Sunday, November 20, 2011

time to make the doughnuts...

I am pretty late to the doughnut pan party, but I have arrived none the less!! I am so glad I added this $10.00 bed bath and beyond addition to my mini muffin tin, mini bread loaf, mini tart collection of bakeware.  I do not pride myself in baking, but will on occasion create a healthier version of the good stuff that doesn't resemble cardboard. 

Enter the doughnut.

Traditional fried doughnuts glazed in sugar are fantastic, however as I creep closer to 30 (20 more days!!!) I need not be reminded of every naughty nibble.... hello metabolism melt down!!!


If you're a fan of the Lindt dark chocolate bar with sea salt, then make these as is. If salt and chocolate aren't your thing, cut the salt back. 

Baked Dark Chocolate Doughnuts

1 cup white wheat flour
1/4 cup agave nectar (won't make it too sweet- add more if you like but balance with a touch of extra flour)
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (1 Tbsp Hershey's special Dark Chocolate and 1 Tbsp regular Cocoa powder next time I'm going for 100% dark chocolate!!!)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt (less if you aren't a fan of the salty chocolate combo)
2 Tbsp cocunut oil
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix dry ingredients (if you are using sugar instead of agave nectar, mix it in with the dry. I mixed the agave with the wet ingredients.)
Beat in room temp coconut oil.  Mix all wet ingredients together and combine everything in mixer.  Stir ingredients until just mixed. No need to overdo it and make a chewy doughnut. 

Use a spatula to move batter into a large plastic bag, snip off the end and pipe into the greased doughnut pan.  *** I have a tall coffee mug I put a quart sized plastic bag in and fold the top around the edge of the mug. It makes the transfer much easier.  I make a small snip on the bottom corner of the bag and pipe around once for each doughnut.  I fill between 1/2 and 3/4 of each mold.

Bake for 8-10 minutes and let cool slightly before removing from pan. Grease again and make any remaining doughnuts.  This made 9 total for us. 

I drizzled organic maple syrup over mine before dusting with unsweetened organic coconut. 

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