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strawberry lavender doughnuts with cream cheese frosting

These doughnuts were actually made on Sunday and meant to be blogged about on Monday.  I took photos and taste tested but wasn’t 100% happy with them.  The lavender flavor was too strong and the strawberry didn’t come through enough.  The frosting was also slightly runny because I tried to whip the strawberries into it.  Not recommended.

I’ve had a small handful of dried lavender on my windowsill for the past few weeks.  I picked it up at the farmers market for a whopping $1.  Actually, that is probably overpriced considering lavender grows like weeds here and is in almost every single yard you walk past.

Point of this story?  Well, there barely is one.  Basically, the first go around of this recipe was a drippy frosting, fragrant fail.  Also, I took a handful of lovely dried lavender photos on Sunday and wiped my card clean before taking today’s photos.  I needed those photos for this post.  Photographing already ground lavender looked like a purple-tinted pile of dirt.  It just wasn’t doing it for me.

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But I couldn’t show you these doughnuts without a photograph of lavender. So what did I do?  Borrowed a few small stems from the neighbors while walking the dogs.

The bushes are literally 5 feet in diameter.  I don’t think anyone is going to notice.

And, on the bonus side these are much prettier photos than the dried lavender shots!

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Now that my pointless story is over how about some doughnuts? 

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How about a little cream cheese frosting sweetened with honey and powdered sucanat?

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How about adding strawberries on top of the frosting instead of mixing them into it?

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I’m thinking yes, and I hope you are too.

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Print this!

Strawberry Lavender Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Frosting [yields 8 doughnuts]

  • 1/2 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
  • 6 T pure cane sugar or sucanat
  • 7 Tbsp strawberry puree [see below]
  • 6 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp almond meal
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2.5 tsp ground dried lavender buds
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder*
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8-10 strawberries for topping
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease your doughnut pan with melted butter, melted coconut oil, or cooking spray. 
  2. In a large bowl mix together all of your dry ingredients.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together all of your wet ingredients until smooth.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir with a large wooden spoon until just combined.  Avoid over-stirring.
  5. Carefully spoon the mixture into the doughnut pan molds about 1/8” from the top.
  6. Bake for 18 – 24min until golden brown and springy to the touch.  If you toothpick test you want it to be moist, not gooey or dry.
  7. Let the doughnuts cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then slide a small spatula around the edges to loosen.
  8. Turn the doughnuts out onto a cooling rack, let completely cool, and then frost the doughnuts.
  9. Cut the stem off of the 8-10 strawberries and place them on a cutting board flat side down.  Slice thinly [about 8 slices] and then slice once down the center in the opposite direction to halve the slices.
  10. Place the halves in an overlapping pattern on top of the frosting.  Best if served immediately but can be stored—covered—in the fridge for 1 day.

notes: Using a Wilton doughnut pan this recipe yields 8 doughnuts.  *For altitude around 5,000 feet set your oven to 370 degrees and decrease the baking powder to 3/4 tsp.  Make sure your dried lavender buds are ground.  You can finely chop them or use a food processor or coffee grinder [just beware the scent may linger].

Strawberry Puree [yields ~ 1/2 cup]

  • 1.5 cups strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1tsp tapioca starch
  1. Place the cleaned + stemmed strawberries into a pot over medium heat with the honey and tapioca starch.
  2. Stir until the mixture comes to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer [uncovered] for 10 minutes or until thickened and strawberries are breaking apart.
  3. Empty mixture into a blender, puree, then let cool.

Cream Cheese Frosting [yields 1 cup]

  • 3/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sucanat or powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter together until fluffy and smooth.
  2. Beat in the honey and powdered sucanat until just smooth.
  3. Refrigerate for 15-20min while the doughnuts are baking and cooling.
  4. If you want a sweeter or stiffer frosting add more powdered sucanat.

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A great farewell to strawberry season. 


