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Coconut flour conversion
Here is a chart to help when converting to coconut flour from other flours.
“HEALTHIFIED” CHAI DONUTS
1 cup Swerve (or erythritol and 1 tsp stevia glycerite)
2 TBS coconut oil or butter
1 cup water steeped in 4 chai tea bags
3/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup confectioner’s Swerve
1 tsp vanilla extract (or other extracts)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sweetener, and oil. Steep 4 tea bags in 1 cup water for 5 minutes or until the water is saturated with chai goodness. Cool the tea, then slowly pour into the egg mixture (if you pour too fast and the water is too hot, it will cook the eggs). In a separate bowl, combine the coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Add the vanilla and stir until well combined. Pour the mixture into greased Twinkie/donut/muffin/mini bread pans and bake for 12-30 minutes (this will depend on what ‘vessel’ you use). Donut, Twinkie, and muffins will take 12-15 minutes. Mini bread pans will take 25-30 minutes. To check doneness, insert a clean toothpick into the center and when you remove the toothpick when it comes out clean, it is baked through. Remove from the oven and let cool in pans for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt coconut oil with sweetener and extract. Drizzle or dunk the baked goods into the glaze. Enjoy! Makes 16 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Twinkie/Donut = 311 calories, 15g fat, 3g protein, 43.4g carbs, 0.9g fiber (42.3 effective carbs)
“Healthified” Twinkie/Donut = 176 calories, 16.5g fat, 3.6g protein, 3.7g carbs, 2.2g fiber (1.5 effective carbs)
Looks yummy. But I have just been given strict advice to cut out (or way down) my consumption of egg yolks (allergic, pro-inflammatory). That will eliminate practically anything baked unless I can substitute just egg whites (yuk) for the real thing. In a recipe like this, would just the whites work? I’m sure it wouldn’t be as yummy, but would it sort of work?
The flax egg replacer should work. 🙂
You have combined two of my favorite things!!! Baked goods and chai! Thank you Maria!
I am also curious about the eggs. I too am allergic and can usually only handle a tiny bit in baked goods. Probably not 8! Do you think some could be replaced w/ flax? I was going to make muffins today anyway, if I try it, I’ll try to remember to report my outcome.
I was wondering about replacing the egg with flax as well.
That should work. 🙂
If you google it there is a conversion to replace eggs with Chia seeds in baked goods.
What is confectioner’s Swerve? I wish coconut oil wasn’t so darn expensive. It seems like almost everything “healthier” is out of my budget range. Many of us cannot tolerate that many eggs. 🙁
Confectioners Swerve is just Swerve ground into a finer powder. 🙂
Our local Costco has 54oz jars of cold pressed 100% Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for $15.99. Costco has made healthier eating a reality for our family. 😉
Yay! That is great!
Aldi’s (if you have one where you live) has a coconut oil that is very reasonable.
If you happen to have a membership (or a friend who has one) to Sam’s Club, they have organic extra virgin coconut oil for cheap. A very large 56 oz jar for around $16, depending on where you are at. It’s by far the cheapest, yet still good, I’ve found…including amazon.
I love all your donut s…. can’t wait to try this one, too.
Thank you! 🙂
This recipe looks great! I love chai I drink it instead of coffee 🙂
Another terrific recipe from you is very welcome. Love the Client testimony!! I too have lost 56#, came off all my diabetic medicine and 2-1/2 of my 3 pills for blood pressure. Low carbing and gluten free and your recipes helped me. Thanks, keep up the GREAT work.
Awesome job! Way to go! 🙂
I didn’t make the doughnuts, but the glaze is pure genius Maria! I had made some different cookies that I had ditched in the freezer b/c they were not sweet enough. They needed to be eaten, and I was tryng to think of a way to sweeten them up, but you figured it for me! This glaze is just perfect. Thank you so much!
Thank you! 🙂
Do you have any favorite chai tea brands?
