paleo doughnuts sprinkles

Paleo Cinnamon Roll Doughnuts

DOUGHNUTS AS A CHILD

I have never been a big fan of doughnuts, even though I love sweets. I fondly remember trips to Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts with my parents. However, I was very picky in choosing flavors. While I absolutely love chocolate, I never cared for chocolate doughnuts. Call me a chocolate connoisseur – I’m super picky about my chocolate. Even as a child, I felt like they were not really chocolate.

I usually ended up picking glazed blueberry doughnuts with a side of chocolate milk. The sugary sweets were absolutely delicious at the time. Finally, a sugar crash usually followed consumption of the treats and I didn’t feel all that great. Yet, strangely it would leave me wanting more.

Paleo Doughnuts
Paleo Doughnuts

D IS FOR DOUGHNUTS

I homeschool my preschoolers, and we are following the Peaceful Preschool curriculum. Check out the fun we had with the letter D unit! We read If You Give a Dog a Donut as part of the D unit. Since I’m a big sweet lover, I knew I wanted to make doughnuts with my boys to go with the unit.

We have been following mostly a Paleo diet. We mainly eat a whole foods diet, with as many nutrients as possible. It is key for optimal health and feeling your best. My husband is gluten-intolerant, so we avoid gluten in nearly all our home cooking. I searched for paleo doughnut recipes on Pinterest and came up with a few we would like to try. My husband loves cinnamon rolls so when I found a cinnamon roll recipe for these treats, I knew we found the recipe for us!

paleo doughnuts sprinkles
paleo doughnuts sprinkles

PALEO CINNAMON ROLL DOUGHNUTS

doughnut pan
doughnut pan

Try these doughnuts below in order to have a paleo option without dairy, gluten or sugar.

Doughnut Ingredients
Doughnut Ingredients
PALEO CINNAMON ROLL DOUGHNUTS 
Note: If you want to make Chocolate Doughnuts, add in 1 tablespoon of raw cocoa powder to the batter and top with cocoa nibs before baking.

DOUGHNUT INGREDIENTS
3/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
1 cup almond flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch of sea salt
4 large eggs
1/2 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon tahini
1/2 cup raw honey

Preheat your oven to 350'F. Grease a doughnut pan with coconut oil. I used this doughnut pan here. This one also looks amazing. 

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Then, in a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and mix it together with the almond milk. 

Melt your nut butters and honey in a saucepan the stovetop. Stir the mixture together until it becomes thick. 

Next, combine the nut butters, honey, egg, and milk mixture with the dry ingredients. Stir it all together until its a thick batter.

Finally, transfer the mixture into the greased doughnut pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. You will know when they are cooked when the tops are golden brown. Allow the doughnuts to sit in the doughnut pan for five minutes, then remove them and set them on a baker's rack to cool. Once cooled down, you can frost them.  

FROSTING INGREDIENTS
5 tablespoons coconut butter, melted
2 tablespoons alternative sugar of your choice
almond milk

Combine all of the frosting ingredients with a spoon, and stir it together until it thickens like a batter. Spoon onto the doughnuts until they are coated. Finally, we added rainbow sprinkles for an extra special touch. We normally don't use colored dyes in our house, but I felt once would be a treat. Alternatively, you could sprinkle cinnamon on top! 

This recipe was adapted from the bigmansworld. You can find the original recipe here. Arman has created some amazing clean sweets and I can’t wait to try some others out!

We also made these adorable apple “doughnuts” with cream cheese and almond butter for breakfast!

almond butter apple doughnuts
almond butter apple doughnuts
apple slices with cream cheese doughnuts
apple slices with cream cheese doughnuts

Helping hands in the kitchen. Peeling vegetables.

Simple Superfood Snacks To Try

DEFINITION OF SUPERFOODS

Merriam-Webster defines superfoods as, “…food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health.” Next, it expands to say, “Superfoods increase energy and vitality, regulate cholesterol and blood pressure and may help to prevent or fight cancer and other diseases.” 

