I finally did it. It’s been a year in the making, but I finally went out, got myself a donut pan and decided to conquer baked donuts. The end result was glorious. Tropical, cake-y, and definitely not greasy. Not to mention, no actual nuts were involved in the baking of these delicious donuts. Are you excited yet? No? This picture will probably convince you otherwise.
I made green tea donuts with a simple sugar glaze and topped them with toasted coconut. Why? Well for one, green tea is my favorite drink, and coconut is my favorite snack. Seemed like a good combination to me. The green tea powder, or matcha, I used was Trader Joe’s Tropical Sweetened Matcha Mix. It is a fruitier, sweeter version of it’s sophisticated older sister, actual matcha, and the scent made me automatically think of coconut.
Donuts are always a special treat in my house. My dad used to make Dunkin’ Donut runs on Saturday mornings and bring my sister and me back those strawberry sprinkle donuts, but as of late, things like that don’t happen anymore. My dad and sister get their fix from a local store called The Gluten Free Zone (which, if you’re ever in the area, you HAVE to check out), but I can’t eat there (yet!) because some of the stuff is cross contaminated. Donuts are a rare treat for me now, as Dunkin’ Donuts are now cross contaminated, but I think this pan is going to change that, big time.
So let’s get cooking! The donuts are inspired by this recipe from Just One Cookbook, but they have a much more tropical flair.
Green Tea Coconut Donuts
Peanut free, tree nut free, soy free, shellfish free, sesame free
Makes 8 donuts
3/4 cup flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 Tsp. baking powder
1/2 Tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. Trader Joe’s Tropical Sweetened Matcha Powder
2 Tbsp. honey
1/3 cup milk
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp. milk
2/3 cup coconut
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and grease your baking pan. Begin by combining all of the dry ingredients in a small bowl. This includes flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and the matcha.
2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg.
3. Add in the egg, honey, milk and melted butter.
4. Beat in the dry ingredients. Spoon the mixture into your greased donut pan.
5. Cook the donuts for 8 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, spread your coconut on a baking sheet and pop it into the oven. Toasting should take 3-5 minutes, but make sure to stir every once in a while!
Your coconut should come out looking like this:
5. While everything’s getting brown and baked in the oven, whisk the milk and powdered sugar for your glaze in a shallow bowl. It should look a little bit foamy once whisked.
6. After the donuts and coconut come out of the oven and are cool enough to hold, dip them into the glaze and then dip into the coconut. If the coconut doesn’t stick well, sprinkle on top. Enjoy!