Zucchini, avocado, banana donuts

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The DONUT challenge

A friend of mine asked me if I would be interested to come up with some donut recipes. He was putting together a new venture, to start a new brand called “Fit Donuts”.

Of course I said yes :o) I have a very strong interest combine different veggies in my treats and desserts. I have used zucchini in muffins and bread, and I thought why not use it in donuts as well, and mix it with avocado and banana. To be hones, the recipe is not purely my creation, I have come across similar recipes online but I think anyhow, everything is already out there in the endless world of internet.

So for the past 4 weeks, I have been making the same recipe over and over again. I started experimenting with both coconut flour and almond meal. Using both in one type of donut, but also making a batch of donuts with each. I liked both, but as I think cooking should be fun and easy and healthy of course, this time the coconut flour was the chosen one.

I also experimented with adding Matcha powder to donuts, hoping to get a darker green colour, but in order to get that I would have needed to add too much and the taste of Matcha would have been overpowering. I chose to go for pure vanilla instead.

After accepting the donut challenge, I was sure I could step into the kitchen utilities store the day after, buy the forms and get down to business. But Brussels seemed not to know much about donuts or its forms.

I did not let this experience slow me down. After all, I had the ingredients ready and waiting for me at home, so I gave the first batch of my donuts a heart form instead. I just could not leave this form in the store, with Valentines’ day getting closer and all. :o)

Hearty “donuts” done, I dove into online world and ordered my first donut forms, which arrived already a few days later. It’s amazing what a fantastic era we live in! Don’t you think?

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Now I have worked on my recipes and I’m finally satisfied with the results. And I’m also eager to try some other new recipes. I also decided to make the frosting for both types of my donuts, though the date-chocolate frosting for me is too sweet. Next time I would go for the bitter – dark chocolate glazing instead.

So here are the recipes in case you feel like diving into a new challenge as well:

Zucchini, avocado, banana donuts

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini finely shredded, about 280 g
  • 1 avocado about 70 g
  • 2 bananas, about 210 g
  • 1 cup of coconut flour, about 110 g
  • 4 pasteurised eggs
  • 1 – 1,5 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
  • a pinch of Himalayan salt
  • coconut oil for greasing the forms

Directions:

I’m using Thermomix for my dough but you can use a food processor or blender, whatever you have handy at home.

  • Heat up the oven for 180 C (about 350 F).
  • Cut the zucchini in junks and add to the bowl

For Thermomix user: 5 seconds / speed 4 for about 3 times as you need to scrape down the bits of zucchini so it will be grated evenly. Then add avocado and bananas and work for 10 seconds / speed 4 twice, just to be sure all gets smashed and nothing is stuck to the walls of your bowl.

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If you use a food processor or blender, you might need to blend it a bit longer, but the most important thing is to get the zucchini finely grated and the rest to the smoothie-like dough.

  • Then add everything else and mix it well.
  • Grease the forms as otherwise you will lose some of the yummy donuts dough stuck to the form.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for about 40 min.
  • It makes about 12 donuts

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Lemon frosting

  • 100-150 g coconut butter (coconut flesh ground into a spreadable paste)
  • ½ lemon peel, grated
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Directions

  • Add the coconut butter into the small bowl and that bowl to a larger one with hot water to melt the butter.
  • Add the grated lemon peel, the juice and honey.
  • The result will be a nice and sour frosting. If you have a sweet tooth, you might want to add more honey or any other sweetener of your choice.
  • Spread it on the cooled donuts and put into the fridge.
  • They will keep in the fridge for at least 5 days, if you don’t eat them before of course. ;o)

Chocolate version of zucchini, avocado, banana donuts

  • 1 zucchini finely shredded, about 280 g
  • 1 avocado about 70 g
  • 2 bananas, about 210 g
  • ½ cup coconut flour, about 60 g
  • ½ cup cocoa powder, about 60 g
  • 4 pasteurised eggs
  • 1 – 1,5 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • coconut oil for greasing the forms

For directions see the instructions above.

Caramel chocolate frosting

  • 20-15 dates, soaked in water for about 1 hour.
  • 2-3 tbsp. raw cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. cashew butter

Directions

  • Soak the dates, drain the water and put them into your Thermomix or food processor together with the other ingredients and process them until you get a smooth paste.
  • Spread it onto the cooled chocolate donuts and put into the fridge.
  • The donuts too will keep in the fridge for at least 5 days, if you don’t eat them before of course. ;o)

What are you waiting for, try them and let me know how it went!

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