These doughnuts are DELICIOUS, and with just a quarter cup of sweetener in the batch, they are a healthy treat as well!
I have made ”doughnut bread” in the past with this recipe, using a bundt pan and cutting it like bread. My family loved it like that, but using a doughnut pan took them to a whole new level. They are so light and airy and fantastic! I found this super cute heart shaped doughnut pan for Valentine’s Day to make them even more fun.
SWEET POTATO DOUGHNUTS
adapted from Deceptively Delicious
- 1/4 cup agave
- 1 cup pureed cooked sweet potato
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed in 3 tbsp water (to replace egg)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp each cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice
- confectioners’ sugar for topping
*Variation: use pureed pumpkin instead of sweet potato, or half cup of each. For making the conventional version, add 1 tbsp butter, an egg instead of flaxseed, and milk. I made both versions, and while both delicious, I preferred the vegan version.
To make sweet potato puree, peel and chop a sweet potato and steam over boiling water for about 10 minutes. Put in food processor with a few ounces of water and puree until smooth.
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix together the wet ingredients (agave, sweet potato, almond milk, flax mixture, and vanilla). Add dry ingredients (baking soda, baking powder, flour, spices) and mix together. Grease pan (I used all-vegetable shortening). Put batter in a pastry bag (or plastic bag and cut off end) and fill mold until halfway filled.
They bake super fast in the heart mold and take just 5-7 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean and tops are lightly browned. Take out of oven and let sit in pan about three more minutes and then transfer to rack. Repeat until all batter is used. This recipe made 12 heart doughnuts.
Dust with confectioners’ sugar when ready to serve, and be prepared to have more than one! Keeps in an airtight container for two days or in the freezer for one month, but chances are they won’t last that long.
Make them for your sweetie for breakfast for Valentine’s Day and score big points this year!