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Donuts with Nutella Frosting Recipe

by Analiese Trimber

Outline of two people

9 servings


35 Minutes



  • Bowl
  • Donut pan (or muffin tin)
  • Cooling rack
  • Food processor



  • 1 ¾ cups Almond flour
  • 2 tbsp Coconut flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 4 Eggs
  • ½ cup Maple syrup (for dough)
  • 2 tsp Maple syrup (for frosting)
  • ¼ cup Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa powder


  • 1
    In a bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
    Preheat oven to 350 °F and grease your donut pan.
  • 2
    In a separate bowl, combine eggs, 1/2 cup maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla.
    Add wet ingredients to dry and combine.
  • 3
    Fill donut pan ¾ of the way full and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    Let cool on a drying rack.
  • 4
    Heat hazelnuts in the microwave for 15-30 seconds, until warm. Add hazelnuts to food processor and blend for about 5 minutes, or until mixture becomes a very drizzly nut butter. Make sure to stop and push down the sides of the bowl every so often.
    Add cocoa powder and 2 tsp maple syrup. Blend again for about 2 more minutes until you have a very creamy Nutella!
  • 5
    When donuts are cooled, drizzle or dunk in Nutella frosting.

Simple Baked Paleo Donuts with Nutella Frosting

The Nutella obsession around the world is real, to the point where people eat this stuff for any meal – including breakfast. I’ve always thought this was strange, given there is 22g of sugar in just 2 tablespoons of the stuff. But despite my disapproval of its ingredients, Nutella is pretty tasty. That just means this spread was due for an extreme makeover!

In this recipe, I combine toasted hazelnuts, cocoa powder, and a little bit of maple syrup. This yields a super creamy and drizzly, simplified version of Nutella. I decided to pair this with my fluffy, homemade baked donut recipe for a match made in heaven. Now you can eat an entire donut with Nutella frosting for 22g sugar, versus a measly 2 tablespoons of the spread on its own.

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