The Good Earth is one I like. 🙂
I am reading your metabolism book and just have a few questions/comments. When you talk about Zevita and Steaz, is it supposed to say Zevia? I can’t find anything called Zevita. I am in a self discovery process in regard to how many carbs I WAS eating and how many I should be eating for weight loss. I am a 52 y.o. menopausal woman. In your webinar you said under 30 G. per day for weight loss. I was “drinking” too many carbs by using xylitol in my green tea every day, so thank you for talking about eating your carbs instead of drinking them! That was so helpful. I love Zevia but it has 7 G of carbs compared to Steaz Zero has none. Why is that? Don’t they both use the same sweetener? Erythritol and Stevia? I am looking for a “good” app for carb counting or something that will help me be more precise, any suggestions? THX 🙂
The carbs that come from erythritol (which is what these products use) don’t count as they are not digestible. Yes, it should be Zevia. That is a typo. Thanks! 🙂
So, how bout the carbs from the Just Like Sugar products (derived from chicory?) Is this also non-digestible and doesn’t count? Thanks!
Nope I count them. That is why I use JLS very sparingly. 😉
Wow!!! That’s good news!! 🙂
Looks so delicious! They are making me hungry.
I’ve just been looking for more chai recipes after experimenting with a homemade chai ice cream and ta-da, your blog offers some new recipes featuring chai tea, what luck. Thank you! I can’t wait to try these 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Can Chia tea be replaced with anything else? I do not drink tea because of my religion.
Hmm, I guess I would find a recipe and use the spices and water. 🙂
Do you think that Stevia extract drops will do well in this recipe instead of the granular sweetener that is called for? Would that affect the texture since it is liquid and more dense in sweetness?
It should work but the texture will be a little different. 🙂
On the coconut conversion chart above how much eggs and liquid are to be used to replace one cup of flour?
Well, as it says, double the eggs that the recipe calls for for regular flour or almond flour. Then just add some more liquid (almond milk or water) until the batter is the right consistency. 🙂
can these be made with almond flour?
Yes, you can use the chart as a guide to convert. 🙂
These are super yummy
Oh and by the way. For the glaze I used butter and some Brown Just Like Sugar and drizzled it over the top after slightly cooled.
I don’t have a sensitivity to egg whites, but I do to the egg yolks, so could I just use the whites for this and other recipes that call for the whole eggs? I have a sensitivity to flax as well. But not chia seeds. So could I also sub occasionally with chia seeds?
Yes and yes. Both should work. 🙂
Does the conversion work for Peanut Flour too? Also, in one of your recipes it calls for Sunflower Seeds. My son is allergic to those as well. What are some other alternatives?
FYI- They are finding that people that have nut allergies are also allergic to seeds such as Sunflower, Chia, Hemp. But there is no way for them to officially do the oil testing where they prick your back to see if your allergic. But they are getting a lot of calls from people reacting to seeds along with their nut allergies.
Peanut flour would be more like almond flour. 🙂
I just made these, and they are great! I made them in 2 mini loaf pans, only halfway full so they wouldn’t be too dense. They’re like small little cakes of lovely chai. I did put a teeny pinch of ground cloves in the batter to really punch the chai flavor through, since when I tasted the batter it just wasn’t strong enough. I also only used 3/4 cup of erythritol with a couple of drops of stevia glycerite. Skipping the glaze, and going for a cream cheese frosting 😀
I made these using a mini donut pan and they were decadent! The hint of chai, and the way the glaze hardens but still gives you sticky fingers– they were very much like something I would have once bought at a coffee shop! I’ve got a feeling I’m going to be putting that glaze on many more things! Thanks Maria!
Awesome! Thank you!
What is swerve? How does it compare to stevia?
It is a sweetener that is all natural and has more of the bulk of sugar compared to stevia which helps in baking. Stevia can have a bitter aftertaste and Swerve can have a little cooling effect. 🙂
Maria could I use Almond flour? And what would the be? I can’t do coconut, I have allergy to it.
Yes, just use the conversion chart to convert. 🙂
Thank you so much for the conversion chart. My son has an allergy to almonds and walnuts (as well as mold so we had already taken out peanuts and corn). Being able to convert many of your recipes is a blessing. And for the ones where you already did that, thank you!
I am new to this way of eating. My naturopath recommended you by name and I pray it will help me with many symptoms I have developed over the past year (and those that have been with me for longer!). Your recipes look fabulous and I am sure that armed with some great recipes, the rest of the family will join in with me.
could you use raw honey for a sweetener?
I don’t recommend honey. It is just pure sugar.
I see you have a graphic showing how to substitute coconut flour in. Do you have one for substituting it out? I miss out on alot of recipes due to coconut flour. Pls help. I really cannot deal with the taste and even the smallest amount in a recipe offends my pallette.
No. Sorry. But you could just try the opposite;)
i wish your recipes had a print button.
All the newer recipes do. 🙂