Cinnamon has been making gluten-free donuts for our parish for the past year and half. It is quite the commitment each Saturday. I am sure there are Saturdays that she would rather spend the three hours it takes, doing something else, but she knows it makes a difference. It allows people a chance for fellowship and community over a simple offering of coffee and donuts. It makes a difference for a segment of society that usually has to bypass such offerings. It is a little thing, but it does make a big difference to those of us who can't eat gluten.
A few weeks ago when two little girls approached her and asked her if she made the donuts, she smiled and said yes. They replied, "Thank you for making the donuts. We can't eat the other kind. We are gluten intolerant too!" Cinnamon just smiled, but later as we were leaving church she slid her arm around my waist and said in her soft voice, "That is why I make donuts each week."
She has made a variety of donuts. Double chocolate topped with coconut, apple-cinnamon, plain topped with chocolate icing and sprinkles, maple flavored, lemon glazed, chocolate raspberry donuts to name a few. Lately, she has begun to make her own recipes. A few weeks ago she developed the best donut to date: Vanilla Glazed Chocolate Chip Donuts!
I admit that after church I will eat a donut or two. Yes. Two. They are small! I have enjoyed all her baking, but these new donuts are in another category! The three or four category. The "sneak another" category. I don't know what it is. It is the perfect storm of ingredients and I have trouble walking past the kitchen without sampling. That is not like me, but they are that good. The best part: not only are they gluten-free, they are dairy free too!
And bless her heart, she is allowing me to share them with you!!!
Vanilla Glazed Chocolate Chip Donuts:
2 cups Gluten Free Mama Almond Flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp xanthan gum
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
8 Tbsp Earth Balance (I use the soy free kind)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut milk beverage like So Delicious or Trader Joe's
1/2 cup dairy free mini chocolate chips
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
In an electric mixer bowl, combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Mix together. Scrape down sides of the bowl. Add eggs, vanilla, and coconut milk. Mix together. Mix in dry ingredients. Add chocolate chips and stir.
We make these with this mini donut maker. Follow the "baking" instructions according to the manufacturer.
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp coconut milk beverage
Stir all ingredients together until combined. Dip donuts into glaze and then let sit on a plate to dry.
Enjoy one or two.....or maybe three..... with a steaming cup of coffee or tea! Thanks, Cinnamon! They are delicious!!!