So every 6 months or so I go on a bit of a health kick. It’s usually brought on when I’m going through photos and I’m like, where am I in all these photos? I only see that guy who looks like he could be my twin from a planet inhabited entirely by edible couches that are both delicious and majorly comfortableOHMYGODTHATSME. This will not stand. So I go to the closet, pull the secret lever, go through the secret passage way, solve the skeletons riddle, past the pit of dispair and find my running shoes. Dust them off, freak out a little because a spider crawled out and nearly touched me, back through the pit, get stuck talking to the skeletons wife (who is a major chatterbox btw, but she brought me a pie so what can I do?) back up the secret passage and through the closet. Then I pop on the shoes, look out the window and chicken out because it looks a little like rain. But you know, I play some wii fit tennis and stuff. IT TOTALLY COUNTS! It has “fit” in the title of the game!!! Then the next day I look for rain, but it’s a beautiful day outside. Stupid sun. Not even a swarm of bees on the horizon. I manage to drag myself down to the street and the little green crossing man lights up with a hint of mockery, as if to say pfft, good luck…and that’s what gets me going. I’LL SHOW YOU CROSSY MAN! I burst into run, get about three steps and twist my ankle.Me: oowowowowoww, Violet, I hurted my self…
Violet: Did you remeber to stretch first?
Me: Stretch? What am I, a woman!?!
Violet: You get no sympathy. And you get to make me dinner.
I sometimes manage to actually run every now and then, and when I do I try my best to eat right, but I still love baking. So before I bake anything this conversation takes place:
Me: Are people actually going to eat these if I make them or am I going to end up eating all of them again?
Everybody else: Oh sure, we’ll eat them, sound delicious.
*Jimmy makes cupcakes*
Me: Cupcakes are ready!
*half a week later*
Me: Nobody is eating any cupcakes!!!!
Violet: Oh yeah, I’ll have one tomorrow
Cupcakes: Pssst, Jimmy, eat me and my buddies!
Me: You go to hell cupcakes!!! You go to hell and die in a fire!!
Cupcakes: But we’re delicious!
Me: Oh. Ok.
Violet: Who ate all the cupcakes!?!?!
Mrs. Skeleton: I can make a pie!
Everyone: NO THANK YOU!!!!
And now we come full circle. I needed something that I could bake, would taste delicious but would still be healthy-ish if/when I end up eating them all. These donuts only have something like 300KJ each and since the daily recommended kj intake is around 8500, you can eat 28 of these bad boys a day!!!
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk at room temperature (I can never find buttermilk so I use regular milk with a little bit of lemon juice, but mix them separately so the milk doesn’t curdle.)
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- 50g of room temp butter (if you are really eating healthy then you can sub this with 2 tbsp apple sauce or light margarine)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup blueberries
Combine all your dry ingredients in a sifter and…sift them?
Just make sure that they all mix together well.
add all the wet ingredients except for the lemon juice
Give everything a good stir, THEN stir in a few quick splashes of lemon juice
At this point I poured some of the mixture into a lightly greased donut pan because Violet likes plain donuts, but I like blueberries, so I made 6 plain and 6 blueberry. I have also made mixed berry and mixed berry with cream cheese which was really nice.
Finding a donut pan can be difficult, we luckily came across this one at K-Mart for $9, but if you can’t find one try looking for a mini Bundt Cake pan, they are a little more common since you don’t usually bake donuts.
Never having made donuts before, I had no idea how much batter to put in each little thingy. As it turns out filling it to the brim was too much and mine came out as some kind of donut-cupcake hybrid that I called cupnuts. Because that sounds hilarious.
On the other side they look normal-ish. Really it’s a brilliant system because since the middle has a divit but not a hole you can put a filling like custard or jam or something there!
Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos of the icing process, but here’s the recipe!
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp whole milk
- A little cream cheese if you like, but again that’s going to add to the Kj count =(
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
It makes quite a bit of icing, so if you want to make less you can just keep adding a little milk to an icing sugar/vanilla extract mixture at a time and stir so that it’s liquidy but will still dry with a shell over the top when left out on the counter.
Dip the donuts into the mixture and rotate as you pull it out to get a smooth finish, then decorate with your favorite toppings!
These ones look a little…deflated. That’s because I forgot to add butter I think. I forgot to add something somewhere along the way and they came out really chewy.
These are great for parties where you can set up a make-your-own donut bar!
I’m so awesome at this being healthy thing. What do you guys think?