|Halloween? Treat Yo'Self|
There is no better time to bake than when the weather outside is frightful. As if having slushy snow during October wasn't scary enough, the heavy weight of the snow on the leaves of the trees caused so many branches to fall down, leaving many roads closed and neighborhoods without electricity, phones, internet, and TV. So what better way to balance this trick with a treat?
|The first hour of the snowfall seemed so innocent, maybe even cute?|
My "treats" might not be sugary confections in squeaky wrappers, but I assure you there are other foods that can fit this category - homemade baked goods, homemade caramels and candies, hot cider, pumpkin beers, autumn ales, anything seasonal indulgence that would be inappropriate to pass out to kids ringing your doorbell. They won't appreciate it anyway; keep it all for yourself.
These Pumpkin Donuts are The Perfect Fall Treat. To the skeptics who find it hard to believe this title could be given to a vegan donut with no refined flours or refined sweeteners or artificial coloring, I respect that you stand your ground and aren't easily persuaded by bandwagon propaganda and loaded words. But everyone else is treating themselves to these delicious, incredible, sexy donuts.
|Retta treats herself, shouldn't you?|
1 cup pumpkin puree
2/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup baking oil (grapeseed, canola, safflower etc)
1/3 cup applesauce
1/4 cup almond milk
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 350F. Grease donut baking trays. (You can also use cupcake trays if you prefer.)
In a large bowl whisk pumpkin, syrup, oil, applesauce, almond milk, vinegar, and vanilla. In a small bowl sift flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt, and stir. Pour dry ingredients into wet mix and stir until just mixed. Batter should be thicker than pancake batter but thinner than cookie dough.
Using a tablespoon, drop batter into donut tray to fill each section. Smooth out top of batter with the back of your spoon. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, until firm to the touch and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool for a minute before turning trays upside-down to remove donuts. If they cannot fall out on their own, use a rubber spatula to pry off. Top with Dark Chocolate Glaze.
Dark Chocolate Glaze
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix everything together in a small bowl. If too thick, add more almond milk. If too thin, add more cocoa. Glaze should have a thick but pourable consistency. To glaze donuts, simply dip smooth side down in the glaze and carefully lift up to remove. Garnish with pecan pieces if desired.