I have been doing a lot of meal planning and prepping around here lately. The kids and I usually spend one day of the weekend baking together. They love helping out and I am trying to let go of my control issues and let them. This can sometimes be a problem when I am trying to sneak veggies into their treats, but having them actually help me and realize not every green vegetable is disgusting might not be so bad afterall.
With school being back and trying to get 4 kids off to 2 different schools each morning, I need things to run as smoothly as possible. If that means serving my kids donuts for breakfast, I'm okay with that because they are packed with spinach, bananas, and are refined sugar and oil free.
The kids call them "Hulk", "Ninja Turtle", or just plain "Green" donuts and I'm fine with whatever they want to call them, as long as they eat them. Paired with some almond milk and sometimes topped with natural peanut butter, I feel like it's a good way to start their day.
So now for the recipe...
2 cups oat flour **
1/4 cup ground flaxseed ***
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup almond milk ****
2 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup honey
2 ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
You'll also need a high powered blender (Vitamix is what I use) for this recipe.
** If you don't have oat flour, just take 2 cups of oats and put them into the blender and blend to make into flour
*** I use a ground flaxseed/ground chia seed blend
**** Substitute for any nut-free milk to make "school safe"
- Preheat oven to 375* and spray donut pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- Mix the oat flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- Put the almond milk and spinach into your blender. Blend until fully combined and spinach is liquidy.
- Add the applesauce, honey, bananas, eggs and vanilla into the blender with the spinach mixture. Blend until all combined and smooth.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula, making sure to get rid of any lumps.
- Fill the donut pan and bake for 10-14 minutes (when you insert a toothpick it comes out clean).
This recipe makes between 14-18 donuts. Or, if you don't feel like washing your pan over and over (if you only have one like me), this can also make 6 donuts and 24 mini muffins (donut holes).
The kids have also been bringing these to school for their snack (on days that they don't have them for breakfast). My one daughter had kids telling her that they looked disgusting, but she just told them that she didn't care because they taste amazing. It's unfortunate that kids feel the need to criticise what others are eating but I'm proud of her for standing up to them and not backing down. They really are delicious, and I've even caught my husband sneaking some (this is about the only way I get veggies into him as well)! So give them a try and let me know what you think.