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Gingerbread Mini Donuts and Brown Butter Sauce

By September 24, 2010April 30th, 2024Breakfast, Desserts, Holiday Recipes

 Gingerbread Mini Donuts and Brown Butter Sauce

Gingerbread Mini Donuts and Brown Butter Sauce

Why does everything taste better as a donut? And if you love gingerbread, you MUST try these Gingerbread Mini Donuts!

The brown butter sauce is so good, I could eat it with a spoon right out of the jar!

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Gingerbread Mini Donuts and Brown Butter Sauce

1/2 cup Swerve Brown
3/4 cup coconut oil or butter
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
4 eggs
1/2 cup blanched almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, stir the butter and sweetener together. Stir in the almond milk, eggs, vanilla, and spices. Sift in the almond, coconut flour, and baking soda. Mix into the butter mixture until well combined. Taste the dough and add more Just Like Sugar if desired.

Grease a mini donut pan (click HERE to find mini donut pan) with Avocado oil spray. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve with Brown Butter Sauce.

1 cup butter
1 cup Swerve Brown
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 TBS vanilla extract

To make the sauce, heat the butter in a heavy saucepan over high heat until the butter sizzles and turns brown (not black:). Slowly sift in the Just Like Sugar. Stir well. Add in the almond milk and vanilla. Serve warm with the donuts. Makes 16 servings.

Traditional Mini Donuts = 369 calories, 27 carbs, 0 fiber
“Healthified” Mini Donuts = 275 calories, 6.4 carbs, 4.4 g fiber (2 effective carbs)


Testimony of the Day

Hi Maria! I’m Alexis. Military wife, mother of a six-year-old boy, a 3-year-old girl. My husband is deployed right now. This all started after Christmas of 2010.

I was horrified to see a picture of myself during the holidays looking like a blob. This particular holiday I had put on at least 10lbs. 10 LBS! over the course of 2 weeks. I had told myself after having my daughter the year before, and even after having my son in ’08 (I was 301 when I went into the hospital to have him), that I was going to be what I should be, what I deserve to be, for the children, for my husband, for myself. Everything ended up being a constant struggle of starvation and binge eating that was getting me nowhere fast. I’ve always been huge. I can remember at the beginning of middle school tipping the scales at 200. But, that picture was it for me. No more.

I started out with weight watchers. People lose weight on this program, right? I was losing some weight but just not as quickly as I had hoped to. I ran across a company that has some pretty great products with people having amazing results! After seeing what the distributors of these items were telling people to eat, it appeared to me that they were starving themselves to get the results so quickly. I still bought into the company but applied my own ways of eating. Healthy Whole Grains with lots of fruits and veggies along with all fat-free items! That year in 8 months I lost 50 lbs. Not bad right? But I always craved, always longed for cake, chocolate, potato chips! I fell right back into my old patterns and put on 30 lbs 🙁

I had pains. Carpel tunnel mostly. I swore my bed was made out of rocks and cursed the day I bought the stupid thing. I woke up every morning feeling like I had been beaten. Then came (what I swear was gall bladder pain) acid reflex, It just wasn’t coming up, it was sitting there burning in my stomach area? Oh, I call it the great pain… for hours I would sit and cry, sometimes it would bring me to the point of vomiting. I was prescribed one of those pain go away quickly meds. It worked, but I hated being on meds for the pain.

My mother introduced me to the book, Wheat Belly. With reading the book she went in for testing and found out she in fact was allergic to wheat along with an array of other things. I never went in for the testing but after seeing how she lost weight and her sending me the book, I read it. I actually cursed up a storm the whole time I read this book! I KNEW THE FOOD WE ATE WAS HORRIBLE FOR US! Anyway, through being a part of the WB community, I found you! You are so inspiring. The first book I purchased was The Art of Healthy Eating KIDS cookbook. They are the ones I really want to help from falling into these vicious ways. I just recently bought the Healthy Metabolism book which I am so EXCITED about. I’m reading away. But just by doing the little bit that I have I’m down to 215 at the moment. It started out around 280 Feb 2011 around 250 in March of this year. My arm pains are still diminishing, I love my bed and can not wait to sleep in it. Oh, and the great pain is gone, no meds. I know I’m just beginning my journey and my family’s journey. I do have a long way to go. More bad habits I need to drop and healthy ones to gain (MORE EXERCISE), but I thought I would share. Thank you! -Alexis

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Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Vivian says:

    So happy to hear that news, Connie! How wonderful! Thank you, Maria for the help you give! I plan to order all your books, too, as I love the advice you give… it is right on!

  • Thanks Vivian! You totally made my morning! Thanks for writing;)))

  • Kelly says:

    I’m not sure if I did something wrong but I made the brown butter sauce and mine looks nothing like yours….mine is very dark brown. It tastes good…but I’m noticing separation if I don’t stir it.

  • The more you brown the butter, the darker the sauce will be.

