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Well I failed at getting a pumpkin donut recipe baked yesterday like I planned, but this morning after I had a coffee, I got right to work. I was to have company come for coffee this afternoon, and thought it would be a nice treat! (Once I found out company wasn’t coming, my kids devoured most of them!)
This recipe is based on Oh She Glow’s Pumpkin Spice Donuts… It is no longer vegan as I used real butter and milk. It is however egg-free.
Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts
- 6 T skim milk + 3/4 tsp white vinegar
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/4 c organic raw sugar
- 3 T unsweetened applesauce
- 2 T lightly packed brown sugar
- 2 T melted butter
- 2 t baking powder
- 1/4 t baking soda
- 1 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 t sea salt (ground)
- 1 c all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 T melted butter
- 3 T raw sugar
- 2 T cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350’F. (325’F convection) Grease mini donut pan. I used my mister with canola oil.
Mix wet ingredients and sugars together (vinegar/milk mixture, pumpkin, butter, sugars, and applesauce) till blended.
Add dry ingredients to wet and mix till just combined.
Using a disposable pastry bag pip around inner ring on pan, if you do not have one you can use a ziplock baggie, however I recommend using a freezer grade one as a sandwich one will break easily as the dough is thick. Or make a parchment cone. Smooth out dough with damp fingers.
Place in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, or till the donuts spring back up when pressed.
I immediately removed donuts from pan and put them on a wire rack to cool, as I only have one mini pan, and needed to clean and use it for a second batch.
Optional topping: Melt the 2 T of butter and combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl or plate.
I dipped the mini donut top barely in the butter and set back on the wire rack and let sit for a couple minutes, as I found when dipping in the sugar right away way too much sugar mixture stayed on the top. I was going for a light coating.
As much as the topping is optional, it really makes the donut taste, well… like a donut. It still maintains a lower calorie count that a fried donut using this method, and well if it doesn’t taste good it’s not worth eating in my opinion!!
Nutritional info without topping: 44cal, 1g protein, 8g carbs, 1g fat
…with topping (approx): 51cal, 1g protein, 9g carbs, 2g fat
Supper last night was a Homemade Salmon Burger topped with cheddar, avocado, tomato and red onion with some roasted garlic and chili aioli sauce with some kale chips, and Alexia sweet potato fries. I don’t know what part I liked more! I love Salmon burgers. I love kale chips, and I love sweet potato fries… but I only had seconds of the kale chips I guess they win!
Since breakfast couldn’t get any better than yesterday’s Pumpkin Oats with 2-2″ pumpkin quinoa pancakes crumbled on top with a dollop of Sunbutter. I started my day off with it again today!! Yes I AM a creature of habit! What can I say, why mess with a good thing.
Yesterday I had planned to paint the bottom of the new kitchen bay window we had put in this summer. I had primed it already but not painted it. Unfortunately it had been 2+ years since I had painted my whole house, and the paint had faded terribly! So unplanned I continued to paint the whole back of my house yesterday! The plans for today include repainting the door and trim, and maybe the south side. I guess we will see how ambitious I get once I get out there! …and how hot it is!
I am really nervous about weighing in on Thursday… When I weighed last week for the first time in a month, after a 3 day ride in a vehicle I was up 11 pounds. I told myself it is all okay as I am sure it is just some water weight, and swelling from being stuck in a car for 3 days… Usually I would have jumped on the scale every day as I am normally am an every morning weigher… but I am scared… scared of having to lose that weight again. This spring I had lost 26lbs by counting calories, and trying to eat as clean as possible and exercised every day. As of last week I am up to only being 8lbs from where I started in February… too close for comfort!
I haven’t been following my September goals too closely to try and counteract the weight gain that well yet… I am logging about half of my meals and haven’t done anything but quick bursts of activity like doing step-ups on my steps going into my living room, or like painting the house today. So I guess my mini-goal for the rest of the week is to get my laptop off my lap, blog quickly and efficiently, and move! Whether it is painting or yard work, or treadmill anything is better than sedentary!! It is quite ironic that since I started this blog I have gotten less activity than I did before, and gained 14lbs! So much for a healthy living blog!!
What’s your weigh-in routine?
Today I had a late breakfast, so my lunch was late too! I had to go and paint trim for my son’s dance club, with another mother, so once I was done, I was starving!
For Lunch I looked in the fridge, and grabbed a few things I thought would make me a great sandwich!
My plans of having the left over chicken and gnocchi soup I made last night for supper went out the window. Plans had to change when I went to pick up Aidan, and ended up bringing another kid home with me! So I quickly whipped up some power pizza crust, and made a large pepperoni pizza for the kids and hubby, and a different one for me… It actually worked out well, as when I asked on Myfitnesspal.com about what people’s favourite things to do with figs, and someone mentioned pizza and I wanted to try it!
On my pizza I started with a whole wheat and flax flour crust. For a sauce I used a pumpkin puree topped with baby spinach, half a baked chicken breast, some goat cheese, topped with a couple sliced figs!
It was good… in the future I think a sprinkling of nuts, and some spices in the pumpkin puree to make it less sweet and more savoury would bring it to the point of serving it to someone else as a masterpiece! However, tonight I was going for quick and easy! This was just what I was looking for. On the side I had some naked Spring Mix greens and a glass of water.
Off on the bike I go to read a little of The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. I am trying only to read it when I exercise, in hopes that I will get my butt in gear to get the opportunity to read it, as it has me sucked right in!
I feel like crap… my Dad shared his cold with me! Nice parting gift Dad!!
Since my throat is on fire, and I am cold… a smoothie wouldn’t do!
Oatmeal is my other soft favourite for breakfast, and since the leaves are turning, and and I feel like it is Fall (I know, I know…it isn’t the 23rd yet) I went ahead and had me some PUMPKIN!!
In the Oats I put some canned pumpkin puree, a scoop of chia seeds, and some cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. I also added 6 drops of vanilla stevia. I made about 3 servings of oats that I can heat up at a later time
Goal post will be posted later today!