My son Noah inspires me to make healthier foods because he is doing his best not to be a healthy eater. He would eat junk food all day long if I let him, but fortunately I do have some sense! He does not like to try new things, especially if he knows they may be good for him. My sister in law gave me this awesome book a few years ago for Christmas called Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld and I really love this book. You should seriously check it out because its amazing. It gives recipes of all kinds of different foods with pureed vegetables and fruits hidden in them. Since I got the book, I have also started adding pureed fruits and vegetables to other recipes of my own. For example I have taken a box pancake mix and added half a cup of pureed butternut squash and a pureed banana and Noah will eat it up like it he may never eat again. (You should adjust the liquid in the recipe appropriately, so it’s not too soupy) I feel good about what he is eating and I also feel a little sneaky, which is always fun.
Noah loves donuts and he got a donut maker for his birthday (he is 4, so really I got a donut maker for his birthday) but anyway he loves this thing. So, I had a can of organic pureed pumpkin in my cabinet and I had a crazy idea to try to make a not so bad for you pumpkin donut. I had a base recipe, and just started adding ingredients and luckily it turned out rather well. Here it is:
1 cup flour
1/2 c sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanillla
2 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3.5 Tbsp melted coconut oil
Cinnamon (not sure how much, just shake some in there)
Mix all the dry ingredients together, then egg and vanilla, milk, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon; mix for 2 minutes. Add coconut oil and mix another minute. Bake in your donut maker for approx 5 min or until baked fully.
powder sugar, milk and cinnamon (I did not measure but add more power sugar than milk).
Here is the finished product