Is it donuts or doughnuts? I ask myself that every time. Either way, all I know is that I love them and they love me. My trainer, not so much. It’s why when I recently got back from travelling and needed a bit of a reinvention of my healthier lifestyle, I thought it might be fun to create a twist on a sweet treat to appease even the healthiest of food lovers. Alongside Almond Breeze, a staple in my home and diet, I got to work testing out recipes and think I finally came up with one that you are going to love. Did I also mention that this recipe is both healthier and delicious?
I have always felt at home in the kitchen. There is something incredibly cathartic about putting on some good music and creating something from a fridge and pantry full of ingredients. That being said, baking has always scared me. With cooking, I can improvise and get creative. With baking, if I mess up the recipe, my cookies can turn into soup. Terrifying! That’s why I wanted to create a recipe that even I couldn’t mess up.
I think that when it comes to my diet and trying to live a healthier lifestyle, it’s important to find balance. Almond Breeze fits my busy lifestyle. Whether it’s in my morning smoothie with a TON of veggies and superfoods, or in something a little more creative like a doughnut, their variety of products is delicious!
Almond Breeze is a great way to upgrade your recipes and with so many delicious flavours available at your local grocer, it is easier than ever to take a step in a healthier direction. I can usually judge my recipes by the reaction Julio has. Especially when trying to make healthier choices, he can be quite finicky. “It tastes like a garden.” “I don’t like the colour.” “What is THAT?!” are all responses I have heard in the past. But this time around, I think I #NailedIt.
— Julio Reyes (@Fashionights) April 12, 2017
— #DoTheDaniel Inc. (@dothedaniel) April 11, 2017
Creating a recipe, especially a baked goods one, can be a lot of fun too. Adding a simple twist like swapping in Almond Breeze and using quality matcha (such as matcha ninja) can help to make a difference in your day-to-day diet but also in how you feel. Yes, these doughnuts aren’t made of kale. No one said they were, but they aren’t as bad as something you might indulge in while running around either. Baby steps towards a bigger goal. That’s the way to do it! So without further ado, I present to you my healthier twist on a classic doughnut!
- Maple Glaze
- 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted organic butter
- 1/2 cup (120ml) 29 Février Très Foncé Maple Syrup
- 1 cup (112g) sifted confectioners' sugar
- Matcha Donuts
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (or whatever healthy option you prefer. Bean flour is great too!)
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 4 tablespoons of Matcha Ninja Matcha
- 1/4 cup (60ml) Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla
- 1/4 cup (60g) yogurt (or kafir)
- 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- First up, let's make the glaze. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and maple syrup together, whisking occasionally. Once the butter has melted, remove from heat and whisk in the sifted confectioners' sugar. Set glaze aside and allow to cool and thicken.
- Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray a doughnut pan with non-stick spray or use unsalted butter to ensure your doughnuts don't stick.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, matcha and salt. While whisking by hand (though I used my electric mixer to make it easier) add the egg, brown sugar, milk, and yogurt until smooth. Finally, combine the melted butter and vanilla, mixing until fully combined.
- Spoon the batter into the doughnut tray carefully. This gets a little messy, but thankfully the batter is delicious!
- Place in over and bake for 9–10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about two-to-three minutes.
- Transfer to a wire rack set on a large piece of parchment paper or on a large baking sheet.
- To glaze, simply hold the doughnuts and dip into the glaze. Double dipping is encouraged to really coat them. For an added flourish, sprinkle with a bit more matcha if desired.
- This recipe won't last long in your house. These delicious treats really help to show how using Almond Breeze can make your day better in the most delicious of ways!
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