Pumpkin Bread Donuts

I might have an obsession with pumpkin baked goods. Very well might.

This might be reason for concern if pumpkin puree was loaded with Vitamin A and other critical nutrients. It might also be a concern if my beloved pumpkin desserts were prepared  “unhealthfully.” But they never are.

What you put in your body matters. Pumpkin donuts with a little stevia or honey for sweetness and whole-grain or spelt flour taste fantastic to me, and many of my friends, who are used to eating refined sugars, like them, too.

It’s a simple taste. A subtle kind of sweet that you come to appreciate after some time of approach eating mindfully, weening your palate off processed sugars, and remembering what natural sweetness tastes like.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

So give these a try one morning. They’re delicious with either a little melted dark chocolate for icing or a cream-cheese frosting glaze. 

Ingredients

4 T whole-wheat or spelt flour

2.5 T pumpkin puree

dash of cinnmon, ground cloves, pumpkin pie spice, and baking powder

2 t stevia

2 T nondairy milk (I always use almond)

splash of vanilla

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a donut baking tray or a muffin tin. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients; then mix in remaining wet ingredients. Blend well.

If using a muffin tin, divide dough into 4 small balls or two medium ones. Press a hole in the center with your fingers and smooth into a ring shape.

Place in tin and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until dough is fully baked and a little springy. If you’d like them to rise even more, just pop in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.  But know that additional baking time will dry them out a tad.

Top with my cream cheese frosting or take a few dark chocolate chips and spread over the tops of the donuts until the chip begins to melt and form an icing layer. Serve warm.

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Sweet and Soft Strawberry Cookies

 

Nothing is sweeter than a fresh, ripe strawberry.

Good tidings came my way when I happened upon this strawberry-glazed doughnut recipe from MaryQuiteContraryBakes. I had to try it because–as I’ve learned from other baking recipes that feature fruit, such as my blue velvet chocolate muffins or my pretty-in-pink raspberry cupcakes–fruit purees make every dough incredibly moist.

So since I’ve tried blueberries and raspberries, it seems only fitting that strawberries get their day (or bake). But because I’m not a huge fan of doughnuts, I adapted the original recipe for cookies (plus healthier ingredients, of course).

It’s almost too bad these 5 little cookies were kept all too myself. They’d make an adorable addition to any brunch party or shower. But if you want a bigger version of this single-serving recipe, let me know and I’ll get it to you.

Makes about 5 small cookies (or 2 medium-sized doughnuts)

Ingredients

3 T flour ( I used spelt)

a pinch of baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla

1 heaping T milk

1 T stevia

.5 t vegan butter

1/5 egg (mixed, or flax egg)

.5 t maple syrup or agave

1 t strawberry preserves

1 medium to large strawberry (ripe, pureed or well smashed)

Directions

-Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.

-Combine all dry ingredients in a small bowl; push to one side. On the other side, mix all wet ingredients. Combine wet and dry thoroughly. It’s okay if there are some chunks of fruit in the batter, but too many or too large of a chunk will bake into a gummy texture you won’t like.

-To form cookies, roll into small balls. If you’d like, however, to make doughnuts, you can simply shape a doughnut round by using a specialized pan, or doing as I do, which is using the rim of a muffin tin slot to shape an O. You could also use a cookie cutter that’s shaped like an O, but if you do this make sure the dough is thick enough–consider layering two or three Os.

-Bake for about 6-7 minutes.

Serve with fresh strawberry preserves or another favorite topping.

For me, it’s dark chocolate chips all the way.