I don’t know about you, but I was awfully disappointed in this year’s Super Bowl commercials. Thought not for the reasons you might think. Throughout the game, I saw signs for children’s campaigns like “Play 60” and “Let’s Move”, the NFL continued to point out its efforts to fight childhood obesity and even featured young kids receiving awards for staying active. All these these efforts, while great, greatly fly in the face of the majority of commercials shown during the game.
While the advertisements were entertaining, they certainly didn’t match the NFL’s new healthy message to children. The advertisements overwhelmingly consisted of soda, candy, junk foods and beer… not really the things a healthier generation is made of…
After all, you can’t outrun a Twinkie! The Washington Post recently reported, “Physical activity has a multitude of health benefits — it reduces the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and possibly even cancer — but weight loss is not one of them.” That’s right, Exercise is wonderful, but true health starts in the kitchen.
Next time your children want a sweet treat, try pleasing their picky palates with these deliciously healthy Maple Doughnuts! Aside from the fact that these doughnuts are sweet and tasty, they just also happen to be gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and free of refined sugars, too! Full of fiber and beta-carotene, rest assure, you’re feeding those little mouths real food with real health benefits.
- ½ c Oat Flour
- 1/2c arrowroot starch
- 2T coconut flour
- 2T flax meal
- 2 1/2t baking powder
- 1t cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1/2c sweet potato puree (pumpkin works, too)
- 1/4c maple syrup
- 3T non-dairy milk
- 2T coconut oil (liquid)
- 1t vanilla extract
- 1/2t lemon juice
- 1/4t maple extract (organic is best!)
Preheat the oven to 330 F and lightly grease a doughnut pan (I recommend coconut oil). In a large mixing bowl stir together all of the dry ingredients. Next, begin to incorporate your liquid ingredients and mix until well combined.
When well mixed, scoop the batter into your doughnut pan. [This recipe will make 6-8 doughnuts]. Place baking pan in the oven and let bake for 12-15 minutes. After you’ve removed the doughnuts from the oven, let cool a few moments before devouring!
For a quick frosting idea, try mixing coconut butter with a little non-dairy milk and a touch of stevia!
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