Chocolate Doughnut Hot Chocolate (Did She Really Do That?)

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I saw a recipe in our local newspaper during the holidays for Chocolate Doughnut Hot Chocolate. It was featured in a syndicated article that came from Associated Press Food Editor J.M. Hirsch. The recipe called for a whole doughnut to be blended in with the usual hot chocolate ingredients. I immediately thought, “Now that is ridiculous!” Just as quickly, my initial thought was replaced by, “Oh my gosh, I must have that. Now!” Not having made gluten-free doughnuts yet and not planning on purchasing ready-made gluten-free doughnuts, I had to come up with a version that would give me the taste of a doughnut without the actual doughnut. So I did, or at least I think I did.

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My Chocolate “Doughnut” Hot Chocolate is very good. Plus, it is gluten free, dairy free, and more—all those things that I’m going for these days—but everything else is here … the cinnamon-sugar factor that I associate with doughnuts (more often than the glazed factor), the comfort food taste of the “fat” that one gets from doughnuts (although just a tad of healthy fat in my recipe), and the richness that a Chocolate Doughnut Hot Chocolate clearly must have. Now, honestly, I have no idea if this hot chocolate tastes like the original Chocolate Doughnut Hot Chocolate or even if it tastes like it would if I’d used an actual gluten-free chocolate, glazed, or cinnamon-sugar doughnut versus my simple concoction, I just know this hot chocolate is a thick, rich, bittersweet chocolate mixture that I like. It was an especially lovely treat this morning after a walk with Sonny (our collie) in what was left of last night’s snow! Be sure to scroll down below the recipe to get the links for 10 more delicious warming beverages.

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Chocolate “Doughnut” Hot Chocolate
(Click here for a printable version of this recipe.)


1 tbsp almond flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 cups almond milk
¼ cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
¼ cup coconut sugar or palm sugar (or granulated sugar)
½ tsp ground cinnamon, optional
1/3 cup chocolate chips (I used these mini chocolate chips)
Pinch sea salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix almond flour, coconut flour, and coconut oil on baking sheet. Place in oven. Cook for about two to three minutes, stirring about every minute. (This step can also be done in a small skillet over medium to medium-high heat for about the same amount of time.)

In your blender pitcher, add almond milk, raw cacao powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and your “doughnut” mixture. Blend on high spend until smooth, about a minute or so.

Transfer mixture to medium-sized saucepan. Heat over medium heat whisking mixture fairly often until it thickens and foams, about 4 minutes.

Add chocolate chips and salt, whisking again until chocolate chips are incorporated (melted chocolate will no longer appear on the whisk). Pour into mugs and serve immediately.

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Makes about 2 servings.

Inspired by J.M. Hirsch’s recipe

Shirley’s Notes: If you really like cinnamon in your hot chocolate, you can skip the ground cinnamon and/or add a cinnamon stick to your mug. I decided the latter was a bit too much cinnamon for me and my Red Ape Cinnamon Stick from Nu Naturals was a wee bit short for my mug as you can see in my photo below. (Incidentally, please stay tuned for some news from Nu Naturals in the next day or so.) I love that this hot chocolate stays thick and “foamy” as it cools, too!

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10 More Warming Winter Beverages …

Valerie’s Spicy Hot Chocolate (Guest Post at The Gluten-Free Homemaker) (I love this recipe!)

Deanna’s Hot Cider Smoothie (part of our D-Tox January event—which produced this awesome e-book!—from last year)

Mary’s Pick-Me-Up Citrus Tea

gfe Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (with lots of help from Kim at Cook IT Allergy Free)

gfe Velvety Pumpkin Spice Latte

Super Juice here at gfe  (courtesy of Dr. Christine Doherty)

Elana’s Vegan Hot Cocoa

Elana’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Stephanie’s Hot Chocolate

Ali’s Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wendesdays, and Wellness Weekends.

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66 Responses to “Chocolate Doughnut Hot Chocolate (Did She Really Do That?)”

  1. moriah on February 20th, 2012 1:46 pm

    This sounds amazing!! I’m going to have to make some now =) thanks!

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:04 am

      Hi Moriah–Thanks! I hope you enjoy it. :-) Made fresh, I love this recipe. I chilled the leftovers and reheated and it wasn’t foamy or as good as my initial tasting, but I didn’t spend any time whisking it, so that might have helped.


  2. Jane on February 20th, 2012 1:51 pm, incredible! I am so craving hot chocolate and snow right now! And donuts (doughnuts?) Thanks, Shirley, I am going to check out some of the other links too! Have a great day!

