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.

31 thoughts on “Ultimate vanilla coconut doughnuts for my birthday

  1. Sheera

    I have to say…Seeing these donuts is like a dream come true for me . Lately I have been searching for a beautiful, yet simple coconut treat. These were perfect! I haven’t tried them but I can’t wait! Thank you for sharing! And God bless you! You are an inspiration and I still can’t believe your only 17 years old. :) Amazing!

  2. Melissa

    Hello! So I made these doughnuts on the weekend, and I definitely did not do something right! I followed your recipe exactly, but the batter was WAY too thick and lumpy, and was nowhere near a smooth consistency. I ended up having to add an extra 1/2 to 3/4 cup of coconut milk to make the batter a normal-ish consistency. I used a low-fat canned coconut milk and followed all the other ingredients exactly. The doughnuts came out okay, (it made 11 regular sized doughnuts)…but they were very dense. (Still edible and pretty yummy)…What do you think went wrong??!!

  3. Paula

    These donuts look amazing! I have a birthday girl who is super health conscious. Do you have the breakdown of calories carbs fat etc! I wud love to make these for her birthday cake.

    1. Zainab

      I don’t count calories/macros but I’m sure you can log the ingredients in to a calorie counter and work out the nutrients for each doughnut :)

  4. Melissa

    Hello! I stumbled across your website with these amazing looking doughnuts, and I can’t WAIT to make them! I know this post hasn’t been active in many months, but maybe I will get a response! :) …..

    When it calls for 3/4 cup coconut milk…is that the coconut milk in the carton in the fridge section? Or the coconut milk in the can, like in the Asian aisle? And if so, full fat coconut milk?

    Thanks again! Can’t wait to make these! Your photos look beautiful!

    1. Zainab


      It doesn’t matter what milk you use (heck, you could even use water!). I used a low-fat canned coconut milk but it’s all up to you

  5. Karina

    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?

    1. Zainab

      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

  6. Joan

    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

    1. Zainab

      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

  7. Kat

    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!

  8. Ree

    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!

  9. amy

    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 :)

  10. Isabella

    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!

  11. Shelby

    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.


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