Lime and coconut are both very common flavors, but when together something new is created! Lime brings visions of spring to the table, while coconut touches on the coolness of the passing winter. These donuts can be either a fun dessert or a quick brunch item! Although no one really enjoys taking a bite out of a lime, these little fruits have some surprising nutritional benefits. Limes can help protect the body from contracting cholera, plus aid in destroying free radicals before they can wreak havoc in the body! The citric acid within limes can also prevent the development of kidney stones.
Coconut milk, as I have talked about before, is a true superfood at its best! Coconut milk can give you that creamy, indulgent taste without all the side effects. The saturated fats within coconut products can actually help jump start your weight-loss, instead of packing on the pounds. This creamy indulgence is also packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins E and K, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Coconut milk has also been known to raise the the amounts of good HDL cholesterol within the body, while also helping to stabilize the bad LDL cholesterol. In this recipe I primarily use the cream of the coconut. This cream is found at the top of the can once the coconut milk is fully chilled. The key to the perfect amount of coconut cream is to buy full fat coconut milk. Reduced fat coconut milk is still as healthy, but it will not provide as much cream as you need.
Coconut Lime Frosted Donuts
1/2 cup GF oat flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
2 tbs coconut flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tbs flax meal
2 tbs shredded coconut flakes
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup almond milk or thinned coconut milk
3 tbs coconut oil, melted
juice of 4 limes
zest of 2 - 3 limes
1/2 cup coconut butter, slightly warmed until soft
2 tbs coconut oil, melted
6 - 8 tbs coconut cream (from the top of a can of full fat coconut milk)
juice of 6 limes
zest of 3 limes
Pre-heat the oven to 350F degrees.
Combine all your dry ingredients, including the coconut flakes and sugar, in a large mixing bowl. Next, whisk all your wet ingredients, including the lime juice and zest, in a small bowl. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
For the frosting, lightly warm your coconut butter and melt the oil. Add all the ingredients together and quickly whisk to combine. Add more coconut cream if needed to create a spreadable mixture.
To assemble, grab a donut and carefully frost to the desired degree with the coconut butter mixture. Garnish with fresh lime zest and coconut flakes! These donuts keep for about a week in the fridge, unfrosted, and about 4 days when they are frosted. Enjoy!