Paleo Chocolate Donuts with Coconut Vanilla Bean Icing

These paleo chocolate donuts with coconut vanilla bean icing are baked for a healthy and delicious grain and gluten free treat.

So, I got a donut pan. And let me just preface the rest of this post by saying yes, I do realize it is actually “doughnut” and no, I don’t care that I’m spelling it wrong. Yes, you may call me lazy.

It’s kind of funny because I’d seriously been looking for one for over a year, desperate to make donuts in my oven like the rest of the world and then when I find it and actually bake in it, I realize it’s kind of over-hyped. Hate when that happens.

Chocolate donuts with coconut vanilla bean icing

Don’t get me wrong, these are good. But they’re basically cake in donut form. Donuts should be fried, not baked. So when you fill a mold with batter, stick it in your oven and expect anything remotely resembling Dunkin, you might be slightly disappointed. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble on that, just keeping it real.

paleo chocolate donuts with vanilla icing

However, I happen to like cake. Chocolate cake with coconut butter vanilla bean icing is even better. So if it happens to be in the shape of a donut, I’m not gonna complain.

Paleo chocolate donuts

They might not stop me from the occasional munchkin order, but they’re fun nonetheless.

Yield: 8 servings

Paleo Chocolate Donuts with Coconut Vanilla Bean Icing

Paleo Chocolate Donuts with Coconut Vanilla Bean Icing

These paleo chocolate donuts with coconut vanilla bean icing are baked for a healthy and delicious grain and gluten free treat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


For the Donuts

  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs (separated)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Icing

  • 1/4 cup coconut butter, melted to a pourable state
  • 1/4 of a vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • unsweetened coconut flakes for garnish (optional)


For the Donuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Separate eggs and combine yolks with remaining wet ingredients.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until combined.
  5. Beat egg whites with a hand held mixer until light and fluffy.
  6. Fold egg whites into batter until just combined.
  7. Pour batter into donut pan.
  8. Bake for 12-13 minutes. Remove from pan and transfer to cooling rack.

For the Icing

  1. Combine melted coconut butter with water and honey and stir until fully incorporated.
  2. Add vanilla bean and stir again.
  3. Spoon icing onto fully cooled donuts and top with shredded coconut flakes if desired.
  4. Transfer to refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.



  1. Kathryn

    This is pretty much how I feel about my donut pan too. On the other hand, I don’t think I could turn down one of these…

  2. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    I know about donut pans! I had to get them in all sizes because I wanted a piece of cake shaped like a donut. Silly! However, I do like your recipe!! I love that you use almond flour! That reminds me I need to get some today! Have a great week and I love your recipe!

  3. Kat

    seriously? these look heavenly. But I totally imagine the chocolate glazed donuts from DD so I’m a bit disappointed…how do I get me one of those? Oh right… to DD lol.

  4. Joy

    At least they’re healthier than fried donuts! And good. :) Also, I didn’t realize that “donut” is the wrong way to spell the name! woops. :)

  5. Kris

    This is too funny. I literally just thought to myself 2 minutes ago, “I wonder if Gina would have a good donut (I’m with ya) recipe.” I went to your page and here it is! No joke. Thanks!! I can’t wait to make these!

  6. Vicky

    I always wondered how the donuts in those baked donut pans came out. I suspected they couldn’t possibly taste the same as the deep fried Dunkin alternative! I do love the occasional munchkins basket (though its no longer available to me as I travel through Asia) but I’m not sure I’d like the cake type donuts -will have to give them a try sometime!

  7. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    I don’t know what it is about the word doughnut. Usually, I’d take the easy route but somehow it just flows off my fingers. I get halfway through the word and think about typing it the other way and then just finish it because I’m already half way done. I have no preference either way though, which is weird. The Canadian/American color vs. colour type thing drives me insane but doughnut vs. donut doesn’t. Lol. Now that that rant is over,… Your doughnuts look awesome! I just looooove the little speckles of vanilla. Mmm!

  8. Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit

    Yum!! I don’t actually like the taste of donuts (I 2nd your spelling!), but I really like the taste of chocolate cake. So, to me, these are actually the perfect donuts. And the frosting… that sounds de-frickin’-licious. :D

  9. Chico Foodie

    I love eating both donuts and cakes (in any shape as well) and just seeing your creation makes me crave for it now. But I am wondering though, is donut from DD really doughnut? I wouldn’t mind if it is anyway. =)

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  11. Bonnie

    We made these this morning and they were amazing! A fun (and healthy) treat that I don’t mind making for my kids on a special Saturday morning. I got 6 (slightly over-filled) donuts and have frosting left-over (shucks! late night snack for mommy?) Thank you!

  12. Vern

    These were excellent. I used stevia instead of honey in both the glaze and the donuts and added some cocoa powder to the glaze because, well, I really love chocolate. I made these in a little electric donut maker and I am happy as can be!

  13. Ramona

    ATTENTION, Everyone! I just made almond flour doughnuts in the donut pan and then lightly fried them in coconut oil! Much more legit, end even healthier!!!! Try it!!!!!!!! Soooooo goooooood!

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  19. Tracy1201

    These are amazing. I made them w/out the icing. I’m sure that the icing is amazing too, but these are so good w/out it!

    My friend who loves sweets and isn’t Paleo also loved them.

    I also used NY maple syrup instead of honey. (My brother makes syrup each year so I often use it instead of sugar or honey)

    Again, thanks! These are so delicious and so easy to make! I will definitely do this again!

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