Saturday, April 5, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Donuts + Our newest addition :)

Before I share the recipe for these wondrous donuts, I would like to share a little tidbit of what has been going on in our lives; Michael and I got a puppy! Her name is Zoe and she is a 10-week old French Bulldog with the warmest and cuddliest belly we’ve ever seen. After much research we decided a Frenchie was the dog for us because they are companion dogs, smart, quirky and the perfect size. Little Zoe is something else too; she is a little monster that makes up for devilish antics by being… "So cute!" We learned very quickly that having a little puppy around requires adjustment, responsibility and patience; lots and lots of patience. Zoe's antics of choice are biting every little thing around the house and of course, being a little rambunctious beast. But you gotta love her! She really is great though and my heart almost always melts when she cuddles up with me, and the way she rolls around on her back while snorting like a piglet automatically makes me giggle. Some shots of the babe...

dat belly... <3_<3
She loves bedtime.

I'm obsessed with her double chin.

Zoe getting caught in one of her antics... I believe she was eating my in-laws houseplants again.

Now, back to the donuts! I originally found the recipe here.  I adjusted the recipe to be vegan and was extremely pleased with the results. To me anything coffee cake or that contains bananas, walnuts and chocolate is my kind of dessert. I find that these donuts are cozy, moist, sweet and downright delicious. The first time I made this recipe I baked it into a 6” inch cake pan, and baked the remaining batter into muffins. This time I decided to break out my donut pan because, well, I think everything tastes better in the shape of a donut! 

Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Donuts
makes a dozen donuts 

2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cardamom
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons room temperature vegan butter
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
Dash of salt

½ cup vegan butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¾ cup natural cane sugar
1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water
¼ non-dairy milk + ½ teaspoon vinegar (or add a squeeze of lemon and let it sit for 5 minutes to curdle)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 bananas, mashed

Preheat oven 350. Lightly grease donut pan with cooking spray, vegan butter or coconut oil.

1. Make topping; mix all ingredients except chocolate chips together with the back of a fork or a pastry cutter until crumbled. Stir in the chocolate chips and set aside.
2. Combine chia seeds with water and set aside. Melt vegan butter in a medium pan over medium high heat. Set aside to cool.
4. Whisk flours, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt.
5. Once butter is cooled stir in sugar until well combined. Whisk in chia mixture, milk, and extract. Add bananas and stir to combine.
6.   Slowly stir in flour mixture just until combined.
7. Spoon the batter into donut pan until it’s about half full, then sprinkle some of topping and repeat, adding more batter and another layer of the topping.
8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool completely. Loosen edges of each donut with a butter knife and carefully invert. Serve or store in a container for up to 4 days.


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