Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Healthy Halloween Matcha Donuts

 

Double double, toil and trouble
Pass me a donut for my tummy rumble, 
Pinch of matcha, dash of salt
If they all get eaten -- it's not my fault!

In the oven, roast and bake
Save me a monster one -- for goodness' sake!
Candy eyes and sugar skulls
I'll eat and eat until my belly's full! 







HALLOWEEEENNN IS ALMOST HEEEREEE!!!!








I know you have heard me wax poetic about my love for Halloween. Maybe here with my spooky cake pops, or here with my macabre cemetery brownies.









Or perhaps you've heard that cheeky little son of a gun up there chatting about my love for Halloween.



Oh god I love it so much.



My entire room is Halloween theme all-year round. I am a Tim Burton fanatic so purple and black, black and white strips, and kooky skeletons are things of my dreams, really.


So when it comes to Halloween I go a bit nuts.


Every September I peruse  Michael's, Bulk Barn, Wal-Mart, and every dollar store in the area and I pick up scary, adorable, wonderful, AMAZING Halloween things of every type. Baking supplies, chocolate molds, cupcake liners, napkins, goodie bags -- you name it.











So when I was trying to pick a Halloween recipe to test out for this year I was kind of stuck on what to experiment with.

Orange and black are obvious choices, right?


But purple is so totally halloweeny!


But what's purple? Not very many things...Except blueberries...but those are blue.


DAMMIT!












 So I decided on  GREEN!


But what's green? Spinach, kale, apples, pears...hmmmm....


MATCHAAAA!!












 I made these Matcha protein squares a while ago and they were such a hit. I have kind of been obsessed with creating a donut version.





 


 SO ..




Naturally, I decided on adorably spooky matcha donuts. Green is kind of Frankenstein-y and creepy *but delicious* and then you decorate them with whatever Halloween sprinkles you have! Or slap a few big candy googly eyes on there and call it a day.







These are fluffy, moist, sweet, slightly earth and mild and absolutely DELICIOUS!



Like...they are SCARY good. I had my taste-testers *who don't like green tea* give them a shot and they LOVED them.



Try them and let me know how ghoul...I mean good....they are :D!


Healthy Halloween Matcha Donuts



Yields 12-14 Donuts

Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan Option 

Ingredients:


  • 1 1/4 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour 
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour 
  • 2 tablespoons Matcha powder 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar, organic cane sugar or a mix of both
  • 3/4 cup vegan buttermilk*
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons apple sauce, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate, melted (or more applesauce or coconut oil for vegan version)
  • Egg replacer for two eggs (2 teaspoons plus 4 tablespoons water)*

*I prefer egg replacer to flax eggs but you use whichever method you prefer! Of course you can substitute this with 2 whole large eggs which I also tested and yields amazing results!



For the Coating:


  •  1 cup of your choice of chocolate mixed with 1 tablespoon coconut oil! Dark chocolate for black cats and bats, white chocolate for mummies, candy corn or monsters, orange chocolate for pumpkins!
  • Optional Decorations: sprinkles, chocolate pieces, small candies, etc. 


Directions:



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F 
  2. Grease/spray at least 2 donut pans and set aside (I use the Wilton brand pans and you can just use 1 and wash in between batches -- if you do make sure you COOL the pan before adding a new batch!)
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients and whisk together
  4. Add in all wet ingredients and stir together until fully combined
  5. Scoop batter into a pastry bag or large ziploc bag, cut the tip off and pip your donuts into the pan ensuring it is no more than 2/3 of the way full -- with a wet finger pat down the peaks on the donuts left by the piping bag so your donuts are flat 
  6. Bake each batch of donuts for 10 - 12 minutes making sure to cool the pan off completely before you re-use it or use multiple pans
  7. Gently turn the pan upside down and gently agitate it and the donuts should fall right out -- put them on a wire rack to cool!
  8. Allow donuts to cool completely before glazing them!
  9. For the coating slowly melt your chocolate until it's 2/3 of the way melted and then remove from heat and continue to stir so your chocolate doesn't burn. For decorations put them on while the coating is wet OR wait for chocolate to dry and add them on with extra chocolate!
  10. Allow to dry fully before packaging them -- they will keep for 2-3 days otherwise freeze them :)






How cute are those skull and cross bone sprinkles?

There is nothing in this world that you could say or do to make me think that sprinkles are not worth the bother.


Absolutely nothing.







I recently sorted out my sprinkle 'drawer'. I say 'drawer' because it was ONCE a drawer but then became a very large basket, and then eventually a giant bin.


I couldn't believe how many I had accumulated. Now they all have their own homes -- 'Halloween', 'Christmas', 'Valentine's' and...'Everything Else'!






Besides, everyone knows their are no calories in sprinkles.*



*this is actually not true and I will not take personal responsibility for disseminating this lie








Those little bug looking ones were new. I bought them from Marshall's...or Winner's. The equivalent of T.J Maxx in the U.S, I believe.


I absolutely LOVE that place. I cannot get enough.  It's actually a serious problem. I think of the million times I have been there I have only left empty handed one time. It's my favourite mommy and daughter bonding activity. We seriously LOVE that place. Winners more so because there is only one Marshall's close by -- but OH MAN! So many gems to be found.









ISN'T THAT LITTLE SPRINKLE HEAD SO CUTE!







That little guy is my favourite. He has sprinkle lip gloss on and his three eyebrows are ALL on fleek.


Random thoughts for today: do you like sprinkles as much as me or do I have a problem?  And what are your favourite YouTube channels to watch? I *may* be looking into it as a way of expanding the blog and would love some insight!



THANKS AND HAPPY HALLOWEENING !


XO









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