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Paleo Peppermint Donuts w/ Green Coconut Frosting

March 9, 2014

EYYYYYYOOOO Day #1 of The Great St. Patrick’s Day Green Food Link-Up! Worst name ever. I should not be in charge of this stuff.

I’ll be honest, I know nothing about the Irish. Despite my bestie living in Dublin (hi Sabs!), my knowledge of St. Patrick’s Day is embarrassing. I could not tell you what St. Paddy’s day is about other than it being an opportunity for college students (and perhaps post-college students…uhhhhh please don’t judge me next weekend) to get blackout. I also cannot for the life of me figure out if it’s “St. Paddy’s Day” or “St. Patty’s Day”.

Clearly this link-up is off to a great start…
paleo peppermint donutsTo be honest, I’m not hugely concerned about this. Whether or not I know the significance of a holiday, I will find my own way to celebrate it…foodie style. Yes, I have always been the girl handing out green cookies to eat alongside your green beer. Speaking of green beer, boy do I have a story for you. I’ll save it for tomorrow though.

paleo peppermint donuts 2Don’t get ahead of yourselves folks, I’m not going paleo or announcing that I’m the 100000th blogger doing Whole30 (sorry if I just offended you). These donuts are paleo purely because I felt like using almond meal and coconut flour. No rhyme or reason, it just kind of happened. Plus I hate bacon so I am already a paleo fail.

I considered it for 1/2 a second after The Balanced Bites Podcasts sucked me in, but then Diane Sanfilippo made me think my morning oats were going to kill me so I quickly got off that train. Again, sorry if I just offended even more of you.

Please don’t hate me, I’ll feed you donuts! They’re green…


Paleo Peppermint Donuts w/ Green Coconut Frosting

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 8 donuts


For the donuts:

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 T coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract

For the green frosting:

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (left in fridge for at least 1 hour), do NOT shake
  • 1/2 tsp matcha powder (spirulina powder also works), omit if you don’t want it to be green
  • 1 T honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine almond meal, coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Add in applesauce, eggs and extracts. Stir well.
  4. Grease a donut pan with coconut oil.
  5. Divide batter evenly.
  6. Bake for 15 mins.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from donut pan.
  8. Once removed, let cool completely on a wire rack.

For the green frosting:

  1. Remove coconut cream from can (should separate easily from coconut water) and add to a large bowl or stand mixer bowl. Beat on high for several minutes or until cream holds soft peaks.
  2. Add in matcha and honey and beat for one more minute.
  3. Frost donuts with a knife.
  4. Store in fridge for up to 1 week.

paleo peppermint donuts 3Do you know the significance of St. Patrick’s Day? Please inform me! Paleo, yay or nay?

*Don’t forget you have up till Friday to post your GREEN recipe to be included in The Great St. Patrick’s Day Green Link-Up!


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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 9, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Can you STOP lying? You clearly made this recipe for #wholeArman. You eat what makes you happy, I eat what makes me happy- whether it be paleo, faileo or other.

    You bet I’ll be making this- legit. i spent time trying to find a decent baked good recipe to have for breakfasts and this (made in a cake tin) fits the bill!
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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
    March 9, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I don’t know much about the Irish or St. Paddy’s day – but I do know I will love these donuts! I m making a trip to Whole Foods today and a can of full fat coconut milk is on my list – totally fascinated by your coconut cream after seeing your swiss rolls during your last challenge! I think your “The Great St. Patrick’s Day Green Food Link-Up” is off to a GREAT start!
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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    March 9, 2014 at 6:32 am

    You crack me up….I love it. Lol. 1,000th blogger on the Whole30 or gone Paleo or living in fear of death from the oat. Ha. I really need to keep remembering I own a donut pan.
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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    March 9, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Can we talk about this ‘you don’t know the significance of St. Patty’s Day?’ Ummmm hello it is the day I was born and thus extremely significant for that reason 😉 These sound/look/prob taste amazing but here is what I am wondering: when did we decide that all St. Patrick’s Day foods had to be mint/chocolate? I don’t understand because like that has nothing to do with Irish stuff. I was just saying that to my friend yesterday because we had these yummy mint cupcakes and they were called something like shamrock cupcakes.. idk. It makes no sense. I won’t complain though because truly, it’s my fave flavor… WAIT! That’s the connection… my bday… my favorite flavor…
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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    March 9, 2014 at 9:14 am

    WANT THESE. I’ve been wanting to use this peppermint stevia that I got a while ago, but I never knew what to use it for. This is the answer to my prayers.
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    Sarah Pie
    March 9, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Can I admit to skipping past the recipe on first read because I was enjoying your commentary too much? Because that is totally what happened 😉 I think life needs more celebrations so you should feel free to celebrate whatever holiday you choose in whatever way you want (I’m in no way just saying that because you made green donuts that I can actually eat!)
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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    March 9, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Ohh this looks fab! I’m a HUGE donut fan and nothing makes me happier than sitting in a coffee shop with some espresso and a donut. Send me some of these pronto, please ;)!
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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    March 9, 2014 at 11:23 am

