So, you’ve gotten healthy. Great job! Do you find it challenging to watch those you care about struggle with creating healthy lives. I know I have a strong why, and a motivating force to remain as healthy as possible despite having MS, but sometimes I just can’t help but wonder why some people don’t seem to care as much about their health. My overall health drives so many of my life choices. I mean hello…Justin and I quit our full-time jobs and moved to a smaller town so we could change our lifestyle and get rid of the stressors we don’t need. I try not to go overboard, but instead seek balance. For me, part of balance and remaining true to myself and my health is coming up with ways to reward and treat myself. I know that for some people, diving right in and going full Paleo is too intimidating or too drastic. So, I like finding ways to entice others who think Paleo is too rigid and show you can and should still find ways to have fun. These Paleo cinnamon crumble donuts are a pretty perfect example.
I love my step-dad. He is funny, kind, and if I ever needed a thing he would be there in a heartbeat…or like 3 1/2 hours since we moved a little further away. But still. He would be there. That said, while he would do anything for anyone in our family, he does not love eating healthy and taking care of himself too well. He would rather just go down the street and pick up a burger or spend his Saturday morning eating powdered sugar donuts. However, he has started to be more active and is making an effort to eat better, too. This makes me happy. I really want my parents to be around for a long time.
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My family tested the meal plan for us
For the meal plan, we had my mom and step-dad test it out for us after they expressed an interest in trying to eat better this summer. They did the shopping and prep work on a Sunday and got all set up for the week. They even said it “wasn’t that bad and didn’t even take too long.” Perfect! Anyway, cut to the end of the story…while there were some set backs that week due to a kitchen reno project and the stove/oven being out of commission for a few days, there were some real wins. And for that…I decided to make a donut recipe to reward my step-dad. He LOVES donuts, and I figured a healthier version that is easy to make could really sway him my way on this Paleo journey. Maybe our Paleo cinnamon crumble donuts will sway you a little, too! 😉
Check out the crumbly topping on our Paleo cinnamon crumble donuts
These Paleo cinnamon crumble donuts are probably even more indulgent than my step-dad’s usual powdered sugar or old fashion varieties. The cinnamon and crumbly goodness is pretty much all I need in life.
These Paleo cinnamon crumble donuts really are a much more health conscious donut compared to the store bought kinds with who knows what in them. Plus, it is kind of fun to make your own donuts. Have you done it before? One tip I’d recommend is to put your dough in a ziplock or piping bag to make the circles. Then, if you have a donut pan, superb. It’s so easy. If you don’t, you can still give these a try in a muffin pan, they may not make as pretty of circles, but if you use a ziplock with one end cut off to form the circles it should work pretty well. There are more tips in the recipe below, but let us know how it goes.
Give these Paleo cinnamon crumble donuts a try, and let us know how it goes by leaving a comment below. Take a photo and tag us on Instagram @realsimplegood so we can check it out!
- 1/2 cup nuts (try pecans or walnuts and almonds)
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp coconut butter - softened (put the jar in a bowl of hot water when you start making the donuts to let it soften)
- pinch of sea salt
- 1-2 tbsp raw local honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- In addition you will need a little bit of coconut oil for greasing the tops of the donuts before you sprinkle the crumble and drizzle the glaze.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place your coconut butter jar in a bowl of hot water to soften it.
Place all of the dry ingredients for the donuts in a medium mixing bowl. Use a whisk to mix them up so that all of the dry ingredients are evenly dispersed.
Add the rest of the donut ingredients to your bowl and whisk them together until a thick batter forms. Scoop the batter into a ziplock bag. Close the bag and then snip one of the lower corners off so you can use it as a piping bag. Either make circles in your donut pan or make smaller circles with the dough in a muffin pan. You could try flipping the muffin pan upside down and making larger circles around the muffin mounds. Or you could make donut holes by placing tablespoon sized balls on a cookie sheet.
Place your donut pan, muffin pan, or cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
While the donuts are baking, make your crumble and glaze.
For the crumble, pulse your nuts in a food processor until they are pretty fine and just some small clumps remain. Then, pour your nuts into a small mixing bowl. Add the rest of the crumble ingredients and use a fork to mix them together so it gets a little more clumpy, like the topping on an apple crumble or crisp. Set it aside until the donuts are done cooking and make the glaze.
Heat up your honey and cinnamon in a little ramekin or small bowl in the microwave. It will only take about 20 seconds. Stir vigorously with a fork so a glaze forms. Set aside until the donuts are done cooking.
Once the donuts are done, carefully remove from the oven. Use the back of a spoon to spread a little coconut oil on the tops of each donut and then layer on the crumble and then the glaze last. I like to do each donut at a time so that the coconut oil melts and then the crumble sticks to it, then move on to the next donut. You can do all of the glaze at the very end.
Get a little crazy and enjoy these tasty flavor bombs!