Toasted Coconut Donuts

I have been stung by the baking bug, more like donutquitoo. If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed it here and here. 

..In Hindu tradition (varies from one household to another and I am not an expert when it comes to religion/tradition so feel free to chime in) whenever a new purchase/investment is made, it is customary to perform a puja (prayer) and offer the purchase/investment to God in which it involves breaking a whole coconut. My family performed the puja on my brothers new car, broke a whole coconut, and sprinkled coconut water all around the car in order to receive blessings and protection from God. The meat of the coconut is often kept as ‘prasad’ (holy food offering given to God during pujas) and eaten later. Even though I missed the prayer, I was excited to receive big chunk of fresh coconut meat. 

Fresh coconut meat is good by itself but when incorporated into a donut – I think it serves it’s purpose best. Just saying. 

If coconut donut is not your thing – use same recipe (below) but skip the grated coconut altogether & substitute coconut extract with vanilla extract. Use glaze of your choice or roll them in cinnamon sugar. Either way it will brighten up your day.

If you are not familiar with removing meat out of coconut’s shell – I highly recommend reading this. Grating coconut meat is also quite a task but worth it.. If you are anything like me – you will do one of two things : whine a lot or watch your mom do it skillfully. At the end, the crunchy, slightly nutty flavor of toasted coconut will steal the show as it sits atop soft, moist donut glazed with sticky sugar glaze. 

All I can say is half a dozen is not enough (for 2 people) and soon you will be back to the grind – grating more coconut.  

Toasted Coconut Donuts

yields: 6 donuts


1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon canola oil 
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon coconut extract 
1/4 cup milk ( i used unsweetened almond milk) 
1/4 cup grated coconut (i used freshly grated)
cooking spray


1/2 cup powdered sugar
2-3 drops coconut extract
2-3 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup grated coconut (toasted – directions to follow)

Special tools

Donut pan
Large size ziplock bag or piping bag


– Preheat oven to 325F and spray donut pan and keep it aside.
– In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and grated coconut.
– Melt butter in microwave.
– In a kitchenAid mixer, add egg, milk, oil, coconut extract, melted butter then mix it. together. Add flour mixture and stir it until everything combines well. May use handheld mixer or use a strong whisk to combine ingredients.
– Pour the mixture into a zip lock bag, seal it, and make a hole at the end by cutting with a scissor or use a piping bag. Pour batter evenly in a greased donut pan filling 3/4 of it.
– Bake for 10-12 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
– Remove from oven, allow it to cool before frosting.

To toast coconut

– Line baking sheet with parchment paper and evenly spread a layer of grated coconut.
– Bake it along with donuts. I placed grated coconut on top rack while donuts were on the middle rack.
– Remember to stir it – I stirred it once after 5-6 minutes.
– Remove from oven along with donuts or may leave little longer for extra crunch.

For frosting

– In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar, coconut extract and milk. Blend it together to form a slightly thick paste.
– Take individual donut, dip in sugar glaze, then immediately adorn with toasted coconuts.

It’s best when served immediately.

More donut recipe:

On a side note: here’s a great article that discusses the hype regarding coconut oil by a fellow dietitian Gina@ CandidRD : Is Coconut Oil Really As Great As They Say? 

Do you or your family follows any tradition when new purchase/investment is made?
or just tell me about your favorite donut.   


  1. says

    These donuts look delicious. I have to agree with the article on coconut oil, good or bad it is still a lot of saturated fat and you need to limit the amounts in your diet. Most regions that use coconut oil in their diet are also coastal areas and consume large quantities of fish (rich in essential fatty acids) that help to counterbalance the effects of coconut oil. Diet trends are sometimes crazy!

  2. says

    WOW! These are beautiful, Dixya! The photos are awesome too! I’ve never had fresh coconut meat before, although I’m doing a few days of raw eating next week and noticed a lot of the recipes call for fresh coconut.

  3. says

    OK, you definitely have me drooling over here!! I’m not even a donut girl, well….I am, but I prefer chocolate and cream filled! These, however, sound wonderful. I’ve really been into shredded coconut lately….wow.
    Thanks for the link to my blog post too!!

  4. says

    I haven’t had donuts in years and this post is making me drool! Love toasted coconut – my favorite donut would be one like yours but chocolate (duh)!!

  5. says

    Our family is the same when it comes to big investments- puja comes first ☺! I think you made fabulous use of that coconut and am impressed that you actually made donuts on your own…they always seem so difficult. My favorites are cinnamon or glazed but I’m pretty sure coconut would be equally delicious!

    • says

      I love traditions like this one which involves food and be able to use them into something delicious :) cinnamon sugar always wins me over too

  6. says

    I need to get myself bitten by the donutquito because I bought a donut pan months ago and still haven’t used it! Shame on me. These donuts need to be made! I love coconut.

  7. says

    Fresh coconut meat is the best!!! And what a lucky car, to have coconut water sprinkled all over it. I would be okay with someone sprinkling coconut water all over me haha! These donuts sound delicious- sounds like they are definitely worth grating coconuts for. Yum!!

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