Chocolate Donuts with Irish Cream Glaze – Low Carb and Gluten-Free


Top o’ the mornin’ to ya, St. Paddy’s Day is a-comin’.  Yep, that’s my version of a very bad Irish brogue.  My apologies to the Irish people, I know you don’t really speak that way.  Just as I know you don’t eat corned beef and cabbage and drink green beer on March 17th.  But we here in North America sure like to pretend you do.  Just as we all like to pretend for that one day that we are all Irish.  Sure, many of us, myself included, have plenty of Irish heritage in our backgrounds.  But let’s face it, we are really just using the day as an excuse to kick up our heels and drink beer, green or not.  And I have a true love of corned beef and cabbage, it’s one of my favourite meals.  This year, I am attempting to corn my own beef, per a recipe out of Cook’s Illustrated.  If it works, I will share it, but not quite in time for St. Paddy’s.

But I did decide to jump on the holiday blogging train and come up with a recipe I could share ahead of the day (just barely, since it’s tomorrow!).  I’m not always good in this regard, but I woke up one morning early this week with the notion to bake up some donuts.  And it occurred to me that the bottle of Bailey’s that has been languishing in the back of my refrigerator would make a great glaze to a chocolate donut.  I don’t actually like Irish Cream that much myself, but I thought that paired with chocolate, it would taste mighty fine.  And would you know?  I was right!

I also wanted to use this recipe to showcase another READER APPRECIATION MONTH GIVEAWAY.  NuNaturals is a brand of stevia that I have been using for about a year now, and I can highly recommend it.  I first tried it when I won someone else’s giveaway for it.  I received both the NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Liquid and a box of NuStevia Packets (50 count) and I use both of them all the time for sweetening everything from my own recipes to my children’s yogurt.  And now NuNaturals is going to give FOUR of my readers the very same prize package I won last year.   So scroll down below for the contest rules to make sure you enter!

But first, on to the recipe…

Chocolate Donuts with Irish Cream Glaze

2 cups almond flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup granulated Swerve Sweetener
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted
20 drops NuNaturals vanilla stevia liquid
OR  1/2 tsp vanilla and 20 drops stevia extract
1/2 cup almond milk

Irish Cream Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered Swerve Sweetener
3 tbsp Irish Cream liqueur (Homemade Sugar-Free Irish Cream Recipe)
1 to 3 tbsp almond milk

For the donuts, preheat oven to 325F and grease a donut tin.

In a large bowl whisk together almond flour, cocoa powder, granulated erythritol, baking powder, baking soda, salt and xanthan gum. Stir in eggs, butter, vanilla and stevia (or vanilla stevia liquid) until thoroughly combined. Add almond milk and stir until smooth.

Fill holes of donut tin 2/3 full (you will have to do 2 to 3 batches). Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until set and donuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan 5 minutes and then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.

For the glaze, whisk together powdered erythritol and Irish Cream in a small bowl until smooth (mixture will be very thick).  Stir in almond milk, 1 tbsp at a time, until a smooth, drizzly consistency is achieved.  Spread evenly over cooled donuts.

Makes 9 to 12 (this will depend on the size of your donut pan.  Some are larger than others).  For 12 donuts, each donut has a total of 8.2 g of carbs and 3.2 g of fiber.  Total NET CARBS = 5 g.

Contest Rules: Giveaway closed


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  1. says

    Ooh, I've been wanting to try liquid stevia and with vanilla added? Even better! I'd like to use it in my smoothies or in baking as a sugar alternative. Thanks!

  2. curegirl0421 says

    I've been loving stevia ever since I found it, especially when I found the stuff with no additives (darn that Truvia!). For me, I'd love to try the vanilla, as well as another brand than the one I've been using. The vanilla in particular would go great in my nonfat lattes, which I'm allowed, but which are SO much better with some vanilla…the problem is that my favorite coffee shop (the one with the mermaid) uses vanilla syrup that is just loaded with sugar alcohols and stuff I can't pronounce…this sounds way better!

    curegirl0421 at yahoo dot com

  3. Kim says

    My mother had her pancreas completely removed in January due to pancreatic cancer, so she's a brand-new type 1 diabetic. She doesn't like baked goods made with Splenda, and my favourite sugar substitute (xylitol) upsets her digestion, so if I won some NuNaturals Stevia, I'd use it in my baking and see if she likes it! I'd start with these donuts, because donuts are her favourite comfort food, and at this point she is facing a lifetime of never eating donuts again. My next step would be to figure out how to make a no-sugar-added creme-filled donut!

    me (at) abandon-reality (dot) net

  4. geokatgirl says

    I am cracking out my donut tin tonight! I have been using this vanilla stevia as well, and it is really really good. I am finicky with the taste of stevia and I dont seem to have the same "yuck it is bitter' response with this product! As always, it is a joy to read your blog.

  5. KatC says

    This is my favorite brand! I put the packets in my coffee every morning and I use the liquid in my protein shakes.

  6. Janelle says

    I've been meaning to use NuNaturals stevia drops tos weeten my low carb baked goods. I was just about to order some tonight!

