Mini Chocolate-Cinnamon Cake Donuts {Vegan & Gluten-Free}

Chocolate-Cinnamon Mini Donuts 

The weekend is finally, well, almost here! I am looking forward lounging a little more this week because I feel like I have been going to to sleep way to late and working myself a tad too hard.

Wednesday I attempted to do Zumba like I normally do, but it had been 3 weeks since my last Zumba session. (I sound like I am in confession right now. LOL) I arrived at the gym 20 minutes before the class started so I could stretch and then get on the treadmill. It felt wonderful so I was almost confident I would get through Zumba.

Zumba started and I was only able to get through 30 minutes of the hour class in. I felt bad but at the same time I knew I had a limit. Looks like eights and treadmill are my only friends for the time being. I will take it and embrace that. I know the time will come when I will be able to return to my normal activities but I seriously decided not to dwell on it too much, especially when I continued hurting the rest of the evening.

The yoga ball was my friend.

Last night we had a great rehearsal for our choir and then our the whole choir presented us with a nice gift card! When I think of the amount of diapers we will need for our little girl then I am thankful for all or any help we receive.

Tonight I have my last baby shower hosted by some of the graduate students and spouses. I am very much looking forward to it especially since I have never attended an evening baby shower. Once this shower is past then I will know definitely what I will have left to buy for the baby. In reality I am not worrying about it. Tomorrow I hope to have the car seats installed so that it can be checked. 5 weeks and less in counting friends! Excitement indeed!

This morning I woke up early and made some delicious goodies for you, I mean for us. Many know I have been having a hankering for donuts but I had not really done anything about it. Probably a good thing. I check out BabyCakes newest cookbook called BabyCakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes from Donuts to Snickerdoodles. I really was excited to try the different donut recipes they covered so I decided to make their recipe for Chocolate Cake Donuts.

I only adapted the recipe because I remembered from previous recipes I have made from their other cookbook that they add just a little too much sugar for my liking. I decreased the sugar and added cinnamon to the mix and then dusted the donuts with cinnamon sugar. It was really delicious.

Do you know I only own ONE mini donut pan??? Someone needs to help me remedy this. Anyone?

Anyway, the recipe made 3 dozen mini donuts and they were so moist and dense. These were probably the best that I have had. You have to make them! Make them for your families tomorrow morning. Who knew that vegan and gluten-free donuts could be good?

I am now currently enjoying 1 with some iced-coffee. Follow my lead.....

Mini Donuts

Chocolate-Cinnamon Cake Donuts

makes 3 dozen mini donuts or a dozen regular donuts

1/3 melted coconut oil ( I used Tropical Traditions)
3/4 cup vegan sugar (original recipe calls for 1 1/3 cups!)
1/2 cup white or brown rice flour
1/3 cup garbanzo and fava bean flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup potato starch
2 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup hot water

Cinnamon-Sugar Sprinkle

1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegan sugar

Add mix to a brown paper bag and toss each donut gently with sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush donut trays with non-stick spray or with coconut oil and set aside. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, flours, cocoa powder, potato starch, arrowroot, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon and xanthan gum. 

In a small bowl, add the hot water and coconut oil and let that melt, then add the applesauce, and vanilla and mix with a rubber spatula just until the ingredients are combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and fold the ingredients until well combined.


  Using a tablespoon, drop either 1 Tablespoon of batter to mini donut pans or 2 1/.2 Tablespoons of batter to the regular donut pans.

Bake for 8 minutes, rotate, and bake for another 8 minutes more. Let cool in the molds for 5 minutes before sprinkling with cinnamon sugar.


  Run a knife around the donuts in the molds, lift them out and place them on a baking sheet. Enjoy!

Mini Chocolate Cake Donuts


Jen said...

Score! Buzzzzzz.

Erica said...

Those donuts are so cute! I bet they're amazing. I think its awesome that you're still doing what you can in terms of staying active. AND wonderful that you're listening to your body. Enjoy the shower

chow vegan said...

The baby donuts are so yummy looking! I think my next baking adventure is going to be donuts. :-)

The Farmers Wife said...

Oh man... Those look so good!! I wish I had a donut pan, I really just need to break down and buy one...

Ann said...

These look good....I keep threatening to get one of those donut pans!

Monet said...

You are one amazing woman! All this blogging, baking and exercise with only few more weeks to go! Impressive. And thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! I'm hungry again (we just finished dinner a couple of hours ago). Yummy..as always. Much love from Austin!

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