Reader Comments (27)

It is so sad to say goodbye to strawberry season but these look like the perfect way to say farewell. Awesome recipe Ashley!
Adore the presentation! :)
These are so unique! Love this idea!
love the backlit donut photos! Lavender adds an incredible essence to food, its one of my favorite flavors.. I've made lavender simple syrup popsicles before!
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
These look amazing!! Is there any substitute you can use in this recipe if you don't have the sweet rice flour?
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Beautiful photos. So pretty.
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill
You could also drizzle the remaining strawberry puree over top the of the frosted doughnuts instead of the strawberry chunks, as a nice drizzle garnish, right?
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecca
So many amazing + unique flavors in these donuts!
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarla
@Katie - Thank you! The popsicles sound so fun! I had a blackberry lavender ice cream about 2 years ago that was outstanding and it gave me this idea.

@Karen - Unfortunately there isn't. White and brown rice flour will lead to a very different texture. Sweet rice flour is quite unique and is crucial in achieving the texture of this doughnut. Sorry about that!

@Becca - Yes, you probably could do that, although it might make the frosting a little wet/mushy. I left the topping raw to add a little texture and to draw attention to this pretty, red fruit. :) Definitely a fun idea though!
August 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
Wow- a 5' diameter lavender bush? Wow- I didn't think they could grow that big! I LOVE lavender, but it is definitely one of those things that you have to use sparingly.
Yet again, I wish I owned a doughnut pan. I just feel like I'd never use it!
@Lauren - They are just under $10 on amazon if you do decide you want one. And I must say, people get very excited when you bring over dessert and it's doughnuts! Fun change of pace from cupcakes/cookies. And yes, the lavender is out of control here!!
August 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
Such gorgeous looking doughnuts! I'm curious about the combination... nice touch with the strawberries on top instead of mixing them in, YUM!
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrista @ Edible Balance
Oh my goodness. I wish I had smell-o-vision. I can only imagine how yummy your kitchen smelled! Looks delicious.
They look great!! I know what you mean about lavender coming on too strong in food --I once experimented with honey-yogurt lavender cupcakes when I worked for the food truck and they ended up resembling soap (tasty soap though, if that makes sense? haha). It can be very powerful, but when you get it right, it can be really delicious. Love the photographs!!
What beautiful looking lavender...I tried growing some this summer without any luck (I think it was just too hot for it). These doughnuts sound incredible! I love the idea of the cream cheese frosting on top! Yummy! :)
Beautiful photos, especially the lavender! The doughnuts sound awesome.
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ Savory Simple
Hey, no apologies for urban foraging--especially when what you forage is part of a gigantic hedge! i do the same thing with the rosemary running rampant over our entire neighborhood. :) And those doughnuts look great!
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
Is it bad that I would "borrow" lavender from your neighbors frequently? Probably bet that I don't live next door to them ;)
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
amazing! love the flavor combo :) I need to start doing more with lavender!!
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpurelylori
Totally worth it, the photos of the lavender are beautiful!
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
These look delicious! I love the sliced strawberries on top. I've never tried anything with lavender in it, but now I'm curious!
August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
These look absolutely to die for! I'm in the middle of eating breakfast, and you've still made me stupidly hungry looking at these pictures and reading the recipe...
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
@Stephanie - If only we could smell through our computers. :)

@Laura - I could definitely see how using slightly too much would taste like soap. Just grinding the lavender almost turned me off to eating it. Sooo fragrant!

@Eileen - Urban foraging....LOVE IT!!

@Heather - Nope, not bad! I'm pretty sure no one would mind around here because people are definitely not keeping them trimmed up!

@Katie - Thank you, dear!

@Rachel - That is exactly what I set out to do!
August 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
I see lavender all over the culinary world lately. I imagine it pairs well with both sweet and savory dishes. I came here from Foodgawker where I was drooling over your icing (that I could probably eat by a bowl)... :-)
August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
what a vision! these are some kind of wonderful.
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterally
Those donuts look amazing! If the donuts in your cookbook look anything like these I am so excited to buy it. I'm an 18 year old girl who has just started blogging about living well.. and seeing what you have reached is really inspiring. I would love to try out your recipes and even post about them on my blog. If you have any advice for me I would be honored for you to visit my blog and share it with me. xoxo J
August 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteraninspiredme
These doughnuts look incredible! They are just as pretty as their name is delicious. This is finally the recipe to make me adventurous enough to try baking with lavender. Thanks for sharing!
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

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