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(2g net carb!) Keto Boston Cream Donuts 🍩

These keto boston cream donuts are simply otherworldly with their pillowy-soft texture, silky vanilla custard and ultimate chocolate glaze! Honestly hard to beat… at just 2g net carbs.

Keto Boston Cream Donuts 🍩

unbelievably pillowy-soft!

So if you’ve whipped up my (1g net carb) keto donuts you already know the drill: one of the best recipes on the site, with the choux pastry method approach gives the almond flour mix an unbelievably fluffy (and donut like!) texture. And, surprisingly perhaps, its actually super easy to whip up.

And so for this boston cream twist, we’re filling them up with a silky smooth vanilla custard– with the texture of the donuts allowing for a *very* generous fill.

Needless to say, chocolate glaze is not optional 🙃

Bonus points: do better than me and get a hold of some actual vanilla beans or paste to up your custard up a (fairly significant) notch.

p.s. don’t miss out on my glazed keto donut holes and the chocolate donuts twist!

The Method

Pretty please watch the video in the recipe card, but mostly so you see how simple the methodology is 😉

The batter for these keto donuts is essentially a choux pastry (used to make anything from eclairs to gougeres). But this is just a fancy way of saying that you first boil together water with sugar, butter (or coconut oil) and salt. Adding in the flour and cooking it until it forms into a ball. And step three, mixing in the eggs off the stove. I also add a bit of baking powder at the end for extra rise!

Now, when you mix in the eggs the dough will be very stiff, and given that we’re also adding in baking powder, the job is best done with a hand-mixer here. The final dough should be very elastic (courtesy of the eggs and xanthan gum).

For the shaping you’ll need a pastry bag (disposable ones are terrific) or simply use a thick plastic bag. You don’t need a tip here: just pipe it out onto a sheet pan as smoothly as you can into 4″/10cm flattish-rounds (so they rise evenly).

My Top Tips For Success!!

As many of you seasoned bakers know, choux pastry is light, absolutely delicious and honestly very easy… but it is a bit finicky and known to deflate under certain circumstances, so be sure to check out these tips!

  • The most common reason for deflating choux pastry is excess liquid. This can come in the form of too large eggs (since we aren’t using a donut pan 2 is enough here!), be sure you’re cooking your dough long enough that it actually forms into a ball (see video), and make sure your oven is calibrated to the correct temperature (or just get a cheap oven thermometer- like most pros do anyways!).
  • You also want to be sure your dough is below 125°F/52°C before beating in the eggs. It can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, depending on your room temperature. Otherwise you could be curdling your first egg (or two), leading to a lack of structure = deflating donuts.
  • Allow your final choux dough to come to room temperature before transferring to a piping bag. I’ve come to realize this is a very important step to keep your donuts from deflating a bunch post bake (because they don’t rise *that* much!).
  • And last, but not least, be gentle! Refrain from opening your oven for the first 20 minutes… and if possible don’t open it at all! Definitely be careful to not slam your oven door (I know mine has a tendency to do that), and be gentle when taking them out of the oven. Don’t have your A/C blasting, keep doors closed, etc… i.e. ensure there are no drafts!

What to do if yours deflate?! i.e. worst case scenario: turn them into French toast (for real!). During my latest experiments to see what was causing the pastry to deflate, I ended up with a lot of ‘mistakes’… and it turns out that they make the most delicious French toast bites ever (and you’ll come back raving about it either way lol!).

Keto boston cream donuts with a chocolate glaze and custard filling on a baking tray

The Flours

I like a mixture of super fine almond flour (Anthony’s is awesome) and coconut flour (again Anthony’s, best taste and texture by a mile!). Add a touch of psyllium husk powder and xanthan gum, and we’re golden.

Borrowed from molecular cooking, xanthan gum is the binding agent which makes your toothpaste jelly-like (and your cream cheese, well cream cheese-like). And it’s also the most common gluten-replacer in gluten free baking. And there’s absolutely no skipping it here!

In all honesty, no substituting anything here. You really do need the full combo of grain free flours to get the choux just right.

The Sweetener

This choux pastry to make the keto donuts is very lightly sweetened (and fairly bland solo), think just a couple tablespoons. But this is really to accommodate for the glaze or topping of choice.

So to sweeten the keto choux pastry itself you can use anything from erythritol (Lakanto is my fav here), allulose and xylitol (non-corn though to avoid tummy troubles!) . So you’ve got options!

And if just grain freecoconut sugar is your best bet here. And of course, raw sugar works great too.

If you’re opting for the glaze, which comes highly suggested, you can use any of the sweeteners from above- but they must be powdered.

So get your blender out, make sure it’s completely dry, and process your sweetener of choice until powdered. Just make sure you wait a few moments for the dust to settle before opening the blender or food processor.

