Grain-Free Donuts: The Founding of Hire an Esquire


Hire an Esquire raises a grain-free donut to National Donut Month.

Hire an Esquire raises a grain-free donut to National Donut Month. Find out why below.

Grain & Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts





  1. In a food processor, pulse together coconut flour, cacao powder, salt, and baking soda

  2. Pulse in eggs, coconut oil, and maple syrup until thoroughly combined

  3. Fill each doughnut well half way full of batter

  4. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes

  5. Remove doughnuts from and place on a cooling rack

  6. Use a knife to cut hole in center of each doughnut

  7. In a saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening

  8. Drizzle doughnut with chocolate glaze

  9. Cool and serve

Warning: Hire an Esquire’s history may contain gluten

My first taste of BigLaw life as a summer associate seemed to make me sick to my stomach. My 3L year was marked by a nagging sickness that continued to get worse. The specialist I was referred to (and waited 3 months to see!) assured me it was just nerves— I could wait for tests until after the bar exam. I sat for (and passed) bar exams in two jurisdictions while sick and shaky before turning down a Federal Clerkship. Instead, I accepted a job as a contract attorney where the flexibility accommodated my frequent sick days, doctors appointments, and tests. And here I found a magical world. My fellow contract attorneys were novelists, opera singers, and entrepreneurial attorneys building their own businesses and law firms. I could only imagine what I would do with all of the flexibility, time, and the ability to “shut off” that the contract world provided if my spare time wasn’t spent being sick.

After over a year in the contract attorney world, I found better doctors and found out that Celiac and a number of other autoimmune food reactions were the cause of my mysterious illness. I switched to the doctor-recommended gluten-free diet and then, impatient with the slow recovery process, my own research pointed me towards a grain-free diet which expedited my recovery. I then found out what I could do with all of my spare time as a contract attorney.

With a steady contract job at an AMLaw 100 firm, I now had a front row seat to the pain points of the contract attorney process from the law firm and attorney perspective. A technology solution seemed painfully obvious and absent to me and to the engineers I convinced to work for equity. Soon, I (along with my evenings, weekends, and eventually, my day job) became consumed by building Hire an Esquire.

In honor of National Donut Month, please join me in raising a grain-free donut to Hire an Esquire’s gluten-laced beginnings. These donuts and Hire an Esquire have a lot in common. Both are improved iterations of an existing product that result in a better, healthier quality of life for a special segment of the population. * Elana Amsterdam at Elana’s Pantry is my grain-free guru!