Breakfast Dessert Paleo Recipes

Just In Time for the Weekend: Maple Bacon Donuts

Maple bacon donuts, I love you. I love you so much, I wrote you a haiku:

“I really know now
that I can’t live without you
I think this is love”

While my poetry skills speak for themselves, I have a couple other things I need to say about these donuts. First of all, they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, AND paleo. Say what?! Yeah, you heard me.

Secondly, if you don’t have a donut pan, just make muffins. They’ll taste the same, and look a little different. Embrace your individuality.

Last thing I want to bring to your attention: I got a vegetarian to try these donuts. What? A vegetarian? Yeah. Consider that a small step for bacon-obsessed kind. She couldn’t resist the wafting smell of maple and bacon. But then again, who could? We’re all only human.

Level: Medium

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: makes about 12 small donuts

For the donuts
8 slices bacon, diced (yeah, baby!)
1 3/4 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 eggs
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the glaze
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons ghee or coconut cream

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease donut pan.
2. Place diced bacon in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until fully cooked.
3. Once bacon is cooked, remove almost all pieces to paper-towel lined plate to absorb the grease.
4. With about three pieces-worth of bacon left in the pan, pour some maple syrup on it.
5. Cook for about 1 more minute. Put these caramelized pieces on a plate without a paper towel, or else they’ll stick to the paper and that will be a nightmare. Reserve these pieces as garnish.
6. Once all bacon pieces have cooled, chop up into beautiful little bacon bits, but keep the non-caramelized and the caramelized separate.
7. In a medium-sized bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
8. In a separate medium-sized bowl, combine all wet ingredients.
9. Add wet ingredients to dry, and mix in the non-caramelized bacon bits.
10. Using a spoon, fill donut pan with batter.
11. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
12. When cool enough to touch, move donuts to cooling rack and let cool completely.
13. While donuts are cooling, combine maple syrup and melted coconut oil for the glaze.
14. Add Earth Balance, and stir until melted and fully incorporated.
15. Dip donut in glaze. This glaze probably won’t harden like the donuts you’re used to, but it will taste just as good and will adhere those caramelized bacon bits you haven’t forgotten about to the top like a pro.
16. Sprinkle caramelized bacon bits on top of donuts.
17. Eat all twelve in one sitting.

Photo by Analiese Trimber
Photo by Analiese Trimber

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