Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, corn & refined sugar free donuts

Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, corn & refined sugar free donuts

Yesterday I had the privilege of teaching at my good friend Joyce’s “The Natural Kitchen Cooking School”. It was a blast!

The class was supposed to be on Vegan Baking but I think we spent more time talking about business and my crazy journey to health & wellness.

For the class, one of the things I made was my Cinnamon Sugar Donuts–which are delish, if I do say so myself.  The class was so fun and had such great questions that I was so into what I was talking about I ended forgetting an ingredient in the donuts and didn’t realize it until they were in the oven.  So… I wasn’t quite sure how they’d turn out.

Internally, I started beating myself up over it & could hear the story start running the story in my head of what a screw up I am and how I’m not good enough to be teaching others. I wanted to quit and never put myself in a teaching position again.  It’s crazy how fast those negative thoughts can come up, isn’t it?

As soon as I recognized that this was happening I decided that I was going to shut that story down and remember my own advice that I was giving to the students–nothing is a failure, only a lesson learned in how not to do something and one step closer to success.

As soon as I stopped running the crazy story that I’m a screw up, I allowed myself to have fun and use it as a teachable moment.  And guess what?  No one really cared. We laughed, kept talking and waited with curiosity to see how they’d turn out.

And, guess what?  The donuts turned out delish, not as fluffy as I’d like but I think it’s the beginning of another delicious recipe.

So, what stories do you run in your head that stop you from moving forward? Do you call yourself a failure often?  Do you think you don’t deserve to go after what you want in life? Do you find yourself calling yourself stupid often which stops you from doing things you’d love to do?

Living a smart, sexy  life is often more than just what we eat, it’s the thoughts we think over an over again as well.  If they are not serving us, they are bringing us down…and I don’t know about you but the only time I want to be “down” is when I’m sleeping!

What would life be like if you decided to not listen to those voices?  Maybe take a few moments the next time something like this happens to you and decide to listen to a different voice.  Maybe, just maybe, it will lead you to something bigger and better in life.

Oh, and as my mother can attest, I NEVER give out my recipes for my baked goods but I’m feeling generous today–so, here’s the recipe to the Cinnamon Sugar Donuts (Bonus–they are free of gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, & refined sugar. And they can be corn free if you use a vanilla extract that is not derived from corn–I use Flavorganics)

I’d love to hear how they turn out for you & what story you’ve decided to stop listening to .

***I write my recipes a bit different than the average person.  My mind works in “steps” so that’s how I like to break my recipes down.***

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

(gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, corn-free**, refined sugar-free)

Yield: approximately 16 donuts
Preheat oven to 350º and oil donut pans (I like Wilton donut pans which you can find on Amazon)   

Step 1
Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Coconut Milk (from a carton, I prefer So Delicious Brand)
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

In a medium bowl, combine the Coconut Milk & ACV and let sit for a few minutes until it looks curdled (I mix together the dry ingredients while I’m waiting for it to curdle.)

Step 2
Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Arrowroot
  • 1/2 t + 1/4 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Step 3

  • 1/4 cup Flavorganics Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Applesauce
  • 1/2 cup Refined Coconut oil

Add vanilla, applesauce & coconut oil to the milk/apple cider curdled mixture and mix together.
Combine the dry ingredients into the wet mix until just combined.


  • 1/2 cup Hot Water

Mix in the hot water.
Scoop into donut pans filling just about to the top.
Bake for approximately 14 minutes. Donuts are ready when they spring back after you touch them.
As soon as donuts come out of the oven, flip out of pan, let cool, then garnish with Cinnamon Sugar Topping.

GARNISH Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon

Mix together coconut sugar and cinnamon then place in a brown paper bag.  Using a pastry brush, brush Coconut Oil on top of donut, place donut in the bag & shake. Enjoy!