Today, June 3rd is National Donut Day. It’s always the first Friday of June.
So, to celebrate it I did a review of the Original Donut Factory and made some donuts last night for today.
I’m sure you’re saying, “Ummm Tara, donuts aren’t healthy”
But, these are a bit healthier since they’re not fried…(good justification right?)
Seriously though, I am going to be working on some healthy mini donut recipes to bring healthy whole options to you.
However, for today you’re going to have to deal with chocolate donuts with a chocolate glaze (sorry it’s what the daughter wanted and at about 50 calories each I couldn’t say no…all in the name of doing this review of course!).
First let me tell you about The Original Donut Factory.
It’s compact so doesn’t take up a lot of space on the counter.
Some appliances take awhile to heat up, not this! It heats up in a short few minutes and is ready to go.
When you open it up, you’ll find six little cavities to make your mini donuts in.
Note: When you make donuts in this, I’d strongly suggest using a piping bag to put the batter in. If you try to spoon it in, you’ll end up with a huge mess…donuts with no holes and since they cook so quickly it’s just easier to pipe in the batter.
The cooking plates are coated with non-stick surface so you just have to lightly spray with cooking oil or whatever you want prior to using to ensure the donuts come out easily.
Clean-up was a cinch.
Just wiped it down with a cloth and that was it.
This is a great appliance to have on hand for fast & easy snacks. Seriously, you can whip out 3 dozen of these mini donuts in a matter of minutes.
Well worth the price (under $30) and easy enough for the kids to help you (though keep little kids away from the cooking plates since they obviously get hot).
I will be adding healthier donut recipes to this blog in the very near future but follows is the one that I made last night.
* 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
* ½ cup cocoa
* ½ cup sugar
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1 egg
* ¾ cup buttermilk
* ¼ cup vegetable oil
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Stir dry ingredients together in mixing bowl. Add egg, buttermilk, vegetable oil and vanilla. Using a mixer on medium speed, blend until smooth.
2. Fill each cooking reservoir with about 2 tablespoons of batter. I just piped batter in to fill the bottom cavities
3. Bake about 2 1/2-3 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean. (use a wood or bamboo fork/utensil to remove so you don’t scratch the surface of cooking plates, or do what I did and use your fingers QUICKLY so you don’t burn them on the donuts because they’re hot little things!)
4. Glaze or coat with powdered sugar, as desired.
I think this recipe made about 36-40 donuts
I just threw some chocolate chips, butter and vanilla in a bowl and melted it down for the glaze.
You could also dress them up with sprinkles, nuts, edible glitter.
I happened to have silver star edible glitter on hand so threw that on a few.
These passed my daughters taste test with flying colors!
I’m planning on experimenting with some goji berries, oranges, peanut butter, bananas, organic dark chocolate, mint and who knows what else!
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