Triple Coconut Donut

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    Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut! The crunchy toasted shredded coconut atop a cake-like dough base is the perfect way to kick off a week full of donuts! Reminds you of island paradise!

    Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut!

    Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut!

    Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut!

    I know we’re pretty much smack-dab in the middle of the “diet” and “resolutions” month (or whatever you want to call it) and this donut week that’s happening right here on this blog (and a bunch of other food blogs) is probably pretty much against all resolutions. However, I believe that everything in moderation is what’ll save ya. I mean, it’s not like I’m telling you to eat a whole dozen of these triple coconut donuts, although, they’re so freaking good that I honestly wouldn’t blame you for ruining your diet for these donuts. My coworker said I should sell them at this local coffee shop we go to every morning. I already have so much going on in my life so I’ll pass – but it was a nice compliment and thought for a hot second ;)

    Seriously, if you’re a coconut lover, you’re going to adore this triple coconut donut. There’s coconut in every single layer and every single bite. Not to mention, toasted coconut is pretty much the most amazing scent and flavor in the world. I started to put all the leftover toasted coconut in my morning yogurt and the leftover coconut milk in my smoothies. Coconut heaven! Felt like tropical paradise, honestly. Coconut always makes me think of the sand, ocean, and sun. Beach paradise for life is what I’m talking about!

    Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut!

    Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut!

    I’ve always wanted to fry donuts (since really, they are the right way to have them), but I always baked them because 1. it was far easier to do and 2. it was healthier. Who am I kidding? Do I ask for a baked donut when I go to Dunkin’ Donuts? No. This is why I took on the challenge of frying three different types of donuts for donut week! It actually was far less messy than what I envisioned. There was barely any splattering and everything was fried in almost 20 minutes. My house did smell of terrible fried oil afterwards but there’s nothing an open window and fresh outdoor air can’t take care of!

    Triple Coconut Donut

    Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut! The crunchy toasted shredded coconut atop a cake-like dough base reminds you of island paradise!
    Prep Time: 25 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 40 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 12
    Calories: 347kcal
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    • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
    • 4 teaspoons coconut extract, divided
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
    • 1 1/4 cups canned coconut milk, divided
    • 1 large egg
    • Canola oil, for forming and frying
    • 2 cups shredded coconut, sweetened
    • 2 cups confectioners' sugar


    • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, and nutmeg.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together sugar, butter, 2 tsp. coconut extract, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 cup of coconut milk, and egg until well-incorporated.
    • Gently add the dry ingredients to the bowl of the stand mixer and mix until a soft & sticky dough forms.
    • In a 5 1/2 quart dutch-oven, or similar, heat up 1 quart (4 cups) of canola oil to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • While the oil is heating up, using lightly oiled hands, roll 1/4 cup of dough into a loose ball and gently pat down on it forming a disc. Using your thumb, form a 1 1/2-inch hole in the center (or you can use a small biscuit cutter to cut out the center). Do this for the remaining dough.
    • Once the oil has heat up to the correct temperature, gently drop the donuts, 2-3 at a time, into the hot oil and fry until puffed and golden on both sides, about 3 minutes.
    • Using a slotted spoon or spider strainer, transfer donuts to a wire rack covered with two paper towel layers to cool completely. Repeat until all donuts have been fried.
    • While the donuts are cooling, make the topping.
    • Preheat the oven broiler and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the shredded coconut on the baking sheet in an even layer and place under broiler. YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS CAREFULLY. Coconut toasts FAST under a broiler and you DO not want to burn it. As soon as you see the slightest hint of brown on your coconut, remove from oven. It continues to cook. If you take it out too late, your coconut may burn/turn black as it cools since it's still "cooking."
    • In a medium bowl, big enough for you to dip the donuts in, whisk together remaining salt, extracts, coconut milk, and confectioners' sugar until smooth.
    • Set up an assembly line for yourself. Donuts, glaze, toasted coconut. Take a cooled donut and dip one top half into the glaze, let the excess drain off then immediately dip it in the toasted coconut. Repeat until all donuts have been topped.
    • Store in an airtight container for no longer than 3 days.


    You'll want to keep your oil temperature steady at 370 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a candy/frying thermometer is the most handy in this situation because it just clips to the side of your pot.
    If you notice your oil getting too hot, cut the heat. If you notice it cooling down rapidly, turn up the heat or fry less donuts at the same time.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 
    Nutrition Facts
    Triple Coconut Donut
    Amount Per Serving (1 Donut)
    Calories 347 Calories from Fat 54
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 6g9%
    Carbohydrates 67g22%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 36g40%
    Protein 7g14%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    Thank you for participating Julie! It was fun. Your doughnuts look great!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Love the pictures!! And seriously such a fun flavor!

  • Erin | The Law Students' Wife says:

    I love the mass amount of coconut that is every which way in these donuts, especially the toasted coconut! I could eat that buttery, crunchy stuff by the handful. Thanks for reminding me to bust out my donut pan!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Oh yah!!! Pass me a plate :) They look perfect!!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Those look so good! I need to try making donuts at home!

