...the children were nestled all snug in their beds while visions of chocolate peppermint donuts danced in their heads.  Wait, that's not how the poem goes?  I guess the children they were talking about doesn't include me.  Though the poem describes the night before Christmas not the night before the night before Christmas.  Perhaps tonight my head will be filled with sugar plums, though these donuts are more likely to make an appearance.

It's Christmas Eve, and I couldn't be more in the Christmas spirit!  My mom and I will soon be making bread rolls and chocolate pie, I'll be wrapping gifts (please tell me I'm not the only one who hasn't done this yet!), and I will watch Frosty and Rudolph because no one is ever to old for that.  Or I just haven't grown up yet, which is just as likely.  

But anyway, back to the donuts.  These donuts:
Do I really need to say anything more?  Probably not, but I'm going to anyway.  Chocolate peppermint donuts topped with two different peppermint icings and then sprinkled wit crushed candy cane... do these not sound like the perfect holiday breakfast?  Not to mention that the donuts themselves have around 15 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.  Not bad for donuts.  It gives you the perfect excuse to eat an extra cookie or two.  At least that's going to be my excuse.
Chocolate Peppermint Donuts
Serves 1

Ingredients (for the donuts):
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoon liquid egg whites or 1 egg white
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • stevia extract to taste (I use liquid stevia)
  • 1/4 of a candy cane, crushed

Ingredients (for the icing):
  • 4 teaspoons coconut butter
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 8 drops peppermint extract
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla protein powder
  • 3 teaspoons almond milk (or other milk of choice)
  • Stevia or agave if the powder isn't sweetened
  • 8 drops peppermint extract

OR you can do half of each and frost the two donuts with different icings!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a donut pan (I use coconut oil).
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, egg white, extract, and stevia.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold together until combined, but don't over-mix.  Allow the batter to sit for a few minutes.
  5. Spoon the batter into the donut pan and bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.  Test with a toothpick!
  6. For the icing: melt the coconut butter for 30 seconds in the microwave and then stir in the agave and extract OR stir together the protein powder, almond milk, and extract.  Frost the donuts with the icing and sprinkle with the crushed candy cane.
And now, the moment you have all been waiting for... time for the great green glob reveal!!!  Last time, I left you all with this picture and asked you to guess what it was.
I loved reading all your guesses!  Here is what you guys came up with:

  • a quinoa dish
  • kale chips/baked kale
  • veggie chips
  • kale/broccoli dish

However the actual identity isssss (drum roll).... waffles!!  You see, I made an attempt to make green monster waffles by blending spinach into the batter.   The problem was that there was too much moisture from the spinach, and when I opened the waffle iron, this met my eyes:
Because I don't see any point in letting good ingredients go to waste, I scraped the waffle iron clean (which was a workout end of itself), and ended up with the pile of green twigs that you see above.  The whole experience ended with a good laugh when my mom came down the stairs, spotted the bright green glob, and started roaring with laughter.  When my mom lives three years longer from all the laughing that ensued that morning, you can thank me.  And of course, this will not be my last green monster waffle attempt.  This is not a failure, only a minor set back.  Okay, okay, it was a complete failure, but I won't let that stop me!

And now I want to wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  I hope your night is filled with visions of chocolate peppermint donuts and your morning is filled with loved ones and good food.  I am so thankful to have met such wonderful people through blogging!  <3


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12/24/2013 14:46

Your mom and I have both made our messes in our time but I do believe that yours takes the cake - er waffle that is. I am proud of you that you cleaned out the waffle iron - that is the hardest job ever when your waffle fails!

12/24/2013 15:04

Okay these look AWESOME! I need to get a donut pan. Love the idea of adding spinach to waffles!!

12/24/2013 21:01

AH I totally would have guessed pancakes (due to the edges of the "mush" looking like a pancake!) YOU ARE KILLING me with these donuts, my jaw literally fell open after reading the protein count. AMAZING!!

12/25/2013 04:09

Merry Christmas Alex- have a great and safe one, filled with love, laughter and kale looking waffles.

12/25/2013 13:54

HOLY DONUT HOLES! I hope you devoured like 5 of those this morning... Or I hope you're currently doing so! They look SO GOOD and you know what? It's the holidays and you only live once, LOL!!

Merry XMAS !

12/25/2013 16:19

LOL! I had no idea that was waffles. I thought kale chips for sure! but i'd still eat it that scrap. I bet it is good!

12/25/2013 16:38

Oh, those certainly didn't look like waffles hahaha ;--) I hope they turn out better next time, green monster waffles seems like a lovely idea!
And, wow, those donuts look amazing! I wish they were tomorrow's breakfast! Plus the fac that they're so high in protein makes me want to eat (even) more!
Merry Christmas! xo

12/26/2013 09:50

waffles?!? i never would have guessed. THOSE DONUTS LOOK AMAZING!!

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12/26/2013 11:37

i am so glad I am not alone in these kitchen failure..i made macaroons yesterday and everything stuck to the pan although I scraped and ate it :P hope you are having a great time :)

12/26/2013 18:30

Hahahahahhaha aw poor lil crumbly waffle!

12/26/2013 19:57

YUM those donuts look scrumptious!! And wow... I would have never guessed waffles!! Did you try them? Did it taste good?

12/27/2013 10:51

Hi! I just came across your blog and it's awesome! Lovin the waffles lol. and those donuts look delicious.

12/28/2013 16:06

These donuts look so ridiculously awesome!

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