½ cup nut or seed butter (I used sunflower seed kernel butter with NO added sugar, only a pinch of salt. See Notes after recipe for link to how to make your own.)
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup coconut sugar (If you use white sugar, you will not get a “caramel” flavor, but it will still turn out a nice donut.)
1¼ cups Gigi’s Everyday gluten-free flour Blend (Gum-free), (link in Notes after recipe)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 recipe Chocolate cream cheese Filling (link in Notes after recipe)
1 recipe Thick caramel Topping (link in Notes after recipe)
mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand is gluten-free and free from the top 8 US food allergens)
Chopped pecans, optional but recommended if you can eat pecans (or other nut or seed of your choice)
Preheat oven to 350F.You will need a 6-section donut pan, lightly greased.
In mixing bowl, combine nut or seed butter, applesauce, coconut sugar and stir to blend. Add eggs; stir until mixture is thick and uniform.
Add flour blend and baking powder; stir until no dry ingredients remain.
To fill sections of donut pan, either spoon mixture into a large pastry bag (no tip attached) OR into a plastic squeeze bottle (like those for pancake batter with a large opening) and divide the batter evenly among the pan sections (please seed Notes below recipe for more on this)
Bake 12-15 minutes, until donuts rise and tops appear dry. Be careful to bake just until done, or the donuts will be a bit dry.
Remove from oven and cool about 15 minutes in pan before removing to a plate to cool completely.
Once cooled, use a serrated bread knife to slice each donut in half, bagel-style.
Pipe or spread Chocolate Cream Cheese onto the bottom half of each donut, top with a top half.
Once all donuts are filled, make the Caramel Topping. It sets up quickly, so you want to work fast. (See recipe link in Notes below recipe.)
Use a large spoon to add topping to each donut, allowing some to trickle down the sides. If you work very quickly, you can use a spatula or butter knife to spread the caramel; however, I recommend spooning it over the top.
Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts, if using. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for later. Store leftovers in fridge.