Ever have those days that you need to bake something and need a little sweet kick to banish those cravings…we all have them, normally fuelled by hormone imbalance, lack of sleep, or we are low in some vitamins and minerals.
But that’s not to say that we should ignore them as this is our bodies way of giving us a clue into how our body is coping with stress, or eating patterns, Sleep patterns, so although I don’t advise to stuff our faces every time we have a craving, sometimes it’s good to enjoy them with something that isn’t loaded with sugar, refined carbohydrates and will at least provide us with some needed satisfaction and nourishment.
My go to sweet snacks when I need a little extra, is normally nuts, seeds and dried fruit such as mulberries, goji berries and apricots, stuffed dates, protein balls and of course doughnuts…yep even doughnuts can be pretty nourishing with the right ingredients and my new mocha peanut butter doughnuts are packed with fibre rich oats, protein rich peanut butter, antioxidant and magnesium rich cacao and using an adaptogen coffee blend adds in some wonderful ingredients to get powered up during the day.
1 cup oat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
Pinch of ground cardamom and nutmeg
Up to 3 tbsp coconut sugar
1 ripened banana (mashed)
1/4 cup courgette finely grated
1/4 cup plain yoghurt
1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Pre heat the oven to 180/170c fan and lightly grease a doughnut pan
In a bowl add the oat flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg and coconut sugar, and mix together.
In a jug add the plain yoghurt,milk, mashed banana, finely grated courgette, extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold in gently making sure not to over mix.
Using a piping bag, pipe the mixture into the doughnut pan
Pop into the oven for approximately 10-12 minutes until a skewed inserted comes out clean
Remove from the oven and allow to cool and then enjoy.
You can leave these plain or you can dip them in some melted coconut oil and then in coconut sugar for a sugary glaze