This recipe for baked chocolate almond donuts is a delicious example of how you can enjoy a sweet, indulgent breakfast or snack without the need for deep frying. Baking the donuts makes the process a bit simpler and potentially a touch healthier, allowing you to enjoy these treats without too much guilt.
- Ingredient Combo: The use of both all-purpose and almond flour gives the donuts a more nuanced texture and flavor, and almond flour can help to lower the carb content slightly. Cocoa powder gives the donuts their chocolatey goodness.
- Unique Ingredient: The addition of white wine or apple cider vinegar is fascinating; it serves a dual purpose by balancing the sweetness and contributing to the moistness of the donuts through its reaction with baking soda.
- Icing: Semi-sweet chocolate chips make for a rich and glossy glaze. The addition of almond extract keeps the almond theme going and complements the chocolate nicely.
- Flexibility: These donuts can be enjoyed at any time of the day, be it breakfast, snack, or dessert.
- Storage: They keep well for up to 5 days in the fridge, so you can continue to enjoy them long after you’ve made them.
Baked Chocolate Almond Donuts Recipe
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup almond flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅔ cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 2 tablespoons white wine or apple cider vinegar
- 1 ¼ cups whole milk
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- Optional: sliced toasted almonds for garnishing
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly spray 2 (6-well) donut trays with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, almond flour, cocoa powder, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
- Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, whole milk, egg, and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Gradually whisk about ⅓ of the flour mixture into the milk mixture at a time until the batter is fully combined.
- Spoon or pipe the donut batter into the wells of the prepared donut pans until each well is full.
- Bake the donuts in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the donuts have puffed up and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow the donuts to cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then invert them onto a wire cooling rack.
- In a small bowl, combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips, the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, and heavy cream. Heat the mixture in the microwave in 20-second increments, stirring between each increment, until the chocolate and butter have melted.
- Add the almond extract to the mixture and stir until smooth and combined.
- Dip each cooled donut into the chocolate glaze, placing it back on the wire rack. If desired, immediately top each glazed donut with sliced toasted almonds.
- Continue dipping and adding almonds until all the donuts are glazed.
- Allow the donuts to sit until the glaze is set, which should take about 20 minutes.
- Once the glaze has set, enjoy your baked chocolate almond donuts!
Nutrition (per serving):
- Calories: 273
- Total Fat: 15.3g
- Saturated Fat: 6.7g
- Trans Fat: 0.0g
- Cholesterol: 36.1mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 31.1g
- Dietary Fiber: 3.1g
- Total Sugars: 16.9g
- Sodium: 174.1mg
- Protein: 5.9g
Points for Improvement:
- Sugar: For those watching their sugar intake, you might experiment with sugar alternatives like stevia or monk fruit. Remember that such adjustments could affect the texture and moistness, so some trial and error might be necessary.
- Dairy-Free: To make this recipe dairy-free, one could try using plant-based milk and butter alternatives.
- Nut-Free: Almond flour could potentially be replaced with coconut flour for those with nut allergies, but this would change the flavor profile and might require adjustments to the liquid ingredients.
- Nutritional Information: While the nutritional information is provided, those on specialized diets may need to consider how this fits into their daily intake, particularly the sugar and fat content.
Overall, this seems like a fantastic recipe for those looking to satisfy a sweet tooth in a slightly more health-conscious way, or for anyone just looking for a delicious, homemade donut!