Hey guys! It’s Jamie, again! I am finally back home for the summer, and I am loving it. Not only did I escape the disgustingly humid heat of Houston but I also escaped the disgustingly awful classes I took last semester. I am petitioning to rename Sophomore Spring to Sophomore Suck. Those classes were horrible. I digress. I promise this post was not supposed to be me venting about my last semester. Now that I am back, I have wasted no time in hitting up all of my favorite restaurants. I have gorged myself on countless pieces of sushi, stuffed myself full on Los Gatos Cafe’s famous cinnamon buns, and snacked on more of my mom’s granola than I thought humanly possible. It’s been great. In addition to eating my way through Los Gatos, I have also been partaking in one of my ultimate favorite pastimes: cooking. Surprise, I caught the bug from my mom. I actually missed cooking a lot this past semester; not only does anything homemade taste light years better than cafeteria food but cooking also is a way for me to unwind. No matter how many things I have going on or how stressed I am, I can always turn to baking or cooking. It’s just me, a recipe, probably a couple episodes of Gilmore Girls, and awesome smelling (and hopefully tasting) food. It gives me a time to think for myself and get away from the stress that can sometimes be very overwhelming. This last semester, I’ve turned to watching cooking shows as a way to unwind. I know, I’m turning into my mom, pretty scary stuff.
My suite mate and I have gotten really into watching this one show called Raw. Vegan. Not. Gross. The girl who hosts it, Laura Miller, is kind of raw vegan, and is really cool. She’s a huge advocate for eating food that will make you feel good and is kind of crazy/quirky in a cool way. She blogs, wears the cutest clothes, and has a dog named Buzz. Basically, I want to be her. She recently came out with a cookbook, and, as I am my mothers daughter, I preordered it. I read it front to back when I got it, and I got so excited to try all of the recipes. I made vegan tacos the other day (kind of, I may or may not have added salmon to them) and today I tried making vegan, gluten free donuts. You bake them in the oven, and they come out light and fluffy, with a slight almond taste, which I love. I dipped them in a chocolate glaze made out of coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and salt. Give them a try! They’re really good.
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup sorghum flour
- 1 cup potato starch
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon xanthin gum
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 3/8 cup cocoa powder
- 1 Tbs maple syrup
- Small pinch of salt
- 1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
- 2) Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
- 3) Mix wet ingredients in a bowl
- 4) Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a spatula until thoroughly combined. The batter will be a lot like pancake batter
- 5) Add 1/4 cup of batter into each donut mold. Spread around evenly
- 6) Optional: Add about a teaspoon of your favorite jam, nut butter, or sprinkle on coconut flakes to each donut. Spread around evenly with a spoon.
- 7) Bake for 10 minutes, rotate, then bake for another 5-7 minutes, until browned on the top and cooked through.
- 8) Optional: Dip the top half into chocolate glaze after donuts have cooled.
- Blend all ingredients until smooth, then place in a shallow bowl for donut dipping.