Coconut Flour Cake Donuts

Posted by Maria Emmerich in breakfast, donut, kids 09 Jun 2010

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From Jessica:

“Hi Maria – just wanted to share a progress update!  I’m 3 weeks in.  I’m 15 lbs down.  I’ve also started working out.  Before your plan I would eat half a Luna bar and down a whole 5 hour energy before working out.  My energy level would fluctuate wildly during my workout and I would often have to eat these sugar blocks to have enough energy to lift weights after doing cardio.  I would come home dragging and starving.  Since your plan I’ve been working out on an empty stomach with just my morning supplements (L-carnitine, magnesium, and L-tyrosine) and my workouts have been great!  I have consistent energy all the way through and I’m not even really that hungry for breakfast when I get home – but I do eat!  Because my energy is consistent I also feel like I can push and challenge myself more during my workout.

I’m excited to see how my weight loss gets even better with my workouts!  
Thank you Maria for sharing your wisdom!” -Jessica

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1/2 cup of coconut flour
1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
6 eggs
1/2 cup of  Swerve
1 TBS coconut extract
1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Stir in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Fill greased donut pan circles about 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Toasted coconut topping: Toast some unsweetened coconut flakes for about 5 minutes at 300 degrees F. Dip each donut in sugar free pancake syrup and then in the toasted coconut. Serves 8.

Nutritional Info Per 1/2 cup (of flour only):
White Flour = 50 carbs, 2 fiber, 48 effective carbs 248 Calories
Coconut Flour = 40 carbs, 24 fiber, 16 effective carbs, 240 calories

Traditional Cake Donut = 198 calories, 49 carbs, trace fiber, 1g protein
“Healthified” Cake Donut = 182 calories, 5.7 carbs, 3 fiber, 5.2g protein


  • Anonymous June 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm / Reply

    Does Truvia come in bulk or do you use many, many little packets to reach the 1/2 cup?

  • Maria Emmerich June 15, 2010 at 9:03 pm / Reply

    Truvia is now in a spoonable tub! Yeah! If your grocery store doesn’t carry it, I would ask them to start:)

  • Teresa Hemphill July 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm / Reply

    Do you think this would work if I made the recipe in muffin tins instead of the donut pan? I really want to make these but don’t want to wait until mine comes in the mail!

  • Maria Emmerich July 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm / Reply

    Yep, Teresa! That works. My sister in law uses this recipe to make coffee cake!:)))

  • Jenni February 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm / Reply

    No sugar free syrup available where I am… What else could I use? Honey is pretty high GI although when raw has many healing properties… Do you think dipping in stevia sweetened melted coconut oil would work? Have you tried these with peanut butter?

  • Maria Emmerich February 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm / Reply

    Stevia sweetened coconut would probably taste awesome!

    I haven’t tried peanut butter but I’m sure it would be great!

  • Jenni February 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm / Reply

    Thanks! I may have to try them both… very soon ;). I’m also wondering, all your recipes look absolutely delicious, especially all your healthy cookies and cakes and donuts and candy bars… etc. How much of these healthy treats should a person be eating? Or how much can we incorporate these delectable treasures into our daily diet?

  • Maria Emmerich February 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm / Reply

    Honestly, my clients enjoy these treats everyday and STILL lose weight!

    Happy Eating!

  • France June 12, 2012 at 7:54 am / Reply

    I got a donut pan today!!! I’m so excited!!! I’m going to try this recipe! I need to start your blog at post #1 and read everything!!!
    These look delicious!!! I love that this recipe is so full of eggs. How nutritious!

  • Anonymous July 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm / Reply

    Hello there – finally had an opportunity to make these bad boys! I halved the recipe and this nicely filled up a six hole donut cake tin.They rose beautifully, and are sitting the fridge now overnight for some sugar free syrup or vanilla and some coconut.

    I am working my way through your recipes, and will admit to being tempted to buy a dutch pancake appliance just to make your jam filled donuts. I have resisted the temptation so far, as I know I would make them every single day.

    Thanks for all your hard work in making these recipes.

  • Anonymous November 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm / Reply

    Ugh. I want to make these right now but dont have coconut extract. I may sub. Vanilla, think that’s ok?

  • Anonymous January 11, 2013 at 12:40 am / Reply

    Maria – you say everything is better as a donut. Made these in the churro maker my son received for Christmas. We know think everything is better as a Churro! Nice texture, dense and flavorful. Yum!

  • Monica January 15, 2013 at 1:56 am / Reply

    I made this into a coffee cake with a coconut glaze and it was fantastic. I can’t tell you what a treat it was to enjoy a slice with my tea in the mornings. Thank you so much for all your hard work Maria. You inspire me and have really helped keep my path to better health a lot easier to navigate.

