Gingerbread Mini Donuts with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting {Happy National Donut Day!}

I kept seeing tweets, instagrams, and fb posts about National Donut Day today, and it quickly solved my indecision about what to do in the kitchen (I was debating between coconut flour mini pizzas, cocoa cashew cookies, and macaroons…)

I made a very small batch because (1) I didn’t know how they’d turn out, and (2) I don’t have anyone to share them with at the moment.

Gingerbread Mini Donuts with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting


1 Tbsp coconut flour
1 egg
1 Tbsp almond flour
1/4 cup half and half (or try another milk of your choice)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp liquid vanilla stevia (I always use NuNaturals)

Grease a mini donut pan well (or these will stick). I used the Toasted Squash Seed oil….it added a great toasty flavor! Place in a 350 degree oven for about 7-8 minutes. This made exactly enough batter to fill the 12 mini donut pan (how the heck did I do that?). About 1 tsp goes in each space, so they will not be full, but they’ll rise as they bake.


melt 3oz cream cheese (I used a double boiler), and mix with a scant tsp of liquid orange stevia (don’t use too much or you’ll taste the stevia flavor!).

Mix. Bake. Melt. Frost. Done!


I really loved these—I’m a big fan of gingerbread. And cream cheese. It worked well together—and the texture of the donuts was awesome. Plus, they went great with coffee. Sometimes I think the trick for working with coconut flour is to make small batches of things (and obviously a lot of liquid!). This wouldn’t serve a family—the donuts are tiny (despite how it looks in the pic). I ate all of them throughout the morning, and I figured it was about the nutritional equivalent of eating a coconut flour grilled cheese sandwich. I’m ok with that.


I’m working on baby shower invitations this weekend (for my cousin’s shower), and I have a super fantastic awesome gift for her on its way from my friend Cathy in Canada. I am not a big fan of buying things from gift registries (although I do it often). I prefer to put my heart into a gift for someone I really care about—but since I have no crafty skills, I’m putting my heart into it via Cathy’s skills 🙂  Hopefully, the sentiment is the same!

Cold rain today. Annoying, but not surprising—I wanted to walk, but instead went in the sauna for an hour (not an even trade, but enjoyable and beneficial nonetheless).

I still have hope for later, if the rain clears. And if I’m feeling really ambitious, I’ll go to a yoga class (but I have one scheduled for tomorrow morning too–how many sun salutations and squat jumps can my thighs take in one week?). Next post will be a fitness post! (I think)

Are you celebrating National Donut Day? 

Do you buy gifts from registries or try to be creative? I think I intend to be creative more than it happens (I probably do the registry thing 90% of the time).

Happy #WineFriday! Tweet to me (@lisakthrives) if you’re celebrating Friday with wine!!


8 thoughts on “Gingerbread Mini Donuts with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting {Happy National Donut Day!}”

  1. National donut day…as IF I needed an excuse to eat donuts!! These look and sound so delicious. I love the idea of the gingerbread flavor!! Next time you feel like you need someone to eat the majority of the batch, just let me know ;). 

  2. I didn’t know about National Donut Day – how fun!   Your donuts look good!  Good luck with the baby shower invites!  Happy Friday!

  3. Cream cheese and ginger is such an awesome combo, I agree. As per usual your healthified desserts look amazing. I strongly dislike cold rain! It has the power to bring me down like no other. I am not celebrating Donut Day, I’d rather make it Wine Night, ya know?

  4. i heard about the cold rain, thats crazy! but those donuts would be perfect with a cup of joe! Have fun at the shower, i am lazy and buy from the registry. i know, i know. lame

  5. now, was it national donut day or INTERnational??! i completely did not know about this special day until last eve when i caught up on some blog reading. i missed out! i will make it up!
    i am very excited to be a part of the gift-giving for your cousin’s shower, lisa!! thanks!
    it poured rain here ALL DAY yesterday, too. work was the slowest day of my life! (dramatic statement, but it sure felt like it!).
    for weddings, if i don’t know the couple that well, i will stick to the registry. for babies, i will give one of my own creations!
    hope you enjoyed wine friday!

  6. I didn’t celebrate National Donut Day but I should have, lol!  I’m a huge fan of gingerbread too so these are right up my alley (as is everything you make!).  🙂  Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

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