Cacao and orange doughnuts

By Roz McIntosh from Restore

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These fun little gluten free treats are a cinch to put together and the recipe works well as a cupcake too. So much nutritional goodness hidden in these babies! Cacao is high in magnesium and potassium, but you could also use cocoa here for a milder flavour, especially if cooking for children. The addition of cinnamon is not only delicious, but cinnamon is known to have blood sugar stabilising effects.

Using a combination of almond flour and tapioca flour ensures that these can be made for anyone who is gluten sensitive and also increases the protein content and lowers the glycemic index. We’ve used coconut oil and yogurt as a dairy free alternative to butter and dairy products. However, you could substitute with dairy if it isn’t an issue for you.

We’ve snuck Chicken Bone Broth in here for an added boost of nutrient density. As you may know, bone broth is high in collagen and great for gut health, skin, hair, and nails.

Makes 10 doughnuts


140 g blanched almond flour
60 g tapioca flour
40 g cacao or cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
60 g coconut sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1 tbsp orange zest
2 tbsp coconut yogurt
3/4 cup Restore Chicken Bone Broth

100g dark chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.  Generously grease doughnut pan with coconut oil. 
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together eggs, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, orange zest, coconut yogurt and then add the Restore Chicken Bone Broth and mix well.
  4. Spoon 2 tablespoons full of mixture into each doughnut round.
  5. Gently tap the tin to spread the mixture evenly and remove any air bubbles. Place in the oven for 15-18 minutes until the doughnuts spring back when touched. Allow to cool completely before icing.

To make the icing:

  1. Break up the chocolate and place into a small pot. Set the pot inside another larger pot with a little water at the bottom. Place this over a medium heat and gently melt the chocolate.
  2. Allow the chocolate to cool and thicken slightly before pouring over the cold doughnuts.


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