If I said “healthy doughnuts,” would would you say?
Yeah right. I doubt it. Am I dreaming? Are pigs flying yet?
Yes way. Yes huh. No you’re not, and sadly they aren’t. But healthy doughnuts are a big, fat, delicious yes.
I found a 6-indentation doughnut pan and decided to whip these easy, delicious vanilla cake doughnuts up, recipe courtesy of Family Circle magazine. I had this notion that making doughnuts from scratch would be a daunting task that a busy baker [not to mention student, worker, sister, daughter and everything else] shouldn’t take on. However, I am pleasantly surprised to report these were not only a cinch to make, but they’re absolutely, positively worth it—no matter how busy you are.
Topping-wise, I opted for half frosted, half cinnamon sugar (my favorite) and half chocolate glazed. But really, your only limits are your imagination. Here, the recipe for the cinnamon sugar ones.
Vanilla Cake Doughnuts with Cinnamon Sugar
1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c low-fat buttermilk
1/3 c firmly packed dark brown sugar
4 T unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
Cinnamon sugar, set aside
1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 6-indentation donut pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together. In a separate large bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, egg, buttermilk and vanilla until smooth. Add to the flour bowl and mix well.
3. For easy filling, spoon batter into a pastry bag and fill about 2/3 full into each donut slot in the pan. Smooth tops down. Bake about 13 minutes or until light golden and tops spring back when lightly pressed. Cool about 3 minutes in pan, then carefully turn out onto a cooling rack.
4. While still warm [after spending 3 mins cooling] liberally coat doughnut in cooking spray [or melted butter would work] and dunk in cinnamon sugar mixture, coating thoroughly. Set aside to dry and cool, or eat right away and get sugar-fingers 🙂
Really, the possibilities are endless with this one. Add cocoa powder to the dry ingredients for chocolate doughnuts. Coat the doughnuts in a vanilla icing, chocolate icing, and sprinkle with chopped nuts, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, sprinkles, or even coconut. SO delicious, SO easy, and SO AMAZING!