There are SO many things about this recipe that make it delicious. These cherry filled almond donuts with a cherry glaze are made with whole wheat and almond meal, making for a light body but whole grain treat. The donuts are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and contain no added oils or fat. If you’re not into using confectioner’s sugar I have a great suggestion below. Due to the almond meal they are not fat-free but still quite delicious!
Have I mentioned they are vegan?
A perfect treat for today – Happy Valentine’s Day!
Cherry Filled Almond Donuts with a Cherry Glaze
- 2 flax eggs*
- 1 cup Trader Joe's white whole wheat flour
- 1 1/8 cup Trader Joe's almond meal/flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 3 teaspoons pure almond extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- approximately 3 tablespoons Bon Maman cherry preserves
- 1/4 cup frozen cherries (about 6), finely diced
- 1 1/2 tablespoon almond milk
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
- 1 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar**
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spray/lightly grease donut pan. Make flax eggs and set aside to thicken.
- In a large bowl whisk together white whole wheat flour, almond meal, baking powder, sea salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
- Add in applesauce, maple syrup, almond extract, almond milk and mix well.
- Using a small dinner spoon place about 3 spoonfuls of batter in each ring. Evenly flatten the batter and top with about 1/4 teaspoon drops of cherry preserve to form a ring. Top with a smaller amount of batter than you used for the bottom and lightly spread out to cover the preserves.
- Bake for 25 minutes at 350F. Allow to cool in pan before removing, once cool place on a wire rack.
- Place almond milk and diced cherries into a small sauce pan and heat on medium heat. Once cherries have softened stir in almond extract, confectioner's sugar or coconut oil. Mix well. If glaze is thick add additional almond milk 1 teaspoon at a time.
- While the glaze is warm - dip donuts into the glaze and place on wire rack. If glaze hardens, just warm on stove.
*2 tablespoons flax meal mixed with 6 tablespoons of warm water - let sit for about 10 minutes OR 2 ener-G eggs may be used
**OR 1/4 cup+ of coconut oil/butter - this will harden but may need additional sweetener - coconut oil will harden at room temperature, if it's warm then place in the fridge to help the glaze thicken - update from a friend, this was good but a little runny - if you have a save for this, please share in the comments. xo
Nutritional Information w/o glaze - Calores: 186 - Fat: 7g (from almond meal) - Fiber: 3g - Protein: 2g
If you don’t have a donut pan, you can use a muffin tin instead, just skip the paper liners and give the tin a light dose of cooking spray and they’ll be perfect – baking without added fat means baked goods stick to the liners.
Bon Maman is definitely our favorite brand of store bought preserves. Jeremy loves it on his pb&j. No high fructose corn syrup either.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! and Happy Birthday to my Dad today. xoxo