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The Health Benefits of My Cinnamon Doughnuts! (MmmHmm!)

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The Health Benefits of My Cinnamon Doughnuts! (MmmHmm!)

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This weekend while at a trip to the store, I stumbled across a doughnut pan.  Intrigued, I started wondering if I could make my own doughnuts.   Better yet, can I make them delicious AND healthy? Is it possible?

What resulted were super yummy Almond Flour Cinnamon Honey Doughnuts!

How'd I do it?  The recipe is below, but here's the breakdown of the health benefits of these tasty treats incase you needed any encouragement to eat them.

Instead of using inflammatory wheat or grains I used blanched almond flour which:

  • Reduce your LDL
  • Protect your heart and arteries
  • Strengthen teeth and bones
  • Provide healthy fats
  • Help lower the rise in blood sugar after meals
  • Contain nutrients that boost brain activity and may prevent Alzheimer's
  • Support nervous system function

Instead of refined sugar which is also inflammatory and spikes blood sugar I used honey which has:

  • Antibacterial, anti-fungal properties
  • Helps heal stomach disorders like ulcers
  • Reduces sore throat and cough
  • Has flavanoids and antioxidants that are beneficial for the heart and for fighting cancer
  • Lower glycemic index so it doesn't increase blood sugar levels
  • Benefits the skin and the lungs

Instead of corn or canola oil, I used olive oil which can:

  • Promote healthy digestion
  • Benefit your heart by lowering LDL cholesterol
  • Reduce symptoms of gastritis
  • Prevents colon cancer
  • Benefits the skin

Finally, I used cinnamon as the major herb. Cinnamon twig in Chinese Medicine is a medicinal that has many health benefits such as helping reduce pain, warm the body, resolve palpitations.

The cinnamon in our kitchen is slightly different but it's got a number of health benefits.  Just 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of ceylon cinnamon can:

  • Reduce your LDL cholesterol
  • Regulate your blood sugar
  • Fight yeast infections
  • Reduce blood clotting
  • Fight bacteria, including e. coli
  • Increase brain function
  • Reduce arthritic pain
  • Balances hormones for menstrual pain/infertility

Convinced yet that they are worth making?  Wait until you taste them!

Almond Flour Honey Cinnamon Doughnuts

(tenderly adapted from roostblog.com)

  • 1  1/4 cup almond flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Finely Ground Almond Meal from Blanched Almonds)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 eggs or 4 1/2 TBS egg whites
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or coconut oil
  • 2 TBS honey ( or 2 TBS stevia)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Whisk together all dry ingredients in a bowl. Transfer to a blender (I use a Vitamix)
  3. Combine all wet ingredients in a bowl. Add to the blender.
  4. Blend until batter is very smooth. Pour into greased donut molds filling them 2/3 the way.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE or they will be dry.

Mine didn't make it past getting a sprinkle of cinnamon on top but if you wanted to make them extra special, you can ice these delicious little guys!

Optional topping:

  • 1 c. of pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 TBS cinnamon
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • Roasted chopped almonds
  1. Mix dates, cinnamon and oil into a food processor until spreadable
  2. Place almonds in a separate bowl
  3. Put topping mixture on doughnuts while still warm
  4. Sprinkle almonds on top of doughnuts

Doughnuts will last about a week in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

Remember! Check with your health care provider before changing your diet or your medication.  This blog is for informative purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any specific medical condition.

References:

10 Health Benefits of Honey, Diana Herrington, care2.com

10 Health Benefits of Cinnamon from healthdiaries.com

The Health Benefits of Olive Oil by Edward Group, globalhealingcenter.com

9 Health Benefits of Almonds by Diana Herrington, care2.com