In my mind, the north pole looks an awful lot like a donut shop, full of Powdered Sugar Polar Bear and Mini Penguin Chocolate-Frosted Donuts prancing around. In fact, I think the National Geographic would be all the more interesting if they gave these guys their own reality show. A battle showdown between hopped-up-with-sugar bears and birds…
Talk about the best of both worlds! You now have two options: One for the chocolate lover (thanks to Enjoy Life’s chocolate chips, you can feel safe that your little ones [or YOU] are eating dairy and allergen-friendly chocolate!) and pure sugar in powder form for the other. If I was going by coating alone I would have to choose the chocolate-frosted. It’s always been the strongest leader in the donut world for me. But if we were voting on cuteness factor, well goodness, how in the world could you even make me choose?? It’s a tie all the way!
I used my newest all rice flour blend that is ultra light and makes my baked goods just that much softer for these Mini Penguin Chocolate-Frosted Donuts. You can use Enjoy Life’s All Purpose Flour though, too. I know! Take that in. They have baking mixes. What is great is that they mixes are ALL free of the top 8 allergens.
Now, if you or someone you love needs this recipe to be completely nut free, you can always use pumpkin seeds for the wings and sunflower seeds for the feet.
This way to making your own Mini Penguin Chocolate-Frosted Donuts*:
- 1½ c. Cara's Light Blend or use Enjoy Life's All Purpose Blend
- ½ tsp. xanthan gum
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ c. brown sugar
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- ½ c. nondairy milk
- 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- ¼ c. vegetable oil
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- For the Penguins:
- 1 c. Enjoy Life chocolate chips, melted
- ¼ c. nondairy white chocolate, melted
- 36 homemade googly eyes
- 36 almond slices (or use pumpkin seeds)
- 18 almonds, sliced in half (or use sunflower seeds)
- yellow-colored vegan jelly candies (I bought mine from Trader Joe's)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a mini donut pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the bowl and add all the remainder of wet ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until just incorporated and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Stir again briefly.
- Pipe out the batter into the pan.
- Bake 8 minutes. Allow to slightly cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes and then cool on a wire rack.
- On a piece of wax paper, pipe out the melted white chocolate into 18 ovals for the penguin bellies. Freeze for 5-10 min until set.
- If your melted Enjoy Life chocolate is too thick for dipping, you can add 1 Tbsp. coconut oil or shortening to lightly thin out. Dip each donut into the chocolate and set on the wax paper. Assemble the penguin body and allow to set in freezer for 10 minutes.
*Snow not included.