Chai Golden Milk Doughnuts, the Healthy Doughnuts!

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH; Justin Lam, ABAAHP, FMNM

Chai golden milk doughnuts and their health benefitsThe classic slogan we are all so familiar with, “America runs on Dunkin,” isn’t too far fetched. Millions of Americans enjoy doughnuts with their coffee daily. They are served at office meetings, baseball games, school gatherings and other functions all over the county. They are a sweet and delicious treat, and hard to resist! However, for the health conscious, diabetics, or weight watchers, they could be dangerous. They contain a lot of sugar, food coloring, additives, and are high in trans fat, and unnecessary calories. Nothing against some of our favorite doughnut shops, many do have some health conscious choices on their menus now, but doughnuts just aren’t one of them. Now, there is good news! Introducing the Chai Golden Milk Doughnuts, the healthy choice for those who have a sweet tooth, but still want to make sure everything that they ingest benefits, not injures, their bodies. Now you can enjoy healthy doughnuts instead something that will make you feel terrible later.

What’s Wrong With a Traditional Doughnut?

Making bad food choices, like eating doughnuts, too often can lead to serious problems. For starters, sugar can land you in the dentist’s chair. It causes tooth decay and cavities when left on the teeth. It is recommended to brush after each meal, but usually, this is not a feasible option.

When eating food that contains sugar, you also put your mental clarity at risk. Sugar and other toxins are known to slow the body down, leaving one tired, lacking energy, and in a foggy mental state. Those are the best case scenarios. Researchers have now directly linked the consumption of sugar in large quantities to obesity and diabetes. Your best choice is just to stay away!

Introducing the Chai Golden Milk Doughnuts

Everyone loves the flavors and colors of fall.

With the golden-glow from turmeric and the autumn flavor of the chai spices and cashew frosting, the Chai Golden Milk Doughnut is a great sweet to celebrate the season. Although many people celebrate the holidays by decorating, dressing up, or attending festivities and events, even more celebrate with food! And what better way to enjoy the season but with a healthy dessert.

The Chai Golden Milk Doughnut recipe contains several ingredients that are worth a mention.

A recipe for chai golden milk doughnutsSpelt flour. Spelt is an ancient grain that has been used in the middle east since 6000 B.C., and just over the past 100 years has it gained popularity in North America, loved for its nutty flavor and nutrient content. Like others in its family – wheat, barley, and rye – spelt is a gluten grain, but with a tougher husk, which helps keep the nutrients intact inside the grain, making it a healthier choice in flour. Although it is a gluten product, it is not identical. Its gluten content is not as strong as wheat. A chai golden milk doughnuts recipe calls for a flour base and spelt is a wise choice.

Coconut sugar. Coconut palm sugar is made from the sap of the coconut palm. The great thing about using this type of sugar is that it is 70 to 79% sucrose and only 3 to 9% each of fructose and glucose. This works as a great alternative to regular sweeteners, helping to keep your consumption of fructose as low as possible. Brown sugar or palm sugar can be as much as 50% fructose.

Turmeric. If you could choose one spice to add to all your foods, this would be it. Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic healing for over 2500 years and continues to have health benefits revealing themselves year after year. From cancer protection and prevention, its well known anti-inflammatory benefits, turmeric is a superfood.

Cinnamon. Described as nothing short of astonishing in its health benefits, cinnamon was once considered more valuable than gold. It has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. It has been proven to be an effective tool in managing high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, lowers blood sugar levels and cholesterol, and even has anticarcinogenic properties.

Ginger. Ginger is one of the oldest home remedies known in herbal medicine. As one of the most ancient spices in the world, it is extremely well known for its wide variety of health benefits. Ready? The list is long! Ginger improves bone health and respiratory conditions, strengthens the immune system, relieves symptoms associated with arthritis, menstruation, nausea, and the flu, prevents cancer, increases the appetite aids in digestion, as well as reducing gas and enhancing sexual activity. It has a strong distinct taste, but it is a great ingredient to add to your chai golden milk doughnuts recipe.

