Oat & Carrot Baked Donuts With Tahini Maple Glaze & Hemp Seeds.

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These delicious baked bites are composed of real, whole (unprocessed) nourishing plant ingredients – with no added sugars or oils. Packed with fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, offering steady energy, plus protein and healthy fats – from the tahini and hemp seeds. Applesauce acts as an oil replacer, while adding natural sweetness, flavour, and nutrition. Enjoy these satisfying, nutritious baked donuts for breakfast, a snack, or healthy dessert!

Ingredients:

• 4 cups rolled oats, dry toasted (brings out their nutty flavour!)
• 4 cups carrots, shredded (scrubbed not peeled – to maintain their nutrients!)
• 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (replacing oil)
• 1/4 cup maple syrup
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• Pinch of salt

Glaze:
• 1/2 cup tahini (homemade by dry-toasting and grinding sesame seeds or use store-bought!)
• 1/2 cup maple syrup

Topping:
• 1/4 cup tablespoons hemp seeds
• 1/4 cup tablespoons rolled oats
• 2 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions:

1. Heat the oven to 350F. In a food processor, pulse the rolled oats, cinnamon, and salt until it forms a chunky flour. Set aside in a large bowl.

2. Grate the carrots in your food processor. Then add the oat flour mix back into the food processor – and pulse to combine. You may have to do this in stages, if you have a small food processor.

3. Transfer the oat/carrot mixture to a large bowl, and add a splash of vanilla, 3/4th cup applesauce, and 1/2 cup of maple syrup. Mix well. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 30-minutes, to let it firm-up before baking.

4. Meanwhile make the glaze by adding the tahini and 1/2 cup maple syrup to a blender, and mixing until smooth. Set aside. Note: I made my own tahini, by toasting sesame seeds – and pulsing in a spice/coffee grinder until creamy. Fresh homemade tahini is less bitter, and more flavourful – but you can certainly use a good quality store-bought tahini.

5. Prepare the topping by coating 1/4 cup of rolled oats with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Spread on to a cookie sheet, and bake for 15-minutes (already set at 350!) until crispy. Transfer to a small bowl and add the hemp seeds. Combine & set aside.

6. Coat a donut pan with a little olive oil, and portion in the chilled ‘dough’ mixture. Bake for 45-minutes at 350 – until they are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Each oven is different, so check for doneness at 45-minutes, and cook for another 5 minutes if they are too moist.

7. Brush the slightly cooled baked donuts in tahini/maple glaze, and top with toasted oat & hemp seed crunchy topping. Dig in!

Nutrition Tips:

  • Rolled oats are rich in fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, amino acids (some protein) B vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
  • Applesauce offers vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
  • Carrots are rich in vitamins A, C, K, potassium, calcium and fiber.
  • Tahini is a packed with calcium, iron, magnesium, fiber, unsaturated healthy fats, and protein.
  • Hemp seeds are one of the richest sources of essential omega fatty acids. They also provide protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins.

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