For me, tart cranberries with nuts and sweet orange are an autumn or holiday flavor combination. For many years, I’ve avoided using dried cranberries due to their extremely high sugar and carb content. (You’d think that someone would have figured out to make dried cranberries without sugar, but I guess not. I’ve searched and they are not available in stores or online.) The other day, I discovered a very easy recipe for making my own sugar-free dried cranberries at home (click here for the recipe) and they turned out perfectly! I’m so delighted once again to have this pantry staple on hand to use in muffins, salads, cookies and my husband’s famous Thanksgiving dressing. Also, because they are so delicious, I was inspired to use them this morning to create these marvelous low carb donuts. I’m ready now! Bring on the holidays!!
Cranberry Nut Donuts with Orange Glaze
Makes 6 donuts (more or less, depending on your pan)
1/2 cup almond flour
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1 tablespoon unflavored whey protein powder
1 tbsp + 1 tsp granulated erythritol (I used LaKanto Monkfruit Sweetener)
3/4 teaspoon stevia powder (I used SweetLeaf brand)
1 teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon orange extract
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
3 tablespoons sugar free dried cranberries, chopped (see recipe here)
1/4 cup powdered erythritol (I used Swerve Confectioner’s)
1 tablespoon orange juice (or water)
1/8 teaspoon orange extract (if using water, increase to 1/4 teaspoon)
1. For the donuts, lightly grease a donut baking pan and preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, whey protein powder, erythritol, stevia, baking powder and salt until no lumps remain and the ingredients are well combined.
2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, egg, water, orange extract and orange zest. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk thoroughly to combine. Fold in the chopped pecans and cranberries until well distributed.
3. Fill the donut holes approximately 2/3 to 3/4 full (do not overfill). Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the donuts are browned on the edges and spring back when touched. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely before glazing.
4. To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered erythritol, orange juice and extract in a shallow bowl until smooth. If too thin, add more erythritol. If too thick, add more liquid, a few drops at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
5. Dip the tops of the cooled donuts into the glaze. (Be sure to hold the donuts carefully because they may be delicate. The distribution of the cranberries and pecans might have created some weak spots and you don’t want them to fall apart.) Place the glazed donuts on a wire rack for a few minutes until the glaze is set. Leftover donuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Nutritional Information per donut (based on six per recipe): 127 calories, 6.8 g carbohydrate (2.1 g dietary fiber, 1.1 g sugars, 8 g sugar alcohols), 11.2 g total fat (3.4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 107 mg sodium, 31.6 mg calcium, 104 mg potassium, 1 mg iron, 175 mg Vit A, 3 mg Vit C, 3.9 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 4.7 grams
Recipe and photos by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2017
All rights reserved. Please do not duplicate without the author’s permission.