Simple Minds, Simple Sprinkles

Being a woman, I have the natural talent of over complicating things. You’re welcome, men.  {Hey, we put up with your smelliness so consider us balanced and even}.

I don’t know what it is about me but when it comes to choices, the path of simplicity never seems as thrilling as making a big mess out of my options. The irony occurs when I come back around to the simple. See what I mean? Over complicated. So it’s always nice to be reminded that sometimes simple is 100% satisfying, like having toast for dinner. True story. Last night. Or a simple chocolate-covered donut magically touched with rainbow sprinkles.  My all time go-to.

Sometimes all a girl needs is a simple donut. Who am I to deprive myself from my simplistic ways, you know what I mean? And seeing that it is not necessarily a common thing for me to do, please excuse me while I eat more of these simple donuts. I think I might even start throwing rainbow sprinkles into the air while I am at it…

Rainbow Sprinkled Chocolate-Covered Mini Donuts Recipe

Gluten, egg, and dairy free

Makes 16-18 mini donuts


  • 1/2 c. sorghum flour (I use Authentic Foods brand)
  • 1/2 c. Brown rice flour (Authentic Foods)
  • 1/4 c. potato starch
  • 1/4 c. arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • (OR: 1 1/2 c. regular flour and omit xanthan gum)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk (1/2 Tb apple cider vinegar + 1/2 c. non-dairy milk)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer + 2 Tbs warm water, mixed til frothy
  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Icing (recipe link below)
  • Rainbow sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together until fully combined.
  3. Make a well in the center of the bowl. Add all the remainder of wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just incorporated. Grease a mini donut pan.
  4. Place batter into a ziploc baggie. Cut the corner of one side to use as an opening. This part is important in the shape of the donuts: Using one hand to firmly keep the dough flowing out of the hole, squirt the dough out in a circle in the pan.
  5. Bake 8 minutes. Allow to sit in the pan for 3 minutes after you take it out of the oven.
  6. Dip into Chocolate Icing* and coat with rainbow sprinkles.

*I subbed Earth Balance for the butter and So Delicious coconut milk for whole milk.

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  1. These are sooooo pretty! I agree with you, why do we always have to make everything so complicated? Sometimes simple is so much better. I still need to break in my donut pan. But I don’t want to compete with your donut awesomeness.

    • Oh please girl. Between the 2 of us, you are the pro! I am so positive that you will destroy the paleo donuts recipe that I will offer up my taste-testing just for you :)

  2. Your photography is so beautiful! You always capture the perfect tempting “drip,” or ooey-gooey decadence! Gorgeous! Thanks for posting all your scrumptious recipes! Love your blog!

  3. They may be simple, but they sound DIVINE! Haha. Also, it sounds like you’re happy/healthy/loving life – which is wonderful to hear! :)

    • Thank you, Willow. I am definitely trying to be present with what is in front of me–sometimes, the moments are full of happiness, others, a bit of sadness. It’s what happens when one chapter in life opens but I am hopeful with the next chapter in my horizon… xo!

  4. Ok, one more thing. Am I missing something? Where’s the crumbly cinnamon sugar filling? I see it in the directions, but not the recipe. Can I just reach into the computer like in Willy Wonka and take the donut out? What’s the password?!?

  5. vegyogini says:

    I eat (Ezekiel) toast for dinner VERY often. :)

    • For a while, that (Ezekiel bread) was my breakfast every morning, smothered with peanut butter and honey. I love toast. I think we need shirts saying that…

  6. I’m not going to confirm that my eyes got big when I scrolled through my read blogs page and saw yet another amazing doughnut. I will confirm my thought of, “she’s not done with doughnuts!” :)

    This Terry Pratchett quote might be good timing (read it this morning):
    “The female mind is certainly a devious one, my lord.”
    Vetinari looked at his secretary in surprise. “Well, of course it is. It has to deal with the male one.”

    • HA. Perfect timing indeed–how serendipitous is that?!
      And sadly, I think this is my finale for donuts…at least for a little bit. So enjoy it :)

  7. Your biggest fan! says:

    It’s simple…really. Sprinkles are like confetti but a celebration in your mouth :-) And these look like something to celebrate. Toast? I love toast! If there was a candle that smelled like toast, I’d buy several :-)

    • hahahaha
      A toast-smelling candle! That made me laugh so hard, mother. I must get your incredible sense of humor from you :)

  8. i got my donut pan in the mail today!!!!!!! anything simple is always a must. you know i can eat some bread for any meal. theres a whole lotta bread always around. When i am bored, i just break the bread into pieces and load it up with whatever i am feeling like and make it into a salad or pilaf or oh wait.. now i can just add chocolate and sprinkles! i can see my husband looking at me funny when he sees that bowl.
    hang in there.

    • See, this is what I love about you (among the MANY things)–we share a common love for bread :) I would get so excited if I say that bowl coming out, by the way… ha.
      Congrats on the donut pan. Your life will never be the same.

  9. Awwww…. I want a sprinkle shower, too! Preeeetty.

  10. Sprinkles make everything better – but here in NH we call them Jimmies – and I can’t resist an icecream cone encased in jimmies….or these sprinkled donuts.

    You should totally make a sprinkled covered edible body suit….wait I am pretty sure I just complicated the sprinkle – maybe we’ll just stick with sprinkled covered donuts and jimmie laden ice cream cones :) xoxo

    • Yeah, I am pretty much in love with the idea of a sprinkled covered edible body suit. Pure genius, my friend. Sewing something right now.

