Loukoumades (Greek Honey Donuts)

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Yes, these are the best damn donuts that I have ever had in my life. I had to hide these from myself. It’s pretty much impossible to not binge these donuts. Once you have one, you’re going to keep going back for more. They’re a little crunchy on the outside and in the inside they’re so soft and fluffy. I can’t even put into words how amazing these donuts are. When I created these donuts, I was looking at recipes on Google and decided that I just did not want to make them the way that they are traditionally made. A lot of the ingredients in the regular recipe, I can’t even consume. Plus, I just didn’t feel like following any instructions. Sometimes I like to let loose in the kitchen and just do anything!

So, I know that technically I should not be calling these Loukoumades. Technically, this is just fried dough with honey topped on it. These aren’t authentic at all, but they were created with the dessert in mind so let’s roll with it. I’ve never had Loukoumades before, but I saw them after doing some googling about Baklava and Burek.

Loukoumades, traditionally, are made with eggs and white sugar. I do not make a lot of recipes with white sugar. Honestly, I don’t even have a reason why. I’ve made the switch from typically using Coconut Sugar to Monk fruit Sugar. I made the switch because it’s a natural calorie free alternative. Monk fruit Sugar will not raise your blood sugar levels as well. Monk fruit Sugar contains antioxidants and it supports the immune system, digestive tract, glands, and respiratory system. It has a glycemic index of zero! So, that was enough to make me make the switch. I mainly bought this to test it out since my father has diabetes and I’m always searching for alternatives to foods that he won’t be able to tell the difference to. He is always aware of alternatives, so I’ve been trying so hard to change this. I got him to try Kombucha, which is a big deal since he refuses to try anything labeled “healthy”. Haha.

Technically, these donuts are vegan. A lot of vegans that I know consume honey, but a lot of vegans do not. So, if you do not consume honey then use maple syrup in this recipe instead. Or, you can skip both and cover these donuts with lots of peanut butter and chocolate chips. I always list alternatives for you guys to make life easy. Everyone eats so different and I don’t like to be strict with my recipes.

Also, I wanted to mention that I am not sure if these will taste the same if you bake this dough. i know that a lot of us are trying to stop frying foods. So, if you’d like to make these without frying them, invest in an air fryer since that doesn’t require any oils! If you make this dough, brush it wita egg/water mixture or warm milk. If you bake this, please let me know how it turns out. I am so curious!

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Greek Honey Donuts

ingredients:

  • 2 cups Pastry Flour (or 2 cups All Purpose Flour)
  • 2 cups Tapioca Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 tbsp Monkfruit Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 3 packages of Active Yeast 
  • 1 cup Macadamia milk, warmed
  • 1 egg replacer from Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 3 cups Grapeseed Oil, for frying 
  • 1/2 cup Honey

instructions:

  1. Begin by following the instructions to activate your yeast. In a large bowl, add together all of the ingredients except the honey and 3 cups of grapeseed oil. Do not mix together until your yeast is activated. 
  2. After your yeast has activated, mix it together very well! The dough should not be sticky, so feel free to add more flour if necessary. 
  3. Let the dough sit in a warm area to rise for 45 minutes.
  4. After the dough has risen, flour a surface and add your dough. Flatten it out with a rolling pin and then grab pieces of the dough and roll it into a ball. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and add your dough. Add to the fridge and let sit for one hour.
  5. After the full hour, add some oil to a dutch oven and preheat it until it reached 375 F. 
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge and proceed to add it into the oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Do not overcook. 
  7. When golden brown, remove from oil and top with honey immediately. 
  8. Enjoy!