Hi! I’ve been really into blueberries lately. I have them almost every morning stirred into my Greek yogurt/flaxseed/honey mix or sometimes I’ll puree a little bit and add it into my fresh grapefruit juice as an extra sweet topper. It’s really tasty and along with my 5 gallons of coffee, blueberries help me to stay sane during a busy week.
Being pretty doughnut obsessed I went for it….in the morning. Sorry, I wasn’t about to wait 2 hours at night for a box of doughnuts that could end up being really overrated. Anyway, I’m super glad I went in the morning. I still had a fresh box of blueberry doughnuts and only waited for 10 minutes while they were finishing them up in the back. The results?? Awesome flavored doughnuts!….swimming in a pile of grease. :/ The tons of grease soaked into the doughnuts really ruined what could’ve been a killer experience. Naturally I did what I usually do when I try something new, I thought to myself, “Hm, how can I make this at home…and how can I make it better?”
So today we have a baked version of the doughnuts I tried a couple months ago. Since it was mainly the grease that bummed me out I decided to do a baked version to avoid that issue all together. In addition to baking them I swapped all the butter, shortening, oil out for greek yogurt and applesauce, so we’re totally going healthy-ish with these guys! Also, if you make these you’ll notice the batter is oober thick (that why I recommend piping them)…that’s a good thing, the batter should be nice and thick because you want a dense, cake-doughnut-like result. You can even go 50/50 all purpose to whole wheat flour if you want and you’ll get a doughnut with more of a “bite” but that’s it. Still super good. The glaze on this is also different than what you’d expect. It’s a light glaze that will stay sticky and wet, if you want a glaze that will eventually dry onto the doughnut then you can scale back on the blueberries and o.j. and double the powdered sugar.
Baking with fruits and veggies are a lot of fun and it’s something I LOVE to do. So, if you’re not interested in these doughnuts, we have a number of fruit/veggie baked good options for you: Apple Thyme Cake, Strawberry Shortbread Cookies, Sweet Potato Spudnuts, Sweet Potato and Rosemary Biscuits, Strawberry & Rosemary Tarte Tatin, Blueberry Yogurt Cookies, Cherry Hand Pies, Mini Blueberry Galettes, and Strawberries and Cream. Enjoy! xx, Jenny
Baked Blueberry Doughnuts
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons superfine sugar (granulated is fine)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (or 3/4 cup of plain yogurt)
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons all natural apple sauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of 1 orange
1 1/4 cups fresh blueberries
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
juice of 1/2 orange
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. In a mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together to remove any lumps and set aside.
3. In another mixing bowl combine the remaining ingredients except for the blueberries and whisk together.
4. Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir together. Gently fold in the blueberries until just combined (batter should be thick)
5. Scoop mixture into a piping bag or a re-closeable plastic bag and snip the tip. Pipe mixture into prepared doughnut molds and bake for 12-16 minutes or until slightly darker than golden brown on top and doughnuts have begun to brown on the bottoms.
6. Remove from oven and allow doughnuts to sit for 5 minutes. Remove from molds and place onto a cooling rack.
7. For the glaze: Place blueberries into a food processor and puree until smooth. Add the orange juice and powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time) until fully incorporated and no lumps remain. (the glaze should be very thin).
8. To assemble: Fully dip each doughnut into the glaze and shake to remove any excess. Allow glazed doughnuts to sit on a cooling rack for 5-10 minutes before serving. (doughnuts should still be sticky after glazed; the glaze should stay wet)