This healthy eating this is a constant battle to find balance.  I can’t tell myself “No, you can’t have that.”  Because, at that point I will become fixated on it.  Instead I either eat half a portion or wait until I can make it myself.

Yesterday, I went out for Chinese with our exchange student, ate a lot of soup, so I only ate half of the stir fry.  (Who knows what all is in their amazing sauce!).  This week, I’ve wanted doughnuts.  Avoiding this is hard- Metro Detroit has more Tim Horton’s per capita than we do gas stations.  I knew I could make them healthier myself so I waited until Saturday so I could spend the time needed.  The results were pretty good.  They are denser than the doughnuts I usually eat, but it makes them more filling.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Sucanat (Evaporated Cane Juice, Any sugar works)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

In Large mixing bowl combine Greek Yogurt and use milk to thin it.

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When you’ve combined the milk and yogurt it should make a thinner yogurt consistency.  Then, combine the remaining ingredients and stir.  (You can combine wet, then dry separately, then combine.  That’s the right way.  I’m too impatient!) If it seems to be too thick, add a little more milk.  I cheated and used my immersion blender with the whisk attachment.

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When the mix is smooth, start spooning it into the doughnut pan.  Fill each section 2/3 full.  If you go too high the ‘holes’ will bake  over.

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Bake at 425 degrees for 8 minutes.  Allow to cool for at least 4 minutes before trying to remove.

My favorite kind of doughnuts are the cinnamon and sugar ones.  I mixed together white sugar and cinnamon, equal parts.  When the doughnuts were still warm I pressed them into the sugar and placed on the cooling rack.

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Another variation we tried, nutella icing.  I used 2 tablespoons nutella, with 1/4 cup of milk.  I kept adding powdered sugar until it became the consistancy of icing.  We dipped the cooled doughnuts in and placed on the cooling rack.  Then we sprinkled with crushed nuts.

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These will run you about 150 calories each, so if you do wind up cheating and having two like we did- it won’t kill you.  I served it with a side of fruit, yogurt, and some low-fat breakfast sausage.

Have fun and be creative.  Just remember- the more toppings you add the more calories you add, so be weary!

Adapted from, “Yes, You Really Can Eat Doughnuts” in Health magazine.  http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20418786,00.html

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