Who wouldn’t want dessert for breakfast with these Girl Scout Cookie inspired donuts?! Mini Baked Samoa Donuts are a whipped together in a single bowl, full of chocolate, a tender vanilla donut and topped with toasted coconut and a healthy caramel sauce!
If there is one way to kick Monday’s booty it would be with dessert for breakfast!
Just pour yourself another cup of coffee and you will be singing the same tune.
Every spring, I secretly hoped for a coworker to antagonize me politely offer to buy one or five boxes of mouthwatering Girl Scout cookies from their daughter. Unfortunately, since I work from home and not too many little girls come randomly knocking on my door, I have to fix my craving elsewhere. Although I did hear something through the grapevine, that they are selling Girl Scout cookies online for the first time ever. You mean I don’t even get to see that cute little Girl Scouts face as she bats her eyes at me, hypnotizing me into buying one too many boxes?
As if I need anything persuading me to buy those cookies.
What about the times when I don’t have a stash of cookies stored? When a craving hits and I need a caramel, coconut and chocolate doused cookie right this minute? Luckily, the world isn’t coming to come to an end because my cravings have been cured. My soul is fulfilled and my stomach is filled with donuts.
I am shocked it took me nearly a year and half to whip up some donuts for you all. Shame. I know. Luckily that time came to an end and I present to you the tenderest, vanilla loaded, puffy baked donuts that I have ever come across. Being mini, they bake up in less than 8 minutes, which means the longest 8 minutes of your life.
The dough takes only one bowl and is simple to bring together. Whisk the dry ingredients, add the wet then briefly stir until the ingredients are combined. No longer or you end up with tough donuts. No bueno. Add the dough to a piping bag or a Ziploc with one corner cut off. Pipe into a mini donut pan (or regular one if that is all ya got), then into the oven for a short bake. I highly suggest sampling right out of the oven as they are omg. So scrumptious.
Another great part about this recipe is it is dairy and vegan-friendly! Meaning no eggs were harmed in the making of these donuts. Music to my ears as apparently I am allergic. This is the time that I have found my way around my problem and solved it. And boy was it a sweet success! Flax seed steps in and acts as the binder here. So please do not leave the flax seed out! To make up for the milk, I swap my new love of Silk Cashewmilk. It is ultra creamy, slightly sweet and perfect swap for milk products in baking! Or in my case, my morning coffee, smoothies, pancakes and healthier alfredo sauces. Everything I love about cashews is prominent in this milk. They are smooth and the flavor is not in your face. They have started to carry it at my local grocery store as well as Target. Talk about convenient!
Truth be told, I have a hard time deciding which aspect I like better about these donuts: the vanilla donut or the 5 minute caramel sauce! You read that right. One blender, a few dates, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, a touch of milk and salt, and you have yourself a quick, full on caramel sauce. After a whirl in the blender until creamy, you fold in toasted coconut. It may be dangerous knowing I have this caramel sauce in my back pocket…
These mini samoa donuts may seem time-consuming, but the flavor bursting from them is something else and 100% worth it. Gooey caramel, toasted coconut, tender vanilla donut all draped in chocolate is oh so succulent. Full on Girl Scout Samoa Cookie worthy, but without the wait!
meal prep tips:
I love making these Baked Samoa Donuts on a Saturday or Sunday morning then enjoy them all week long! Store in a sealed container on the counter then enjoy as needed. If you prefer or have a very warm kitchen, store in the fridge.
if you want to make the donuts ahead of time, say for a party or brunch, store unfrosted donuts in a sealed container, then add topping morning off. They taste better fresh.
If you make this recipe, make sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #WITHSALTANDWIT. I’d love to see what you are cooking up in your kitchen!
This post is sponsored by Silk. But as always, opinions are my own! Thank you so much for supporting the brands that With Salt and Wit loves!31