It’s October and that means pumpkin season! Pumpkins for carving, pumpkins for pie, pumpkins for breads, cakes and yes, doughnuts!
I can’t think of a better way to start a crisp fall day than with healthy Baked Gluten Free Pumpkin Doughnuts that are free of dairy and refined sugar. Unless they also happen to be super easy to prepare, packed with protein and grain free as well
There is something about donuts that makes any day a little better. Don’t believe me, just ask a cop. I have a theory as to why it is a cliché that cops eat donuts; they spend their days serving and protecting to an often ungrateful public – kind of like being a mom!
If a donut makes the day seem a little brighter, well I say go for it! Of course fried, gluten filled donuts (aka fat pills) aren’t the healthiest way to go if one needs a little brightness in the day. Too much work to repair the damage later.
Nature has its own interesting way of balancing things out. Just when the temperatures drop and it is cold and flu season, healthy, vitamin C packed citrus is readily available.
When I was a kid, my mom always made a honey lemon concoction for us to drink during cold and flu season, it supposedly helped ward off said diseases and if not, it made us feel better if we did fall ill. With this in mind I came up with a new way to get a nice dose of citrus and honey – DONUTS!
Every once in a while I do gluten free cooking or baking classes and last week I had two scheduled back to back. They were based on a basic quick baking mix recipe in my latest cookbook Simply Gluten Free Quick Meals.
The idea is that you whip up a basic mix and from there you can make pancakes, muffins, quick breads, biscuits, dumplings, etc. The beauty of this basic recipe is that you can customize the end product any way you like – if you are dairy-free, you can use a non-dairy liquid, sugar-free, use the sweetener of your choice, that sort of thing.
As I was preparing samples to take to the class I decided at the last minute to use basic mix to whip up some coconut doughnuts – maybe it is not the smartest thing to bake something you have never made before for a hundred strangers but I tell people all the time they need to
I have heard it said that all obsessions stem from some sort of deprivation early on in life; people obsessed with power often felt powerless, those obsessed with accumulating riches suffered poverty and so on. If this is true then I obviously was the victim of a severe lack of S ‘Mores growing up. I have made gluten free recipes for S ’Mores Cupcakes, Whoopie Pies, Tarts, Cheesecake and now Doughnuts.
Maybe my obsessive behavior would be better served (and my bank account fuller) if I had grown up in a
Oh yes, you can eat donuts and still keep to your diet! Plus a few of my favorite weight loss tips!