We have made some big changes to our diets over the last year that have made a big impact on our bodies, skin, and even how we sleep. We cut out beef and pork, and put a larger emphasis on veggies and fish while using organic ingredients when cooking at home. Phoenix has some amazing restaurants that are vegan and vegetarian friendly, and although we eat chicken and fish, these places have become some of our favorites because of their fresh and organic ingredients. One of our favorites is The Coronado and on top of their incredible potato and cauliflower tacos, they make the best pastries! We’re definitely snackers around here, so when our families heard about the changes we made to our diets they were a little shocked. Haha. We took a stab at baking our own doughnuts at home with some fun toppings from Pure Growth Organic recently, and we’re embarrassed to admit they were gone in two days! Read on for the recipe and more about some of our favorite organic snacks.
We were pretty excited to team up with Pure Growth Organic for this post. Their snacks are some of our favorites and we love throwing their breakfast bars in our bag when we have an early morning, or get a little hungry on a long flight. Some of their packaging may seem more for children, but we are totally not above munching on some Mickey shaped graham crackers. 😉 All their products are certified organic and super affordable which is really important to us. Eating healthy doesn’t need to go hand in hand with spending a fortune on a grocery bill.
We decided to see what else we could create with their breakfast bars and graham crackers and landed on these fool proof oven-baked doughnuts. We followed an easy recipe from our friend Tessa, who is simply incredible in the kitchen. She is a super talented baker here in Phoenix and also incredibly sweet…pun intended. 😉 Check out her blog, Handle the Heat if you have a sweet tooth like us.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
1 large egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
This recipe was adapted from Tessa’s Baked S’mores Doughnut recipe. We mixed it up a bit, using all organic ingredients, vanilla frosting (vs marshmallow fluff), and some Pure Growth Organic snacks for the toppings.
Step 1: Lightly grease a 6-hole doughnut tin and preheat oven to 350°F.
Step 2: Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt into a medium bowl. We don’t have a sifter so we whisked all the dry ingredients together in a bowl with a hand whisk.
Step 3: In another medium bowl whisk together the butter, yogurt, vanilla, egg, and sugars. These ingredients smelled so good together! The vanilla took me back to cooking with my grandmother in the summer when I was younger.
Step 4: Make a hole in the flour mixture and pour the butter mixture into the hole. We were a little messy with this part, but thankfully it didn’t matter much. We gently stirred everything until the mixture became thick.
Step 5: Scoop the batter into a ziptop bag and cut a small hole in the bottom corner. Squeeze the batter evenly in the greased doughnut tin. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
Step 6: A sweet aroma will now have probably filled your whole kitchen if not entire house. Try not to eat them just yet! Tempting, I know. While your doughnuts are cooling, grab some goodies for your toppings. We went with chocolate graham crackers and cinnamon brown sugar breakfast bars. We put them into individual ziplock bags and smashed them up until we got a mix of fine and thick cookie crumbles.
Step 7: Ice your doughnuts! We went with an organic vanilla frosting from our local grocery store.
Step 8: Dress your doughnuts with your cookie crumbles and enjoy!
It was a close tie but we think the doughnut with the cinnamon brown sugar topping was our favorite! Doughnuts are probably the least healthy snack you may think of when mentioning “eating clean” or organic, but we truly believe when something is made with the right ingredients it is never considered a guilty-pleasure food.
Let us know if you guys have any other organic dessert recipes or if you try this one out!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pure Growth Organics, available on Amazon and Walmart. As always all thoughts and opinions are our own. Also, big thanks to Tessa from Handle the Heat for sharing her amazingly delicious talent with us.