Goodness of My Heart- Three’s A Charm

Right now, I’m thankful for running water and soap. It seems I have been up to my eyelids in flour, which is great for Halloween, but not as an every day outfit.

Almost every day this week I have baked. Frazzled isn’t even the word. Some of the recipes I made required patience, overzealous stirring, ingredients I didn’t have the money for, and lots of precision. I found flour and other ingredients on my gym clothes, cell phone, and even in my car.

The end results were sweet (at least).

On this week’s menu for the church food pantry:

1) Lemon Blueberry Mini Muffins

-1 cup flour
-1 tbsp. lemon extract (yes tablespoon)
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-3/4 cup blueberries (either fresh or frozen/thawed)
-1 cup granulated sugar
-1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
-1/2 cup milk (to thicken)

I popped these in the oven for about 22 minutes. I recommend waiting 10 minutes before extracting from pan. (Yields 24 mini muffins, 12 reg size)

2) Bite sized Chocolate Chip Cookies

-1/2 stick butter/margarine
-1 cup flour
-1/2 cup french vanilla cake mix
-1 cup semi sweet chocolate chip morsels (mini)
-1/2 cup milk
-1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
-1 cup light brown sugar
-1 tsp. baking powder
-1 egg
-1 egg white

Popped these in for about 12 minutes. Be sure to watch the time as they are bite size and don’t take as long to bake! (Yields 18)

3) Strawberry Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts (courtesy of Oprah Mag!)


-3 small tubs of unsweetened applesauce (or 1 cup) (instead of using oil)

-6-9 strawberries or 3/4 cup (Chopped/divided)

-2 cups all-purpose flour

-1 cup granulated sugar (you can use cane sugar too)

-3/4 cup buttermilk

-1 tsp. distilled vinegar (I know…a little weird)

-1 tsp. baking soda

-1 tsp. vanilla extract

-1 tsp. salt

-1 cup powdered sugar (I only had granulated on hand)

-2 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 375. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, & salt in one bowl. In separate bowl, mix oil (or applesauce), buttermilk, vanilla, and eggs. Add to dry ingredients slowly. Stir until combined. Add vinegar and mix again. Fold in 1/2 cup strawberries. Grease doughnut pan. Fill molds only 3/4 of the way full and bake until golden brown- 12 minutes.

2. To make glaze: Whisk remaining 1/4 cup strawberries, powdered sugar (granulated in my case) and 1 tbsp. water, adding more water if necessary. Place doughnuts on cooling rack set on a tray and spoon glaze on tops. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

My pan yielded about 24 doughnuts. It was a standard doughnut size, but I suppose since it was baked and not fried- it allowed for more to be made? Idk. But yeah, in all these tasted fabulous! Perfect for a brunch! You could even add some protein powder in for a healthy breakfast!

Have you ever made your own doughnuts before? I personally am not a huge doughnut lover, because I don’t favor fried stuff, but these were just awesome! Thanks Oprah Mag! 

Peace, love, and FONUTS (an actual place in LA)!


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2 Responses to Goodness of My Heart- Three’s A Charm

  1. I wouldnt mind baking everyday! 🙂 Sadly, I dont have time except on the weekends.. thanks exams and homework!

    Everything you baked looks delish!

    • choc3178 says:

      thank you! I hope the people at the food pantry think the same! It’s all I’m doing to keep busy right now because I can’t find a good job with decent pay! Stay in school as long as you can! It’s rough out there.

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