Tasty Tuesday: Pumpkin Punch & Baked Doughnuts

pumpkin-punch

It’s getting closer to Halloween and the treats seem to be everywhere! Show your family how yummy healthier versions of store bought treats can be. Involve your kids to help mix up the pumpkin punch, and they’ll LOVE the magic of making their very own doughnuts at home. These treats aren’t 100% clean, but they’re what I like to call “cheating clean”–a healthier alternative to a cheat meal that’s full of sugar and calories. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Punch

  • 1-2 scoops of mango sorbet (found in the ice cream aisle)
  • half V8 fruit fusion peach mango flavor
  • half FIZZE sparkling clementine beverage (found in the aisle with other glass bottle sodas, although this is NOT a soda)

For some extra fun, have kids decorate their clear plastic cups to look like pumpkins with permanent markers–like a Sharpie (washable ones will smudge all over their hands). Do this BEFORE you mix the punch to avoid spills.

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (I used white whole wheat flour)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  3. In another bowl whisk together the sugar, pumpkin, milk, egg, oil and vanilla.
  4. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the pumpkin mixture. Using a spoon mix until just combined. Do not overmix or the doughnuts will be tough. Use a pastry bag or large plastic bag to pipe the mixture into the donut pan. (You can purchase donut pans online at stories like amazon, or at stored like Bed, Bath & Beyond) Alternatively, you can spoon the batter into the molds, but the finished doughnuts may not appear as even.
  5. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tops spring back when pressed gently around the edges. Place the pan on a wire rack and let the doughnuts cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the inside of the molds to release the doughnuts. Invert the donuts on the rack and cool completely, or enjoy warm.

Variation: Substitute applesauce for pumpkin for healthy baked applesauce doughnuts

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