Mini Brown Butter Caramel Donuts – Keto, Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, THM S
I love brunch and the best part of brunch is the sweet treats served. Danish, coffee cake, sticky buns, donuts… I am a fan of all of them. My favorite holidays are when we go to church for the vigil the night before so we can hang out in our pajamas and have a leisurely brunch the day of. I normally prep an easy egg bake a day in advance, make a big tray of bacon, toss together a fruit salad, and bake a yummy brunch dessert to go along with our coffee. My first cookbook was a brunch cookbook and this is why!
How to Make Brown Butter
It only takes a few minutes to turn regular butter into brown butter. All you do to make brown butter is heat it in a saucepan until it is golden brown, hence the name, brown butter. Browning the butter gives it a richer flavor.
Batter Ingredients for Mini Caramel Donuts:
Sugar-Free Sweetener – I like to use a blend of xylitol, erythritol, and stevia in my recipes. You can purchase this pre-mixed from the Trim Healthy Mama website or mix your own according to my recipe. By using a combination of sugar alcohols and stevia you can use half the amount required of regular sugar. Since these sweeteners can be more expensive this helps with my food budget.
Almond Flour – I’ve really come to prefer almond flour in baked goods. It gives a tender crumb in cakes, cookies, and biscuits.
Coconut Flour – Just a little bit of coconut flour goes a long way. Coconut flour helps to balance the oiliness of almond flour since it is naturally drier and absorbs more liquid than other alternative flours.
Ground Golden Flax – Flax has a ton of fiber and the golden variety has a very mild taste. You can use the golden flax or sub in additional almond flour for this ingredient.
Brown Butter Caramel Ingredients:
sugar free sweetener (see notes above)
How to Make Brown Butter Caramel
It is very easy to make brown butter caramel for the caramel donuts. The most important thing is stirring frequently and not forgetting about it. If you leave the kitchen to do another task the caramel can easily burn. I’ve made caramel dozens of times and can tell by the smell when it is almost done. It will start to smell rich and fragrant and like caramel. The color changes and it thickens. There may also be a few darker bits forming at the very bottom. Those will look almost burned. This is when you remove the caramel from the heat.
Note: This makes a very generous amount of caramel. You will only use about half on the donuts. You can half the caramel ingredients if you prefer but when I make caramel I always make extra. The caramel will firm up in the fridge until the consistency of a praline. Simply microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each to get it back to a sauce.
Tips when making Donuts
- Always fill the donut wells 2/3 full. You may end up with more or fewer donuts than the recipe states. Donut pans can vary in size so the most important thing is getting nice thick donuts.
- Use a silicone donut pan. I have not had success with metal donut pans but my donuts pop easily from the silicone pans.
- Cool the caramel donuts completely before trying to remove from the pan. If you’d like your donuts warm it is easy to reheat them in the microwave or oven. But trying to get them out of the pan when warm doesn’t work.
- Preheat oven to 350. Generously spray a mini donut pan with cooking spray.
- To brown the 2 tablespoons of butter for the donuts simply heat the butter in a small saucepan until it is golden and fragrant. Transfer to a mixing bowl and let cool for 5 minutes before proceeding.
- Combine all the ingredients for the batter and mix well. Divide between twelve mini donut molds.
- Bake for 25 min. Cool completely and invert onto a cooling rack.
- Meanwhile, to make the caramel heat the butter in a medium saucepan until golden and fragrant. Add the sweetener and 3 oz of the heavy cream. Cook over medium-low heat until bubbly, slightly thickened and lightly browned. Remove from the heat and add the last ounce of cream and the salt. Cool for about 10 minutes or until thickened further. Cooling too long will make the sugar alcohols crystallize. You want this about the same consistency as jarred caramel sauce.
- Drizzle the caramel over the donuts. Serve immediately.
To sub in Swerve use 1.5 to 2 times the amount of sweetener called for.
Originally Published April 11, 2017. Revised and Republished April 22, 2019.