Baked Chocolate Donuts with Powdered Sugar Glaze

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Today is such a beautiful day. The sun’s out and it’s a slightly breezy 65 degrees. As I look out my living room window I see the ducks are enjoying the sun and swimming around the lake. Flowers are starting to bloom and the grass and leaves are turning green again, Spring is here!
It’s been a long while since I last posted a recipe. Time just flies by these days. I’m 28 weeks pregnant and only have 12 weeks to go before we get to meet our little baby boy!
This pregnancy has given me a major sweet tooth so naturally I had to bake me up something sweet to eat. And since baked donuts have been all over Pinterest it was high time to give them a try.

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I chose these Baked Chocolate Donuts with Powdered Sugar Glaze because you can’t go wrong with chocolate. They were really easy to make and while not quite as good as the full on fried version they were satisfying…especially dipped in a generous layer of sugar glaze. Sugar on sugar, give me more!

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Next time I’d like to try these Carrot Cake Doughnuts or these Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Roll Donuts!
Baked Chocolate Donuts with Powdered Sugar Glaze
Yields 12
Old Fashioned Chocolate Donuts with a powdered sugar glaze. Baked instead of fried.
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
For the Donuts
  1. 1 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  2. 1/3 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  3. 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  4. 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  5. 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  6. 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
  7. 1/3 Cup Plain Yogurt
  8. 1 Large Egg
  9. 1 Tablespoon Butter, melted
For the Sugar Glaze
  1. 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  2. 3-4 Tablespoons Milk
  3. 1/4 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
For the Donuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, nutmeg, salt and sugar in a bowl.
  4. In another bowl stir together the melted butter, egg and yogurt. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  5. On a well floured surface, knead the dough a few times.
  6. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  7. Using a doughnut cutter, or cookie cutters, cut out doughnuts and place on your lined baking sheet. Place the doughnut hole centers on the 2nd lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake the doughnuts for about 10 minutes and then bake the doughnut holes for 4-5 minutes. Cool slightly.
For the Sugar Glaze
  1. While the doughnuts are baking in the oven, mix together the powdered sugar, milk and the vanilla extract. Add more milk a little at a time until you have the desired consistency. (More milk=thinner, more powdered sugar=thicker)
  2. Dip the top of each doughnut and doughnut hole into the glaze and allow to dry completely before storing.
Adapted from Heather's French Press
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Almond Joy Cookies

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I was daydreaming the other day about cookies…specifically coconut cookies. I’ve made these coconut meringue cookies before which are great by themselves, but then I had the idea to add in dry roasted almonds and top them with chocolate to make a cookie that tastes similar to an Almond Joy.
Success!

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Almond Joy Cookies! Perfectly sized bites filled with coconut, chocolate and almond flavors.

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What’s better than chocolate and coconut together in a chewy cookie? Well, maybe the fact that they have about half the fat, sugar and calories than an Almond Joy candy bar. Here’s the nutritional breakdown I got for each Almond Joy Cookie when I entered the recipe into a recipe calculator:

Calories: 48 Calories
Fat: 2.5 g
Sugar: 4.2 g

Hard to beat those numbers when it comes to a delicious cookie. I’ll take 2 please!

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Almond Joy Cookies
Yields 40
What's better than chocolate and coconut together in a chewy cookie with a crunchy almond center? These cookies taste similar to an almond joy but have less sugar and are made with just a few ingredients.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Egg Whites
  2. Dash of Salt
  3. 2/3 Cup Sugar
  4. 1/4 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  5. 1 1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut (you can use sweetened, unsweetened or a combination)
  6. 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips, melted
  7. 2 ounces Dry Roasted Almonds (about 40 almonds)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Beat egg whites with a dash of salt until soft peaks form.
  3. Add in sugar a little at a time.
  4. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  5. Fold in coconut and vanilla.
  6. Drop onto a parchment lined baking sheet. I used a rounded teaspoon to measure out my cookies.
  7. Bake just until very slightly brown, about 10-15 minutes. The center will remain soft.
  8. Allow to cool.
  9. Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments at 50% power, stirring between each increment.
  10. Once the chocolate is melted use a spoon to drizzle/spread out chocolate on each cookie.
  11. Place in the refrigerator to allow chocolate to harden. Cookies will become nice and chewy.
  12. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for longer storage.
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Homemade Chocolate

