Red Velvet Cake Doughnuts and Some Fun Valentine’s Confessions

Okay I had to. I couldn’t resist.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, I whipped up these little (almost healthy) treats to celebrate. What are your Valentine’s weekend plans?  I am heading to the mountains for the weekend and am so excited for a weekend of mountain air and outdoor hiking adventures (pictures to come). I hope everyone has been staying warm with the “snowmageddon” that has been hitting the South the past few days! Charleston didn’t actually have any snow, but we closed schools for 2 days due to rain and 30 something degree weather. We will take any excuse for a snow day over here.
 
Valentine’s Day is great and all but I really miss the days of Elementary School when we got cards and candy from all of our classmates.  Fun fact I would always save the best Valentine’s cards for my best friends and the boy that I liked (we all did it don’t act like you are surprised.). I remember one year in particular, all of the class moms decked out our desks with decorations and candy the night before Valentine’s Day and we all got to school the next day and were SO SURPRISED. I just remember freaking out about my pink, red, sparkly, and sugary desk that morning. I’m pretty sure I was squealing and jumping up and down. Good times. But even if no one decorates your desk today with balloons and pink sparkles… spread the love. And the sugar.

But back to these doughnuts: I absolutely LOVE all things red velvet.  Although I know it is basically chocolate cake with red food coloring, it still tastes different to me and just looks so special and decadent. These doughnuts, however, are super easy to make and are also made gluten-free by using oat flour (just grind up oats in the blender to do this) and almond meal (I use Trader Joe’s brand).  I used regular red food coloring in this recipe but you can also use beet juice for a more natural source of food color if you would like!

Red Velvet Cake Doughnuts {gluten-free}

Ingredients:
1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp almond milk
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp red food coloring

Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Place all ingredients in a blender  (except for food coloring) and blend on low until smooth. Add food coloring until desired color is reached.
3. Pour batter into a doughnut pan (about 3/4 full) and bake for 10 minutes.
4. While doughnuts are baking, prepare glaze by mixing powdered sugar, almond milk, and vanilla.
5. Spoon the glaze over the doughnuts after they have completely cooled.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

{With extra love},
Emily

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