beans, protein powder and nearly half a dozen eggs. Choose any heat-stable protein powder you prefer — chocolate, plain or vanilla. Feel free to skip the peanut butter glaze if you’re feeling something simpler. Note that these doughnuts are incredibly tender and, as a result, quite delicate! Exercise caution when removing them from the doughnut pan.

For the Full Recipe: High-Protein Chocolate Doughnuts

Feeling something sweet and tart? Whip up a batch of blueberry doughnuts.
Feeling something sweet and tart? Whip up a batch of blueberry doughnuts. Photo Credit Ariane Resnick

Paleo Blueberry Doughnuts

These beautiful Paleo doughnuts taste remarkably similar to the standard blueberry cake doughnut. Heart-healthy blueberries burst with fiber, while creamy yogurt adds an extra boost of protein. This recipe also includes an optional raspberry glaze that adds the perfect touch of tartness.

For the Full Recipe: Paleo Blueberry Doughnuts

These maple doughnuts are dusted with a light sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.
These maple doughnuts are dusted with a light sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. Photo Credit Ariane Resnick

Vegan Maple Doughnuts

Crunchy yet tender, these doughnuts scream (the good kind of) “old-fashioned.” They take approximately 45 minutes to bake, so be patient (they're worth the wait!). They need to get fully brown, and a toothpick or knife needs to come out clean.

Once done, you’ll sprinkle on a light layer of cinnamon sugar — use coconut sugar for a healthier alternative to cane sugar. Cinnamon helps reduce blood sugar, so you don’t need to feel too guilty about this sweet treat. High-fiber flaxseed meal replaces eggs in this recipe, while a dash of cider vinegar reacts with baking soda to create fluffiness.

For the Full Recipe: Vegan Maple Doughnuts

What Do YOU Think?

Are you a fan of doughnuts? Have you ever made doughnuts from scratch before? Which of these recipes would you try? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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