Homemade Chocolate - Sprightliest.comIt’s early morning when my eyes finally pop open. Immediately they shut again. The sun is already up and filtering light through the blinds. The birds are chirping their favorite songs. Time to rise and shine.
My first thought is coffee. I need coffee.
I reluctantly pull myself out of bed and throw on some clothes. I let the little monster (Finley) out of his cage.
As I walk into the kitchen and turn the coffee maker on it flashes blue and notifies me that I need to add water. So I add water to the reservoir and wait for the machine to do its thing.
I look down and see the little monster sitting there looking up at me. He is patiently awaiting his breakfast. “Ok, ok I’ll feed you your breakfast,” I say to him. He gives me a sideways glance and his ears perk up at the word breakfast. I fill his bowl with food and he’s content for now, chomping away.
Coffee in hand, I turn on my computer and check my email. The majority of it is junk. Then I jump on over to Pinterest and happen to come across this gem – Homemade Chocolate Bars using coconut oil. Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? I’ve used it in everything from cooking and baking to moisturizing my skin, now I discover I can make chocolate bars with it!? Hallelujah!
Almost immediately, I get to work in the kitchen, measuring out the coconut oil
and melting it in the microwave. Then stirring in some honey. Next comes the cocoa powder and I add some pure vanilla extract for good measure. As I stir it all up it becomes silky smooth like a glassy chocolate lake. I pour the mixture into a flat container and place it in the freezer.
When I check back a few hours later, it has firmed up into a solid piece of dreamy chocolate. I break off a tiny piece and pop it in my mouth. As it slowly melts away, I savor the taste of the slight coconut and rich chocolate flavor. It’s a winner in my book, folks! This is going to be a sweet day!

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Homemade Chocolate
Homemade chocolate bars using coconut oil.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  2. (measured solid)
  3. 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder, unsweetened
  4. 1 Tablespoon of Honey
  5. 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil in the microwave.
  2. Stir in the honey.
  3. Add in the cocoa powder and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Pour into a flat container or ziploc bags and freeze until firm.
  5. Slice into squares or break off pieces as you please.
Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
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Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate. Lava. Cake.

I placed a period after each of those words so you can pause between each one and take a second to fully comprehend the treat that you are in for.

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Chocolate on it’s own is divine but a chocolate lava cake that oozes liquid chocolate from it’s center – now that’s pure bliss!

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A chocolate lava cake makes for an impressive Valentine’s Day treat but it is so easy to make. Would you believe that all it takes to make two individual ooey-gooey molten chocolate cakes is a handful of ingredients you probably already have in the pantry and about 10 minutes in the oven.
Top off your chocolate lava cakes with whipped cream, fresh berries or a sprinkle of powdered sugar and you have a seemingly gourmet dessert ready to share with your Valentine.

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Chocolate Lava Cake
Serves 2
A decadent Chocolate Lava Cake with an ooey-gooey center.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
17 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
17 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (or butter)
  2. 1/4 Cup Chocolate Baking Chips (I used bittersweet 60% cacao but you can use your favorite)
  3. 1 Large Egg
  4. 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  5. 3 Tablespoons Oat Flour* (or all-purpose flour)
  6. 1 Teaspoon Coffee Liquor (or vanilla extract)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Thoroughly grease two small ramekins and set aside.
  3. In a microwavable bowl, heat chocolate chips and coconut oil for 1 minute.
  4. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add more time in 30 second increments, if necessary.
  5. Add in the egg and beat until smooth.
  6. Stir in the powdered sugar, followed by the flour and coffee liquor.
  7. Once everything is thoroughly combined, evenly distribute the mixture between the two greased ramekins.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes. The center will remain soft and jiggly and the edges should puff up slightly.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1 minute.
  10. Place each ramekin upside down on a plate and allow them to fall out. (You may need to use a knife around the edges and gently tap the bottom)
  11. Top with berries, powdered sugar or whipped cream and enjoy!
Notes
  1. *Make your own oat flour by grinding up old fashioned oats in a blender or spice grinder. Make sure to grind until you have a fine powder.
Adapted from Eva Bakes
Adapted from Eva Bakes
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