Waht makes chai golden milk doughnuts healthy Cloves. Clove is the dried flower bud from the Syzygium aromaticum tree. They are one of the spices indigenous to Asia, and surprisingly, also contain a wide variety of health benefits. It fights cancer and boosts the immune system, as well as aiding in digestion and controlling diabetes, and contains antimutagenic and antimicrobial properties. Cloves contain protein and traces of nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamins B6, B12, A, E, D, and vitamin K.

Soy milk. There are many reasons why people are choosing soy milk over dairy milk. Many find they are lactose intolerant or dairy sensitive, and many choose soy milk for ethical reasons. It also has many health benefits over dairy. Soy milk is naturally low in fat, and due to its plant derivatives, it is also free from saturated fat and contains no cholesterol. It is a highly digestible form of protein and it is a good alternative to milk in a chai golden milk doughnuts recipe.

Coconut oil. There are literally hundreds of benefits of coconut oil. This super oil aids in skin and hair care, weight loss, digestion, heart health, and building immunity against infections and illnesses. It is an extremely wise choice in oil selections for baking.

Vanilla extract. Even your vanilla extract has health benefits, but make sure you avoid the artificial brands derived from chemicals extracted from coal tar and wood. Always read your labels to ensure you are choosing the right one. An all-natural extract derived from the vanilla bean contains numerous antioxidants that fight free radicals and toxins, and it has anti-inflammatory abilities.

With this highly beneficial list of reasons to bake the Chai Golden Milk Doughnuts, let’s get baking! Your total time for cooking and preparation should be approximately 30 minutes, and will yield 12 delicious doughnuts. You will need the following ingredients:

Doughnut ingredients:

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened soymilk

Frosting ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened soymilk
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked in water for 4 to 8 hours and drained

Preparing chai golden milk doughnuts

Making the Doughnuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and oil a 12 cavity doughnut pan.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients: cloves, salt, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, baking powder, and flour. In a different bowl, stir together the wet ingredients: vanilla extract, sugar, coconut oil, and soymilk. Pour the wet ingredient mixture into the bowl with dry ingredients.
  3. Stir just until blended.
  4. Scoop the batter into the 12 doughnut pan cavities and bake about 12 minutes. When completely cooked, the doughnuts should spring back when touched.
  5. Carefully, remove the doughnuts from the pan and place on a cooling rack.

Making the Cashew Frosting

  1. Mix all of the frosting ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth.
  2. When the doughnuts are completely cooled, pour the frosting into a flat bowl and dip the top of each into the frosting. Or, you may prefer to spread the frosting with a knife.
  3. Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon, serve and enjoy!


With this chai golden milk doughnuts recipe, as with any new food that you introduce into your diet, take caution to make sure your body accepts all the ingredients listed if they are new to your system. Although many of the ingredients aid in eliminating the symptoms of chronic illnesses such as Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, you may want to ask your healthcare provider before starting any new food products if you have questions or concerns. Many natural herbs or spices are contraindicated with certain medications or can cause sensitivity for some people.

Turmeric should not be used by people who suffer from gallstones or bile obstruction. Pregnant women should also use caution in consuming large quantities of turmeric as it has been known to be a uterine stimulant.

The health benefits of soy milk are also controversial. Like its competitor, dairy milk, it is a common allergen. Take caution if you are using this product for the first time, and watch for any signs your body might be having a reaction. You may want to use almond milk or rice milk instead.

Sufferers of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome greatly benefit from a healthy diet, and should strive to make the proper choices to help support their body’s recovery. As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. If each meal had as many healthy ingredients as this Chai Golden Milk Doughnuts recipe, our bodies would thank us. Every cell would have what it needs to act in its optimal state. It could reduce the need to rely on medicine, and aid in our longevity and survival.

© Copyright 2018 Michael Lam, M.D. All Rights Reserved.

Dr. Lam’s Key Question

This Chai Golden Milk Doughnut recipe replaces several main ingredients with healthier choices such as spelt flour, soy milk, coconut oil, and coconut sugar, making most of the calories beneficial and useful to the body. You can eat this dessert and not feel guilty.

Chai Golden Milk Doughnuts