This definition of superfoods really encourages me to attempt to incorporate these foods into our daily diet. I desire to feed my children foods which: support their bodies, provide them with energy, and assist their immune systems.

Superfoods Home Page Strawberry Plant Garden Hands
Home Page Strawberry Plant Garden Hands

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN

From the birth of my eldest son, it has been my mission to feed our children healthy foods. First, I nursed them with my breast milk, so they could gain benefits of breastfeeding. I was careful to include superfoods, because they are so beneficial, when I introduced foods in their diet after they turned six months old.

Next, I attempted a light baby-led weaning with them which you can learn more about here. My favorite foods are those that are healthy, delicious and simple to prepare! I loved the ease of taking a banana or avocado, mashing it with a fork, and feeding it to my children.

My husband and I try to provide the whole family a nutritious meal. We feed our children the same food easily off of our own plates. It sets a good example for your young children – to eat the same foods they are eating, to sit down with them at the same table, to encourage them to try the food offered to them. As my children approached eight-nine-ten months, they were both eating most of what my husband and I were. So, we just cut up the food into bite sized pieces, and made sure they were soft enough for them.

superfood Homemade Gluten-Free Paleo Blueberry Muffins
superfood Homemade Gluten-Free Paleo Blueberry Muffins

FAVORITE SUPERFOOD SNACKS

Here are some of my favorite superfoods snacks that are easy to offer to our children:

  • BlueberriesBlueberries are, “high in antioxidants and they also contain fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C,” according to Wholesomebabyfood. We offer blueberries among other berries, often as a complement for breakfast or as a snack! Our boys love them. We love them also because they are great superfoods. When our boys were under 12 months, I would simply cut the blueberries in half prior to giving them a delicious and nutritious bowlful of berries.
  • Bee Pollen – this is a superfood my preschoolers love since it is naturally sweet tasting (resembling honey in flavor). Bee pollen are tiny balls or granules that are collected by worker bees on their body as they collect nectar from flowers. We purchase our bee pollen at our local farmer’s market because it is fresh. According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, bee pollen reduces symptoms of: “allergies, asthma, menstrual irregularities, constipation, diarrhea, anemia, low energy, cancer, rheumatism, arthritis and toxic conditions.” We eat it by a small spoonful or sprinkle it on top of whole-milk yogurt.
  • Grass-Fed Butter – we add grass-fed butter into our daily diet by using it as a fat to cook our vegetables, meats and sometimes fruits. It is a great fat to have in your daily diet. We often use it for baking. I love Kerrygold Pure Irish butter  because I can purchase it at Whole Foods for a good price. It is a great quality grass-fed butter. It is very satisfying to eat butter and helps you absorb great nutrients in your meal. I also love the Organic Valley grass-fed butter brand and will stock up on these when they are on sale.
  • Quinoa – When our boys were younger than age one year old, we began to feed them quinoa as it is a great superfood seed full of iron, fiber, calcium and folate. We cooked it according to the instructions on the package, so it was similar to rice. I would often steam vegetables, or serve quinoa with some prepared frozen vegetables as a meal for the whole family.
  • Yogurt – Our entire family loves eating yogurt for breakfast or as a healthy snack. Parentinghealthybabies.com notes that yogurt is an immune-boosting food and provides gut-friendly bacteria, and helps support digestion. I prefer whole-milk yogurt as I feel the taste is better and the full-fat helps promote dental health, satisfies hunger longer, and is a more natural way to eat the food. I try to look for a full-fat, grass-fed yogurt, without a lot of extra additives or dyes.

Finally, there are tons of easy snack and healthy meal ideas available on my nourishedchildren Pinterest page. Feel free to check them out here! What are your favorite snacks you like to offer your family?

Boys Stirring Muffins. Helping in the kitchen.
Boys Stirring Muffins. Helping in the kitchen.

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