A perfect Fall breakfast or dessert recipe for baked Cinnamon Sweet Potato Doughnuts! Gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, & paleo, these doughnuts have all the healthy superfood nutrition of the delicious sweet potato and nothing else!
Storytime! This is another recipe from the long “to post” folder. However, this one has quite a unique story behind its creation. It’s from last year, but since we’re in the beginning stages of FALL EVERYTHING season, some comforting sweet potato doughnuts seemed fitting! (Sorry, not pumpkin, but still good!) This is one of those recipes that was “saved” and if you know my way of cooking, baking, and thinking, there is no such thing as failures!
Where shall we start? Well, once upon a time, I was trying to make homemade gnocchi. This was my first time trying it and obviously, as you can tell by what I’ve already said, the gnocchi making didn’t work out this day. I didn’t go in with a good plan, just some mashed sweet potato and sweet potato flour, thinking gnocchi would magically appear. A good gnocchi dough did not appear, that’s for sure! It was just a sad, very wet, mess. Not stable enough for boiling these little pillows for joy!
For me, it is such a sin to have to throw away not just food, but POTATOES! That was NOT going to happen; I needed to save this wet sweet potato mess I had my mixing bowl. So with a bit of fast tweaking and something to thicken it all up, I somehow managed to create a perfect batter for…DOUGHNUTS! The food angels say down from the heavens that day! We would not have an orange mess in the trash, but beautiful baked dough rings of sweet SWEET potato goodness!
I may not have had dinner that night, but I did have some wonderful cinnamon sweet potato doughnuts for munching! What was the lesson we can learn from all this? Never give up…never! Even when you feel like all your hard work and intended roadmap are completely in the trash, stop, breath, and just re-evaluate the options at hand. There is 95% always a way to avert a complete failure. It may not be anything close to what you wanted or expected, but it is not a failure. You can still find some success, just in another way. There will always be another chance to retry your original plan (just look at these beauties!) For this moment, this time, just take a new direction in stride.
The motto I want you to take away from this sweet potato gnocchi/doughnut story is this…“When in doubt, doughnut it out!” Remember that little gem and I guarantee you’ll never feel like a failure or that all is lost ever again. The sweet potato resurrection! When you have a wet and mushy mess, just add a little hearty love and keep that oven heated, ready to bake up some success right before your very eyes!
Cinnamon Sweet Potato Doughnuts
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients (except the shredded coconut) and mix well to form a thick batter.
- In 2 greased doughnut pans, evenly scoop out the batter into 8-10 doughnuts molds.
- Bake the doughnuts for 16-18 minutes (add the coconut to the tops 5 minutes before finished if you are using it).
- Remove and let cool on a wire rack.
I think the coconut looks like snow :O I’m not ready for THAT season just yet! Let’s keep it pumpkin, apple, and sweet potato season for…a while 😉 So today we averted failure, made doughnuts, and are thinking of snow? That’s life in my kitchen! So go ahead, never fail, try a new direction, make some gnocchi AND doughnuts, and create your OWN success!
So tell me:
+ What been your latest failure “averted” success in the kitchen?
+ Do you try to make things work out no matter what ends up happening?
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