  11. by the title and opening of this post, I was SURE you had gone and made your own sprinkles. 😉 which would NOT surprise me, by the way. I still think you will. (and now I am picturing it – with a piping bag fitted with the smallest tip, making little colorful strings of sugar…)

  12. I simply can not wait to make these delicious looking donuts with my mom! Thanks for the awesome recipe:)

  13. I do like simplicity and these are probably one of my favourite doughnuts that you’ve ever made, Cara. They look beautiful.

  14. So delicious looking. I think it’s Doctor Phil who says KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. But either way – yup. Real beauty is simple and effortless. Like you. Have I told you today how much I love you?

  15. Simply divine that is what these are! YUMMMMMM!
    BTW, I’ve been thinking about you so much, I need to catch you up on my end…I just wanted to let you know that I didn’t forget about you but there have been a few things that I’m struggling with too…mybe I will just call to fill you in, hang in there beautiful! XOXOXOXO

    • I think a phone call is a must in our future! Whenever you have the free time, please call me. And you hang in there as well…sending you lots of love and beauty your way. xo!

  16. Simple is delicious! My kids keeping asking for more mini donuts! Making more after school today, with sprinkles!!! You never turned up last night, I waited and waited 😉

    • I got stuck in traffic :/ Why do you have to live so far away????
      Are you guys gonna make the same ones you make last time or something different?

      • I know, I need you to be my neighbor so I can come over and eat all your donuts and gain a zillion lbs! How do you stay so thin my friend? I gain weight just looking at your posts!

        We are making strawberry lemonade ones today. Shall update you with the recipe via email 😉 So exciting! I feel like a traitor for not making them GF, I heard you can mill your own flours in the high-powered estrogen blenders. I need to experiment with brown rice, etc. I have garbanzo bean flour I bought for socca, but don’t think that will taste very nice as a primary ingredient…. I usually use the GF mixes when I bake for my neighbors. It’s time I got converted!

        • Okay now that is crazy! I was making lemonade ones today too. I swear to the G. I got some NuNaturals lemon/stevia extract samples to test and do a giveaway with and wanted to make donuts so I thought, Lemonade donuts–perfect! We HAVE to be neighbors!! Any chance you wanna move to California?

          • Ha Ha! See, great minds think alike! I would love to move to California, I totally google mapped your street (stalker, I told you) I love your prius! Wanna trade for a Honda Pilot… Oh, I’m digressing, JEALOUS of your location and beach proximity. Unfortunately, the price of our home (giant 5 bedroom, slate floor and granite counter-top McMansion monstrosity) would probably only purchase a studio apartment near you. What’s a girl to do?!?

          • Please tell me that your name really isn’t Norman and you have a windowless van with a criminal record…
            haha! You are too funny–you Google mapped me eh? Your choice is simple. Sell your mansion to live in your Pilot with your family. The payoff (living next door to me) is enough :) Or is it???

          • It’s not really that treacherous, I promise! When I was ordering round 2 of oils over the phone, the sales associate asked whether you lived within city limits for mailing purposes. Not knowing, I Google mapped it while I was on the phone with her to find out 😉 OR maybe my name really is Norman….and the Pilot and McMansion are just decoys to lure you in with so I can enslave you and hypnotize you with lavender and use you for your donut making skills….

          • I knew it! Those pictures you sent me aren’t really you and your “family” but the standard photo in the frame of your newly purchased picture frame…

          • Blast, you foiled my grand scheme. At least I still get food porn privileges by following you and your site. Donut fetish anyone?

  17. I completely agree with you about toast for dinner. Toast is more delicious than it has any right to be. Bread = good. Toast = great. It’s pretty much the same substance, and yet toast is so much more satisfying. Anyway… Were you saying something about donuts? 😉

  18. I feel so left out. I don’t remember having donuts when we were little. Sometimes my mom would come home with a box of Carvel ice cream, just the scoops,and they’d be covered in sprinkles or different things just like a donut. She’d go to the baker sometimes and get jelly filled donuts, eclairs and napoleans once in a great while. Simply tragic. I know. Thanks for the rainbow shower, they’re simply wonderful and so are you.

    • I wouldn’t feel too left out, Laurel. That damn donut habit is why I have the hardest time getting this stubborn layer of fat off of my thighs. Damn you, rainbow sprinkles!! Though I could go for a jelly filled right now…

  19. The chocolate looks delish! But I just cleaned the powdered sugar off my lips.

  20. i am a simple girl and i like simple things. like these donuts 😉

  21. You’re right- I think sometimes, especially as food bloggers, there’s a tendency to try and create overly complicated recipes, when really simple is best. And if you’re going through a stressful time, there is really nothing better than moving towards something trustworthy, comforting and back-to-basics.

    Very cute donuts :) They remind of the ones I used to eat when I was little (because only donuts with sprinkles would do lol)

  22. Heather @ Better With Veggies says:

    This is so dangerous – I am a sprinkle addict and I haven’t really had any in ages. The classic donut that gets me every time. They’ve been easier to avoid since I’ve gone plant-based, since they aren’t available as often, but what a great treat! :)

    • What is it about sprinkles that make them so darn good??? I mean, it’s not like they are amazing in taste but there is that special quality to them that I can never say no to :)


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