G&S Recipes: Cinnamon Donuts

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Ok I have a confession to make….

In the car last night, on my way to the store, a catchy song began to play on the radio. Being that I love a good song, I turned it up and started rocking out……..I NEEDED to know who the song was by. So looking at my radio screen I read in horror: “Story of My Life, One Direction”………ONE DIRECTION……what is wrong with me?? Have I already crossed the bridges of “single and fabulous” to “married and blissful” to  “married and crushing on boy bands”? Will my friends accept me if they knew? Will I still have friends? Will my husband accept me? Is this what a midlife crisis feels like? Am I going through a mid life crisis at 21?? Who am I? What am I doing with my life???

From the 15 seconds that my mind raced through all of these thoughts to the other 30 seconds it took me to realize that IT IS ONLY A SONG, I realized that I let my mind wander too much……and yes I can be a bit of a drama queen at times (only in my head though….although I am sure my husband would probably say otherwise 😉 ) Lesson learned: It is OKAY to like a One Direction song…I think?

So..DONUTS. I LOVE DONUTS. Do I eat donuts? That would be rarely and never…maybe at church sometimes! I have a hard time resisting free donuts, with pink icing and sprinkles (how can anyone resist pink and sprinkles?) The only real problem I have with donuts is the guilt and shame that follows, after devouring it. The whole saying “moment on your lips, lifetime on your hips” haunts me. So after many years of denying my burning passion for donuts, I decided to attempt a “healthier” donut. Yes I use parentheses because how healthy can a donut get? I mean, unless you used like spinach and cauliflower and bananas……maybe I will attempt it one day, BUT REALLY it doesn’t sound good……..does it?

Anyhow, I was inspired once again by Joy the Baker with this recipe! See her recipe here: joythebaker.com. In reality these aren’t your regular fried donuts (making the guilt factor lower) and are really a cinnamon bread mixture, with a vanilla glaze and cinnamon topping.

Ingredients:

Cinnamon Topping:

  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cinnamon Dough:

  • 2/3 cup of can sugar
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil (the recipe calls for butter but I love me my coconut oil!!)
  • 2 eggs (I like to use brown eggs)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste (you can also use vanilla extract)
  • 1 1/2 cups of wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk (or what ever type of milk you like)
  • The recipe also calls for 1 apple, peeled and chopped but I decided to skip on this. Let me know how it goes if you do end up using it though 🙂
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon

Vanilla Glaze:

  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2/4 tsp. of vanilla paste
  • 10 tsp. of coconut milk

Before we get into the nitty gritty here’s a slideshow of cinnamon donut porn:

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350˚ and grease a donut pan (I bought mine form target for 13 bucks)

Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon topping together in a bowl and set aside.

Mix together the sugar and coconut oil until smooth. Add in each egg one at a time and beat until completely combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl to get any extra sugar and add the vanilla. Mix for a minute or two.

In a separate bowl (yes you will use a lot of bowls) whisk together the flour and baking powder; slowly mix into the batter. Add milk and beat for two minutes or until everything is completely blended! (Here is where you would also add the apples)

Scoop the batter into the donut pan by two tbsp fulls. Place in the oven to bake for about 8-10 minutes depending on your oven.

While your donuts are baking, get a cooling rack out and place foil underneath it. You will be using this to cool and glaze your donuts right when they come out of the oven.

With your time left, mix the powdered sugar and vanilla together. Add the coconut milk and whisk together. Set aside next to the oven with your cinnamon and sugar mixture close by.

Once the timer is up, remove the donut pan out of the oven and let it sit for a minute or two to cool off. After, take the pan and flip the donuts over onto the cooling rack that you have prepared. Let the donuts sit for another two minutes. While your donuts are cooling off, you can put another batch into the oven.

Take each cooled donut, one at a time, and dip the top half (do this with your hand) into the glaze and then into the cinnamon mixture. Place onto the cooling rack and wait for the glaze to harden. Repeat this process with each donut and donuts baking in the oven.

After allowing these beauties to harden for about five minutes or so, take one and bite into it slowly allowing your taste buds to really experience the flavor. Then quickly devour the entire batch before having to share with anyone else ;)…I wonder if One Direction likes donuts….

Enjoy!

KD

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