Monday, June 8, 2015

Homemade Baked Blueberry Oat Donuts with Lemon Icing

We have so many blueberries right now!  We had some from one of our Organic Produce hauls and then we got two more half pints last week.  And I picked up another pint today at Aldi.  I needed to use them in something!   I've been wanting to make baked donuts again, so I decided to make blueberry donuts. 

 I also had some lemons I needed to use and I love lemon-flavored anything, so I used fresh-squeezed lemon juice in the lemon icing. 

Baked donuts always seem like denser cake donuts to me.  And that's exactly what these are like.  I wanted to use some oatmeal in them, but almost used all oatmeal in them.  I was almost out of whole wheat flour, so I improvised!   These ended up being 75% oatmeal and 25% whole wheat flour. 

Usually when we eat oatmeal, we use old-fashioned oats.  I don't like the way quick-cook oats get all mushy when they are cooked.  I DO like to use quick-cook oats in my recipes though, so I usually have them on hand.


I used quick cook oats in this recipe, but I ground them into a flour with my food processor first.

For the recipe, here's what we used:
1 1/2 cups Quick Cook Oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 egg
1/2 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk

1/2 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed

Here's how we made them:
Grind quick cook oats in a food processor on the "Food Processor" setting until it resembles flour (about 2 minutes total)
Add whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and ground nutmeg to the oat flour and mix or process for one more minute until all ingredients are mixed together.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large microwave proof bowl, melt butter for 20 seconds at a time.
Once butter is melted and cooled a little, add yogurt, egg, sugar, milk and vanilla extract.
Use a whisk to mix all ingredients together.

Add the dry ingredients from the food processor into the wet ingredients in the bowl and mix until well combined.  Do not over-mix though!  Over-mixing can create a batter that's tough when cooked.
Fold in the blueberries.

Spray a donut pan with cooking spray.
Add batter to donut pan about 3/4 of the way to the top of the molds.
Bake in the preheated oven for 14 - 17 minutes.
Ovens vary, so check early.
The donut should be slightly golden and spring back when touched.

 Let the donuts cool for a couple minutes in the pan before you move them to another plate.

To make the icing:
Place 1 cup of powdered sugar in a bowl.
Add 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice
and 1 1/2 Tbsp. of milk 

Mix until it's the consistency that you like.  I used exactly the amounts above.

Drizzle the lemon icing over your donuts and enjoy!

Unlike usual, EVERYONE in my house liked these!  My hubby even tried them this time and gave his approval.  And The Builder liked them. . . . . that picky little booger!


Our batter made 8 donuts.

 
Have you ever made baked donuts before? 


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