There are so many wonderful things to enjoy about donuts. From icing to sprinkles to sweet and savory fried flavor, they’re a delicious way to indulge. Donuts are especially good when made by hand – and with love. But not everyone can enjoy these delicacies due to gluten intolerance or a gluten-free diet. Fortunately, Alfalfa specializes in completely gluten-free and guilt-free donuts. In honor of National Donut Day, Hoboken’s Daughter spoke to the owner and creator of Alfalfa, located at 1110 Washington Street, to get some insight into how these donuts are made. Read on to see how Alfalfa makes its gluten-free donuts.
The switch from alfalfa to gluten-free donuts
Alfalfa started as a popular stall at the Farmers Market in 2019 and has since expanded to two physical locations, one in Hoboken and one in Santa Monica. It serves entirely gluten-free salads, breakfast wraps, soups and donuts – a new change this year.
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Alfalfa’s first gluten-free donut was created at the Santa Monica site and was first sold on January 24, 2022. To create this GF donut, Alfalfa worked with its Meaghan, in-house team of bakers and bakery consultant, to perfect a new and delicious gluten-free cake donut.
Alfalfa co-founder Andrew Arrospide told us that the motive for creating this donut was “joy through balance.”
“We wanted to reimagine what a healthier donut concept might look like and this was the result. Our goal was to create a treat that was guilt-free but still satisfied the craving for a delicious donut,” Andrew said. H.G..
Make the donuts
To make the gluten-free donuts, Alfalfa uses a combination of advanced baking machinery and – a tried and tested method – works the dough by hand. After combining the gluten-free ingredients in a large automatic stand mixer and letting the machine knead the dough, the bakers then roll out the dough on a table to roll out by hand. The trick is to make sure the dough is well spread. Uniform size ensures even frying.
Alfalfa uses a metal circle donut cutter to cut donut shapes. Bakers dip the tool in flour to make sure it doesn’t stick to the dough.
The donuts are then fried in larger batches – usually about 18 donuts at a time – on a baking rack. Once fried, they are dipped in various glazes and given their different flavors.
Alfalfa has many exciting flavors. Andrew said: “We like to rotate our flavors to keep options new and exciting. A few of our current flavors include Lavender, Fairy Bread, Blood Orange, Lemon Thyme, and Tres Leches. We plan to introduce new seasonal flavors and work with creators and influencers on fun collaborations bringing new variety to our menu.
On donut day this year – June 3 – Alfalfa plans to introduce a bacon and whiskey donut in collaboration with Misunderstood Whiskey. The donut will be available exclusively through the Alfalfa app.
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If you’re not close to Hoboken, don’t worry as the team is always looking to expand. “We are always looking to expand the Alfalfa family! Our hope is to continue spreading our mission to inspire healthier communities through balanced nutrition and joyful experiences on both coasts.
If you are looking to have these goodies at your next event you can email [email protected] to learn more about catering.
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