|Gluten Free Blueberry Cake Donuts 2 Ways|
Holy moly, did these donuts give me a run for my money or what. Usually these days, I can perfect a recipe after two thorough trials, but these little suckers evaded me through Trials One, Two and Three! This time, numbers Four and Five were the ticket, and it was worth every single blueberry-stained bowl!
I hope I'm not going to make some enemies here, but I am a dedicated cake donut gal, preferring denser pound-cake like texture over fluffy yeast donuts. I'll take a slice of hearty quick-bread or loaf over an eclair or pate aux choux any day. Anyone else?!
Within the world of cake donuts, my heart has belonged to the perfect Blueberry Glazed—ALWAYS my choice at donut shops. Recently I found myself steeped in a craving, while enjoying my favorite BLUEBERRY RX Bar flavor...and I knew that donuts were my next baking adventure.
Trials one and two were mediocre, not simply because the texture was a bit off and they stuck to the pan. But partly because they didn't taste like a blueberry donut. They tasted like a blueberry muffin in a donut shape. And it dawned on me!!! The hallmark blueberry flavor I so adore is due to blueberry extract! There is something unique and irreplaceable about that concentrated essence of blueberry. I ordered some on Amazon, and one taste of Trial FOUR had me convinced! You can make these donuts without blueberry extract, but they won't taste quite like the blueberry donuts of your childhood (or at least, of my childhood).
However, I didn't stop there! While the first version, a paleo donut, was absolute incredible, I was curious to make a version that was even MORE dense, to suit the cake-donut diehards out there. So I tested one with oat flour and dates, and I feel head over heels with that version as well!
Instead of trying to pick a favorite child, I am sharing BOTH with you today!
In case you're wondering what the heck to do with leftover blueberry extract, I plan to attempt a DIY version of Blueberry RX bars as well! And I'm also going to play with it in oatmeal and smoothies. So if you think you'd make any of these recipes on the regular, I think it is worth the investment! NOTE: if you are going to experiment with it on your own, a VERY little goes a long way. Start with 1/8th teaspoon, a drop or two.
Both versions of these Blueberry Donuts are better than the classic (IMO), because they are SO much healthier for you! Packed with protein and fiber and much lower in sugar (and refined sugar free), they are truly satisfying and won't have you rummaging around the pantry for more carbs. Drizzling coconut butter on top isn't just delicious—it adds healthy fat and that divine textural combination of cakey dough with creamy, melty glaze.
Please let me know if you give either of my BLOOB Donuts a try and if you love them as well!
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