Cinnamon Sugar Donuts with Maple Glaze

I just realized that today is Halloween and I didn’t make any kind of festive Halloween related recipe for you guys. I’ve been seeing all sorts of cute Halloween food all over Instagram and Pinterest and here I am with nothing. I’m the worst food blogger ever. But I did make you donuts. So that should make up for it, right? Just say yes.

So I’m in a food lab this semester where all we do is cook things. Yesterday we made chili and fruit crisps. So naturally I took over the fruit crisp in my group because I think I’m good at baking or something. Well the ovens in this lab are pretty much old as dirt and take like 3 hours to preheat. And what do you know I forgot to preheat our oven. Until we were done making the crisp. My group definitely hated me. A lot. The hilarious thing about that lab is that we are allowed to take home the leftovers. Yet no one ever brings any containers or Tupperware to put the food in because no one wants to be the weird Tupperware guy. So people end up walking out of the classroom with Ziploc baggies full of chili. Which they then carry all over campus I’m sure. I wouldn’t be surprised if  said people got approached by the bums on High Street yelling at them to give them their baggie food. I really wouldn’t.

I’m getting my body composition tested tomorrow. I’m nervous and excited all at once. Excited because I’m into that kind of thing but nervous because it requires me to wear a bathing suit in front of a stranger. That never turns out well. I know i’m not as lean as I was last year at this time and I’m okay with that. But I’m also hoping to see where I am now and then get it tested again at the end of the year after doing CrossFit for a few more months to see if I gain more muscle mass/lose fat. We can only hope.

Speaking of muscle, let’s talk protein powder. I use it. I’m a fan. But I’m not a fan of nasty a*s ingredients. No thank you. I’m also not a fan of sugar in my protein powder. That’s a deal breaker. Which is why I am a big supporter and lover of SFH products. You’ve probably seen me post about SFH many times before on Facebook and Instragram. I just love it. It’s high quality, grass-fed protein with no crap involved. None. Just good stuff. They have all your usual flavors like chocolate and vanilla, but they also have a new flavor called peach mango that is delish. And they have some awesome fish oil supplements with fun flavors as well. So if you’re in the market for some new protein, check them out. AND you can use the code TAYPALEO when you check out for 10% of ALL orders. That’s right. Go get your protein on.

And then go get your donut on with these bad boys.

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts with Maple Glaze

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  • Yield: 12-14
  • Difficulty: easy


  • For the donuts:
  • 5 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut crystals
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • For the glaze:
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • *Additional coconut crystals for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease donut pan with coconut oil (I used a mini donut pan, but a regular one would work fine, just increase baking time).
  3. Begin by placing dates and 1/2 tbsp water in the microwave to soften for 30 seconds.
  4. Remove from microwave, add other 1/2 tbsp water and mash to create a paste (should end up with about 1/4 cup of paste).
  5. Combine date paste with the rest of the donut ingredients in a food processor until a smooth batter forms and all are well incorporated.
  6. Spoon batter into donut pan, filling a little more than 3/4 of each hole.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. While donuts are baking, prepare your glaze by whisking all ingredients together in a small bowl until the mixture is smooth.
  9. When done, remove donuts from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cool on wire rack completely.
  10. Once completely cool, dip the top of each donut into the glaze, then sprinkle with coconut crystals.
  11. Enjoy!

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Comments: 4

  1. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 31, 2013 at 9:11 am Reply

    These look SOOO good! Can’t wait to give them a try!

  2. Molly @mollysmusingz October 31, 2013 at 9:12 am Reply

    I am making these for my family! They don’t eat paleo and they won’t even know. Just made your maple scones and they LOVED them!
    Thanks for all the good stuff!

  3. D @ The Kosher Cave Girl October 31, 2013 at 10:43 am Reply

    Halloween treats, Shmalloween treats. These donuts look great! I’d definitely rather get these than Kit Kat bars or Reese’s cups anyway.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  4. Crystalyn May 15, 2014 at 1:41 am Reply

    Hi! I made these donuts and the chocolate Hostess ones. The cinnamon batter was more liquidity like muffin batter, but the Hostess were more thick. I compared the recipes and there are some differences. My question is: are both recipes suppose to have the same consistency?

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