There’s always jokes about cops and doughnuts, but never dietitians and doughnuts. Well, I confess…I LOVE the suckers. What’s not to love about deep fried sugary dough?! Ummm…nothing! Other than that lack of nutrition, that is. There’s no denying it, doughnuts are empty calories offering no nutritional value. Rather, they’re packed with lots calories and day’s worth of saturated fat and sugar. Boo 🙁
But…I love them. And I love to make my favorites healthier.
Enter: baked doughnuts!
Baked Sugared Gingerbread Doughnuts slightly adapted from Healthy Food for Living
canola oil cooking spray
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp allspice
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbsp unsulfured molasses
3 Tbsp skim milk
3 Tbsp nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
1 1/2 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup evaporated cane juice or granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly coat molds of a mini doughnut pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour through allspice; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together egg, brown sugar, applesauce, molasses, milk, yogurt and oil.
Add dry ingredients to wet, and stir just until moistened. Divide batter among the prepared molds, filling each 1/2 full. Bake until the tops spring back when touched lightly, about 10-11 minutes. Carefully remove doughnuts from pan and let cool for a few minutes on a wire rack.
Lightly coat doughnuts with canola oil cooking spray. Sprinkle with or dunk into sugar; shake off excess. Makes 14 doughnuts, 3-3 1/2-inch diameter each.
Nutrition Information (per doughnut): 85 calories; 1.9 g. fat; 16 mg. cholesterol; 144 mg. sodium; 16 g. carbohydrate; 0.1 g. fiber; 1.6 g. protein
Result: We made these this weekend at my parents and we gobbled these up…no guilt! These baked doughnuts are the perfect weekend treat without all the fat, losing none of the flavor! Double the recipe 😉 And if you don’t own a doughnut pan, I highly recommend splurging on one…such fun!
On the home front, things in Chicago have been a blast! Yesterday, the whole family went to workout together. It made me VERY happy to see both of my parents working out together. I don’t know of any other activity that can benefit the health of a whole family all at once! 😀 After a forced few days off from workouts due to work, I pounded out two great workouts while home. On Friday I did 30 minutes on the stairmaster and a 2 mile run. Today I ran 5.3 miles at a 10:10 min/mile pace including a warm-up, one 1-minute walk break, and a cool-down, I was ecstatic with my pace 😀
We dined at the restaurant where my little brother is now working. We had a life-changing appetizer of tenderloin sliders with an onion confit. I am bound and determined to recreate these amazing sliders…delicious!
I went to the engagement party of one of my best friends who is getting married in October. I’m in the wedding 😀 I remember how exciting and busy wedding engagements can be. They are the perfect couple and I wish them nothing but the best! Let the wedding festivities begin! And even cooler, they’re using the same photographer Mr. P and I used at our wedding! 🙂
In other news, Prevention RD is undergoing a make-over…please be patient as things come together in the coming days. I hope a blog face lift will create a site you and I both love lots!
Question: Are you a doughnut lover, too?
Love from Chicago,