    So I have a donut pan that I’ve used approximately…three or four times in my life. Thank you for motivating me to break it out again 😉 And no oats, cheese, Greek yogurt, and most importantly, no peanut butter? Ya….I’d struggle.
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    Luv What You Do
    March 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I am digging all the St Patty’s Day Love! I need to make some Irish soda bread this weekend for sure!
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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    March 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I -think- it’s St. Paddy’s Day… but don’t quote me on that one because I’m basically as clueless as you are when it comes to this holiday. I also may or may not have given you the stank eye when I read the title of your recipe… I’ll forgive you this one time though…
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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    March 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I didn’t think I could possibly love you any more than I already do, but I think my adoration of you just increased like 10-fold. This post is perfection. Baking with almond meal and coconut flour cuz you straight up like it and hating bacon….TWINZZZZZZZZ. But for realz, I wanna make these but I don’t have a donut pan and I don’t feel like going to Target to get one. Sorry if I just offended you. Ha. Soooo can I make these in a muffin tin? I’ll prob just do it anyway. Sorry if I just offended you again. I’m currently smashing one of your peppermint protein bars so once those are gone you can bet your tuchas (yiddish word for butt, duh–just googled how to spell it) that I’m making these. Sorry I just wrote a novel.
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    March 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Since I don’t have a donut pan, but am super Irish, I’m hoping you’ll just bring me some of these. Pretty please with corned beef and cabbage on top…er, I mean a shamrock shake.
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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    March 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I was told by many Irish people while I lived over there that I needed to stop calling it St. “Patty’s” Day because I was embarrassing myself. So I think it’s safe to say Paddy’s is correct 😉

    What a great kick-off to the green food party! While to non-health nuts, that name might be unappealing, I find it fairly awesome. Because the addition of anything green to your diet or dish is never a bad idea!
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    March 9, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I don’t know if I ever thought about the significance of St. Patrick’s Day. I just asked my 15 year old and he said, “ummm..St. Patrick?” Clearly we don’t know!!
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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    March 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    These look super yummy!!!! I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a donut pan!
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    Kim @ BusyBod
    March 9, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I love you forever for hating bacon (it grossed me out even before I was veggie) and for these donuts (even though I don’t have a donut pan, I will eat all the mint chocolate please and thank you). I like paleo in theory, but 1) it’s pretty much the inverse of my current diet, and 2) I’m suspicious of any way of eating that purports to be the one and only way to eat (especially when those claims lack evidence, Kathryn of Illustrated Nutrition did a great post on this). So long story short, you sure didn’t offend me. 🙂
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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    March 9, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Paleo or not paleo, these look delicious! Personally I could never do Paleo because I love food too much, but I can definitely still appreciate foods that are considered Paleo!

    PS. I made a recipe for St. Patty’s Day that is yellowish. If I use Photoshop to make the photo green, can it count for the link up? 😉 Haha, I’m just kidding with you! I’m hoping to still find time this week to make a green recipe.
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    March 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Paleo – nay. No oats = no life. I haven’t used my donut pan in a year I need to bring it out. There was a VooDoo Donuts in Denver (have you heard of it?). I just need to go YOLO and have one next time I’m there (or better yet, in Portland).

    I think St Patrick made the mice leave Ireland so they could have potatoes or something? And it’s St Paddy’s according to our copywriter (even though I sat St Patty’s because I don’t like the letter D in multiples – only singles like David and CassanDra).
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    March 9, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Well I don’t have a donut pan – um yeah i know, what the F is wrong w/ me. But I’m sure they’d work as muffins… right? Oh I sure hope you say yes!! Oh & nor do I have matcha powder…however I do have some green food coloring! Woo hoo!

    I have no idea what St. Patty’s day is all about, but if were being honest – it’s kind of one holiday I could really do without. I’m not one to go drinking.. unless we’re talking about a st. patty’s day smoothie, and I don’t look good in green LOL
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    Disha Sharma
    March 10, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Hi Davida Kugelmass,
    I never taste Green Coconut Frosting & Paleo Peppermint Donuts w too but these both look similar to each other. Well I wish to eat these both dish.

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    March 10, 2014 at 10:11 am

    they look great!
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    Mary Frances
    March 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I’ll be spending St. Patty’s (Paddy’s? 😉 Day at home with a batch of these bad boys … they suit me better! 😉 Not to mention I can’t tear myself away from the computer screen. I need these in my life asap! Pinned!
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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    March 10, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Heck yes! You have no idea how good these look right now. I just had real (aka not healthy donuts I made myself) for the first time in 2 years over the weekend. It was magical. But that frosting looks like it would make a great friend 🙂
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    Deryn @ Running on Real Food
    March 11, 2014 at 12:11 am

    This is too much. You’re amazing. I know what I’m doing this St. Paddy’s (Patty’s??) Day.
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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    March 13, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Celebrations are way better when there’s food involved – especially if it’s these super lovely mini donuts what we’re talking about. Seriously, give them all to me. They are so adorable uuuuhhhh that frosting is the cutest thing!
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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    March 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I never know how to spell the shortened version of St. Patrick’s Day either! Hehe. With my love of donuts and your love of green foods, I bet you and I would polish these bad boys up in a couple of days! 🙂 These seriously look delicious and appropriately dressed for the holiday. I don’t know much about the holiday either except that everyone is Irish on this day and we should eat and drink green colored food. Oh, and lots of alcohol. I’m not a big drinker so I’d rather toast with these yummy donuts. 🙂
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