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:05 am

      Hey Jane–I can’t help you with the snow, but happy to help with this hot chocolate. ;-) I hope you enjoyed the other links as well. Some variety there, but lots of hot cocoa love, too. :-)


  3. Shannon Brown on February 20th, 2012 2:23 pm

    This looks fun. And definitely healthier than the one with a donut in it :)

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:08 am

      Hey Shannon–I can’t even imagine the bad stuff in that original recipe. I think the doughnuts you get out are filled with lots of stuff that we don’t want. I’m not saying that this one is the same in taste/texture/decadence, but it worked for me. ;-)


  4. Deanna on February 20th, 2012 2:33 pm

    Holy wow! The kiddo is going to kiss your feet. For reals. It’s even supposed to snow tomorrow. Perfect hot chocolate weather!


    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:09 am

      Hi Deanna–Haha! Snow and hot chocolate definitely go together! Hope you both enjoy this, or some Mommy Bowl variation … Oh, and I’m still thinking about that Chocolate Bananas Foster ice cream. YUM!


  5. Melissa @ glutenfreeforgood on February 20th, 2012 2:36 pm

    First off, I want that blue mug! I have a mug addiction and that one is beautiful. Hot chocolate is a favorite treat of mine. It never dawned on me to put flour in it. Interesting! I will definitely give that a try. It’s been snowing here (finally) off and on lately, so it’s perfect weather for hot chocolate. =)

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:12 am

      Hi Melissa–I adore that mug myself. I got that at the Polish Pottery spot in Pike Place Market when Diane, Wendy, and I were shopping upon our arrival for IFBC when we all met up year before last. :-)

      Well, just remember that almond flour and coconut flour aren’t the usual flours … ground nuts and coconut meat really. Now it seems more logical, right? ;-)

      Snow and hot chocolate/cocoa definitely go together–enjoy! xo,

  6. Linda on February 20th, 2012 2:41 pm

    Looks like you did a great job creating that one, Shirley. I think I would have done the same thing–come up with a way to recreate the idea without using an actual doughnut. I’m glad you did the work for me. It looks delicious!

    We didn’t get any snow here. I was so disappointed.

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:15 am

      Hi Linda–Thanks! I do think that when I make doughnuts (or doughnut holes) one day I will save one to do better justice to the original recipe. It will be interesting to compare the two recipes. Who knows? I might deem this one totally unworthy then. ;-)

      I was happy we got our little bit of snow, but it definitely did not stick around. I think our chances of more are pretty slim now. :-(


  7. Sarah Howells on February 20th, 2012 3:45 pm

    WOW, this looks incredible! I am going through a real phase of hot chocolate at the moment – perfect for these cold winter evenings – looks scrummy! x

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:29 am

      Hi Sarah–It looks like you are new to gfe, and your site is new to me–welcome! :-) There is definitely such a thin as hot chocolate phases, isn’t there? I know I go through them. ;-) Thanks for the kind words! Hope you enjoy this recipe if you give it a try!


  8. cheryl on February 20th, 2012 4:12 pm

    Must try and will report back!

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:29 am

      Hi Cheryl–I’ll be worried until then. ;-)


  9. Maggie on February 20th, 2012 4:22 pm

    So cool! Well done Shirley, I was anxious to see how you replaced that donut angle. Great mix of ingredients. I think I’m going to have to give this one a try. Who wouldn’t love a donut in their hot chocolate?

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:31 am

      Hi Maggie–One day I will actually try the version with a gluten-free doughnut ground up, but until then, I’m happy with this one. Hope you enjoy it if you try it, or perhaps the “real deal”? Trying to remember if you have made gluten-free doughnuts before …


  10. Heather @CeliacFamily on February 20th, 2012 4:23 pm

    Oh Wow! That really sounds like something I need make. I’m always excited to try a new chocolate recipe.

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:34 am

      Heather–There are a lot of us chocolate lovers! :-) Some days I think that as long as I throw a fair amount of chocolate in my recipe, I can’t go wrong. ;-) Thanks, dear! I hope you’ll enjoy this one if you try it.


  11. Beth @ Tasty Yummies on February 20th, 2012 5:06 pm

    Oh my word, this looks amazing. What a totally unique idea. Thanks for sharing.

    I love the idea of a drink with almond and coconut flours in it, I am so obsessed with both of those.

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:36 am

      Hi Beth–Thanks so much! Unconventional recipes have been known to intrigue me. :-) I often use a little almond flour and/or coconut flour in smoothies, so it wasn’t a far reach to come up with this concept for hot chocolate. ;-)


  12. InTolerant Chef on February 20th, 2012 6:05 pm

    I bet it keeps the heat longer too, as it’s a bit thicker?
    Love the photo of snow and mittens :)

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:38 am

      InTolerant Chef–I think you are right about the heat! And even if you allow it to get almost cold, it doesn’t really seem cold with the thickness and foaminess. Thanks on the photos! I picked those mittens up at Christmas time. They were boys’ and about $1 each, and I just love them! :-)


  13. Alisa on February 20th, 2012 6:15 pm

    ooh, that does sound divine! I was thinking of trying coconut flour in hout chocolate, will give it a go. I almost always add cinnamon!

