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Paleo New Orleans Beignet Recipe

Beignet recipe - Dr. Axe

Total Time

1 hour and 15 minutes


15–18 beignets

Meal Type



  • ½ cup room temperature water
  • ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 3 cups Paleo flour
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup evaporated coconut milk
  • 1½ tablespoons coconut oil
  • Coconut oil, for frying
  • Equal parts arrowroot flour and maple sugar for powdered sugar substitute


  1. Sift Paleo flour to remove large clumps and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix together water, yeast and sugar. Let stand for about 8 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk egg, evaporated milk and salt.
  4. Add yeast mixture.
  5. Add ½ the amount of flour and mix.
  6. Add coconut oil, remaining flour and cinnamon.
  7. Knead with hands to ensure all ingredients are mixed well.
  8. Mold dough into a large ball and cover bowl with a towel. Let stand for at least 1–2 hours.
  9. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  10. Form dough tightly into 1–2 inch balls just before you fry to make sure they stay intact.
  11. Fry dough balls for 3–4 minutes on each side or until golden-brown.
  12. Cool on a paper towel and serve with powdered sugar substitute.

Have you ever been to one of the most festive cities in the United States and tasted a New Orleans beignet? It seems like every person that visits New Orleans doesn’t leave without trying these classic French donuts.

Many people adore beignets (also called “New Orleans donuts” or “Louisana-style doughnuts”), which are typically deep fried in unhealthy oil and loaded with multiple forms of refined sugar, but not this beignet recipe! This twist on a classic uses much healthier ingredients (like coconut oil), and it’s even gluten-free. Before we dig into how to make beignets, exactly what is a beignet?

What is a Beignet?

The beignet was brought by French colonists to New Orleans in the 18th century. From then on, they have become quite entrenched in the cuisine of Louisiana. (1) In fact, beignets became Louisiana’s official state donut in 1986! (2)

Pronounced ben-YAY, this sweet treat is often described as a cross between a French pastry and an American donut. They are fried, raised pieces of dough, commonly around 2 inches in diameter or 2 inches square. This New Orleans pastry is often eaten as a dessert, for breakfast or a sweet treat at any hour.

As I already mentioned, typically, a beignet gets deep fried. It’s also usually made from choux pastry, which is a light pastry dough commonly used to make desserts with a European origin — like éclairs and profiteroles. (3) This light and airy dough is ideal for sweets that involve a filling of some kind.

While that typical beignet dough may be tasty, for many people with a gluten allergy or gluten intolerance, beignets are a complete no-go. Not anymore because this beignet recipe is actually gluten-free!

Beignet Recipe Nutrition Facts

One serving of this beignet recipe contains about: (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

Beignet recipe ingredients - Dr. Axe.
  • 133 calories
  • 3.4 grams protein
  • 5 grams fat
  • 17.7 grams carbohydrate
  • 2.3 grams fiber
  • 8.8 grams sugars
  • 10.7 milligrams sodium
  • 1.2 milligrams iron (6.7 percent DV)
  • 18 milligrams calcium (1.8 percent DV)

For a dessert, this beignet recipe is pretty healthy. Per serving, it’s not overdoing it at all when it comes to calories and more importantly, it’s not too high in sugar. It also has a notable amount of energy providing protein and healthy fat.

These beignets also contain key nutrients like iron and calcium. Iron is essential to the body in many ways, including growth and normal cellular function. As a vital part of red blood cells, iron helps to transfer oxygen from our lungs to all of our body’s many cells. Being deficient in iron can lead to anemia and low energy, which is why it’s important to get iron in your diet on a regular basis. (13)

It’s surprising but true that one of these homemade beignets can actually help to give you a noticeable boost in your iron intake. Plus, this recipe includes gluten-free Paleo flour, coconut oil, coconut milk and coconut sugar as opposed to the common beignet recipe ingredients of all-purpose flour, shortening and/or vegetable oil, high-sugar evaporated milk, refined white sugar as well as powdered sugar. (14) But don’t worry — this recipe is so tasty even with all of these healthier substitutions!

How to Make Beignets

Making beignets at home can be a lot healthier and easier than you think with a recipe like this one. Are you ready to make some homemade beignets?

Beignet recipe step 1 - Dr. Axe

First, sift the Paleo flour to remove any large clumps and set it aside.

Beignet recipe step 2 - Dr. Axe

In a bowl, mix together the water, yeast and sugar. Then, let stand for about 8 minutes.

Beignet recipe step 3 - Dr. Axe

In a separate bowl, whisk egg, evaporated milk and salt together.

Beignet recipe step 4 - Dr. Axe

Now, add the yeast mixture you set aside.

Beignet recipe step 5 - Dr. Axe

Add ½ the amount of flour and then mix.

Beignet recipe step 6 - Dr. Axe

Add coconut oil, remaining flour and cinnamon.

Beignet recipe step 7 - Dr. Axe

Knead with hands to ensure all ingredients are mixed well and mold the dough into a large ball.

Beignet recipe step 8 - Dr. Axe

Place dough ball in the bowel and cover it with a towel. Let stand for at least 1–2 hours.

Beignet recipe step 9 - Dr. Axe

Heat coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Right before you’re ready to fry them (to ensure they stay intact), form the dough tightly into 1–2 inch balls.

Beignet recipe step 10 - Dr. Axe

Fry the dough balls for 3–4 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown.

Beignet recipe step 11 - Dr. Axe

Cool on a paper towel and sprinkle with equal parts arrowroot flour and maple sugar for a powdered sugar substitute.

Beignet recipe - Dr. Axe

Take a bite of this beignet recipe and enjoy!

Beignet recipe - Dr. Axe

Want extra sweetness? You can try dipping these in maple syrup for a little added flavor.

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  1. Bobbi Wright on

    Dr. Axe, I have all types of gluten free flour but not Paleo what can I use in stead or what makes up Paleo flour I love all you do for all of us, thank you so very much!

  2. Jaime Corbitt on

    I was wondering the same thing about the Paleo Flour Blend and couldn’t find it in another Dr. Axe recipe post. So I looked up a couple:
    2 cups almond flour, sifted*
    1 & ⅓ cups tapioca flour/tapioca starch
    ⅔ cup coconut flour
    *Courtesy of A Calculated Whisk
    1 cup organic coconut flour
    1 cup blanched almond flour
    1/2 cup arrowroot starch
    *Courtesy of Health Starts in the Kitchen

  3. Linda on

    The phrase ‘Paleo flour’ has a link to a recipe for it combining 4 flours. Coconut, almond, tapioca, and arrowroot.


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