I have been inspired recently by all the vegan doughnuts I have been seeing on Instagram, particularly those by the super talented Brekku by Tara. So I decided to give them a try myself. These raw versions are slightly healthier than their deep fried cousins. I had great fun adding flavours to the base mix, so feel free to experiment as you wish. Pictured are three of my favourites, an orange and aniseed flavour, vanilla and blueberry and finally my version of a snickers doughnut with nuts, chocolate and a caramel icing.
Mini Raw Doughnuts – (base mix) makes 6 mini doughnuts
250 g dates
15 g desiccated coconut
15 g ground almonds
1 and 1/2 tbsp raw cacao powder
Simply put all the above ingredients into a food processor and pulse until it comes together to form a dough. The mix should be a little sticky and soft. Roll into six balls and use an apple corer to cut a hole in the centre to make the ‘doughnut’ shape.
For the Snickers version
Mix a couple of teaspoons of coconut sugar with a teaspoon of water. Add enough icing sugar to form a thick smooth icing. Ice you doughnuts and sprinkle with roasted peanuts and vegan friendly chocolate shavings
For the Orange and Aniseed version
Grate a little orange zest and add a sprinkle of liquorice powder to the mix before pulsing. Make an icing with icing sugar and a few drops of orange juice and decorate with strips of orange zest and a little more liquorice powder.
For the Blueberry Vanilla version
Add a sprinkle of dried blueberry powder and vanilla into the mix before blending. Make and icing with icing sugar, water and a little more blueberry powder. Decorate with dried edible flowers.