This week I had the pleasure of reviewing a great cookbook by Brenda Bennett. As you may know, Brenda is the author of a well-known food blog, Sugar-free Mom and also runs a popular Facebook page. Today I'm sharing one of the many amazing recipes from her book: Grain-free Chocolate Glazed Donuts that are sugar-free, grain-free and also nut-free!
You can buy Sugar-free Mom cookbook by Brenda Bennett on Amazon.
What You'll Find in The Book:
- over 100 delicious sweet and savoury, refined sugar-free recipes including breakfast meals, snacks, salads, main dishes, condiments, beverages and sweet treats
- Easy to follow recipes with beautiful photography
- Tips on how to reduce sugar consumption in 5 easy steps and healthy alternatives to curb sugar cravings
- Tips for natural sweeteners
- Tips for kitchen and pantry essentials
What I Like About The Book
Just like hundreds of recipes on Brenda's popular blog, recipes in the Sugar-free Mom cookbook are easy to follow, kid-friendly and diabetic friendly - You don't have to be an experienced chef to make amazing and healthy meals!
Recipes are also tagged so you can quickly check if they are suitable for your diet (low-carbohydrate, natural sugar, sugar-free and dairy-free). All recipes are accompanied by beautiful photos and include detailed nutrition facts. This is great for everyone who is tracking their macronutrients, especially carbs.
Who Is This Book For
This book is great for everyone who avoids refined sugar and is following a lower-carbohydrate diet. Most of Brenda's recipes are gluten-free but keep in mind that not all recipes are low-carb or suitable for ketogenic, paleo or primal diets (recipes may include natural sweeteners such as honey, oats, sweet potatoes, corn tortillas, etc).
My tips: I found it easy to swap the ingredients I needed to make the recipes keto-friendly. However, keep in mind that if you're new to a low-carb diet, swapping ingredients may be challenging for you. Some recipes list "gluten-free flour" in which case I'd either use almond flour (same amount as listed) or coconut flour (half the amount). If a recipe lists oats, you can use flaked almonds or flaked coconut instead, etc. So my verdict is that I'll definitely be making more of Brenda's recipes but it's likely that I'll swap some of the ingredients to reduce the carb count.
Over 100 Delicious Refined Sugar-free Recipes
There are over 100 delicious recipes including breakfast meals like Personalized Puff Pancakes, light bites like Crustless Spinach Bacon Quiche, main dishes like Mediterranean Chicken Cutlets or sweets like Churn-free Vanilla Ice-cream. You will condiments such as Soy Sauce Substitute! Now, let's make some donuts!! :-)
What Brenda says about her delicious chocolate donuts: Let's be honest, kids like donuts. Whenever I make a trip to get a coffee my kids want a donut. I rarely let them, but on occasion the hubby or auntie brings some home to them. I tried a few combinations of flours to get the right texture for these and finally, after quite a few unsuccessful attempts with so-so donut, these baked goodies are for the win. If you want a sweeter donut, make sure to use the 2 teaspoons of stevia. My little man hates the flavor of coconut flour but in these it's unrecognizable. You just taste the chocolate goodness.
Disclaimer: I was given this book free of charge. I use Amazon Affiliate links but I'm not affiliated with the author of the book. The opinions expressed and photos in this post are my own.
Nutritional values (per donut):
|of which Saturated||9.6||grams|
|Magnesium||49||mg (12% RDA)|
|Potassium||223||mg (11% EMR)|
Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (9.6%), protein (14.3%), fat (76.1%)
Ingredients (makes 9 donuts):
- ¼ cup sugar-free chocolate chips - I used dark 85% chocolate chips (45 g/ 1.6 oz)
- 2 tbsp butter (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F/ 175 C. Whisk dry ingredients together using a mixer or hand whisk: coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, Erythritol and salt.
- Blend wet ingredients together in a separate bowl: eggs, yogurt, melted ghee,
- ... coconut milk, vanilla extract,...
- ... and stevia. Mix until well combined (All ingredients I used were at room temperature).
- Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined - I accidentally did the opposite but it worked just fine. I just mixed it well to remove any clumps :)
- Spray or grease a donut pan with some coconut oil or use a silicone donut pan (works best!). Bake for 15 minutes or until donuts bounce back when touched or toothpick near centre comes out clean. (It took 18 minutes for mine to cook)
- Remove from the oven and let them cool down.
- Once cool, melt glaze ingredients in microwave for 30 seconds and stir until smooth. Evenly pour on top of each donut.