Coconut Vanilla Gluten-Free Donuts
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Recipe and photo by Ella Leché of Pure Ella (formerly Lifeologia). This is the amazing cover recipe for the cookbook, SO Delightful.
Serves: 6 to 8 donuts
Gluten-Free Donuts
Coconut Flake Coating
For the Donuts:
  1. Grease a 6-donut pan with coconut oil and preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Sift together the flours, starches, baking powder, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Place the coconut milk and oil in a medium-sized pot over low heat. Warm while gently mixing until the coconut oil melts (do not allow to boil). Remove from heat and whisk in the sugar until it dissolves completely. Stir in the applesauce and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and mix gently to combine together well. (If clumps still develop, you can use an immersion blender and mix the batter for a few minutes until you see a very smooth consistency in the batter.)
  5. Add in coconut flakes and mix with a wooden spoon to combine. Pour into pre-greased donut pan and fill about halfway to allow for rising of the batter.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow the donuts to cool 15 to 30 minutes in the pan. Gently scrape the sides of each well and flip the pan over to remove. You can use a toothpick to help the donuts lift out of the pan.
For the Coconut Coating:
  1. Make a glaze by whisking the powdered sugar in a small bowl while adding the hot water 1 tablespoon at a time.
  2. Coat the donuts thinly with the glaze and drop onto a plate with coconut flakes to coat all over.
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