  • Oh this just made my Monday so much better!!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Gorgeous coconut donuts, Julie! I adore coconut everything and could stuff my face all day long with these! Looking forward to donut week. :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Maria says:

    I am crazy for coconut! I NEED these donuts!

  • Sarah Toasty says:

    So. much. coconut! Looks amazing, might have to bake this because I’m afraid of frying oil in my teeny kitchen… Great recipe!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    Yum! Wish I had a few of these with my coffee this morning!

  • naomi says:

    I want, like a dozen, then another and another! LOVE!!!!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    This is like a tropical vacation in doughnut form! Which is about as close as I’ll get to an actual tropical vacation these days… and that’s just fine with me because doughnuts. :)

  • marla says:

    I’ll take 2 dozen!! LOVE :)

  • Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks says:

    As a serious lover of anything and everything coconut…I want to reach through the computer screen and eat these so bad for breakfast! YUMMMMM!

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says:

    toasted coconut is the best thing ever – I love them with my buttery toast :) these donuts sounds so heavenly..

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says:

    For some reason I thought I didn’t like coconut for the longest time. But we went to Hawaii on our honeymoon and I tried freshly roasted coconut flakes, oh my yum! I don’t know what I was thinking, coconut is delicious! Now I can’t get enough. Can’t wait to try these donuts! The more coconut the better.

  • Gaby says:

    Forget dieting! I will take two!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    Love the coconut milk in these, such fun pictures too!

  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says:

    Love! I almost did a coconut doughnut too but I’m glad I didn’t because yours are way better. I love that you used coconut milk in them!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Did you say triple coconut?! I am so in!

  • Heather Scholten says:

    I’m officially a coconut lover now. These are amazing Julie!! LOVE!

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    What a great way to start breakfast. I’m loving these.

  • Layla @ Brunch Time Baker says:

    I love coconut donuts! Great donuts for donut week!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    So, these are going to be actioned tonight! Love coconut!

  • Jenn Every says:

    Coconut IS the best flavor on earth-especially toasted!!!!

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  • Paula – bell’alimento says:

    Oh my, I want these now! Yum!

  • Tess @ Tips on Life & Love says:

    Oh, my! These look delicious! They’d beat Dunkin’ or Krispy Creme any day. Thanks for sharing– I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Sommer @ASpicyPerspective says:

    I want one … or ten of these coconut donuts! Delicious!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    There is nothing like crunchy toasted coconut on top of a good ole fashione coconut donut! I would love these. One bite would feel like summertime.

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    I don’t even like coconut but I’d gladly eat the entire batch of this!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says:

    Pass me a dozen or two, please!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    TRIPLE COCONUT!? sorry to shout… I’m just really excited about these!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I’m coconut crazy! These look so yummy!

  • Kathryn says:

    Love the idea of donut week! I’ve always been a bit scared of frying but you’ve convinced me otherwise – can’t wait to give these a go!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    These look amazing! I need one (or two!) in my life!

  • Emily {Jelly Toast} says:

    Coconutty perfection!! I love these!

  • Ericka says:

    Wow they look great but I don’t have bread flour. What can I use instead?

    • Julie says:

      All-purpose would work just fine.

  • Ericka says:

    Btw I’m going to fry these in coconut oil!

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says:

    Oh my gosh Julie – I adore coconut – these donuts are sssooo up my alley! Not only are they gorgeous looking, they sound fabulous. I really think I could not stop at a dozen. Forget resolutions! These are just too tasty looking to say no!

  • Nikki @Seeded at the Table says:

    Oh my gosh! I really wish I wouldn’t have seen these at 9:00PM! Wow.. I love these, Julie!

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  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    I pinned these the minute I spotted them, they look just about perfect! Belly is growling just looking!

  • Heather Christo says:

    these bring tears to my eyes right now. They look so freaking good I don’t even know what to say, but I am going to have to make them as soon as humanly possible!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    These donuts are so pretty! I’m a huge fan of coconut so the fact that it’s in every bite is a HUGE plus for me. That picture of the donut in the middle surrounded by the toasted coconut is amazing. So pretty!

  • amy says:

    AHH! I love coconut and I love doughuts! This is not good. :)

    • Julie says:

      Haha, we can just LTB them off! Go make some! :)

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    I cannot get over how gorgeous these photos are, Julie!!

  • Cyn says:

    OMG!!! You did not just say “triple” coconut; now I’m in heaven. I’ve always been fearful of making donuts but these look absolutely divine and I think I might have to get over that fear in the next week.

  • Andrea says:

    Not sure I’m ambitious enough to try, but I LOVE the photos of the coconut donuts. So pretty. Great job!

  • Jae | Dreaming of Leaving says:

    I absolutely love this recipe, so much so I included it in my Ultimate Homemade Donut Recipes Roundup! Great post, have a great day xo

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