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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Bran Donuts

Donuts and health usually don't go together, but that just changed. These baked donuts made with organic ground cinnamon, palm sugar, and rich with bran are so delicious. You can enjoy them with zero guilt. 

Cinnamon is and has been a medicinal spice. It not only warms us with its flavor, but it is strongly correlated to lowering blood pressure, blood pressure, and reduce cholesterol levels. Yes all this while eating a baked small donut. Cinnamon should be consumed daily, sprinkled on some whole milk yogurt, over fresh berries, or on some oatmeal. It really is a powerful spice. 

Palm sugar is a bit different than cane sugar or brown sugar. Unlike other sugars, palm sugars contains about 24 nutrients, and a small amount of B12, which can be difficult for those that refrain from eating animal products. It's rich amount of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids make this sugar slightly better for us. Because we eat for nutrients, and it is essential to eat the proper nutrients to live a healthy lifestyle. 

Bran or crude bran is packed with fiber. The majority of the population doesn't eat even half the amount of fiber we should be consuming daily. By adding bran to things like these baked donuts, homemade granola bars, oatmeal, and other baked goods you increase your fiber intake. Fiber is essential in regulating your digestive system and lowering the glycemic index of foods. 

Yields 6 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/4 cup +3 tablespoons whole wheat flour 

1 large egg 

3 tablespoons butter- melted 

1 tablespoon coconut oil - melted 

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 

3 tablespoons of palm sugar 

3 tablespoons of brown sugar

2 tablespoons whole milk 

1/4 cup bran 

1 teaspoon baking soda 

1/4 teaspoon sea salt 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

 Icing ingredients:

2 tablespoons whole milk 

1/3 cup powdered sugar 

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Melt butter and coconut oil in the microwave, in 10 second increments. Be careful when you microwave butter because it can explode. Once melted, let it sit on the counter and measure out all the dry ingredients and place them in a large bowl.

Add the egg, milk, and melted butter and coconut oil.

With a spatula, mix well until a batter in formed. 

The batter won't be very liquidy, so using your hands, shape the batter in the donut pan. 

Bake in the oven for 12-13 minutes. 

Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes, then flip the pan carefully onto a cooling rack. 

Allow the donuts to cool completely before icing them. 

To make the icing, measure the ingredients and add them to a bowl, with a whisk, whisk away. 

The icing will come together in about 1-2 minutes. It should be slightly thick, so if it is too watery, add a tablespoon or 2 of powdered sugar, until you get the right consistency. 

Dip the top half of the baked donut in the icing and allow the excess to drip down.

Serve and enjoy!!!

Keep the baked cinnamon sugar donuts in an air tight container for 1-2 days. If you have them longer than 2 days they will need to be refrigerated. 

 

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