Friday, June 1, 2012

Make a Healthier Doughnut for National Doughnut Day

In honor of National Doughnut Day I want to share a guilt-free doughnut recipe with you. Yes, that’s right there is such a thing as a healthier way to make a doughnut. These are baked not fried.


Photo credit: Wilson

I recommend you try it and top it with your favorite flavors. The doughnut before toppings is only 140 calories. Below there are three different types of toppings. My favorite is the Chocolate Swirl and I like to add rainbow sprinkles on top to give it some color! Get creative with the toppings by adding food coloring to the frosting or top it with fresh berries. Want splurge on extra calories? Then try crushing up your favorite candy bar and sprinkle it to the top of the chocolate swirl topping.


Ingredients
·         Nonstick cooking spray
·         1 cup whole-wheat flour
·         1 cup all-purpose flour
·         ½ cup sugar
·         1 ½ teaspoon baking powered
·         ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
·         ¾ cup low-fat buttermilk
·         2 eggs
·         ¼ cup honey
·         2 tablespoons melted butter
·         1 tablespoon vanilla extract  
Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly coat a doughnut pan with cooking spray.
2. Combine flours with other dry ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
3. Combine buttermilk, eggs, honey, butter, and vanilla, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; whisk just until combined.
4. Spoon batter into doughnut pans, filling two thirds full. Bake in middle rack of oven until doughnuts spring back when touched and are golden on bottom (about 8 minutes). Let cool in pan slightly (about 4 minutes); turn out. Now coat them with your favorite toppings. Below are three different types of toppings to try!  
Topping Options
Chocolate Swirl - Calories 184 total
Melt 4 ounces (1 cup) bittersweet chocolate in microwave until smooth. Fill a zip-top plastic bag with the chocolate and cut a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Pipe chocolate onto tops of doughnuts in a swirl pattern and finish off with rainbow sprinkles if desired. Serve once chilled!


Lemon Glazed- Calories 191 total
Combine 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, stirring well with a whisk. Dip 1 side of the cooled doughnuts into glaze; let cool on a rack, glazed side up.
Cinnamon Sugar- Calories 155 total
Combine 1/4 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar. While still warm, coat doughnuts in sugar; let cool on rack, sugar-coated side up.
Cinnamon Sugar- Calories 155 total
Combine 1/4 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar. While still warm, coat doughnuts in sugar; let cool on rack, sugar-coated side up.
These recipes were modified from recipes that I found on Health.com. 

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