Happy National Donut Day! While Krispy Kreme is handing out some yummy freebies today, for those who would rather celebrate without the guilt, here are some recipes on making donuts that are a tad bit healthier than the norm.
Vegan Donuts with Chocolate or Orange Glaze
- 3 cups unbleached white flour, or more
- 1 cup defatted or regular soy flour
- 2 tablespoons wheat gluten
- 2 tablespoons sugar substitute suitable for baking
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 10 ounces lite silken tofu
- 1 cup warm water
- Warm water or egg wash (see glossary)
- Orange or Chocolate Glaze
- Cooking spray or oil
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, gluten, sugar, yeast, and salt. In bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, blend together tofu and water on medium-low speed (a few small lumps are okay).
- Add dry ingredients, 1/2 cup at a time, until all is added and mixture pulls away from sides of bowl.
- Transfer to a plastic bag or container with ample space for rising and a tight-fitting lid, and refrigerate overnight.
- Next morning, lightly spray or oil a baking sheet. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into 16 pieces and roll into smooth balls. Flatten balls slightly.
- Holding each flattened piece between your hands, push thumbs through center, place index fingers inside, and roll into a wide, open donut shape. (Dough will rise to fill in hole if it isn[‘t large enough.)
- Place about 2 inches apart on prepared sheet. Brush donuts with a bit of warm water or egg wash. Cover and set aside to rise for about an hour, or until double in size.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Carefully brush donuts again with warm water or egg wash and bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.
- Transfer to a rack. Use a pastry brush to coat hot donuts with glaze.
Orange Glaze: 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon grated orange zest, 1 cup powdered sugar.
- In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk or stir well. Makes about 1/2 cup.
Chocolate Glaze: 3 tablespoons soy milk or lowfat milk, 1 tablespoon cocoa 1 tablespoon margarine or butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup powdered sugar.
- In a small sauce pan, combine milk, cocoa, margarine, and vanilla.
- Over medium heat, stirring occassionally, bring to a boil.
- Continue to boil and stir for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat, and stir in powdered sugar. Makes about 1/2 cup.
Baked Buttermilk Donuts (only 140 calories!)
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 cupwhole-wheat flour
- 1 cupall-purpose flour
- 1/2 cupsugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoonsbaking powder
- 1/4 teaspoonground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoonsalt
- 3/4 cuplow-fat buttermilk (1%)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cuphoney
- 2 tablespoonsmelted butter
- 1 tablespoonvanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly coat a doughnut pan with cooking spray.
2. Combine flours and next 4 ingredients (through salt) 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 twothirds full. Bake in middle 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. Coat with toppings (see ideas, below), if desired.
5. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (only adds about 15 calories!)
Baked Apple Donut Recipe
Prep Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 10 mins
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1 6 oz container of non fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons honey
1 apple (diced small)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
powdered sugar for dusting
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Toss apples in cinnamon and sugar and set aside. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients.
3. In another bowl stir together oil, lemon juice, honey, egg and yogurt. Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the hole.
4. Gently fold everything together until combined.
5. Sprinkle apples into a greased donut pan and divide batter evenly in the pan. (I used the cooking spray that has flour in it but I think any kind would work.) The batter will be pretty thick and airy. We found it was easier to scoop it into the donut pan with our hands.
6. Before baking be sure to clean off any stray dough around the circle so there’s a hole in the middle of the donut.
7. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a few moments and then flip over onto a cooling rack while still warm. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately!
Makes 6 donuts.