Banana Bread Donuts
Whenever December hits all I can think about is baking all.the.things. I've become such a sweets person ever since my first pregnancy and it's never gone away. Plus, I love to bake! It's a fun way for me to be creative. Especially being dairy free, baking my own goods saves my tummy and usually ends up being a bit healthier in the end. This banana bread donut recipe is super simple and helps take away some of the guilt when munching down a donut in the morning (or anytime of day!).
I started baking donuts 4-5 years ago and have loved trying different recipes ever since. Years ago I made Christmas Sugar donuts, that are similar to these, but more calories and not dairy free at all. My donut pan makes mini donuts, so I count that as helping with calorie count in some way. This baked banana bread donut recipe is fun for the holidays and perfect for a Christmas morning at home. Of course, I also made a dairy free vanilla frosting that's full of sugar and just what was needed to top these off.
Baked Banana Bread Donuts
Banana Bread Donuts
-2 mashed bananas
-3 tbsp sugar
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-2 tbsp vegetable oil
-3/4 cup all purpose flour
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
-pinch of salt
Dairy Free Frosting
-1 cup (2 sticks) vegan butter, room temperature
-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
-pinch of salt
-2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F.
Whisk mashed banana, sugar, egg, vanilla and vegetable oil. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
Fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and mix until batter forms.
Scoop batter into donut pan filling each about 3/4 full.
Bake for 10 minutes and let cool completely in pan before removing.
While donuts are cooling, mix the dairy free butter in a bowl or stand up mixer until whipped.
Slowly add the powdered sugar a little at a time and increase the speed until light and fluffy.
Mix in the salt, milk and vanilla until completely incorporated.
Top onto cooled donuts & use holiday sprinkles to decorate!
Festive Holiday Drink
I'm sure many of you feel this way, but the holidays just bring me right into the kitchen. I'm typically not one to make drink recipes, except come holiday season. Of course, this year being pregnant I can't enjoy actual alcoholic drinks, but with the help of my friends at Gruvi I can still enjoy the great taste without the worry (or harm to my baby, duh!). I recently discovered Gruvi non-alcoholic craft beer & wine just in time for the holiday season. Gruvi started out in Denver and just recently started being available in Minneapolis! They also have locations in Michigan, Toronto & Vermont, but can be shipped directly to you anywhere in the US!
Whether you're pregnant, trying to cut down on calories or being the responsible driver for the night Gruvi is the way to go! Each craft beer tastes exactly as it would with alcohol and has half the calories. The two wine options are the perfect things to sip on and give you all the goodness of a normal glass of wine; Which has been my favorite as of late. For this festive holiday drink, I used Gruvi Prosecco (now Dry Secco) to create a simple brunch drink. It took me all of 5-8 minutes to create and was packed with flavor. Plus, it looks super cute! Making it a great way to start you Christmas morning with donuts and Prosecco!
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Blackberry Mint Prosecco Cocktail
-1 bottle Gruvi Dry Secco
-1 cup blackberries
-1/4 cup sugar
-2 tbsp water
-fresh mint leaves
To make the simple syrup, heat 3/4 of the blackberries, sugar and water in a saucepan over medium to high heat until it bubbles & thickens.
Mach up the mixture so that the berries aren't whole
Strain the liquid and chill (pop in freezer for 15 mins to speed up the process)
Once chilled, add a spoonful of the simple syrup/mixture to the bottom fo the champagne flutes
Pour chilled Dry Secco over the mixture
Garnish with mint and extra blackberries
*Of course, you can also use straight Prosecco if you're looking to make this with alcohol!