Raw Lemon Lavender Doughnuts

 
I decided last weekend that it had been far too long since I had made raw doughnuts.  I was craving them bad...and so, not being one to ignore cravings I got to work making some. It was not hard to decide what flavor, I was dreaming of fragrant lemon cake for the doughnuts, topped with a creamy frosting. Not just lemon though, lemon lavender, since it is one of my favorite flavor combinations.  
 
There is something about lemon and lavender together that makes me happy, the aroma is beautiful. I wanted the dough to be buttery, smooth and light, so I used a combination of almond and coconut flour.  It seriously makes the most deliciously sweet dough.  I added plenty of lemon flavor in the form of juice and zest, to make it very present.  Also, I added some du Terra lavender essential oil and lavender flowers.  It was a beautiful dough, and delicious...I could not stop sampling it.  

They smelled amazing while dehydrating, lavender and lemon perfuming my kitchen.  Once they had cooled I almost frosted them with plain vanilla frosting but instead decided to repeat the flavors in the cake part which was the right choice.  They looked super girly with the light lavender colored frosting, flowers and pale lemon cake, but the way I devoured the first one was not girly at all...they were so good.  I was definately in my happy place at that moment.

Raw Lemon Lavender Doughnuts
Makes 12

Doughnuts:
2 1/2 cups raw almond meal

2 1/2 cups dried shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup sprouted buckwheat flour or additional coconut
2 Tbsp lemon zest
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup raw coconut nectar
2 drops du Terra lavender essential oil
1 Tbsp dried lavender flowers

Frosting:
3/4 cup raw cashew pieces (preferably soaked overnight)
2 Tbsp coconut water

2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon zest

1 cups fresh young coconut meat (or additional soaked cashews if not available)
3 Tbsp raw coconut nectar

1/4 tsp sea salt
1 teaspoons vanilla and seeds of half a vanilla bean

2 drops du Terra lavender essential oil
1/4 cup raw coconut oil (warmed to liquid)

a few drops natural purple food coloring
dried lavender flowers for garnish
For the doughnuts, combine the almond meal, coconut, buckwheat flour, and sea salt in the food processor and process until finely ground like flour (but not too long or it will turn to nut butter). Add the lemon juice and zest, vanilla, coconut nectar, and lavender oil and process until smooth. Stir in lavender flowers until evenly blended.  Form batter into 12 doughnuts on a lined dehydrator sheet. Dehydrate at 115 for about 8 hours, or until dry but still soft. 
For the frosting, combine the cashews, coconut water, lemon juice and zest, coconut, coconut nectar, sea salt, vanilla, lavender oil and process until smooth.  With the motor running, add the coconut oil and process until blended.  Add the food coloring and process until evenly colored. Place the frosting in a bowl and put it in the freezer for  about 30 minutes to an hour (depending on how warm it has gotten) until it is chilled to frosting like consistency.  Once chilled, place in a pastry bag (or plastic ziplock with the corner cut off) and pipe onto doughnuts.  Sprinkle with dried lavender and serve!

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

32 Comments
  1. Anonymous
    March 12, 2013 at 13:46
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    Could you please describe the process of dehydrating? Can I use my oven?

    • March 12, 2013 at 21:28
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      I use a dehydrator, but you can use the oven if you are not concerned with keeping it raw. Just use the lowest temperature for about 4 hours or so, checking it after 2 (since it will bake faster than a dehydrator).

  2. March 12, 2013 at 15:44
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    What an amazing flavor combination! absolutely love this idea. Thanks for sharing :)<br /><br />Happy Blogging!<br /><a href="http://www.happyvalleychow.com/" rel="nofollow">Happy Valley Chow</a><br />

    • March 12, 2013 at 21:28
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      Thanks so much :)!

  3. March 12, 2013 at 15:59
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    Are you serious?! These look AMAZING! I'm on a raw challenge so I might just need to give these a try :)<br /><br />I'm blogging out it. :) <br /><br />http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

    • March 12, 2013 at 21:28
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      Haha thanks :)! I hope you do try them, especially if you are on a raw challenge!

  4. March 12, 2013 at 17:12
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    These look incredible Amy ! Thanks for adding some lavender to my team this week !! :) Marissa @ Pure Life Fitness

    • March 12, 2013 at 21:29
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      Thanks so much Marissa :)! I love lavender ;)!

  5. March 12, 2013 at 18:05
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    I really want to make these but dont have a dehydrator... will it work in the oven?<br />

    • March 12, 2013 at 21:29
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      You can use the oven if you are not concerned with keeping it raw. Just use the lowest temperature for about 4 hours or so, checking it after 2 (since it will bake faster than a dehydrator). <br /><br />

  6. March 12, 2013 at 19:02
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    What is the texture of the crumb like? It looks really soft... is it pretty dense still? mmm, so good.

    • March 12, 2013 at 21:30
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      It is dense as it is raw ;). But it is the most buttery delicious dough that melts in your mouth :)!

    • March 14, 2013 at 12:01
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      I just made them yesterday... and YUM! Dehydrated coconut always has a weird flavor to me, though, so I'll have to figure out a way around that someday. But these are really great! I love the texture of them. mmmm

    • March 14, 2013 at 12:22
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      I guess I didn't notice as I am a coconut fan ;). Maybe sub another raw flour, but then they may need a bit more sweetener. I am happy you made them )!

  7. March 13, 2013 at 01:49
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    These look so delicious. Just one question.<br />So if you don't have sprouted buckwheat flour you use 3 1/2 cups coconut?

    • March 13, 2013 at 21:36
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      Thank you! Yes you do :)!

  8. March 13, 2013 at 01:57
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    OMG! these look like the traditional donuts, Amy!!!! These look amazing & delicious! =) you sure love your lavender, Amy;) the dough looks like it were to be baked, although it is dehydrated. the frosting looks just plain delicious! ;) these donuts are pretty easy to make, so i'll HAVE to make them soon & keep you posted on how they turn out. mmm! =)

    • March 13, 2013 at 21:37
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      Thank you so much :)! They were amazing, I do hope you try them and I would love it if you let me know what you thought of them :)!

  9. March 13, 2013 at 08:15
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    wow, your creations are wonderful!<br />respect!<br />greetings from vienna

    • March 13, 2013 at 21:38
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      Thanks so much :)!

    • March 13, 2013 at 21:38
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      Thanks Courtney :)!

    • March 15, 2013 at 20:53
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      Thanks Abby, they totally did :)!

    • March 17, 2013 at 15:50
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      Thank you :)!

  10. June 8, 2013 at 04:52
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    thanks amy for inspiring me to try this in my oven. been passing these raw gems up till i get a dehydrator, but it seems i maybe dont have to!! the comments are so helpful and i am glad we all take the time to question and of course answer. this one looks amazing ~cant wait to try!!

    • June 8, 2013 at 12:25
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      You are so welcome! I am glad you are finding a way to make them :)!

  11. June 8, 2013 at 06:04
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    This recipe is jaw-dropping! How do you do it, Amy?? Wow!

    • June 8, 2013 at 12:25
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      Thank you :)!

  12. Tam
    June 8, 2013 at 10:56
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    Do you have a suggestion of what liquid I could put in instead of the coconut nectar as I can't have sweeteners. Could I just use almond milk do you think?

    • June 8, 2013 at 12:26
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      Maybe some stevia then use a little almond milk (but less because it is more runny than the sweetener). It is worth a try to experiment, the worst that can happen is you end up eating a delicious mistake ;).

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