Is there any better combination than salt and caramel? Whoever thought up that combination is a genius! Which is why it makes every dessert sound and taste just a little bit more appealing, including these Salted Caramel Donuts.
I don’t really remember it being a thing until recently (or maybe I was just too into chocolate to notice?), but the first time I really ever tried the combination was when Starbucks introduced the salted caramel hot chocolate a few years ago. The drink was delicious although waaaaay too sweet, but it was then that I realized salt on top of anything sweet just made it that much better. Meaning, way better.
While I no longer drink the salted caramel beverage at Starbucks, I do occasionally indulge in Talenti’s sea salt caramel gelato. It’s a sweet treat and definitely not paleo, although the ingredients are pretty clean and let me tell you it’s worth it! If you ever want an indulgent treat that’s smooth, sweet, and has just a bit of chocolate, you have to try it.
I’m a big believer of finding balance and not having super strict restrictions when it comes to indulging in treats. I eat paleo/real food 80-90% of the time (you can read more about my tips for healthy living here), and the rest of the time I enjoy the occasional gluten free pizza, taco, or bowl of ice cream.
I’ve gone through periods where I completely restricted sugar and avoided anything that came in a package, but ultimately found that it led me to a distorted relationship with food.
I’ve since found what works for me and while I’m still tweaking it (and will probably continue to), I think the best approach is knowing how food truly makes you feel. It took me years to identify it, but I finally know that gluten and soy make me feel crappy and more susceptible to getting sick, processed sugars give me headaches, and poor quality dairy gives me stomach aches for days. When I eat mostly veggies, organic meat, eggs, grass-fed or raw dairy, fruit, and the occasional gluten-free treat, I feel great. So that’s what I do.
Find what works for you, and stick with it! And hopefully, it includes these Salted Caramel Donuts, because they are de-freaking-licious. The cake donut is heavy but not too dense and only slightly sweet, so the salted caramel glaze (which is a twist on the Caramel Sauce recipe from The Paleo Pumpkin Cookbook) adds a nice touch of sugar and salt to balance it out. Enjoy this for your next breakfast or brunch get together or just as a yummy dessert.
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup ghee, softened
- 1/4 cup milk, warm (use coconut or regular whole milk)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 tbsp coconut milk
- 1/4 sea salt (for topping)
- Heat the oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs and ghee together on medium high for 1 minute.
- Add the milk, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla and beat for 30 seconds, until thoroughly mixed.
- Stir in the coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt until everything is combined.
- Lightly grease the donut pan with butter or ghee.
- To add the batter to the donut pan, first put it in a ziploc bag and cut a 1/2 inch off of one of the corners. Pipe the batter into the pan, filling each of the molds to the top.
- Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes.
- Carefully remove from the pan once done cooking and cool on a wire rack.
- While the donuts are baking, prepare the caramel sauce.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the coconut sugar and milk and whisk everything together for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly to ensure the mixture does not burn.
- Once the mixture thickens and the sugar has completely mixed into the butter, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- When the donuts have cooled, glaze each one with the caramel sauce by dipping the top into the mixture. Sprinkle with crunchy sea salt before serving.
- Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- You will need a donut pan for this recipe, which you can find on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2fIGYuq
More delicious treats!