Chocolate Kissed Red Wine Donuts

February 14, 2012 at 6:30 am 9 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If everything goes according to plan, The Frozen Moose yogurt store should be open today (keep your fingers crossed for me!). I wrote this quick post ahead of time in anticipation that I wouldn’t have time to sleep or breathe anything but frozen yogurt but I still wanted to share a festive post. I couldn’t stay away from you all!

Chocolate + Wine sounds romantic, doesn’t it? Continuing on with my love for donut pan, I was set on coming up with a recipe that used wine and chocolate for Valentines’ day. I am not a wine drinker myself but I sure enjoyed this combination in these cake donuts. I tried multiple batches of these vegan donuts for Fork and Beans Valentine’s Day bake-off with many failures (ie. coming out completely flat and gummy).

Although they aren’t perfect, these donuts are moist, chocolately and easy to pull together. They could be a little bit lighter in texture and height (maybe add an egg or use egg replacer for vegan?) but I still enjoyed them very much…what’s not to like when something is covered in chocolate? 🙂

Chocolate Kissed Red Wine Donuts


For donuts
1/4 cup oat flour (millet, brown rice or sorghum could be subbed)
1/4 cup buckwheat flour (millet, brown rice, or sorghum could be subbed)
1/4 cup flax meal
1 Tbsp coconut flour (or could use 2 more Tbsp of oat or buckwheat flour)
3-4 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup coconut palm sugar or sucanat
1/4 cup Earth balance, or refined coconut oil (no coconut taste), melted (room temp)
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup red wine
1/4 cup non-dairy milk (room temperature)

For chocolate glaze
1/2 cup dairy-free dark chocolate bar, chopped or chocolate chips (I used Endangered Species 72% bar)
2 tsp refined coconut oil (no taste) or all-vegetable shortening

Optional toppings
chocolate shavings or cacao nibs
2 Tbsp fruit-sweetened strawberry or raspberry preserves (mixed with 1/2 Tbsp powdered sucanat and slightly thinned with 1 tsp of red wine, only add this prior to serving)


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease donut pan and set aside.
2. Add all dry ingredients (flours through sugar) into a medium mixing and stir to combine. Add wet ingredients (earth balance/oil through wine) bowl and stir together gently.
3. Spoon batter into prepared donut pan and smooth with spatula or press down gently. Bake donuts at 350 F for about 15-16 minutes (should be moist but also cooked through).
4. Let cool in pan for at least 5 minutes before gently removing.
5. To prepare glaze, add chocolate and oil/shortening in a double broiler, stir often until chocolate is melted. Carefully dip tops of donuts into the melted chocolate, sprinkle/drizzle with other toppings if desired and enjoy!

Makes 6 donuts

*If you don’t have a donut pan, you could still make these in mini cake form. Just use greased ramekins or cupcake/muffin liners – will probably make 4-5 so cooking time will most likely increase by a few minutes.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Heidi @ Food Doodles  |  February 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Very fancy 😀 I’m actually not a fan of wine, but I love the idea! And they’re great for V-day. Hope everything’s going great for you guys today!! And happy Valentines day!

    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  February 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

      I figured I would fancy things up a bit for V-day 🙂 hehe – I am usually not a fan of wine either but I was really intrigued by the taste…if compliments the chocolate really well!

  • 3. becca  |  February 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Do they taste like wine? Or is it hidden by the chocolate?

    • 4. Cara  |  February 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      I made these the other day Becca and they are really good! They do have a hint of red wine {not overwhelming at all} that pairs perfectly with the chocolate, not to mention they are so cake-like and tasty!!!

      • 5. naturalnoshing  |  February 23, 2012 at 9:24 am

        awww thanks Cara! I appreciate you stepping in for me hahaha 🙂

    • 6. naturalnoshing  |  February 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Just a bit but I didn’t find it overwhelming – you could always use the smaller ratio of wine in the recipe if you wanted! 🙂

  • 7. Genevieve  |  February 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I thought chocolate and red fruit was a good combination for a Valentine’s Day dessert, but chocolate and red wine sounds even more perfect! Good luck with the opening!

    • 8. naturalnoshing  |  February 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Thanks so much Genevieve! 🙂 I happen to love the combo, I am glad you approve too!

  • 9. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  February 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    They look so gooood! And so pretty too! I too am curious about the taste of the red wine though… can you taste it at all?

    I’ve always been a huge fan of port wine and dark chocolate, but have never tried red wine… You definitely got me curious!

    And I hope things are going according to plan and that you spent all day today serving up frozen yogurt! I think I’ll have a Greek Honey, please… with a little side of Cake Batter! 🙂


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