    I did have to stir mine also, but it tastes great! Did you like it?:)

  • Rachel B says:

    Hi Maria! First of all, let me see that I’m a HUGE fan and have all your books. I’m planning on ordering your revised “Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism” here in just a few days. I’m having a hard time keeping my weight maintained. I consider myself to be a very healthy eater after I lost almost 50 pounds last year through a strict diet program. However, in the past few months, it seems that my weight has crept back up on me. At one point I was as low as 150, and now I’m about 163 (to give you frame of reference, I’m 5’8″). I’ve gotten away from cooking food like you do as I thought it might be a good idea to include some whole grains. I’m in a nutrition class and our book had a whole chapter about carbohydrates. So I guess I’ve said all that to say this: What are YOUR opinions concerning carbohydrates? Some nutritionists would argue that particular cellular and bodily functions require a certain amount of carbohydrates in the diet. If you agree with this statement, what are your ideas for getting carbs in the diet that are healthy (besides the obvious choice of fruits and veggies). I enjoy flax and typically include that in my diet. What are your thoughts? Thank you!

  • Thanks Rachel! Please watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCVo8HbDpXI
    It explains a lot!!!

    I also recommend the book WHEAT BELLY.

    Check out this Doctors website: http://www.carbohydratescankill.com/

    You are getting adequate carbs when you eat non-starchy veggies, almond and coconut flour are also carbs.

    I hope that helps!

  • Kim W says:

    I really want to try some of your donut recipes – they look so yummy! But I try not to use non-stick pans. Do you know of any stoneware or cast iron options for making donuts?

  • Hey Kim!

    You can try this pan: http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20/detail/B00114LC06

    It is a cast iron pan! Happy Baking!

  • Shelley says:

    These look perfect for fall! I’m reading your updated book right now, and the amount of information is amazing and eye opening. I have one question. I’ve eliminated most flour and I already feel great. If you’re trying to eliminate grains and sugar, can you still use the alternative flours and sweeteners you talk about and lose weight? I’ve tried before with no success, but having those alternatives seems like this would be much easier to do.


  • Hey Shelley! I write a lot about why some people don’t lose weight with alternative sweeteners such as Splenda in my book.

    I have had all my nutritional clients lose weight while still enjoying desserts if they are made properly:)

    Happy Eating!

  • Kapu :) says:

    can i use coconut milk for the brown butter sauce?

  • Yep! Coconut milk would work great!

    Happy eating!

  • kapu :) says:

    i made these last night. didnt have all the spices so just added more cinnamon, nutmeg and added 2 more Tbs of truvia. well, they came out awesome. so yummy and yes i used coconut milk. 🙂

  • Thanks for taking the time to write Kapu! I’m SO happy you liked them!;)))

  • Kapu :) says:

    my brown butter came out dark brown but im thinking that its because i used the brown just like sugar. it still tasted good. i was putting it on healthified crackers from whole foods. it was to good.

  • Thanks Kapu!

    Yep the JL Brown Sugar would make it darker;)

  • Lia says:

    Sorry for the dumb questions, but… If you use butter, do you cream it wi the sweetner til fluffy? Or do you melt the butter? If you use coconut oil, do you melt it first? Sorry if those should be obvious.

  • Michelle says:

    I made these the other day but they stuck to my mini donut pan (I greased it but they stuck anyway) however they tasted so good that I made muffins out of the rest of the batter but wondered what I should do with the crumbles from the donuts….so I toasted the crumbled “donuts” in the oven and made them into gingerbread pudding. It turned out wonderfully and there was no waste! These were so soft and warm and yummy as muffins though I had no idea they would be soooo amazing. Thank you again for another awesome recipe!

  • Laura says:

    I’m totally excited to make these, YUM

    Just wondering if you have to use JLBrownSugar or if you could use Swerve instead?

  • Julie says:

    Just made these using the coconut oil option and we found them totally delish! Just a helpful tip, the brown butter sauce tasted fine but was separating so I threw it in our vitamix for a few moments. Worked so well to incorporate the ingredients – the sauce now looks as great as it tastes!
    Thanks for the recipes!!

  • Marilyn says:

    I tried making these. Kept them in the oven until the toothpick came out clean and they fell apart on me when I tried to move them to my cooling rack. Any ideas on what I did I wrong? We can’t pick them up with our hands without them falling apart on us. My only thought was that our donut pan was bigger than your mini size.

    • cemmerich says:

      Were they dry? Some brands of coconut flour absorb more moisture than others so maybe use a bit less next time. 🙂

  • Christy says:

    You don’t know how much we appreciate your nutritional information, and the recipes that you post. Your very appreciated. And we thank you for your time in developing the recipes and blogs. I do have a question for you. I have been doing the keto diet and following your recipes for a while. I am now down to 115Ibs at 5’1. I have always struggled with yoyo weight. I feel like I’m in bondage to using the macro trackers. I find even now, if I don’t keep track of my macros on a carb manager or my fitness pal, my weight goes up. Quickly too. I can easily gain a couple pounds overnight. And stays up, so I know it’s not water weight. I also stay away from a lot of dairy. I stay away from even coconut flour and only do almond flour. Going over all my macros even a little proves weight gain for me. How can I break away from having to use a macro counter, and not have to be concerned that my weight will go up? thank you. Sorry this is lengthy-christy

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