100% Whole Wheat Doughnuts with Tahini Molasses Glaze and Chopped Pistachios

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This is a relatively quick donut recipe as it makes use of instant yeast, which cuts rising time considerably.  Unlike traditional donut recipes, the white flour is replaced with 100% whole wheat flour and only natural sweeteners are used, which means no confectioner’s sugar in the glaze.  Make sure not to over-knead the dough as this will make the final donut tough.  These donuts are best enjoyed immediately or at least by the end of the day.  Makes about 8 donuts.


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose 100% whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup 100% whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted organic butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons pure molasses
  • 2.5 tablespoons tahini
  • oil, for deep frying
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, chopped


  1. Combine all dry ingredients together: flours, spices, salt, and yeast.  Warm butter and honey with half cup of water to about 125 degrees Fahrenheit.  Stir in one teaspoon of the vanilla extract. Add to dry ingredients and form a soft dough.  Knead very lightly until it is soft and just comes together.  Let rise in a warm place for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile dissolve cornstarch in one tablespoon of cold water.  Set aside.  Whisk together tahini and molasses in small pot.  Warm through.  Whisk in cornstarch slurry.  Cook on low until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. The mixture should be of dripping, glaze-like consistency.  Add a little water, if needed, a tablespoon at a time.  Whisk frequently.  Set aside to cool.
  3. Flatten out donut dough to about half-inch thickness.  Cut out donut shapes using donut cutter.  Reshape scraps of dough to form rest.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  4. Meanwhile heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  When donuts have risen, fry in batches for no more than a minute on each side.  Set aside on cooling rack.  When cool to touch, dip in tahini molasses glaze, sprinkle on pistachios, and then let set for a few minutes.  Enjoy!
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