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:41 am

      Alisa–Thanks! I love coconut flour in all kinds of beverages. It’s a nice thickener and nutritional boost. Yes, cinnamon often makes a drink super special. Incidentally, I made your pomegranate smoothie yesterday for breakfast and loved it! But can you believe that I forgot the cinnamon? Still loved it though. Will try it with cinnamon next. :-)


  14. Ina Gawne on February 20th, 2012 7:48 pm

    Shirley – this does sound wonderful, creamy, rich, thick – a winning combination indeed! :)

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:42 am

      Hi Ina–Thanks! Personally, I’m still drooling over your chicken casserole and biscuits–ultra comfort food there!


  15. Katrina (gluten free gidget) on February 20th, 2012 9:53 pm

    That is so ridiculous that it becomes amazing!

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:43 am

      Haha, Katrina! Sometimes I do like ridiculous, and I definitely aspire to amazing, but most often I’ll settle for very good, and delicious. ;-)


  16. Nancy @SensitivePantry on February 21st, 2012 7:40 am

    So clever, Shirley!!! Not to mention that it looks delicious. I love the photos.

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:45 am

      Hi Nancy–Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave such a nice comment! :-) I know you are swamped these days. I loved the red, white, and blue of the photos as background for that hot chocolate, too. ;-)


  17. SunnyB @ andloveittoo on February 21st, 2012 8:16 am

    I was craving hot cocoa last night, this sure hit the spot!

    Thanks Shirley!



    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:45 am

      Sunny–Hooray! A review! Thank you so much, dear! :-)


  18. Diane-thewholegang on February 21st, 2012 9:38 am

    Oh you are going to make me be naughty! If we get snow I’m making that. Oh and those photos are great. Enter that contest!

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:47 am

      I think the chance of snow has passed, right? So you are in the clear now, but as naughty goes, this one isn’t too bad. ;-) Thanks re: the photos! Have you seen the photos entered so far? I don’t think I can contend, but I have until March. I’ll keep looking for/working towards a photo to submit … just for you. :-)


  19. Ellen (Gluten Free Diva) on February 21st, 2012 9:53 am

    Can I come with you on your next morning walk with Sonny? I’m more than happy to help make (and imbibe) with you. What a lovely combo of ingredients – rich, bittersweet chocolate is definitely my middle name:).

    • Shirley on February 21st, 2012 11:48 am

      Hi Ellen–Sure, and thanks! :-) Today after our walk, Sonny ate his usual fare and I made pancakes from banana, egg, almond butter, and a bit of almond flour. YUM! I was working off a simple recipe at Heidi’s blog. :-)


  20. Alta on February 21st, 2012 11:31 am

    I love making super-thick hot chocolate. It’s like heaven. And adding cinnamon? Oh yes. Yummy yummy yummy.

  21. Carol on February 21st, 2012 12:23 pm

    Even though it is 80 degrees here right now, this still sounds pretty darn good to me right now!

    • Shirley on February 22nd, 2012 8:58 pm

      Hey Carol–Happy anniversary! From your FB update, I know you’re drinking something better than any type of hot chocolate tonight.. ;-) Enjoy!


  22. Tessa Domestic Diva on February 21st, 2012 1:15 pm

    I am so making this, I love the idea of using the flours to thicken it up, makes you think decadence w/out the calories! I usually use sweet potato puree to achieve this, but coconut flour?! Genius!

    • Shirley on February 22nd, 2012 9:02 pm

      Thanks, Tessa! I’ve used coconut flour in place of milk powder, protein powder, and more. As long as you have plenty of liquid, it’s always a good addition. And if you ever have a recipe that has too much liquid, adding some coconut flour can solve the problem in a jiffy. ;-) I need to take a page from your book and use sweet potato puree more. I’ve been adding mashed sweet potato to smoothies and several other recipes of late, but haven’t thought of it as healthy decadence, although it did that job nicely in the recent biscuits (beloved by my support group last night).


  23. Kim (Cook IT Allergy Free) on February 22nd, 2012 12:17 pm

    For me, the thicker the hot chocolate the better! This sounds amazing. I wish I was there in the cold with you, walking with Sonny, to enjoy this frothy beverage. Like Carol, it is going to be pretty warm and nice here today so hot chocolate will sound perfect at about 7pm when the temp drops. ;) Love the creativity of this. And I cannot really imagine a REAL donut in this. Holy Shmagoly. Talk about decadent. I would be on a sugar high for days after that.

