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Vanilla Earl Grey Donuts w/ Caramel + Blood Orange Zest

Vanilla Earl Grey Donuts w/ Caramel + Blood Orange Zest | Well and Full

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I have so many thoughts running through my head right now. I attended the Women’s March in Hartford  yesterday and I want to share so much about it. But I think I’m going to save that for another post, so I can have some time to formulate my thoughts. For now, here’s a little sneak peak of me + my sign at the rally.

So let’s talk about donuts, and sprouted spelt flour. In my holistic nutrition class, I’m learning about sprouting and why it’s so important for digestion. Many plants, especially grains, contain phytic acid – a compound that mainly helps the plants store phosphorus. However, phytic acid is indigestible, and it also decreases the bioavailability of the nutrients of the plant. (Meaning it inhibits the body from absorbing the nutrients of the food.) So it’s very very important to remove the phytic acid from whatever grains or cereals you’re preparing. While cooking will help reduce the levels of phytic acid to some degree, the best way to go is with soaking (otherwise known as sprouting) in an acidic medium. What does this mean? Just stick your wheatberries in a bowl of water spiked with lemon juice. That’s it.

Unfortunately, rarely any whole grains or flours on the market are sprouted. With grains or beans you can sprout them yourself, but since flour is a ground-up product, you can’t really soak it. Which is why I love One Degree Organics so much – they offer pre-sprouted flours that enable you to get the optimal nutrition from your baked goods. In this recipe, I used their sprouted spelt flour, which has a deliciously rich and slightly nutty taste in baked goods.

These Earl Grey donuts are a beautiful harmony of flavors and textures, with the fluffy dough, smooth and sweet caramel, tangy blood orange zest, and refreshing coconut whipped cream. I hope you love them as much as I do!!

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Vanilla Earl Grey Donuts w/ Caramel + Blood Orange Zest | Well and Full

Vanilla Earl Grey Donuts w/ Caramel + Blood Orange Zest

These Earl Grey donuts are amazingly delicious with coconut whipped cream, almond butter caramel, and blood orange zest!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 Donuts


Dry Donut Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Sprouted Spelt Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Earl Grey Tea Sachets

Wet Donut Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Strongly Brewed Earl Grey Tea
  • 1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbs Coconut Oil Melted
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Almond Butter Caramel

  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Nectar
  • 1/4 Almond Butter

Coconut Whipped Cream

  • 1 Can Full-Fat Coconut Milk Refrigerated Overnight
  • Drizzle of Maple Syrup


  • Blood Orange Zest
  • Coconut Sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, whisk together dry ingredients - spelt flour, baking soda, baking powder, and the tea from two Earl Grey tea sachets.
  • In a smaller bowl, mix all wet ingredients until evenly combined.
  • Fold wet ingredients into dry, stirring until everything is evenly mixed, making sure there aren't any clumps of flour.
  • Spray your donut pan with coconut oil or another vegetable-based oil. Pour batter evenly into the donut molds.
  • Bake donuts in the oven for 15 minutes. When done, be sure to let the donuts cool completely before topping with caramel and coconut whipped cream.
  • While donuts are baking, make the caramel - just mix the coconut nectar and maple syrup completely until they're evenly combined.
  • Then, make the coconut cream. Take the can of coconut milk out of the refrigerator and gently scoop out the milk solids from the top into a bowl.
  • Using a stand mixer, mix the coconut milk solids until a fluffy cream is formed, about 5 minutes. (You can also use a whisk, but it will just take a bit longer!) Add in a drizzle of maple syrup and mix in until it's evenly combined.
  • To assemble the donuts, remove from pan and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the almond butter caramel, then top with a scoop of the coconut cream. Garnish with blood orange zest and coconut sugar, if desired.
  • Enjoy!


To make the strongly brewed Earl Grey tea, add two tea sachets to 1/4 cup hot water. Let tea steep for 5 minutes then remove sachets.

Vanilla Earl Grey Donuts w/ Caramel + Blood Orange Zest | Well and Full

Quote of the Day:

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.

– Audre Lorde


  • Reply
    January 23, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Oh my gosh drooling <3 you know I'll be making these. The photos + oranges are STUNNING.
    I walked here in Ann Arbor too and it was incredible to see all of the women (and men!) band together.
    Have a great Monday

    • Reply
      January 23, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      That’s awesome Karlie!! I’m so glad to hear you marched!! #GIRLPOWER

  • Reply
    January 23, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I just recently learned about soaking grains. Even though quinoa is supposed to be wonderful, I always have a bad reaction to it. I’m going to try soaking to see if it makes a difference.

    Anyways, I didn’t know they made pre-sprouted flours. What a great idea.

    Thanks for marching. I didn’t go to any marches, but the first thing i did when I woke up today was call, tweet, and e-mail my Rep about HR 586. We gotta stay on our toes.

    • Reply
      January 23, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Calling your rep/senator is super important for bringing about change. Thank you for fighting the good fight, Annie <3 <3

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    January 23, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Oh my lawd, these look incredible! The earl grey tea orange combo sounds unreal. I happen to have a bag of One Degree Sprouted Spelt Flour in my refrigerator right now and I am very tempted to go get some tea and oranges to make these!!

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      January 23, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      It’s so good! I love black tea and citrus :D :D

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    Evi @ greenevi
    January 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    These look amazing! You’ve just made me order donut molds right now :D

    • Reply
      January 23, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Oh really?? That’s awesome!! It’s so fun to make donuts!! :D

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    Kylie@Almond to Zest
    January 23, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    These donuts look super delicious! I can’t wait to try out that flavour combination, it sounds amazing.

    • Reply
      January 23, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks Kylie!! Black tea + orange is so good together :)

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    Maya | Spice + Sprout
    January 23, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    OMGGGG these look incredible! So perfect with a cup of tea on a cold winter day <3

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    January 23, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    This recipe is so brilliant! Love love the almond butter caramel and the coconut whip- time for me to put that donut pan to use !

    • Reply
      January 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Meredith!! :D

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    Hana | Nirvana Cakery
    January 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Oh yum, these donuts look incredible, love all of the flavours! :)

    • Reply
      January 25, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks Hana! :D

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    Bethany @ athletic avocado
    February 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I cannot get over how beautiful these donuts look! The flavor combo sounds uniquely amazing!

    • Reply
      February 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Aww thanks Bethany!! :D

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