It’s a Circus-Whole Wheat Funnel Cakes

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“Mom, could I have another funnel cake?”

“Mom, I ate two of those funnel cakes yesterday, could I have another?”

“Mom, those things are so good!”

Oh yea, Supermom here decided to go thrifty and whip up some funnel cakes for breakfast last week. Our family went to Knott’s Berry Farm Saturday night and we really wanted to get a funnel cake. But theirs are almost $10! For fried flour and whipped cream and fruit jam!? Okay I’ll give them some credit-they are incredible plates of fried flour and whipped and fruit jam.

But…I made ’em better (blows on fingernails and rubs on shoulder). I made these with whole wheat! Yep, and they were kick butt delicious! Oh yea, I also made some bomb-diddly-omb (I like to make up words) Blueberry Compote to smother on top of them with the whipped cream. It was pure breakfast heaven.

So simple to make, all you need is a frying pan with some canola oil and a large funnel or funnel cake pitcher, like I have.

Whole Wheat Funnel Cakes
Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
2 Tb sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup lowfat milk
1 cup water
2 eggs
1/4 cup fat free plain greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
oil for frying
1/2 cup powdered sugar for dusting

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In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk the remaining wet ingredients with the eggs. Pour the egg mixture into the center of the dry mixture and mix well.

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Preheat a large frying pan that has been filled halfway with oil over medium heat. Let funnel cake batter rest while the oil heats….

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Bears are Made of Donuts!? Mexican Chocolate Donut Bears

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Sometimes you just have to make food fun, and my boys and I love to make food fun! Even if it means pumping them full of sugar and letting my finicky shark have a little gluten-I love to let them live a little.

One evening after work, my family and I went to run a quick errand at a small shopping strip. As we were leaving, my oldest son Angel spotted a Boba shop. Well this Boba shop, like a large amount of Boba shops near us, also sold donuts. I don’t know about you, but Boba and Donuts are like my carb addiction of choice. I like those big specialty donuts and my most recent favorite Taro Boba.

Well my husband ordered a HUGE Bear Claw donut. My finicky shark, in all his autistic genius innocence questioned, “Bears are Made of Donuts!?”

Which rendered me this brilliant Cooking with Kids post for Mexican Chocolate Donut Bears. I borrowed a Bisquick recipe for this one! I love all these unique flavor choices and will definitely be making some raspberry and pistachio ones. This is Bisquick’s photo here.

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This simple list of ingredients is you need:
For the Donuts:
2 cups Original Bisquick Mix
2 Tb sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg beaten
For the Chocolate Coating:
1/2 cup sugar
2 3/4 tsp unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Oil for frying
For the Décor:
1/4 cup Wilton baking chips, melted
2 Tb chocolate chips
1 Tb decorating sprinkles
Toothpicks if needed
Small paper bag

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Whisk all the dry donut ingredients together.

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Pour in the milk, egg and vanilla and mix well, but lightly.

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Using Bisquick floured hands and a small spoon, scoop out 16 one inch balls and 32 quarter inch balls.  This will make 8 donut bears including 8 heads, 8 bodies and 4 paws for each bear.

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Heat oil in a large pan to 2 inches or a deep fryer to 375F. Test a bear paw. If it browns too quickly, the donut will not cook through and if it browns too slowly, the donut will be too greasy.

Cook the donuts in small batches until browned evenly, about 3-4 minutes.

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Combine the Chocolate Coating ingredients in a small paper bag. As you cook the donuts in batches, drop them into the coating and shake. Remove to a paper towel or another paper bag cut open.

This frog insisted on photo bombing my photo. Or maybe he wanted to steal some donuts, I just don’t know.

Is your kitchen table covered in children’s toys too?

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Get your decorating ingredients out. Melt the baking chocolate to use as “glue”.

Use chocolate chips for eyes, noses, ears, a tail, buttons, whatever you fancy.

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Get the whole spread ready and call out the kids!

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Have them go at it! Use toothpicks to secure the bear paws until it is set.

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Each of my boys inhaled their bears and really LOVED this Sunday morning project.

Mexican Chocolate Donut Bears

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 284 calories

Fat 12 g

Carbs 40 g

Protein 5 g

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Mexican Chocolate Donut Bears

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 8

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Donuts

  • 2 cups Original Bisquick Mix
  • 2 Tb sugar
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Oil for frying
  • For the Chocolate Coating

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 3/4 tsp unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • For the Décor

  • 1/4 cup Wilton baking chips, melted
  • 2 Tb chocolate chips
  • 1 Tb decorating sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Whisk all the dry donut ingredients together.
  2. Pour in the milk, egg and vanilla and mix well, but lightly.
  3. Using Bisquick floured hands and a small spoon, scoop out 16 one inch balls and 32 quarter inch balls. This will make 8 donut bears including 8 heads, 8 bodies and 4 paws for each bear.
  4. Heat oil in a large pan to 2 inches or a deep fryer to 375F. Test a bear paw. If it browns too quickly, the donut will not cook through and if it browns too slowly, the donut will be too greasy.
  5. Cook the donuts in small batches until browned evenly, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Combine the Chocolate Coating ingredients in a small paper bag. As you cook the donuts in batches, drop them into the coating and shake. Remove to a paper towel or another paper bag cut open.
  7. Melt the baking chocolate to use as “glue”.
  8. Use chocolate chips for eyes, noses, ears, a tail, buttons, whatever you fancy.
  9. Use toothpicks to secure the bear paws until it is set.

Notes

Additional equipment: toothpicks, two paper bags

What will you decorate your bear with?

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Pigs in a Donut Hole-Maple Oat Donut Holes with Piggies

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Maple donut holes have been rolling through my head since last weekend’s donut coma. I literally ate a donut every day of the weekend. No bueno. But oh so good! What is it about gluten filled sugary bread fried in oil that makes us swoon?

So I’ve been wanting to make a slightly healthier donut, but with a little protein gem hidden inside. After a batch of 24, I was able to enjoy 2 whole donut holes and 2 half eaten donut holes. Sounds like this one was a family hit right?
Pigs in a Maple Oat Donut Hole
Donut ingredients:
1 cup, plus 3 Tb flour
1/3 cup oat flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 Tb canola oil
2 tsp white vinegar or lemon juice
2 Tb maple syrup
8 oz package maple sausage links (I used Farmer John)
cooking spray
Icing ingredients:
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp water
1 tsp maple syrup
Powdered sugar for dusting
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400F.
Brown sausage links in skillet over medium heat, evenly on all sides until done, about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine dry donut ingredients in large bowl and whisk to combine. Add egg, yogurt, oil, vinegar and maple syrup. Mix until just combined.
Allow batter to rest a few minutes for a fluffier donut.
Drain sausages and cut each link into 3 pieces, yielding 24 sausage bites.
Spray 24 cup mini muffin tin or donut hole pan with cooking spray. Fill each cup 2/3 full of batter. Insert a sausage piece into each batter filled muffin cup, pressing lightly. Finish with a bit more batter to seal in the sausage.
Place in oven and bake 10 minutes, until lightly browned.
Remove to wire rack.
Combine icing ingredients well and drizzle over donut holes.
Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
Serves 6, four donut holes each. Prep 10 min. Total cook/bake time 20 min.
Now don’t you want to bite into that maple goodness? As my two year-old is watching me write this, he keeps telling me he wants more “of those ones”, but unfortunately, the family polished them all off. Looks like I’ll need to make a trip to the store for more sausages! I hope you enjoy these as much as we all did. And I’d consider these…semi-healthy. I mean, they are full of sugar 😉
Can you think of another fun stuffing for this donut?
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