Or you can always grab a bag of Powdered Lakanto (just keep in mind its twice as sweet).

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

Holding a halved keto boston cream donut showing the creamy vanilla custard filling and fluffy texture

And… The Video Story!

Keto boston cream donuts with a chocolate glaze and custard filling freshly baked on a baking tray

(2g net carb!) Keto Boston Cream Donuts 🍩

These keto boston cream donuts are simply otherworldly with their pillowy-soft texture, silky vanilla custard and ultimate chocolate glaze!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 donuts
Calories 230 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For the pastry cream

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup allulose or 2/3 cup erythritol
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons thickener tapioca, arrowroot or cornstarch (see notes)*
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the keto donuts

For the chocolate glaze

Special equipment

Instructions
 

Make the pastry cream

  • Heat up heavy cream in a medium saucepan until simmering. Meanwhile whisk egg yolks with sweetener of choice and salt in a medium bowl until fluffy and pale in color (super fast to do with an electric mixer!).
  • Temper in the heavy cream- i.e. add it little by little to the yolk sugar mixture, while whisking rapidly (you know, so as to not scramble the eggs!). Return the mixture to the saucepan, make a slurry with your thickener (i.e. mix it with a little cold water) and whisk it into the mix. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, whisking constantly, for 5-7 minutes as the mixture thickens. Increase heat to medium high and whisk vigorously for about a minute as the mixture bubbles up.
  • Remove from heat, whisk in the butter and vanilla extract until combined. Strain the mixture into a clean bowl, cover at the surface with cling film and refrigerate until set (at least 2 hours).

Make the donuts

  • See recipe video for guidance!
  • Preheat oven to 425°F/220°C. Grease and flour (with coconut flour) a donut pan. Alternatively, line a baking tray with parchment paper and draw circles 3 1/2 inches in diameter. 
  • Whisk together in a medium bowl almond flour, coconut flour, psyllium husk and xanthan gum. Set aside. 
  • Heat up water, butter, sweetener and salt in medium pot (or Dutch oven) until it just begins to simmer. Lower heat to low and add in flour mixture, mixing constantly to incorporate. Continue to cook and stir until the dough pulls away from the pan and forms into a ball, 1-3 minutes. 
  • Transfer dough back to the bowl and allow to cool for 5 minutes. The dough should still be warm, but not hot enough to scramble the eggs. And if you have an instant thermometer, temperature should be below 125°F/52°C.
  • Add in one egg at a time, mixing with an electric mixer at medium/high speed until fully incorporated (if using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment). Be sure to mix the dough for 2 minutes after adding in the last egg; the final texture should be very elastic. Mix in vanilla extract and baking powder. .
  • Allow the dough to rest until it comes to room temperature (about 15-20 minutes). I've come to realize this is a very important step to keep your donuts from deflating much post bake; the donuts will rise a bit less but hold their shape better.
  • Spoon dough into a piping bag or plastic bag (no tip needed). Cut out bottom of piping bag 2 cm (3/4 inch) wide. Pipe out dough onto prepared parchment paper as smoothly as you can into 4″/10cm flattish-rounds (so they rise evenly). Wet your finger tip and smooth out where the ends meet (for a more even rise).
  • Bake for 15 minutes at 425°F/220°C, lower temperature to 350°F/180°C and continue to bake for 17-20 minutes until deep golden. Do not open your oven door before the first 20 minutes (or at all if possible!), as choux pastry is notoriously sensitive to drafts. Allow to rest in pan for 10 minutes before removing. Note: if your donuts are browning too much, feel free to tent them with aluminum foil (just be sure it isn't resting directly over them!).

Make the glaze

  • Sift powdered sweetener and cocoa powder onto a bowl. Add in vanilla extract, butter and milk-of-choice (as needed) until desired consistency is reached. The glaze should be thick, but pourable (I like to use our fingertip here to test for thickness!).

To assemble 🙂

  • Fill up your donuts with pastry cream once at room temperature using a bag with a metal tip- and be generous, pretty please!
  • Glaze donuts by dunking them onto the glaze (if your tops came out a bit wonky, you can always use the rounder bottoms as your new 'tops'!).
  • These are best enjoyed freshly filled and glazed- because otherwise they need to be refrigerated and everything becomes a bit mushy.

Video

Notes

What thickener to use: arrowroot and tapioca starch are the usual grain free choices, though I've found the pastry cream to come out a tad bit gelatinous (this is a big issue with konjac and xanthan gum, so please avoid here!). And if grain free isn't a concern, using cornstarch will yield the classic pastry cream texture here (same carb count, just 'dirty' keto I suppose). Your choice!

