December just creeped up on us and it is really hard to even believe it is December since it's supposed to be in the 60s all this week. I mean, I am not complaining, but I am ready for some snow in the mountains so I can get up skiing. Though my skis still have no bindings on them and won't until I can actually start making money and not spend it all at lululemon...damn you amazing clothes I love so much. I mean that is all I wear all day everyday, so it;s justified, right?
So its coming to that time of year where people start thinking more about their health and make stupid New Years Resolutions. Arrgh I hate those, why not just start right now, why wait. I feel like most people are more likely to fail if they wait until the beginning of the year to start on their goals then if they just make a choice and start now. Who says there has to be a date on it. I am a huge advocate of writing down your goals and what you want to achieve. You should never settle for just being mediocre and should continue to achieve your potential. I found that writing down your goals and telling everyone about them helps and keeps you more accountable. Yes my goals are big, scary, and I might not reach them all, but I know they are possible and I continuously change them to fit me. If you haven't done this, take an hour out of your day, make yourself some tea or coffee, sit down and write some 1 year, 5 year, and 10 year goals. I had to do this for Lululemon and it was eye opening. I stared at the paper for the longest time before I finally could write something down and get ideas to start flowing. Since that I am excited about life, my potential, and the future. Take some time, head here for help: Lululemon GoalSetting. You won't regret it.
So I found this recipe and went out and bought a donut pan just so I could make it. Though I realized these are more like donut cakes then anything else. I knew when Juli over at PaleOMG put these on her blog I had to make them. For those that don't know, I am in LOVE with donuts. I know, they are horrible for you and a sugar attack, but I still love them. These were an ok substitute, but I'm sorry I still just love a maple glazed donut from King Soopers from time to time....gross Stef, gross.
RECIPE: Carrot Cake Donuts
- 3 large carrots, shredded
- ½ cup sunflower seed butter (I used almond butter)
- 4 eggs
- 3 tablespoons coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- ¼ teaspoon cloves
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- ⅛ cup chopped walnuts (optional-do not use for nut free version)- didn't use
- ⅛ cup raisins (optional)- didnt' use
For the frosting
- ¼ cup Coconut Cream Concentrate or homemade coconut butter, melted to be just a bit soft
- sprinkle of slivered almonds (optional- do not use for nut free version)
- carrots zested on top
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Shred those carrots!! I just used a hand shredder that worked great.
- Add your carrots to a large bowl and then add almond butter, vanilla extract, honey, and mix well.
- Then add your eggs and mix into a soupy mess.
- Lastly add your coconut flour, baking soda and powder, and the rest of your spices. If you’d like to use raisins and walnuts, add those as well.
- Place mixture in your greased donut pan. Mine made around 8 donuts, with a few of them being on the smaller side.
- Bake for 23-25 minutes and then let cool
- Top donuts off with coconut butter, almonds, and a bit of zested carrot.
- EAT THEM!
I thought these were pretty good, but if I were going to make them again, I would forgo the coconut butter and just use non paleo yummy cream cheese frosting or just keep them plain. I just didn't really fancy the coconut butter chalky taste, but the donut itself was fantastic! I think this recipe would be great as a muffin/cupcake also!! Even though I didn't really like the coconut butter on top, I still ate them all in three days...damn donuts!!