Healthy donuts!

Small confession. I love a good donut!

Many years ago I got this adorable little donut cooker that came with healthier recipes for making baked donuts. Fast forward to this past weekend when my husband and I finally gave it a try. Why we waited so long I will never know, but sadly the little donut cooker did not make pretty donuts. Did they taste good though? YES! So, while I didn’t get a photo, I will share the recipe with you. I think you could adapt it to cook in a regular oven using a donut pan.

Spicy Apple Donuts

  • 3/4 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 large egg (or comparable amount egg substitute)
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil

When I tried them in the oven it was a little hit and miss because I was guessing at the time and temp. I tried 350 for 12 mins and had to go just a bit longer on some of them than on others. Just bake until they are golden brown on top. We enjoyed ours with a bit of powdered sugar on top (I know, not very healthy).

These are a great alternative when you are craving something sweet but somewhat healthy!

Question

On almost all of the wonderful blogs that I read, I see whey protein being used for a lot of things. So, here is my question for you dear readers, what is your favorite brand of whey protein? Been thinking a lot about getting some and giving many of your recipes a try, but goodness it’s pricey! So, I don’t want to waste $$ on something gross, or not as healthy as it could be.

So, do tell, what is your favorite whey protein?

Healthy Holidays

I have to be a little honest here and spill a “secret”. My husband is trying to lose weight, and of course, as the “chef” of the house, it’s really all up to me to cook in a way that will be helpful. This in turn actually bums me out a bit, because some of the most fun things to do around the holidays involve cooking things that aren’t exactly “healthy”!

Halloween is especially tricky this year, and as such, I haven’t even decorated fully. My traditional cookies will still be made, but there are many other fun and spooky things that I just won’t be able to try.

I never realized that baking was such a part of how I have fun. So, now I am in search of fun and low calorie things to make for the holidays. I have found one oatmeal cookie recipe that sounds perfect for fall, but I am certainly open for suggestions.

Catbus Cake!

First of all, I didn’t make this. I wish I had though, because it’s awesome!

CATBUS! cake!

If you have not watched My Neighbor Totoro, you really should. It’s a fun little anime from Studio Ghibli. It’s a very quirky story, as you can imagine a story with a Catbus must be!! But it is also a very sweet story, and one that we enjoy. I actually have a little Catbus key chain that I hang on my purse. It gets two reactions, either people know exactly what it is and get very excited when they see it, or people ask what it is and act like I am from outer space when I tell them it’s a Catbus.

At any rate, I love fun cakes, and this one is just so well done! It’s nice to see an amazing cake that was made with frosting and not just fondant. Or at least I think that the “fur” is all just frosting, don’t you?