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Spiced Beet Berry Donuts

Spiced Beet Berry Donuts: Healthy Recipes by Little Miss Bakery

I’ve only been dumpster diving once. In my neighbor’s dumpster.

Before you totally judge me, let me say that their trash was at the end of their driveway, waiting to be taken out. They’ve been throwing away a lot of things lately, things that honestly should be at the Goodwill instead of going to the landfill. And there goes me, the one who sifts through her neighbor’s trash, judging those very neighbors. It’s a strange world we live in.

We don’t know these neighbors too well, but once a year they  rent a dumpster and throw out enormous amounts of stuff. Furniture, candlesticks, kitchen things, drawers, you name it. On my daily walk with my dog, early in the morning before the sun or other people are up, I pass by their house and peruse. That, my friend, is where I got my juicer.

Spiced Beet Berry Donuts: Healthy Recipes by Little Miss Bakery

Beet berry juice, a delicious summer treat.

I have been interested in juicing for awhile, but did I really want to own yet another kitchen appliance? I already have so many, and often I find that gadgets are repetitive or too task specific. For example, a gadget that snips off the heads of a strawberry. Seriously, this gadget is everything that’s wrong with America. USE A KNIFE, PEOPLE. And there goes me, irrationally judging owners of a kitchen gadget when I have not one but 5 glorified blenders. My point is, reader, that this was the perfect opportunity for me to try out juicing.

I made my first juice recently after figuring out how the thing works without instructions, a mighty exercise in critical thinking. I decided on a juice full of antioxidants an vitamins. The problem is, with a fast juicer like mine, many of the nutrients don’t end up in the juice but in the pulp, and there is a lot of leftover for the yield. The question is then, what to do to be resourceful?

The answer to this question, as is the answer to many other questions, is donuts.

Basically, you can substitute the pulp on any juice into this recipe and make delicious baked donuts. I loved the color of these donuts, and the flavor and texture was great. It’s a cake-like donut, and honestly you could also bake them into muffins and it would work wonderfully. The candied pecans are an incredibly end touch – don’t skimp on those!

These kale citrus muffins are another delicious way to use the leftover juicer pulp.

Spiced Beet Berry Donuts: Healthy Recipes by Little Miss Bakery

Made from the pulp leftover from the juicer, these cardamom spiced donuts are the perfect way to make use of the nutritious, flavorful pulp you’d usually discard.

Spiced Beet Berry Donuts

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Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • 1/2 pint strawberries
  • 2 small beets
  • 1 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp mollasses
  • 3/4 cup juicer pulp
  • 1 8oz bar cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Candied pecans, crushed

Instructions

1

First, make beet berry juice by juicing the beets and berries. Set in fridge to enjoy later, or enjoy it right now! Reserve 3/4 cup of the pulp.

2

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom in a medium bowl.

3

Whisk egg separately in a large bowl. add milk, sugar, molasses and oil, whisking to combine. add dry ingredients, mixing just enough. Be careful not to overmix! Add in pulp and stir to combine.

4

Spoon or pipe mix into greased donut tin about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or when donuts begin to brown.

5

Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

Notes

Donuts and frosting keep (separately) for 1 week refrigerated.

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