Dining & Wine

Plant-Based Plates: Blender Dark Chocolate Donuts

February 25, 2022

Plant-based chef Bailey Ruskus is a professional chef, a cookbook author, a holistic nutritionist, a health coach and host of The Plant Remedy podcast. Classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco, she uses her culinary expertise to create rich flavours with clean, nourishing ingredients and help people heal from chronic illness through good food and a healthy mindset. We’re honoured to share some of her favourite recipes—you’ll want to make these at home, stat! —Vita Daily

Blender Dark Chocolate Donuts

Holy chocolate deliciousness! I had to flip a coin on whether this recipe should appear in this chapter or in the sweets chapter, as these are so good they could easily pass as dessert. For the sake of experiencing culinary pleasure throughout the day, breakfast takes the cake for these donuts. I have been making these for years on retreats and for clients, and they are the favorite every single time. I’ve even looked into what it would take to get these on grocery store shelves, they’re that good. For now, you’ll just have to make these yourself and get lost in how truly delicious plant-based treats can be. These little gems are a hybrid of brownies, muffins, donuts and zucchini bread. It really doesn’t get much better. All you do is blend, bake and dive in! Easy as that. Makes 1 dozen donuts.

2 tbsp (30 ml) melted coconut oil
2 tbsp (12 g) ground chia seeds
¼ cup (60 ml) water
1 cup (90 g) rolled oats
1 cup (100 g) shredded zucchini
½ cup (80 g) coconut sugar
½ cup (120 g) almond butter
2 medium ripe bananas, peeled
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup (56 g) cacao powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup (170 g) dark chocolate chips, divided

Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Prepare two six-cavity silicone or metal donut pans or muffin pans by greasing the cavities with the oil. In a small bowl, mix together the chia seeds and water to make a chia egg. Let the chia egg set for 5 minutes. Grab a high-powered blender and place the oats in the blender. Blend the oats for 20 seconds, until you get a powder. Add the chia egg, zucchini, sugar, almond butter, bananas, baking soda, cacao, salt, vanilla and ½ cup (85 g) of the chocolate chips. Blend the ingredients for about 1 minute, until you get a smooth batter. Pour the batter in each donut cavity until it evenly hits the top of the cavity. Top the donuts with the remaining ½ cup (85 g) of chocolate chips. Bake the donuts for 15 to 18 minutes. If you are making muffins, bake them for 18 minutes. You’ll know they are done when you press on the top of a donut and it bounces back and doesn’t sink in.Immediately remove the donuts from the pans by flipping each pan upside down onto a plate or the countertop. Transfer the donuts to a wire rack to cool.



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