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Chocolate-y Donuts with Cacao Date Frosting {Vegan}

Donut Worry, Be Happy with this triple chocolate donut! This special treat is sure to please your Valentine!

1st chocolate: cacao powder and chocolate chunks folded into the fluffy dough

2nd chocolate: a thick, creamy cacao-date frosting smeared over top

3rd chocolate: crunchy nibs as a topping. Yum, and in this case, what tastes good is good for you too.

Enjoy!

Triple Chocolate Donuts with Cacao Date Frosting

Makes 12 donuts. Hands-on time: 25 minutes. Total time: 40 minutes

I N G R E D I E N T S

Donuts

1½ cups whole grain spelt flour

½ cup unsweetened cacao powder

¼ cup ground flaxseeds

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp sea salt

1½ cups plain unsweetened almond milk

½ cup pure maple syrup

1/3 cup grape seed oil

1 cup unsweetened dark chocolate, like cacao liquor, cut into ¼-inch chunks

Frosting

2 cups pitted dates

1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk

½ cup unsweetened cacao powder

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 tsp pure vanilla extract or ½ tsp vanilla bean powder

Garnish

¼ cup cacao nibs

D I R E C T I O N S

1. Preheat oven to 350oF and mist a 12-count donut pan (3 inches each) with cooking spray. 

2. Prepare donuts: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cacao powder, almond flour, flaxseeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together almond milk, maple syrup and grape seed oil. Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients until combined and there is no more flour visible. Fold in chocolate chunks.

3. Evenly distribute batter into donut pan. Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

4. Meanwhile, prepare frosting: in a food processor, add all frosting ingredients and process until smooth, about 4 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides of processor with a spatula as needed.

5. Remove donuts from pan, flip over and spread 2 heaping tbsp frosting over each donut and sprinkle each with 1 tsp cacao nibs.

Per serving (1 donut): Calories: 146, Fat: 26 g, Sat fat: 11 g, Mono fat: 7 g, Poly fat: 7 g, Carbs: 52 g, Fiber: 12 g, Sugars: 24 g, Protein: 8 g, Sodium: 280 mg

Recipe courtesy of cleaneating.

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