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Photo: Abby Maker

Sarah Pachelli
Photo: Sarah Pachelli

Instragramming cupcakes and rainbow-colored bagels is so passé. But one pastry continues to rack up the double taps: donuts. The breakfast food has evolved from simple, glazed Krispy Kreme-type treats to artisanal creations drawing block-long lines—especially on National Donut Day (yes, it’s a real thing), which is on June 2.

But celebrating doesn’t have to mean OD-ing on gluten and sugar. Sweet Bean Eats chef Sarah Pachelli has perfected a special recipe exclusively for Loosie’s Cafe, a cafe-slash-open workspace that opened last month adjacent to Loosie’s Kitchen in Brooklyn. Behold: the matcha spirulina donut.

“Playing with matcha and spirulina started the way most superfood experimentation starts: with smoothies.”

“Playing with matcha and spirulina started the way most superfood experimentation starts: with smoothies,” Pachelli says. “From there, I got more creative.” She explains that being a nutritional chef, her main goal is always to find ways to use food as medicine—especially for clients who stick to a strict anti-inflammatory diet.

“I’m constantly scouring the internet and Instagram for inspiration,” she says. Once she has the basic structure of a recipe, “I tweak, alter, and substitute until it becomes my own.” And the result is pretty darn delicious.

Scroll down to get the recipe for these low-sugar, gluten-free, superfood-packed treats.

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Photo: Abby Maker

Gluten-Free Matcha Spirulina Donuts

Makes 6 donuts

For donuts:
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 Tbsp spirulina powder
3 Tbsp matcha powder
2 tsp vanilla bean powder
1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil

For topping:
1/2 cup maple sugar (or coconut sugar)
2 Tbsp Ceylon cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease donut pan.

2. In a small bowl, mix coconut flour, spirulina, matcha, vanilla powder, salt, and baking powder.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with maple syrup and melted coconut oil.

4. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients until smooth.

5. Divide the batter into the donut pan until about three-fourths full and bake for 10–12 minutes, until just firm and bouncy to the touch.

6. Let the donuts cool on a wire rack for about five minutes.

7. Meanwhile, mix the maple sugar and cinnamon in a shallow plate.

8. Dip donuts into the cinnamon sugar mix while they’re still warm for maximum stickiness.

Loosie’s Cafe, 93 South 6th St., Brooklyn, NY,

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These donuts would taste delicious with a hot cup of golden milk, which FYI is anti-inflammatory, too. And here are more low-sugar recipes for when you’re in the mood for something sweet.