Scrumptious Baked Pumpkin Donut Muffins

If you're looking for a fabulous donut recipe, you must try these scrumptious baked pumpkin donut muffins! #donut #doughnut #pumpkin

Do you know what resourceful people do when they want to make donuts, but they don’t own a donut pan?

They make donut muffins.

And that’s what I did.

I made the most scrumptious donut muffins ever. Ever. Ever. Ever.

They’re that good. ;)

Baked Pumpkin Donut Muffins

If you're looking for a fabulous donut recipe, you must try these scrumptious baked pumpkin donut muffins! #donut #doughnut #pumpkin

Here’s the recipe:

Baked Pumpkin Donut Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg (for Vegan donuts, use egg-replacer - I used Ener-G Egg Replacer)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup rice milk

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position, and then preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease muffin pan or line with baking cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and ground ginger.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, brown sugar, egg (or alternate egg substitute), vanilla extract, pumpkin, and rice milk.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and, with a spatula, mix just until ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among baking cups. *I used a 1/4 measuring cup and a spoon to measure out the batter and then scoop it into the baking cups.
  6. Place donuts in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few crumbs on it.
  7. Allow donuts to sit in the muffin pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack and glaze. See recipe below this one for the glaze.
http://thesensiblemom.com/2014/06/baked-pumpkin-donuts/

Donut Glaze Recipe

Donut Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix ingredients together until smooth.
http://thesensiblemom.com/2014/06/baked-pumpkin-donuts/

I used a regular nonstick muffin pan (not mini) and found that with this type of pan, you can expect to make eleven absolutely delicious donut muffins.

Scrumptious Baked Pumpkin Donut Muffins

I hope your family enjoys these as much as mine. :)

Have your ever made donuts at home?

Tortilla Soup Recipe, Chocolate Cake, and a Grocery Store in Chicago

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Need a Delicious Dinner and Dessert idea? Be sure to check out my Tortilla Soup Recipe along with a healthier-for-you Chocolate Cake Recipe that I think your family will love! #MyMarianos #shop #dessert #soup

I invited someone special over for a meal last week.

My dad.

I haven’t been able to spend much time with my dad ever since David was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, and my world was turned upside down. But now that David’s had a successful bone marrow transplant and is doing well, I can start to focus on relationships that I wasn’t able to pay much attention to for quite some time.

my-dad

How Mariano’s ( a grocery store in Chicago) is the Right Place for Diabetic-Friendly Ingredients

My dad is a lover of food. Who isn’t, right? But, oh, let me tell you! This man truly takes his passion for food to another level. Just ask any of his six kids.

We have stories. ;)

The only problem when it comes to my dad’s love for food is that he has diabetes. He was diagnosed with this disease around the age of 30 and has been living with it for 25 years. For a long time, he managed his blood sugar levels with diet and medication. But then after he nearly lost his life in a collision coming home from work one night, he basically moved from taking a pill a day to being dependent on insulin shots.

And trust me — it’s no fun injecting insulin into your dad’s arm or seeing him have to constantly prick his finger to monitor his blood sugar.

Having My Dad Over for Dinner

I knew that having my dad over for a meal meant that I needed to be wise about what I chose to make. I finally decided on tortilla soup and a healthier-for-you chocolate cake for dessert.

Need a Delicious Dinner and Dessert idea? Be sure to check out my Tortilla Soup Recipe along with a healthier-for-you Chocolate Cake Recipe that I think your family will love! #MyMarianos #shop #dessert #soup #chocolatecake #diabetes

I went to my favorite grocery store, Mariano’s, to pick up the necessary ingredients, and in the end, my dad loved both recipes!

Need a Delicious Dinner and Dessert idea? Be sure to check out my Tortilla Soup Recipe along with a healthier-for-you Chocolate Cake Recipe that I think your family will love! #MyMarianos #shop #dessert #soup #chocolatecake #diabetes

Besides that, we spent a wonderful time together in my home. We talked and laughed and chatted about the many changes going on in our lives since David’s transplant.

I also spent time showing my dad the different places on the Mariano’s website where he can find nutritious recipes to make on his own.

Because in addition to eating, my dad also enjoys cooking.

Tortilla Soup Recipe

Need a Delicious Dinner and Dessert idea? Be sure to check out my Tortilla Soup Recipe along with a healthier-for-you Chocolate Cake Recipe that I think your family will love! #MyMarianos #shop #dessert #soup

Below is the tortilla soup recipe that I made for dinner. I love that you can really play with the extra add-ins to the soup after it’s finished. We topped our soup with avocado, diced tomatoes, rice, and a splash of lemon juice. You can simply place the extra add-ins in bowls, so that each person can create the type of soup that delights their tastebuds.

Tortilla Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 32-ounce container unsalted vegetable broth
  • 1 medium onion, quartered (you can dice it if everyone in your family likes onion)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno chile, seeds removed and finely diced
  • 1 14.5-ounce can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14.5-ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 ½ cups black beans (or 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • tortilla strips chips
  • 1 to 2 avocados, chopped
  • fresh lemon juice
  • freshly diced tomatoes (optional)
  • precooked rice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pour 3/4 cup of the vegetable broth into a large pot and cook over medium-high heat. Add onion, green pepper and garlic. Stir ingredients together and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the vegetable broth, jalapeno chile, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, corn, and sea salt to the pan. Stir ingredients and bring pan to a boil.
  3. Once soup is boiling, stir in black beans and chili powder. Then cook soup on low heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. To serve, put a handful of tortilla strips in the bottom of a bowl. Ladle the soup over the tortilla strips, squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the soup, then top with fresh avocado, diced tomatoes (optional), and rice (optional).
http://thesensiblemom.com/2014/05/tortilla-soup-recipe-chocolate-cake-recipe-grocery-store-in-chicago/

Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

Need a Delicious Dinner and Dessert idea? Be sure to check out my Tortilla Soup Recipe along with a healthier-for-you Chocolate Cake Recipe that I think your family will love! #MyMarianos #shop #dessert #soup #chocolatecake #diabetes

Alright, this cake was a big hit with my dad, husband, and kids! :)

In addition to being diabetic-friendly, this chocolate cake recipe is also dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan-friendly. If you feel like you need to add a little more sweetness to the cake, frost it with your favorite chocolate frosting.

Easy Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¼ cups dark chocolate almond milk
  • 1 6-ounce container soy vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan or 9-inch round cake pan and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking soda.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dark chocolate almond milk, yogurt, applesauce, and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Scrape the batter into the prepared 8-inch square baking pan or 9-inch round cake pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick or long wooden skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out with only a few crumbs on it.
  7. Allow the cake to cool for at least one hour. Then sprinkle with powdered sugar or frost with your favorite chocolate frosting and enjoy!
http://thesensiblemom.com/2014/05/tortilla-soup-recipe-chocolate-cake-recipe-grocery-store-in-chicago/

Life Can Still Taste Great Even When You Have Diabetes

For my dad, living with diabetes isn’t easy. But with a little extra effort, he still gets to enjoy terrific tasting food, especially when he comes to my house. ;)

What’s your favorite diabetic-friendly recipe? How has diabetes affected your life?

Did you know? You can find great recipes and ideas from the Mariano’s Community and on Pinterest. You can follow Mariano’s on Facebook and Twitter for their latest updates.

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