These keto donuts taste just like the real thing, just without all the sugar and carbs! They are deliciously moist and pillowy-soft, with a hint of vanilla and rolled in granulated sweetener. Healthy sugar free donuts, friends. I'm lovin' it!
On a scale of one to ten, donuts score at least a 14. You put a plate of donuts on a table, and within minutes it'll be empty, guaranteed.
I've never been a fan of Krispy Kreme - they are just too sweet and fake-tasting. But before I started my low carb diet, I did love a proper bakery donut. Especially when they were fresh out of the oven, still warm and deliciously soft.
There is a 24-hour bakery in London where we used to go to after a long night out. We'd stock up on bagels for breakfast and munch on a donut or two on the way home. Saturday night wouldn't have been the same without it!
These days, I'm more likely to be found on my sofa than partying, and in bed before midnight. A good night's sleep is sacred in midlife. But donuts. I missed them!
It was time for a healthy sugar free donuts recipe.
I used my sugar free lemon mug cake recipe as a starting point. This cake is ultra moist, which I absolutely love. It uses almond flour, which has a gently sweet taste and mimics the texture of wheat flour very well. Regular readers of my blog will know that it is my favourite gluten free, low carb flour.
I increased the amount of butter in the recipe to make my low carb donuts pillowy-soft and rich at the same time, just like real donuts should be. Seriously, they are so good, it's hard to believe they're only 1g net carbs a piece!
Shall I show you how easy the recipe is?
How to make keto donuts - step by step:
1.) Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove.
In a bowl using an electric mixer or with a food processor, blend the butter, double / heavy cream and granulated sweetener until smooth.
2.) Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the mix and blend until combined.
3.) Then add the almond flour and baking powder and blend until you have a smooth batter.
Tip: Check that your baking powder is fresh. The main reason why some baked goods don't rise is out-of date baking powder. You can check whether it's active by putting some in water. If it bubbles up, you're good to to!
4.) Spoon the batter into a well-greased donut pan. I greased mine with melted butter.
5.) Bake you keto donuts for circa 15 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Then remove from oven and let cool fully.
Once they are room temperature, carefully remove them from the pan.
6.) Roll in a bowl with granulated sweetener and enjoy!
Which sweetener should I choose?
I like to use either pure erythritol or an erythritol blend with either monkfruit or stevia. Lakanto is a good brand to check out in the US. You can get 20% off with my code SUGARFREE.
You could also use xylitol - some people find it has less of a cooling taste than erythritol. Xylitol is higher in carbs, so do take this into consideration if you need to. Also, when purchasing xylitol, look for a brand that extracts it from birch trees and not from GMO corn.
A third option is allulose, which is the new zero carb sweetener on the block. It tastes surprisingly similar to sugar. It's available on on Amazon in the US. In Europe, the UK and elsewhere you can get allulose and Lakanto from iherb.
Use a mini donut pan
As I find almond flour is rather filling - this is because it's actually got nutritional value and contains plenty of healthy fats, I decided to use a silicone mini donut pan as opposed to a regular size pan.
Silicone pans are a godsend for low carb bakers, because they are pliable and you can release your baked goods much easier. Grain free flours such as almond flour or coconut flour do not contain gluten, which gives regular baked goods their strong crumb structure.
Whether you are using a silicone or a non-stick pan - make sure you grease it REALLY WELL. I used butter, but you could use another oil such as coconut oil. Don't miss this step!
You can use a larger mould if that's what you have at home and make 6-7 full size keto donuts. Simply increase the oven time by 5-8 minutes. Cover the top with aluminium foil if they start browning too much.
Don't have a donut pan? You can use a regular muffin pan as well! Fill it only half way and bake 15 minutes.
One of my readers even used this sugar free donuts recipe to make waffles. It's that versatile!!
Don't overfill the batter
In my first attempt, some of my donuts did not have a hole in the middle because I overfilled the mould. I ran a knife around the centre to get my hole "back".
To achieve donuts WITH a hole, check out how much I filled my pan in the video and on the step-by-step image.
How many eggs
I used 4 medium eggs in my recipe. If your eggs are large, 3 should be enough.
Check the consistency of your batter and compare it to mine in the video. As a rule of thumb, if your batter is too runny, just add another 1-2 tbsp of almond flour.
See the picture below how lovely and moist they are on the inside!
Dairy free low carb donuts
It's possible to make this recipe dairy free by replacing the butter with coconut oil and the double / heavy cream with coconut cream.
I decided to go for a "sugar donut", because that's my favourite type. Obviously, I did not use real sugar, but granulated erythritol.
A golden erythritol would also be lovely here. Or, add ½ tsp of cinnamon to the bowl to make cinnamon "sugar".
If you prefer a glaze, mix 2 tbsp melted butter, 1 tbsp double/heavy cream and 2 tbsp powdered sweetener with a couple of drops of vanilla extract. Let the mix cool until it starts to firm up, then pour over.
You can also melt dark sugar free chocolate with 1 tsp of coconut oil for a chocolate glaze! If using dark chocolate, go for a variety with a minimum of 85% cocoa solids.
Healthy donuts variations
How about adding 1 tsp cinnamon to the batter and make cinnamon donuts?
Or add 1 tbsp lemon juice and the zest of 1 lemon to make lemon donuts.
Love chocolate? I have a popular recipe for keto chocolate donuts!
How to store keto donuts
Store these donuts in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-6 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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Sugar Free Keto Donuts
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- Preheat your oven to 175 Celsius / 350 Fahrenheit.
- Melt the butter. In a bowl or with a food processor, blend the butter, cream and sweetener until smooth.
- Add the eggs and vanilla extract and blend until combined. Then add the almond flour and baking powder and mix.
- Spoon the dough into a well-greased donut pan. I used a silicone mini donut pan. Do not overfill!
- Bake ca 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from the pan.
- Roll in granulated sweetener.
This keto donuts recipe was first posted in May 2018. I updated it with more recipe tips in June 2020.
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