Quick and Easy Maple Pecan Paleo Donuts


Have you ever seen one of those things that asks if you could live without one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

It usually lists something like pizza, sushi, burgers or donuts…something along those lines.  I’ve never actually answered when someone has asked but without a doubt, I could most definitely live without donuts.  

Honestly, even as a kid, I have never been a donut fan and as an adult, I prefer something savory over something sweet for breakfast.  That being said, I recently bought a donut pan a few weeks ago and have been creating some healthified versions of my least favorite food just for fun. 
Quick and Easy Maple Pecan Paleo Donut Recipe. These donuts are high in plant protein making them the perfect post run or workout snack. Whip these up in less than 30 minutes for a healthy grab and go option during the week.

The first donut recipe I made with my new pan was some double chocolate donuts for Ragnar Relay’s new series called Running Flavors.  I have been creating monthly recipes for them and it was my fellow Ragnarians (most of which run for donuts) who inspired me to take a stab at making a healthier, homemade version of the generally sugar and grain laden breakfast treats.  

I was SO surprised at how yummy they came out (not to mention easy to make) that I decided to give a different flavor variation a try.  For whatever reason the first flavor combo that came to mind was maple pecan so I totally ran with it.  These turned out so YUMMY that I have to admit that I may now be inclined to give up pizza over donuts for the rest of my life. 

Quick and Easy Maple Pecan Paleo Donut Recipe. These donuts are high in plant protein making them the perfect post run or workout snack. Whip these up in less than 30 minutes for a healthy grab and go option during the week.

 

Quick and Easy Maple Pecan Paleo Donut Recipe. These donuts are high in plant protein making them the perfect post run or workout snack. Whip these up in less than 30 minutes for a healthy grab and go option during the week.

Quick and Easy Maple Pecan Paleo Donut Recipe. These donuts are high in plant protein making them the perfect post run or workout snack. Whip these up in less than 30 minutes for a healthy grab and go option during the week.

Quick and Easy Maple Pecan Paleo Donut Recipe. These donuts are high in plant protein making them the perfect post run or workout snack. Whip these up in less than 30 minutes for a healthy grab and go option during the week.Maple Pecan Paleo Donuts


RECIPE

Ingredients: 

For the donuts: 

  • 1 large sweet potato steamed + mashed (skin removed), about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup maple almond butter (I used Justin’s)
  • 4 oz unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup 
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 20 gram scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Chopped pecans
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For the glaze: 

  • 2 tbsp condensed coconut milk 
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk 
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp maple extract

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine wet ingredients (mashed sweet potato, almond butter, applesauce, syrup, extract and egg) in a large bowl.
  3. Add in dry ingredients (protein powder and baking soda) then mix until well combined.
  4. Spoon into a greased donut pan and press down so that the rings are packed and top is smooth.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes until the dough is no longer soft or toothpick comes out clean.
  6. While donuts are baking, prepare the glaze by bringing the condensed coconut milk, milk, maple syrup and maple extract to a boil then reduce to a simmer, remove from heat and place in fridge or freezer to slightly cool. 
  7. Remove donuts from oven – let cool then dip into glaze then place on plate and sprinkle with chopped pecans. 
  8. Enjoy! :) 

 

Welcome back to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Farrah from Fairyburger and Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl.  Also, make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well!

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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5 Comments

angela @ happy fit mama
Reply November 10, 2017

Are you kidding me?!?!?! These looks amazing and I'm not even that big of a donut fan. But give me anything maple and I'm all over it!

Farrah
Reply November 10, 2017

Those donuts look amaaaazing!!! Can't wait to try making them! *-* I'm always up for new ways to use protein powder!!

Becca | Rabbit Food Runner
Reply November 10, 2017

I had no idea Ragnar had a recipe series!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
Reply November 11, 2017

These sounds amazing! I love that you used sweet potato. And that they're packed with protein!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply November 12, 2017

These look incredible girl! I need some of these today.

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