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Tigernut Chocolate Chip Doughnuts | Baked | Grain-Free | Nut-Free

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Looking for a vegan doughnut recipe without guilt, yeast, gluten, nuts, grains, or oil? Boy, I hope so, because that is what I have prepared for you. Despite what’s NOT in them, I promise you these doughnuts are an absolute delight for everyone! In fact, they actually have an impressive nutritional profile, which is always my top priority. One, just one, of the benefits they offer is the fact that they are an amazing source of prebiotics, because they are full of resistant starch. Prebiotics serve as the FOOD for the good bacteria in our gut… happy taste buds, happy gut… ah yes, this is the life.

Tigernut Chocolate Chip Doughnuts vegan gluten-free nut-free grain-free oil-free

The dough is made by combining all the ingredients in the food processor, and within 30 seconds the batter is ready. From there I pipe the batter into the silicone baking mold, pop it in the oven. and within 40 minutes I have professional-looking doughnuts that came together in no time.

Since this is a yeast-free recipe, the texture of these doughnuts will be different compared to yeast doughnuts. Instead of the airy bread-like texture you get with yeast doughnuts, these are of a  more of a soft cake/bread-like texture.  Add the raw chocolate ganache, and they are so irresistibly delicious.

Tigernut Chocolate Chip Doughnuts vegan gluten-free nut-free grain-free oil-free

Tigernut flour is  unique to work with. It is a bit coarser in texture than other flours, it has a slightly nutty taste (despite not being a nut), and has a surprising slight sweetness to it. So, if you detect a slightly different mouthfeel than what you might normally expect… it’s the tigernut flour. To learn more about it, check out the informative post that I created (here).

Another healthy ingredient that I added was maca powder. Interestingly enough, maca is actually a cruciferous vegetable and therefore related to broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale. “Get the veg out!” The main edible part of the maca plant is the root, which grows underground. It exists in several colors, ranging from white to black. Maca root is generally dried and consumed in powder form and has an earthy, nutty flavor. Maca has a wide range of health benefits such as increased libido, and it helps with mood and anxiety. The list goes on and Google is your friend if you find yourself with a growing interest in it.

Tigernut Chocolate Chip Doughnuts vegan gluten-free nut-free grain-free oil-free

Tidbits and Techniques

After adding the frosting to the doughnuts, I placed them in an airtight container on the counter for Bob to enjoy. It wasn’t long before I passed through the kitchen to find a couple of doughnuts on a cutting board, along with a knife. Every time Bob would walk by, he would cut off a slice and pop it in his mouth, smile, and as Tony the Tiger would say… “Theeey’re Greeeeeat!”  Blessings and love, amie sue

Tigernut Chocolate Chip Doughnuts vegan gluten-free nut-free grain-free oil-freeIngredients

Yields 14 doughnuts



Soaking the Buckwheat

  1. Place the buckwheat in a glass or stainless steel bowl, and cover with double the amount of water.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar, stir, and cover with a clean dishtowel.
  3. Let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes to 4 hours.
  4. Once ready to use, drain and rinse before adding to the food processor.

Mixing and Baking

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) and prepare your baking pan.
    • I am baking in a silicone doughnut pan; therefore I don’t need any oil. One tip when using silicone baking dishes is to place them on a baking pan before loading and transporting them to the oven. Since they are soft and flexible, they can be challenging to handle once full.
    • If you use any other type of pan, I recommend oiling the doughnut cavities so the batter doesn’t stick.
  2. Add the soaked buckwheat, tigernut flour, chia seeds, whole psyllium husks (not powder), maca, applesauce, water, stevia,  baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the food processor. Process for a full 30-60 seconds.
  3. Hand mix in the chocolate chips. Immediately pour into the doughnut ring cavities and bake for 35-40 minutes.
    • Piping bag tip: I find that putting the batter into a piping bag and snipping off the end makes it much easier to create perfectly shaped doughnuts–less messy than trying to spoon the batter in.
    • The baking time may differ depending on your oven (no two ovens are the same) and depending on the size of the muffins you make. Keep an eye on them when making them for the first time, making sure to document the cooking time once they are done.
    • To test for doneness, poke a toothpick in the center of the doughnut. When the doughnut is done cooking, the toothpick will come out clean.
  4. Once done baking, place the doughnuts onto a cooling rack. Do not keep them in the pan, or they can become soggy.
  5. Once cooled, frost them with the chocolate ganache and store them in an airtight container on the counter for a couple of days. These doughnuts are best enjoyed sooner than later.

4 thoughts on “Tigernut Chocolate Chip Doughnuts | Baked | Grain-Free | Nut-Free

  1. Lyn says:

    Hi Amie Sue,
    These look yummy!!! :] Can you tell me where you find tiger nut flour for a fair price ?
    Thank you,
    Lyn :]

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh sorry. I normally try to provide a link to the brands I recommend (especially on the star ingredients). I added it to the recipe list. I have found quality really matters with tigernut flour so it might not be the cheapest but I like their processing steps, texture, and freshness. Keep me posted if you give the doughnuts a try. :) amie sue

  2. Joanie says:

    Amie Sue – These donuts are absolutely delicious. I left the chocolate out and just made them plain. How incredible they taste! Thank you!

    • amie-sue says:

      Well, that was quick! haha I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe. A person could sub out the chocolate chips for any dried fruit too. Thanks so much for the feedback. hugs, amie sue

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