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Baked Donut Holes with Healthy Lemon Cream
Baked Donut Holes
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (sub all-purpose flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons non dairy milk
- 1½ tablespoons vegan buttery spread, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- a generous coat of T-Sugars Icing Sugar Mill gourmet powdered sugar*
Healthy Lemon Cream
- ½ cup meyer lemon juice
- ¼ cup water
- ¾ cup coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 3 tablespoons non dairy milk
- 1 tablespoon vegan buttery spread
- Start by making your healthy lemon cream 30 min - 1 hour prior to eating donuts. Whisk together your lemon juice, water, coconut sugar, and corn starch in a pot.
- Transfer the pot to the stove and heat over medium heat, whisking continually until boiling.
- Once boiling, let sit for 1 minute without stirring. After 1 minute add in non dairy milk, non dairy butter and whisk again.
- Transfer to a bowl or container, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 min - 1 hour before serving.
- With 20 minutes left on lemon cream, preheat your oven to 325.
- Mix together your flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
- In a medium sized bowl, add your coconut sugar, non dairy butter, egg, greek yogurt, almond milk and vanilla extract. Mix with an electric hand mixer or whisk vigorously until smooth.
- Add your flour mixture to the medium sized bowl, and mix everything together with a spoon until smooth.
- Grease a donut pan or a cake pop pan with oil, and spoon or pipe your batter evenly into the donut pan.
- Bake for 10 minutes, if making donut holes, and 12-13 minutes if making full sized donuts.
- Let cool for 2-3 minutes before sifting powdered sugar all over your donuts, using your T-Sugars Icing Sugar Mill.*
- Vigorously stir your lemon cream until smooth, and dip your donuts right in!
- EAT UP.
*The T-Sugars Icing Sugar Mill is an amazing no-mess alternative to sifting powdered sugar! (It's legit awesome.) However, if need be, you can sift powdered sugar onto the donuts instead.
When I was in high school, my friends and I would drive to Krispy Kreme every weekend and pick up a half dozen donuts. We would then sit and binge watch The O.C. and devour our donuts. It was in those days that I established and solidified my love for donuts and Seth Cohen. Over time my relationship to donuts (and sugar) changed. I was afraid of it. I limited it. I obsessed over it. I loved it and I hated it. During my unhealthiest of mental states, I blamed sugar as the root of all of my problems. It was why I couldn’t get thin enough, and it was why I disliked myself. (Of course, that’s not actually true, but that’s what I told myself to believe.) So I cut it out of my life, but that only lead me to obsess over it even more.
As I have come to reach a middle ground in my life, so too has my relationship with sugar. I now understand that, yes, sugar in large amounts on a regular basis is not good for the body. I get headaches. I feel lethargic. It’s not fun. But I also understand that cutting it out completely doesn’t work for me. Now, I tend to gravitate toward health-ier sugar options like coconut sugar, dates, maple syrup, coconut nectar, etc. However, there are times in life, and recipes in life, that just call for some real sugar. So it is in those moments that I reach for the best of the best. I want that gourmet lyfe. So when making a powdered sugar donut hole, I had to reach for my T-Sugars Icing Sugar Mill with gourmet powdered sugar. The bottle has a self-sifting mechanism, making it super easy to dust some donuts with. And since everything else is made with coconut sugar, a little gourmet powdered sugar won’t hurt the soul.
That’s what’s great about making sweets at home. You know exactly what goes into them. So you have a healthy baked donut base that makes a delicious cakey donut. You add as much or as little powdered sugar as you want. Then you dip it into a lemon cream made with coconut sugar, and no dairy or eggs! So it’s all much health-ier than what you would buy in the world, but it still warms the heart and the soul the way a donut should. So do yourself a favor – make some donuts, turn on The O.C., and live your best life. ‘Cause that’s what we’re here for.