Sunday, February 17, 2013

Our Sunday Treat -- Chocolate Coconut Doughnut Bites

The Computer Guy and I decided to go Paleo for Lent. For those who aren't familiar with a Paleo diet, here's a link explaining it. We are pretty hard core carb addicts, and sugar junkies. While I've tried to kick the habit on my own in the past, this time he's doing it with me! (I hope the group effort helps!)

While we've done pretty well since Ash Wednesday (a whole 4 days!), I was dreading Sunday. It's kinda our thing on Sundays after Mass to take the kids out for doughnuts. While Sundays are never fasting days, I was afraid that changing our new habits on Sundays would undermine everything we were trying to achieve.

Which means that I did the only thing I could do, I made up a paleo recipe for doughnut holes. (I guess you could make whole doughnuts out of them, but I don't have a pan for that.) They turned out way better than I could have hoped! They satisfied the whole family's sweet cravings, and even those of us who aren't huge chocolate fans liked them.  That's a win in my book!

Here's how they ended up looking:


Here's how I did it:

Chocolate Coconut Doughnut Bites


3 bananas (the ripe kind you'd use for banana bread)
1/4 cup raisins
1/8 cup honey
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract (plus a splash...really almost double...I always add extra vanilla...don't you?)
3/4 cup coconut flour
3 tsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

 1 1/2 oz dark chocolate (that's half a bar of Ghirardelli) make sure it's the kind with no sugar. I used 86% cacao
1 tbsp coconut butter
1 1/2 tsp coconut crystals (it's coconut sugar, don't let the name fool you. It's also totally optional if you like your chocolate really dark)
Unsweetened shredded coconut to sprinkle on the top


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Grease inside of mini muffin pan. (If you don't have a mini muffin pan, use the regular kind and just adjust the cooking time longer.)
  3. Put bananas, honey, and raisins in food processor and blend until smooth. (I don't have a food processor. I have an old blender we use to make smoothies and alcoholic beverages. It worked just fine.)
  4.  Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour batter into muffin pan. 
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked all the way through. (Test it with a toothpick. Stick a toothpick through one and if it comes out clean, they're done!)
  7. Let them cool all the way! (If you don't, they will fall apart.)
  8. Once they're cool, melt the chocolate in a bowl.
  9. Mix in butter and crystals. Stir to combine.
  10. Dip the top of each bit in the chocolate. (If you want to coat the whole thing, double the icing recipe.)
  11. Sprinkle with shredded coconut.
  12. Either eat them now, or let the chocolate harden a bit. Either way, Yum!


Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me said...

Woah. Going Paleo is no easy thing! Wow! Curious how it is on your budget... We did a form of it and spent a fortune!

Treats look great!

Rebecca Frech said...

I stocked my pantry, which was no easy thing to do. The rest of it isn't that different. My husband is a carnivore, so we already bought a lot of meat. I catch the veggies on sale and go from there.

That said, I'm just starting it. Ask me how expensive it is by the end of Lent and I'll be able to tell you a bit better

Sew said...

After awhile when your sugar cravings and detox have subsided you eat less. So stick it out after the intial haul and it gets easier. :)

Frozen peas and cco & good salt, are my cheap veggie. So satisfying. :)

That doesn't seem like a lot of liquid for that much ccf...I will have to try it in about 10 years when I can eat more then soup.

Anonymous said...

You sparked my curiosity (and we are sick so I can't do much other than read) and was reading about the 'primal' diet/lifestyle thing. It looks a little easier to follow and might give similar benefits. Also, that squat vs sit information was fascinating (mostly joking). -L

Rebecca Frech said...

L - We will probably settle in to primal once Lent is over. The Computer Guy is lactose intolerant, so I'm not sure how much he will switch, but I need the occasional cheese.