Ultimate vanilla coconut doughnuts for my birthday


So I’m guessing that by the title of this post you know what’s up…

It’s my birthday! I’ve officially turned 17 *insert shocked face here*

So in honor of the birth of this gorgeous face (just kidding ahem) I made my ultimate vanilla and coconut doughnuts… and yes- I made my own birthday treat and cake because I’m freaky like that.

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I’m keeping this birthday quite small, just the family and a few close friends. I’ve made a almond crunch cake which is chilling in the refrigerator as we speak… a 4 layer vanilla bean cake, covered in coconut whipped cream and dusted with and ‘almond crunch’.

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I’ve also made these vanilla coconut doughnuts which I am in love with. As you might now by the endless amount of coconut posts that I am obsessed (key word: obsessed) with coconut.

Fluffy bites of vanilla and coconut baked doughnuts, moist and fluffy sweet morsels of heaven, I like to call them.


Ultimate coconut doughnuts

Makes: 24 small doughnuts or 12 large doughnuts


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • melted coconut oil, to coat
  • extra desiccated coconut, to dust


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the plain flour, coconut flour, desiccated coconut, raw sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, coconut milk and vanilla extract.
  4. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until smooth.
  5. Pipe the batter into a lightly greased doughnut pan and bake for 10-12 minutes or until it springs back to the touch. Alternatively- you can make these doughnuts in a doughnut maker.
  6. Cool completely before lightly brushing with melted coconut oil and dusting generously with coconut.


  1. Karina October 9, 2014

    Is there anyway I could fry this recipe. I know it’s not nearly as health conscious but I don’t have the pans for baking them in the oven and I’ve read up a lot of how to fry doughnuts at home in just a tall pot. I just want to know if I would need to adjust the recipe for the cake part so it doesn’t turn out poorly. I know I’d have to add yeast but will the coconut flour be okay to fry as well?

    • Zainab October 11, 2014

      Normally, fried doughnuts are made of a yeast dough whereas this recipes is made of a cake-type batter. I wouldn’t recommend frying as a cooking method for this recipe. I have, however, seen some of my viewers use a traditional cupcake pan to cook the doughnuts, then cut out a small hole in the centre to imitate the shape of a doughnut (quite smart if I do say so myself…) Hope this helps xx

  2. Joan October 3, 2014

    Hello lovely girl!

    You are extremely talented and I’m sure you are well aware. :) Thank you for being you and for sharing your passion with the world. These donuts look absolutely delectable, as do the rest of your baked goods – I can’t wait to try one of them out!

    P.S. You are also a superb food photog. I am almost envious. What camera do you use?

    A newbie baker

    • Zainab October 3, 2014

      Hello to you too, Joan!

      Thank you so much for all the love, you’re too kind. I’m so so so happy you enjoy my work, hearing that just brightens up my day.

      I use a Canon 70D and a 50mm macro lens. I look forward to seeing your bakes, hope you enjoy the world of baking xxx

  3. Kat August 14, 2014

    How can I make them without a doughnut pan or doughnut maker?! These look amazing and I WILL make them without a doughnut pan if it kills me!

    • Zainab August 14, 2014

      I’ve seen some bake them in mini cupcake moulds then cut out a hole (pretty clever if you ask me)! Hahah I hope you love them xx

  4. Ree July 30, 2014

    I’ve just found your blog via instagram but i’m already in love! These treats all look so delicious & your photos are amazing. I wish i could take pictures like that ;) i will definitely try this recipe!

    • Zainab July 30, 2014

      Aw thanks lovely Ree! I can’t wait to see it, woman!! I hope you love it to shreds xx

  5. Kathy July 14, 2014

    Could coconut sugar be used instead? Thanks

    • Zainab July 14, 2014

      Yep! You can replace it with any sugar you like :)

  6. amy July 12, 2014

    Love love love your recipes. However it would be great to see some sugar free ones or at least something in the ingredients which we could use in place of sugar and the quantity. Xx :)

    • Zainab July 12, 2014

      Thanks lovely! Oh yes- I’ve been getting a few requests on sugar free recipes and I’ll get on it ASAP!

  7. Isabella July 9, 2014

    Hi! Could i use wholemeal spelt flour or does it just have to be plain white flour? I LOVE YOU RECIPES! Keep up the good work!

    • Zainab July 9, 2014

      Hello! You could most definetly use wholemeal spelt flour. Thanks so much- I’m so happy you enjoy them!!

  8. Izzy July 7, 2014

    give me coconut anything and i’ll quite literally gobble it down in one mouthful

    • Zainab July 8, 2014

      You read my mind! Me and my dad are in love with coconut- we stir a little bit in out oatmeal- it’s amazing

  9. Genie July 7, 2014

    Happy birthday! Gorgeous photos. I hope you had a delicious day.

    • Zainab July 7, 2014

      Aw thanks lovely lady! I had a great day yesterday- and gigantic food babies!!

  10. Rosie July 7, 2014

    These look divine! I’m going to try make them today. Thank you for the recipe :) :)

    • Zainab July 7, 2014

      Thanks Rosie! YAY- I literally can’t wait to see how it goes, I hope you love it :)

  11. Erin July 7, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful. So in awe of your styling and photots x

    • Zainab July 7, 2014

      Thanks gorgeous! I love that you love it ;) xx

  12. Shelby July 7, 2014

    Your photography is amazing! I am also obsessed with coconut and I can’t wait to try these. Keep it up! You have a great talent.

    • Zainab July 7, 2014

      Thank you so much, Shelby! I can’t wait to see your amazing cooking girl! xx


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