Start your morning with these tender almond flour donuts. Deliciously spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves, they are a perfect keto treat for crisp fall days.
The donut pan truly is a wonderful invention, especially for those of us on a keto diet. They allow us to experience the joy of eating these round pastries again, without risking our health.
Now I am well aware that baked keto donuts aren’t quite the same thing as the yeasted or fried variety. But they are delicious in their own right and much easier to make at home.
I have quite a number of recipes for Keto Donuts because I love playing with new flavors and ingredients. And these Chai Spice Donuts are a great addition to that collection. Sweet and tender, with all the warm, comforting spices of a cup of chai.
Why you will love this recipe
Who doesn’t love sipping a cup of coffee or tea and munching on a donut? But it’s not always the healthiest way to start your day.
Unless, of course, you reach for a keto almond flour donut. With no sugar, no gluten, and only 3.7g net carbs per serving, they are a much better choice.
They are also are super easy to make. This donut recipe uses basic keto ingredients you can find at almost any grocery store. Get them in the oven and you will be enjoying tender donut deliciousness in less than 30 minutes!
Ingredients you need
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- Almond flour: These donuts are made with almond flour and as always, I recommend a good finely ground brand like Bob’s. However, for those of you with nut allergies, I provide an alternative in the Expert Tips and the recipe notes.
- Sour cream: I love adding sour cream in keto baked goods, as it provides both moisture and fat. And it creates an incredibly tender texture. It’s the same trick I use for my Keto Muffins.
- Sweetener: I recommend using Swerve Brown for the donuts and Swerve Granular for the cinnamon “sugar” coating.
- Spices: Chai spice typically includes cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves or allspice. Sometimes it also include a little black pepper but I skipped that for these almond flour donuts.
- Eggs: You need eggs for keto baked donuts, to help them rise properly and hold their shape.
- Butter: Brushing the donuts with melted butter helps the cinnamon/sweetener coating stick properly.
- Pantry staples: Vanilla, baking powder, salt.
Step by step directions
1. Blend the wet ingredients: In a blender, combine the sour cream, eggs, sweetener, and vanilla extract. Pulse to combine.
2. Add the wet ingredients: Add the almond flour, baking powder, spices, and salt and blend until well combined. If your batter is very thick, add water until it thins out. It should be scoopable but not pourable.
3. Bake the donuts: Spoon the batter into the donut cavity to about ¾ full. Bake about 20 minutes, until golden brown and just firm to the touch. Remove and let cool in the pan 10 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
4. Dust with cinnamon “sugar”: In a small bowl combine the sweetener and cinnamon. Brush the top of each donut with melted butter and then sprinkle with the sweetener mixture.
Expert tips and FAQ
Donut pans do not really come in standard sizes. So you will get anywhere between 9 and 12 donuts out of this recipe. I got 10 donuts out of mine.
Also note that some pans lose their non-stick coating over time, so it can be tricky to the the donuts out properly. I have a really good USA Pan Donut Pan that I love. It’s worth every penny because it will last!
I baked these almond flour donuts in a metal pan. If you use silicone, the baking time will likely change so keep your eye on them.
Nut-Free Option: If you would prefer to use coconut flour, try the donut portion of my Samoa Donuts recipe. Then add the chai spices, the butter, and the cinnamon/sweetener coating.
Traditional chai is a blend of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, allspice, and black pepper. It is a delicious spice mix that works in beverages, cakes, cookies, muffins, and of course, these almond flour donuts!
Both almond flour and coconut flour work equally well for keto donuts. But they do need to be used in very different ways, and you can’t simply replace one for the other. Look for specific recipes that use the flour you like.
These keto almond flour donuts have 6.7g total carbs and 3g of fiber per donut. That means they have 3.7g net carbs per serving.
Chai Spice Donuts
Cinnamon "Sugar" Coating
- 1 tablespoon granulated sweetener
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoon butter melted
- Preheat the oven to 325F and grease a 12-cavity donut pan. (If you only have a 6 cavity pan, you will need to work in batches)
- In a blender, combine the sour cream, eggs, sweetener, and vanilla extract. Pulse to combine.
- Add the almond flour, baking powder, spices, and salt and blend until well combined. If your batter is very thick, add water until it thins out. It should be scoopable but not pourable.
- Spoon the batter into the donut cavity to about ¾ full. Bake about 20 minutes, until golden brown and just firm to the touch. Remove and let cool in the pan 10 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a small bowl combine the sweetener and cinnamon. Brush the top of each donut with melted butter and then sprinkle with the sweetener mixture.