Sometimes, a screw up gives you something you didn’t expect :). When trying to work out the monkey bread recipe, I got a little distracted (that happens often with Hobbits). I screwed up. Twice. In the same batch. S***! I rolled out the dough, put it on a cookie sheet so I could get the right pan out of the dish strainer, and somehow…. forgot that last part. Yup, I never got the right pan. I put the balls on the cookie sheet right in the oven. 4-5 minutes later, I realized the pan was still sitting on the other side of the kitchen drying. ARRRGGGG. I pulled the sheet out of the oven decided to see if I could save it. I looked at the balls and realized not only did I put them in the oven completely screwed up, they hadn’t grown like they should. DAMNIT, I FORGOT THE WHEY!! While the eggs, baking powder, and yeast would give a good rise, with nothing for structure to hold the gases in the dough, they just weren’t going to grow and stay puffy. Sigh. Hobbit had a brain cramp. Oh well, I pressed on. I put the balls in the right pan, coated with the glaze mixture, popped back in the oven and crossed my fingers…
I got lucky. I’d like to say it was skill but it wasn’t. Remember me telling you in the monkey bread post to play with stuff and see how it works? Sometimes a mistake can have a lovely ending. This is one of those times. I present, keto cake donut holes 🙂
Before you freak, yes, I used 1/4 tsp honey to activate the yeast. You want to activate the yeast so your stomach doesn’t freak out. 1/4 tsp of sugar is enough to do this. The yeast EATS the sugars and breaks them down to release CO2, that’s why it foams. No carbs were added to this recipe because of the sugars. The yeast ate it so you don’t have to. I put this all together and got the results I wanted. You can make this exactly how I did this time through and have it be nut-free (I’ll include both sets in the recipe) or, you can swap out half of the remaining flax for almond flour, which is how we ended up liking it the best. It works well and is delicious either way. Try both and see which you like better.
Recipe below the jump.
Keto Baked Donut Holes
2 tbsp golden flaxmeal (1/4 cup for nut-free and eliminate the almond flour)
2 tbsp almond flour
3/4 cup oat fiber
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp sweetener of your choice or equivalent
2 large eggs or equiv eggbeaters
2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup mozzarella shredded cheese
1/3 cup hot water (from the tap, not too hot)
1/4 tsp sugar, honey, maple syrup
1 tsp dry yeast
1/2 Tbs Cinnamon
1/4 cup sweetener of choice, granular
Mix together and set aside
1/2 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Granulated Sweetener of choice
1 tsp maple extract (optional)
Put all above ingredients for the sweetener\butter mixture into a small sauce pan and heat until butter is melted and sweeteners are well mixed in with butter. Add extract if desired. Do not brown or let come to a boil. Set aside in a heat-safe measuring cup or something that has a handle and easy to pour from.
To Make Monkey Bread:
Proof yeast with the warm water and sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes to have the yeast “eat” all the sugars and foam up. Add the dry ingredients, then the wet into a mixing bowl, including the yeast mixture. Mix with mixer until well mixed and then let sit for 5 minutes to firm up. After the 5 minute rest period, take a small cookie scoop or teaspoon and scoop up some batter. Roll into balls with your hands, drop in sugar\cinnamon mixture and roll around to coat well. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and bake for 4-5 minutes or until the outsides are just not wet and sticky. Take out of the oven. Let cool for 5 minutes so you can move them without getting hurt. I used a 9″ bundt pan for the next step, you can also use a regular baking dish if you prefer, I found the round pan worked the best to ensure complete baking. If you only have a large chimney cake pan, double the recipe for double the fun :). Pour a little of the sweetener\butter mixture on the bottom of the pan, so it coats the bottom with a thin layer. put the slightly baked balls in the bottom of the pan on top of the layer of glaze, making sure they have a little space around them. Pour remaining sweetener\butter mixture on up of the dough, making sure you cover the tops of all the balls. If it looks like you’ve poured too much in, you have it just right :). Bake 20 minutes. If using double the recipe I would bake a little more, probably 30 to 35 minutes, or until bubbly and golden. Let cool. Let cool completely, then remove each donut hole. they should have a nice layer of glaze all around them, be dense like a nice cake donut.
Nutritional information per serving (2 holes per serving): Calories each 137 , Fat: 13g Protein: 2g, Carbs: 14g Fiber: 13g Net: 1g