    • Shirley on February 22nd, 2012 9:05 pm

      Hi Kim–Well, today it was sunny and 60 something! So it’s cooler beverages today. ;-) This recipe is definitely thick with a bit of a texture. I suspect that if we took a sip of hot chocolate with a real doughnut in it, one sip (or maybe two) would be more than enough. None of us really need those sugar highs, do we?


  24. Sophie on February 22nd, 2012 1:13 pm

    Waw, What a yummy & tasty alternative good-for-you drnk! Hot too!

    A real delight!

    • Shirley on February 22nd, 2012 9:08 pm

      Hi Sophie–It’s great to see you, dear. :-) Thanks so much for the kind words on this recipe. I’m thinking it’s still cold in your region. ;-)


  25. Susan on February 23rd, 2012 2:57 am

    Sounds amazing Shirley! Love those pictures of the hot chocolate, red mittens and snow!

    • Shirley on March 8th, 2012 11:33 pm

      Hi Susan–I’m behind on comment replies … thank you, dear! I had some tonight … even though it was 70 outside. ;-)


  26. Morri on February 23rd, 2012 9:32 am

    Oh, yum! What a delish grain-free treat. I will have to make this one day.

    • Shirley on March 8th, 2012 11:35 pm

      Hi Morri–Obviously I’m way behind on some comments, but it’s great to see you again! :-) Thanks for the kind words. It is delish. ;-)


  27. Nancy @Real Food Allergy Free on February 24th, 2012 9:30 am

    Yum! I love all things chocolate so I know this would be a hit for me. Thanks so much for linking to allergy-free Wednesday. Hope to see you again next week!

    • Shirley on March 8th, 2012 11:36 pm

      Hi Nancy–Thank you, dear! :-) Most of us love “all things chocolate,” so I knew this recipe would be a hit. ;-) Love AFW! Trying to keep up with it … you guys are amazing!


  28. Michelle @glutenfreefix on March 1st, 2012 8:55 am

    This looks delish! I also love the ingredients, some of my favorite to cook with!

    • Shirley on March 8th, 2012 11:40 pm

      Hi Michelle–Welcome to gfe, and thank you! :-) Just took a peak at your blog, Gluten-Free Fix, and I love all your simple and delightful recipes! Oh my goodness on that coconut caramel sauce … I want that now!! No kidding!


  29. InTolerant Chef on December 16th, 2012 6:24 am

    Now this sounds fantastic indeed! Wonderful!

  30. Cassidy @ Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free on December 17th, 2012 10:16 am

    YUM! A thick, creamy, doughnut hot chocolate sounds AMAZING!!! I recently went grain free so I love your ingredient list, I need to start using more coconut flour :)

  31. SunnyB@andloveittoo on September 18th, 2013 9:21 am

    I am going to have to blog about this one! My 9 year old and I are at home today and we thought your hot cocoa sounded like a wonderful way to start the day. We subbed the almond milk with canned coconut milk (mainly because it’s what we have on hand, but it’s also more Candida friendly), raw unfiltered honey in place of the palm sugar (we’re stage 3 and allowed a bit of honey every day…although I’m sure stevia would work, too) and two Tbs cocoa nibs in place of the chocolate chips.

    Soooooo gooooood! We love the cinnamon in it, of course it probably offsets some of the bitterness from the raw nibs which is just fine with me.

    All of the raw cocoa gives us a healthy dose of iron and magnesium, meaning we’ll probably want naps in a while! LOL! I’m sure this will become a nighttime favorite once winter kicks in.

    Thanks, Shirley!

    • Shirley on September 22nd, 2013 12:13 am

      Hey Sunny–I was sure that I had replied to you, but I guess that was on Facebook. ;-) I’m so happy that you came up with a version that you all can enjoy! It sounds totally delish, of course. Can you do the roasted cocoa nibs? I LOVE those! I like the idea of making this a nighttime favorite during cold weather. :-)


  32. Johnna on January 3rd, 2014 9:04 pm

    In KC, there is a fancy chocolatier, Christopher Elbow, who sells Liquid Chocolate. It’s thick, creamy and has incredible depth of flavor. This recipe–spot on except without the dairy and refined sugar. How is that even possible? Thank you for this, it’s divine!

    • Shirley on January 3rd, 2014 11:07 pm

      Johnna–First, thank you for this fabulous review! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to leave this comment. Although I’ve never heard of Christopher Elbow before today, I hope I get to try their chocolate one day. ;-) Second, interestingly enough, my Bellagio Sipping Chocolate arrived today and when made with milk (dairy or non-dairy), it also tastes very close to this recipe. (I originally had it made with water when I sampled it.) Anyway, I love that I created a special hot chocolate that you really enjoyed!


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