Super Healthy Banana Breakfast Donuts
I’ve been thinking a lot about sugar lately.
Maybe it’s because we were slammed with a sugar blizzard over the holidays.
Maybe it’s because we treated ourselves with lots of treats during our recent vacations.
Maybe it’s because I read this article, “Why Is Everyone Always Giving My Kids Junk Food?” and nodded my head until I got a crick in my neck and “amen”-ed my way through every word.
There’s no question, sugar is everywhere.
The sad fact is, the average American consumes 135 pounds of sugar a year! That is 1/3 of a pound of sugar a day. That is insanity.
And the aforementioned article explains why, and the dilemma this poses for parents:
My conservative estimate is that my children, no doubt with the best of intentions, are being offered an average of at least 600 sugar-spiked calories of junk each and every week–junk that we had never intended on giving them in the first place…
There’s simply no occasion too small to not warrant a junk food accompaniment. But for me, the strangest part of all is the outcry that occurs if and when I point it out. My experiences have taught me that junk food as part of children’s’ activities has become so normalized that my questioning this sugary status quo genuinely offends people’s sensitivities and sometimes even generates frank anger.
A big part of me gets that. I can’t always make every choice for my kids, especially when someone else is in charge. My girls each have their own thoughts, ideas, opinions and likes, about food and otherwise. I could be the parent that goes into the friend’s birthday party, the family Bible study and the church Easter egg hunt with guns blazing. Or I could let go of the control that isn’t mine and make better choices on their behalf when it is.
I choose the latter.
So my kids will still get a piece of store-bought birthday cake (that probably can’t really be called cake) at the party. They’ll get a big sugary cookie (that I probably baked) at Bible study. They’ll even get a few choice pieces of that artificially-colored candy (that makes me cringe) at the egg hunt.
But when we are at home, we’ll limit our added sugar and stick to natural sources. We’ll freeze smoothies into popsicles for dessert. I’ll pack 100% fruit leather for lunchbox treats. And I’ll make donuts for breakfast.
Specifically, these donuts.
I worried at how my new “sugar aware” stance would go over with my brood, my husband included.
And then I watched these donuts disappear.
(I’ve also made granola, brownie bites and strawberry “ice cream.” They disappeared just as fast. Let me know if you want the recipes.)
One week down. One big old Easter holiday to go.
Super Healthy Banana Breakfast Donuts
Makes 18 donuts
****View Nutrition Facts**** <—you have to see these to believe ‘em
- 1 c. oat flour (finely ground old fashioned oats)
- 1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 t. baking soda
- 2 t. baking powder
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/2 t. nutmeg
- dash of cinnamon
- 1/4 c. maple syrup or honey*
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 1 organic egg or 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 2 T. organic butter or coconut oil, melted
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed or blended
- 1 1/2 c. organic or non-dairy milk
*this works out to less than a teaspoon of added sugar per donut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or spray a donut baking pan with cooking spray. If you don’t have a donut pan, these make wonderful muffins as well!
In a large bowl, combine flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
In a medium bowl or in a blender (my choice, to remove any banana chunks that just discolor with time), combine maple syrup or honey, vanilla, egg or applesauce, butter or coconut oil, bananas and milk.
Add banana mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined.
Fill each well of donut pan 90% full. You want big puffy donuts.
Bake for 11-13 minutes or until donuts are starting to turn golden brown and are set to touch. Cool in pan for an additional minute before transferring to a cooling rack.
Store leftover donuts in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze for later eating. These also make great lunchbox treats and are fantastic sliced in two and filled with natural peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, all-fruit spread, organic cream cheese or organic butter.
I’m curious, whether you’re a parent or not what’s your stance on sugar? If you are a parent, how do you combat the onslaught of sugar?