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Nut flours work well in baking when substituting out regular flour. These low carb gluten free pumpkin donuts are made with peanut flour.
This is my first attempt at baking with peanut flour. The nutritional values for Protein Plus brand of 12% fat peanut flour are pretty impressive.
Each 1/4 cup serving has 110 calories, 4g fat, 8g carbs, 4g fiber and 16g protein. That’s puts the total net carbs per serving about 4g per serving.
It’s also much lighter and finer than almond flour because some of the fat has been removed. It can be used as a low carb thickener for soups, a breaded coating, and in baked goods.
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Peanut flour is also a good source of vitamin E, folate, fiber, niacin, magnesium and phosphorus. I was going to make some pumpkin muffins, but since I have a donut pan, I chose to make these low carb gluten free pumpkin donuts instead.
I wasn’t sure if the peanut flour was going to add a strong peanut flavor. While mixing it into the wet ingredients, it gave off a peanut butter aroma and the donut batter was thick like peanut butter.
I hoped that the strong pumpkin flavor would take over in baking. And, I wasn’t sure how much the batter would rise so I filled up the molds close to the top.
The batter did rise better than I was expecting. So, I should have only gone about 2/3 the way up in each donut mold. The peanut butter flavor was also lost for the most part in baking with just a hint remaining.
Overall, I was pretty happy with how these low carb gluten free pumpkin donuts came out. In retrospect, there are a few changes I would probably make. Next time, I’d add a bit more spices, maybe a little more sweetener, and less batter to each mold.
However, I’m very pleased with how the peanut flour performed in baked goods. I will definitely use it in my low carb baking.
The donuts were moist and light. So I’m certain the peanut flour can be used to make a delicious cake for the holidays or special celebration.
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Low Carb Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts Recipe
Low Carb Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts
- 1 1/2 cups peanut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup Steviva Blend or 1/2 cup erythritol and 1/2 tsp stevia extract powder
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup fresh or canned pumpkin
In a medium bowl, combine peanut flour, salt, baking powder, and spices.
In a separate bowl, mix coconut oil, almond milk, sweetener, eggs and pumpkin until smooth.
Stir dry ingredients into wet mixture.
Grease donut pan. Spoon batter into the donut molds.
Bake at 350°F for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool and top with donut glaze.
Combine all the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and beat until smooth.
Use glaze immediately as it will harden as it sits.
Net carbs per donut: about 5.5g