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Training Diary - Mini Chocolate Donuts

The first week of training has come and gone. I am happy to report the following:

I did not, even with the repeated 4:30 am wake up calls, face-plant at my desk this week....although it was close on Wednesday. Verrrrry close.

I have made new friends with the coffee vendor at Columbus Circle, who was still sporting some festive lights.

Hunger levels are back up. I did my best impression of a raccoon in the trash when I tore into a co-worker's bag of pistachios on Thursday. Thanks, Debbie.

I swallowed so much chlorine in the pool on Wednesday that I almost blamed breakfast. Chlorine and coffee do NOT mix, people. At all.

I'll tell you what does mix though - chocolate and mini donuts. 

I was gifted a Sunbeam Mini Donut Maker for Christmas. This was probably my favorite gift that Santa toted down the Iaciofano family chimney.  

Back in the fall, I was biking to the Orchards for donuts. That was an 80 mile ride, round trip. Now I just have to go to the kitchen to fire up, "7 delicious donuts in minutes!" But since that biking trip, I had been thinking that these little guys would make great cycling snacks, if made with the right ingredients.

So, of course, I made them with the right ingredients. And I must say, even if you don't plan on getting out of bed at 4:30am, biking 80 miles or making friends with the coffee vendor at Columbus Circle, these donuts are going to make you think you can.

Now, a small caveat: You do need a mini donut maker (I recommend the Sunbeam version) to make these. However, you could also use the batter in a waffle iron, or even on a griddle for pancakes. It's the triathlete of batters.

Hey, batta!!! OK, let's get going:

What You Need:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup almond milk (you can use regular milk or soy milk as well)

1 egg, beaten

What To Do:

In a food processor or large bowl combine the whole wheat and almond flours, the cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and baking powder. Mix to combine. If you're not using a food processor, just fire up a sturdy wisk and mix it up in a regular bowl!

In a smaller bowl, combine the beaten egg, milk and maple syrup. Whip it up with a fork to combine.

Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until it is all incorporated.

Heat up the donut maker (or waffle iron) according to the manufacturer instructions. I recommend spraying to greasing it with a non-stick spray if possible.

Pipe in your donut batter carefully. I loaded a ziploc baggie with batter, then trimmed out a small whole in one of the corners of the bag so I could squeeze the batter through with some control. But keep the plastic away from the heated donut maker because it will melt. And how!

Fill all the little donut circles, shut the lid and let the maker go to town! It will. In minutes you will have the cutest, chocolatey donuts you have seen this side of 4:30 am. Dust them with powdered sugar for a little sweetness (and, let's face it, looks) and pop them in your biking jersey, your kid's lunch box, YOUR lunch box...make it happen.