  • gregjen February 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm / Reply

    I see on your amazon store that you have several types/brands of coconut flour, I remember reading a while back in a comment or something that some coconut flours don’t end up cooking the same. I need to replenish the coconut flour and wanted to get the coconut flour that will not alter the recipes from yours, do you have a favorite of the brands you reference in the amazon store?

  • Dan Bernitt April 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm / Reply

    I crumbled up a leftover one of these to use as breadcrumbs in an oven-roasted burger patty. It was a great mix of sweet and savory. Delicious!

  • Wicked April 29, 2013 at 7:14 pm / Reply

    So I have these in the oven right now. I think they might be a tiny bit of a fail (on my part of course, not on the recipe)

    I think my eggs were too cold, so when I was mixing in the coconut oil, I started getting lumps. (not little ones either) so I switched to my electric mixer, which has fluffed up the batter a lot (but got out the lumps for the most part).

    My doughnut pan is baking right now, and then I have a loaf pan full of the extra ready to bake immediately after.

    I’m hoping that it all turns out alright. It’s only my second time working with coconut flour, and the first time wasn’t that much of a success (it wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t what I was aiming for.)

    Man coconut flour is such a learning curve!

    Also, question… do you think making this with butter would work? coconut oil here in the UK is quite expensive and I can only get it in small quantities so I’m loath to use it too often.

  • Wicked April 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm / Reply

    Grr looks like it deleted my post. So I’m sorry if this shows up twice.

    Question: Would butter work instead of coconut oil? Since moving to the UK I have discovered that coconut oil is sparse and quite expensive (so frustrating after having falling in love with it from living in the US) sadly it just hasn’t quite caught on yet over here enough for the price to lower.

    I think my doughnuts might be a fail (they are in the oven right now), as I think m eggs were too cold, and so it made quite a lot of lumps when I added the coconut oil. I switched to using my electric mixer to get rid of the lumps (it wasn’t just a few small ones, it was very big and most lumpy type lumps) which whipped up the batter a lot. Ended up with a lot more batter than I was expecting, so in addition to the doughnut pan, I’ve got the remainder batter prepped in a loaf pan.

    I really hope it turns out because it smells wonderful!

    • Maria Emmerich April 29, 2013 at 8:49 pm / Reply

      Nope, it was just waiting to be moderated. Thanks! 🙂

  • Amy May 6, 2013 at 1:17 am / Reply

    Could you substitute egg beaters or egg whites for the eggs? Do you think it would turn out the same?

  • Barbara November 21, 2013 at 11:48 pm / Reply

    made these today and they are awesome. I topped some with sf chocolate glaze and chopped macadamia nuts and some with a sugar/stevia cinnamon sprinkle. Both were so good. I had no idea what i was missing. thank you thank you.

    btw, I used vanilla extract, no problems

    • cemmerich November 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm / Reply


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  • Janet t August 4, 2014 at 6:27 pm / Reply

    hi there Maria, which is the coconut flour you prefer. some of your recipes use the one from the nut company and some of your recipes use coconut secret raw coconut flour.. I have to place an order and I am trying to save on shipping. which of the flours makes the recipes come out the best…that would be helpful… thanks Janet

    • cemmerich August 4, 2014 at 8:49 pm / Reply

      I use the nuts.com or Tropical traditions ones. 🙂

  • nancyb July 9, 2015 at 9:30 am / Reply

    I must have done something wrong… they taste awesome, nevertheless. Should I have melted the coconut oil? As I was mixing everything, it just stayed in a glob so I used my handheld mixer to combine everything. The recipe remained very runny with little bits of coconut oil floating around (I estimate it was going to fill my donut pans 2.5 times)… that was before almost catching my oven on fire! During baking, the donuts rose to a grand size! Then, some of the oil must have dripped onto the bottom of my (new) oven… smoke and panic! I pulled the donuts out and turned off the oven. The donuts fell. I still have to clean the oven. But, as I say, they taste amazing. No need for any topping. Do you have any suggestion for next time?

    • Maria Emmerich July 9, 2015 at 10:35 am / Reply

      Hmm, not sure what happened there. Glad they tasted good! Thanks! 🙂

  • nancyb July 9, 2015 at 10:50 am / Reply

    O! I figured out what I did wrong! (see last comment) I used almond flour instead of coconut flour!!! and from reading your recipes and all the helpful comments, I know that coconut flour absorbs lots more liquid! Oven is fine. All is well. Thank you, Maria, for helping me be healthy and successful with keto! xo, Nancy

  • Ann August 25, 2015 at 10:41 am / Reply

    Maria ? …. is tropical traditions coconut flour still your favorite ?
    AND…..who makes the coconut flour for nuts.com ?

    i need to buy more….. i want THE BEST !


    • Maria Emmerich August 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm / Reply

      Yep! I love tropical traditions!

  • olivia June 10, 2016 at 11:02 am / Reply

    could you link the sugar free pancake syrup please :)!

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