I spent Christmas Day in Novato, Marin - about 45 minutes north of San Francisco with my boyfriends’s Dad, Step-mum and step-sister. I decided this year not to travel back to spend it with my family in England, as when I travelled back in September I got so sick with the flight that I have decided to take a travel break for a while.
I knew that food would be a big part of Christmas day, and I discussed with my boyfriend beforehand what the menu would look like as my dietary requirements of no sugar & soy can be tricky to navigate. He told me that it was tradition for his Dad to bake cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning breakfast, and my mouth watered at the prospect! I knew it would be tough for me to make do with just cereal while everyone sunk their teeth into warm sugary rolls, so I went on the hunt for a sugar-free alternative.
Luckily I found this recipe from Clean Eats by Tay, that I modified to make vegan (as I didn’t fancy the eggs), and I also subbed out the Kite Hill Yoghurt she used as it does contain sugar unfortunately (I included my sugar-free alternative below, but directions all the same).
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour
1 tbsp organic coconut flour
3 tbsp organic coconut sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup rasins
1/4 cup + 1.5 tbsp vanilla unsweetened almond milk
3 flax eggs (3 tbsp flax seed meal combined with 6 tbsp water)
2 tbs organic no added sugar applesauce!
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Glaze:
1/4 cup So Delicious Vanilla unsweetened Coconut Yoghurt
1 tbsp pure organic maple syrup
Dash of cinnamon
If you want to give these a go, I highly recommend these doughnut pans from amazon. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever use them, but this recipe is so easy that I’ve made these doughnuts 3 times now and they are so good! Gluten-free, vegan and sugar free doughnuts - who would have thought it! I took them to a Holiday social hour and they got the seal of approval from everyone! Next up I want to experiment with colored ‘icing’, I’m thinking of trying cacao and acai powders to mix things up!