Where to begin?
Firstly, I’m trying to one-up my cute and adorable dog with doughnuts. Puppies, babies, and…let’s go ahead and add doughnuts to this list. Everyone loves puppies, babies, and doughnuts. But unlike puppies and babies, doughnuts are much less demanding…especially when they don’t threaten things like cardiac arrest and obesity.
I think what was wrong with my yesterday is that I had no more of these Whole Wheat Baked Banana Doughnuts with Chocolate Ganache. What a run-on recipe title of epic proportions, huh? P.S. they were all-around epic.
Yesterday was kind of a rough day. To say I’m ready for this quarter to be over is quite the understatement. Exam-making takes for-ev-er. I’ve been up way past my 10pm bedtime (don’t laugh at me…laugh at Mr. Prevention who calls it quits between 8 and 9pm. Who am I kidding…I’m really just jealous).
But at 5:30pm yesterday, I dug deep. With some inspiration from my plea on Facebook for some workout motivation, got my run in. Three-and-a-half miles of a sweat session while catching up with my nearly full DVR was just what I needed.
I jetted up the basement stairs and straight to my laptop…to log my hard-earned miles into Daily Mile (#addicted). I happened to get a message alerting me of something that would turn my bad-turned-okay day into a super duper day…
Prevention RD was nominated on Fitness Magazine’s website for “Best Healthy Eating Blog”! I am flattered and shocked and filled with appreciation for those that read, comment, and take the time to nominate my little blog for such a title. THANK YOU!
Truly, thank you. It’s hard to believe the love I’ve grown for writing, cooking, nutrition, disease prevention, and heck…even photography has reached as far and wide as it has.
Healthy living and healthy cooking is so much a part of who I am and what I do, that it only seems natural to share what I know and what I love with others.
Oh that mushy, gushy note…I bring you these doughnuts, with their little St. Patty’s Day sprinkles. Between the whole wheat (pastry) flour, banana, healthy oil, and wheat germ…these doughnuts offer up stellar taste and nutrition. As for the ganache? Well, that’s the splurge in this doughnut. 😉
I can officially say, the only thing that would’ve made yesterday any better would’ve been having just one of these leftover to enjoy!
Whole Wheat Baked Banana Doughnuts with Chocolate Frosting adapted from Flour’s Famous Banana Bread – Flour, Joanne Chang and Top with Cinnamon
6 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup over-ripe banana, mashed (about 1 1/2 small bananas)
3 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup + 1 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
1 Tbsp wheat germ (optional, can replace with 1 Tbsp flour)
3 oz (heaping 1/3 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 Tbsp heavy cream
Preheat your oven to 350 F, and spray doughnut pan with cooking spray.
Whisk together the egg and sugar until light and pale, about 10 minutes. Stir in the banana, oil, vanilla and yogurt.
Sift in the salt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, flour and wheat germ (or flour). Stir together until combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared doughnut pan, filling wells 1/2 way, and bake for 10-12 minutes.
While the doughnuts bake, put the cream in a microwave-safe bowl and warm for 30-45 second. Pour the cream over chocolate and let it sit for 2 minutes to melt the chocolate. Stir the mixture together. If the mixture is not smooth, microwave for about 10 seconds and mix again. Repeat, if needed.
Remove the doughnuts from the pan and let them cool. Once cool, dip them into the chocolate ganache. Store the doughnuts in an airtight container.
Yield: 12 doughnuts.
Nutrition Information (per doughnut): 143 calories; 7.2 g. fat; 23 mg. cholesterol; 114 mg. sodium; 18.8 g. carbohydrate; 1.7 g. fiber; 1.3 g. protein
Result: Mr. Prevention noted right away that this ganache is RICH! I cut back on the heavy cream quite a bit and got great results. I would certainly use half and half next time — I just happened to have the heavy cream on hand and knew that skim milk wouldn’t mix in without the fat. I’m placing these doughnuts in my top 3, for sure…they are GOOD!
Today is crazy, CRAZY busy…but you can find me on cloud 9. 🙂
Lots of love,