  7. Siobain says

    I've got a great recipe for chocolate chip cookies that are low carb and gluten free… id love to add this to the vanilla nut extract in that recipe and see how the flavors combine! I wouldnt mind trying it in my tea either… iced vanilla chai tea with a few drops of the Stevia in it sounds lovely!

  8. says

    these look delish, Carolyn! Question – what is erythritol and what can I replace it with? I want to make these and possibly replace the stevia with some maple sugar. Any suggestions?

  9. Lynn says

    Yum! I love the Irish Cream glaze. I wish I was organized enough to get holiday food posts up before the actual holiday, but it rarely works out for me. I hope the corned beef turns out!

  10. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says

    Perfect timing, I was just looking at the NuNaturals Liquid Drops and wondering if I should give it a try over my usual brand. I'd put it in my smoothies.

  11. Mo0nlitstr says

    I can't even count the ways I'd use it! I have so many low-carb, high protein recipes that are screaming for Stevia. I started switching out all the Splenda I was using for more natural sweeteners and it feels great. All I need now is to find the perfect Stevia that can convince my taste buds everything is going to be "ok" 😉

  12. says

    I so wish I had the ingredients in the house to make these this morning! I was just looking for a nice treat to make the husband and these look fab – and the Irish Cream Glaze is making my mouth water. I'd use that liquid stevia to bake. I'm really struggling with low-carb baking. I want to make baked goods, but I do not want to use some of those other artificial sweeteners. You know what I'm talking about! [pinning this recipe immediately!]

  13. Georgia says

    I would love to try this in my refreshing drinks – smoothies/juices as well as my hot drinks tea/coffee too :)

  14. says

    Oh I love love homemade doughnuts, they are so fun and versatile:-) Your Irish cream glaze sounds pretty fantastic! Sláinte Terra

  15. Mary says

    I'm recently diagnosed with type 1, so I just started baking with stevia and have had great results so far. I've stuck to the powered versions, but the liquid sounds like it would be so much easier to incorporate, and who doesn't love an extra shot of vanilla flavour!

  16. stephday says

    These muffins are great! Love the Irish cream glaze! I would love to get the stevia so I can try using it in more recipes and to help me to bake more low-carb goods!

  17. food_dreamer says

    Hi Susan,

    If you were going to bake with sugar, you can replace the erythritol with the same amount of sugar. If you want to replace BOTH the stevia and the erythritol, I'd do 1/2 cup sugar.


    Blog: All Day I Dream About Food

  18. says

    Haven't tried stevia before so it would be interesting to use it in any of the baked goods I already make. Sounds like a drop or two would be good in coffee as well.

  19. Becky says

    I have the NuNaturals powder and would love to try the liquid. I have made several of your cakes and love your recipes. Becky

  20. Jane says

    Well, I'd certainly try some of your recipies. But I'd also try and work out what to put in my tea, and if the vanilla flavor helps. Tea is the one place I miss real sugar the most.

  21. Taryn says

    I would use it in all of your wonderful recipes, duh! :)

    I find that the liquid stevia is really fantastic for beverages. Absolutely no bitter aftertaste–I can't get over it! I love mixing unsweetened berry puree with plain, full-fat, Greek yogurt and put a few drops in. YES!

  22. Cindy says

    Haven't really found a stevia yet I love..would love to try this..and with vanilla! What a great idea! Could use it in so many baked goods…starting with this donut :))

  23. TerrySz says

    This stevia actually tastes good compared to others. Definitely going to make your chocolate donuts and some other baked goods.

  24. says

    I’m convinced I need a doughnut tin also!! Gotta put that on my list with my immersion blender and coffee grinder. Maybe for today I’ll make them as doughnut holes just so I can try them!! I am new to low carb and have been checking out all kinds of sweeteners and would love to try the NuNaturals brand. I would be interested in trying the different flavors in my coffee and for baking. I’m going to their site for a “look-see” right now.

  25. Kirsten says

    I would use the NuNaturals to make these delicious-looking donuts, and also to flavor whipped coconut milk and cocoa powder!

  26. Della says

    Love Your Blog!!! I will use it in your donut recipe and to sweeten heavy whipping cream when I whip it! Do we need to put our email in the comment or does the “Email” field do the trick?


  27. Stacy says

    I usually have to tweak things for what I have on hand. I made these this morning in addition to your peppermint truffles. I had to use heavy cream instead of almond milk and added some Lily’s sugar free chocolate chips I had on hand. Delicious. We have breakfast ready for the week. Thank you.

  28. Frodosdojo says

    I have trouble pinning your recipes – the pictures don’t show up and it prevents the pin. Your site is the only one I have this problem with. Do you have any suggestions ?

    • Carolyn says

      It’s Pinterest, not me. It’s glitchy sometimes, you simply need to close out and go back in. It may also be your browser. But this happens to me sometimes on other people’s sites.

  29. Jessica says

    What would you suggest as a substitute for the Irish Creme in the glaze? Could I just add more almond milk? I’m thinking maybe the sweetened vanilla variety.


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