Nutrition

Serving: 1donut | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Keyword almond flour boston cream donuts, gluten free boston cream donuts, keto boston cream donuts
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14 comments

  1. Amber says:

    So mine started getting dark too quickly— by the time I tuned down the oven they were as dark as I wanted them to be. I waited until after 20 minutes and then tented them, but they still fell. ☹️
    What would you suggest for next time? Should I start at 400° instead of 425°? Should I tent them from the start?

    • Oh no I’m sorry to hear that happened amber! What about the positioning of the rack too? Make sure it’s in the lower 1/3 rather than in the middle. I’ve moved apartments quite a bit in the past few years and every oven is a little different (say a convection one wouldn’t brown anything unless I blasted the grill!), so yes try lowering the temp down as you said. I would also do a trial with one and see about baking time and tenting so precious ingredients don’t go to waste (I do this a bunch when I’m getting used to a new oven).

  2. Mirjana MB says:

    So excited to try these!! What is the shelf life and how should we store any leftovers?? Would love to make it for a friend for tea time. Could it be made the day before and pipe the cream in before serving or is it more of an eat it that day? Love your recipes thank you so much for all that you do!!

    • I actually advised against using xanthan gum. And I suppose you can, but you’ll end up with a gelatin rather than a pastry cream? I mean… it wouldn’t be a bad idea *at all* to make a creme brulee donut?!! But you’d have to pipe in the filling before it sets, so not quite sure about the ‘mechanics’ of it all as remember that gelatin will just set it.

    • Lisa says:

      Looks like another delicious recipe! On a side note and I hope you’re not offended, but the little icons for Pinterest, Fb & Email that follow up or down the side as one scrolls are super irritating and partially block wording and photos, in fact it’sin the way right now as I try to type. I don’t know why this becomes a trend, whenever one blogger does it, everyone does. I find it so irritating I’ll often just delete the email. Sorry to be so negative but I know I’m not the only one that feels this way and hopefully it’s received as constructive critique rather than an attack. Thanks for all your hard work and what you share.

  3. A T says:

    I’m so excited to try these. Could we get a video of you putting the cream inside. I always have trouble with that part. Thank you so much!

    • Yes! We’ll be back to videos next week (I had to move out of my apartment due to a black water leak and resulting black mold so I haven’t had a chance to edit on my desktop…!) BUT its not very complicated with a good metal pastry tip: you just punch it in on the side and squeeze the pastry cream in- helps a bunch that the dough is very airy here so there’s very little resistance.

  4. Vanessa says:

    5 stars
    Can I use coconut or maple sugar for these? Any other subs for the flours or heavy cream possible? (I have lots of raw milk, coconut milk, and gluten-free flours I’m looking to use up in my pantry!) I’m ready to jump through the screen- these are gorgeous! I hope I have the patience to make them because I pretty much have zero self-control when it comes to devouring any of your perfect creations.

    • You know Vanessa, I might be tempted to even say use maple syrup and cut the amount of water used in volume by the same amount…. otherwise use maple sugar for sure as the coconut will affect everything.

      And re the heavy cream, raw milk will be awesome… but then I might be tempted to double the amount of thickener used (but you will lose a bunch of flavor as you’ll be losing the butter fat… maybe double the butter too?). I’m honestly not a big fan of pastry cream with coconut milk (and it also has a tendency to curdle when tempering… there are many discussions on the eggnog recipe on this, as its effectively the same method). Honestly? If you can do try it with cream, as it comes out a bit more decadent :-/

      They’re also honestly not hard… like the donuts you can whip up super quick. What I find tedious myself is the pastry cream, so I did that the day before to break up the project!

      • EWD says:

        5 stars
        I agree that the donuts are surprisingly easy, I’ve made them a few times also for the waffle recipe and they’re really very good.

        I’m a bit weary on the other hand of making a keto pastry cream as all have been really gross in texture… is there a way to get it 100%? I see you don’t have a standalone pastry cream recipe? Lmao Paola give it to me straight!

        • Yesss… you are def one of the o.g.’s if you’ve made the choux waffles!! Awesome to hear.

          And yeah, you’re spot on about the pastry cream in that the keto versions kinda suck. And its not about the sweeteners here, but about the thickeners. Traditional pastry cream is made with flour and cornstarch (at times), so its pretty hard to replicate. I mean, you could technically just do that, use sweeteners and you come out with a ‘dirty’ keto/ low carb version that is truly legit- texture and all. Many recipes out there, in fact, use heavy cream too as it comes out ultra decadent and rich.

          That’s why I pointed out that if you use arrowroot or tapioca your pastry cream will come out more gelatinous. Its still a nice texture (and great taste), but the texture is slightly different. Xanthan gum and konjac are simply to be avoided- texture is simply unpalatable.

          I say give them a go, you can always make half the pastry cream to try 😉

  5. Meg says:

    5 stars
    These surely look like a worthy fall weekend project! Love your original donuts and you sold me with the cozy moody photographs 🥰

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