Believe it or not, yes Keto Chocolate Donuts DO exist! See this recipe to make your own!!
Make Delicious Keto Donuts!
I don’t know what it is about donuts, but they are just a weakness for me! I am not a dessert fan or even a person that likes big, hearty breakfasts.
But if there’s donuts– that’s another story! I try to limit buying these unfortunately VERY unhealthy treats, but of course they make a quick breakfast when we are out and have a busy morning. Or, if you belong to a church or any type of weekend group, you can be sure donuts will make their appearance often!
The good news is that yes, these can be made without the carb overload traditional yeast doughnut recipes have.
Traditional Dounuts vs. Keto:
Several of the ingredients are the same compared to traditional recipes. However, the sugar in this keto version is replaced with Swerve, and then the Powdered sugar is replaced with Swerve Confectioner’s Sweetener.
If you haven’t tried this alternative to sugar yet, I can vouch for it since we’ve used it quite some time on our Keto journey. We don’t do 100% Keto so please keep that in mind, but for our particular preferences and avoiding those sugar laden treats, it works great.
The nice thing about Swerve is that it’s been out on the market for a while now and you don’t have to make a trip to the health food store or even order it on Amazon. Chances are, if you have a large grocery store nearby it’s right there on the shelf! It does cost a little more than regular sugar but it goes further (you can use less of it cup for cup in many recipes).
So, there you have our thoughts on Swerve. You can find it here on Amazon and do a little more research yourself if it’s not something you’re familiar with, or you want to dig a little further into the nutritional facts prior to purchasing.
If you need to read more on it, go for it! Everyone’s nutritional needs are different and we aren’t experts, so always do your homework and talk to your healthcare provider before trying out something new. 🙂
How to Mix Up Your Keto Donuts:
The basics of this recipe follow most of your regular baking rules. Whisk up your cocoa powder, Swerve Sugar Substitute, and coconut flour. Add the rest of your dry ingredients here too.
Then you will add eggs, melted butter and coffee. The coffee isn’t necessary but adds a lot of extra flavor since it enhances cocoa naturally.
I like to whisk everything together to get the clumps out, especially in cocoa so I don’t end up with specs of cocoa in my batter.
Add Batter to Donut Pan
Next you will pipe your batter into a donut pan! I find piping bags make it super simple with less mess. The batter will be thick, so if you choose to spoon it in, it may take some practice to get these evenly distributed into the pan.
You can find some piping bags here on Amazon or just make your own with a ziploc bag but that does take some practice. It’s hard to figure out sometimes with the caddy corner opening of the bag! Find this Wilton Donut Pan here.
The Fun Part- Icing on the…Donuts!
So, these donuts are absolutely NOT complete until they have been dipped in icing. This is the best part of any homemade or baked donut, in my opinion! If it were up to the kids, I think we would probably dip both sides into icing!
Fortunately with the Swerve Confectioners Sweetener, you can get the icing flavor and consistency without using the regular powdered sugar.
Important Note on Icing:
Donut icing is naturally thin and does set up even though it may seem like it’s taking forever. The best way to keep your icing looking nice and turning out great is to let it take it’s time to set up!
Things to not do include:
- Icing your donuts right out of the oven. Don’t do it! Let cool first.
- Icing them and then planning to serve them right away. These need at least 30 minutes to set up. 😉 I know it’s hard to wait on them.
- Skipping the wire rack- definitely use a rack to let these set up on. The icing drips down and will coat each donut better on its own!
- Panicking – If your icing came out wrong, don’t throw in a bunch of ingredients or trash the whole thing. Try heating it longer and make sure to use a glass dish to heat it up. Pyrex dishes work well, as they retain heat during the microwaving process and heat up the chocolate evenly.
- Putting them into the fridge right away. Icing is a funny thing. You need to it cool down to room temp before it goes into the fridge. Otherwise it may get tacky/sticky!
The other main thing you may need and not have readily available are the sugar free chocolate chips. We prefer Lily’s but you can also find a few other newer brands.
Yes, these are a little more on the pricey side than traditional chocolate chips. With being on a Keto diet, however, I found it’s actually worth the extra expense to have these on hand. There are so many recipes that the Lily’s Chocolate Chips work for, and I do use them sparingly.
The Final Result
Honestly, these don’t even look Keto! After the icing has set these little donuts look just like something from the bakery aisle at the the store- but you can enjoy these without all the guilt!
Print Your Keto Donuts Recipe Below:
Hope you can make these soon! I love the fact you don’t need to rely on fast food and super high calorie treats from the donut shop to enjoy this classic!
If you choose to substitute ingredients, please be aware your results will vary. Doughnut recipes are known for being tricky, so my advice on this recipe is to stick to the ingredients and ratios listed! You can always adapt it to your taste if you need more icing, more or less chocolate, etc. Enjoy!
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup Swerve Sweetener
- 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 6 tbsp. brewed coffee or water - coffee intensifies the flavor of the chocolate
- Chocolate Glaze Ingredients:
- 2/3 cup sugar free chocolate chips
- ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp. Swerve Sweetener
- 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
Preheat the oven to 325F and grease a donut pan if needed. I use the Wilton donut pan and they slide right out with no greasing required.
In a medium bowl, add the coconut flour, sweetener, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt, whisk until well combined.
Stir in the eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract, stir in the cold coffee or water until well combined.
Divide the batter and pipe into your donut pan. Bake 16 to 20 minutes, until the donuts are firm to the touch. Remove and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then flip the pan and allow to finish cooling on a wire rack.
In a shallow bowl, add in the chocolate chips and coconut oil.
Microwave in 30-second increments until chocolate chips are melted, add in vanilla extract and swerve sweetener and whisk.
Dip the tops of each donut into the glaze and let set.
I found the chocolate firmed up in about 30 minutes. You can also put them in the refrigerator to set them up quicker.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g
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The main unhealthy culprits in traditional Magic Bars are the sweeten condensed milk and the crust. They are just full of sugar and carbs. So, these are replaced with Keto friendly ingredients. Stick with me, since the bars have a few more ingredients than the traditional dessert. But it’s well worth it!
READ MORE HERE… Low Carb Magic Cookie Bars