Thursday, February 26, 2015

Baked Chocolate Banana Donuts...

I'm hoping the skies clear and the snow stops soon. Otherwise, I may qualify for a contestant on the Biggest Loser Season 17. As I mentioned yesterday, there's just something about cold snowy weather that makes me repeatedly fire up the oven. Yesterday it was homemade bread, today chocolate donuts. Seriously, I need some blue sky to work off some of these carbs! Still... it's pretty hard to say "no" to these babies.

Fortunately, I found a Pilates video on Amazon Prime that I'm finding helpful. 

About a year ago I received an Amazon gift card from one of my kiddos and his wife. I held onto it for months waiting for just the right item! Here's what I finally purchased with that card...

I kept seeing fabulous looking baked donuts on Pinterest, and I knew I needed one of these donut baking pans to try some of those recipes. Today was the day! I have a number of baked donut recipes pinned on my "Bread" board, but I chose this "Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Banana Donut" {from the blog, "Baker By Nature"} for my first foray into baked donuts.

I followed her donut recipe to the letter, but I doubled the recipe to make a dozen donuts. Her hint about using a ziplock bag to  pipe the batter into the donut pan molds was very helpful.

I had to bake my donuts a little longer than her 11 to 13 minutes {more like 15 minutes for mine} -- probably because we live 5000 feet above sea level. The donuts came out slightly firm and springy to the touch and inverted without any problem once they had cooled in the pan for 5 minutes...

At this point I varied from the recipe. Instead of making a homemade glaze, I simply bought a ready-made container of Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Dark Chocolate Frosting. Remove the top of the container and the foil, and put the frosting in the microwave for about 40 seconds to soften and melt the frosting a little to make a chocolate glaze. {The frosting should be soft and warm enough to drizzle from a spoon.}

Poor the glaze into a small bowl, dip each donut into the chocolate glaze, and return the donut to the wire rack.

Sprinkles can be added at this time. As the donuts rest the glaze will set.

One can fool oneself into believing that these donuts are healthy for you. After all -- they are baked. They are made {partially} from whole wheat flour. Two of the ingredients are coconut oil and almond milk. By my way of thinking, I can convince myself I am doing my body a favor by ingesting these beauties.

Some people may take a more realistic approach to eating donuts. 
{Those people are not your friends. Just sayin'.}

Go to Baker by Nature for this yummy recipe.