Chocolate Pistachio Donuts that are vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, and delicious! Filled with flavor, chocolate, and natural sweetness, these make for a great dessert or snack.
How many of you guys are twins?
I’m a fraternal twin, and my sister, Ashley, is one minute older than me. Ashley isn’t like your average sibling; she has special needs. Ash is legally blind, paralyzed on the right side of her body, and has symptoms of autism, down syndrome, and Aspergers. However, thanks to tons of surgeries and physical therapy, she is able to use her right hand, and her vision has improved since birth.
When I say we’re fraternal, I mean FRATERNAL. People often ask if we’re even related. I have bright blonde hair and bright blue eyes, while she long, thick brown hair and brown eyes. I envy her hair- it’s GORGEOUS. She got a bob cut three years ago and I almost cried because her hair was all gone. Imagine Rapunzel’s hair, but brunette.
Ashley and I are complete opposites. She loves chocolate, burgers, and pop music. I like vanilla, brussels sprouts, and country. A lot of our differences are due to her special needs, which is totally understandable. People often ask me if I wish I had a “normal” sister, and I always say no. I’ve grown up around special needs, and am a changed, better person because of it. I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything.
So, we’re total opposites. Our one similarity? Our love for dessert. She loves ANY dessert, but I’m very picky. As I’ve said countless times before, I prefer sour > sweet, while she is a chocolaholic. However, we both love one treat endlessly: donuts. Donuts make the world go around, and were my breakfast 6 days a week growing up (Sunday’s were reserved for waffles, of course). Give me any donut, and I’ll eat it. Glazed, maple, apple fritter, lemon poppyseed- you name it, I’ll enjoy it. In San Diego, we have a local bakery called VG’s Donuts (fun fact- it’s been around so long my mom worked there in high school!) and has some of the greatest donuts known to man. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, so how bout we change that to “greatest donuts known to the greater San Diego area”.
ANYWAYS, my sister gets a chocolate pistachio donut there every time we go- without. fail. I don’t blame her- the taste is out of this world. After trying one bite of it the other day, I knew I had to recreate it. So, to the drawing board I went. The result- these vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS donuts with a beautiful glaze. Do you see that drizzle? Work of art.
These donuts are absolutely delicious, and you must make them. When you do, send me a photo on Instagram @tennishealthfitness and I’ll share it out!
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 2 heaping tbsp cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
- ⅓ cup + 2 tbsp almond milk
- ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp almond milk
- Crushed pistachios
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, flour, baking powder, sea salt, and cocoa power. Mix well to get rid of any chunks.
- Add in the milk, apple sauce, coconut oil, and dark chocolate chips. Stir to combine, and if too thick, add in more almond milk, 1 tbsp at a time.
- Spray your donut tray with non stick spray, and spoon the batter into the slots. Fill ¾ of the way for each, and top with a few more chocolate chips. Bake for 13 minutes, then remove and let cool for 15-20 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, add the powdered sugar and almond milk. Add the almond milk ½ tsp at a time, and stir each time until your desired consistency.
- Once the donuts have cooled, drizzle the sugar glaze over and top with the pistachios. Enjoy!
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