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Caramel Turtle Donuts

Caramel Turtle Donuts!

My favorite combination of all time is chocolate and caramel.

Throw in some Pecans and you have yourself a turtle donut!

Caramel Turtle Donuts

Why turtle you may ask?

This original combination of chocolate, caramel and pecans made into small bite sized candies resembled a turtle and the name stuck.

So now pretty much anything that is made of chocolate, caramel and pecans can technically be named a turtle dessert and everyone will know it is a combination of those three ingredients in some way shape or form.

Like this Turtle Cheesecake for example!!

Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake

Today I made donuts and let me tell you – this is one donut that eats like a grand dessert!

Sure you can eat these for breakfast, after all chocolate is the breakfast of champions; but this donut can be served up as a delectable dessert just the same!

Cake donuts were always my favorite.

I would take a chocolate cake donut over a yeast raised and filled donut any day.

So for me, this moist chocolate cake donut loaded up with caramel and pecans then filled with a spot of fudge in the center is my donut supreme!

*You will notice I am using palm sugar paste for my caramel recipe, I do prefer making caramel out of palm sugar paste, but you can use another sugar if you like. CLICK HERE and skip to 4:46 for a video on the differences in each sugar in making this caramel.

Caramel Turtle Donuts

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Caramel Turtle Donuts

Prep time

40 mins

Bake time

10 mins

Total time

50 mins

Serves: 6 donuts


  • For the Donut Batter:
  • All Purpose Flour 1 cup (125g)
  • Natural Cocoa Powder Unsweetened¼ cup (20g)
  • Light Brown Sugar ½ cup (105g)
  • Baking Soda 1 teaspoon
  • Salt ¼ teaspoon
  • Almond Milk ½ cup (120ml)
  • Ground Flax Seed 1 Tablespoon (8g)
  • Hot Water 3 Tablespoons (45ml)
  • Coconut Oil Melted 4 teaspoons
  • Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon
  • For the Caramel:
  • ½ cup Palm Sugar Paste or coconut, light brown sugar or regular sugar
  • ½ cup coconut milk (120ml)
  • Salt pinch
  • Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon
  • *Optional Fudge Icingfor the center dollop, you will only need a small amount though so a whole recipe is too much, easier to do half recipe then freeze the icing or save it for something else.
  • Sea Salt as needed *optional
  • Pecans Chopped Toasted approximately ½ cup


  1. First make the caramel sauce by combining the palm sugar and coconut milk together in a sauce pot and whisk smooth until it starts to boil
  2. Once it boils reduce heat to medium and stop stirring and let it reduce to almost half the original volume (which would be about ½ cup) this should take about 5 minutes, not much longer
  3. Add the salt and vanilla extract and swirl the pan to combine
  4. Pour into a heat proof container to cool and then make the donut batter
  5. For the donut batter: Combine ground flax seed with hot water and whisk smooth
  6. Let stand for at least 5 minutes or up to 30 minutes to thicken to a paste
  7. In a large mixing bowl combine the almond milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, brown sugar and flax egg and whisk smooth
  8. Add the sifted flour, cocoa powder, salt & baking soda and whisk smooth.
  9. Transfer batter to a pastry bag and pipe almost to the top into each of the lightly greased cavities.
  10. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for approximately 10-12 minutes for the larger donuts (8 minutes for the mini’s). or when they spring back when gently pressed they are done.
  11. Cool then dip in the cooled caramel, chopped pecans and the optional swirl of fudge icing in the centers.
  12. A sprinkle of crushed sea salt is a great addition to cut the sweetness of all the elements of this donut!


Donuts will stay fresh for up to 4 days in the refrigerator wrapped well, bring to room temperature before serving.

They can be left at room temperature for a day or two, but the fudge icing usually gets a bit too soft



About Sandy

Sick of eating steamed vegetables time after time? Tired of making the same old meals? Make things exciting and fun, and explore vegetarian cooking with the recipes in this book. Don’t think that ‘meat’ can’t be part of your vegetarian diet! Even if you’re just interested in vegetarian dishes, you can make your own ‘meat’. You hear me! “Make your own meat!” I will show you the traditional Chinese way of making vegetarian meat. The possibilities are endless after you learn how! You can make Kung Po Chicken, Soft Blow Kidney, Sweet and Sour Chicken, and so much more. Learn and digest the recipes in this book. Then get creative, make your own dishes, and really explore vegetarian cooking.

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