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Glazed Blueberry Buttermilk Donuts

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Savor [Recipes], Soul [Blog] | 4 comments


People love donuts.

Donuts = party

Donuts = hugs and high fives

Donuts = love and happy songs

And to be truthful, a baked donut is just a fancy muffin that demands a perfectly sticky sweet glaze.  Maybe a frosted top.  Plus, you can always add sprinkles.  I made these this weekend and posted the photo to Instagram and Facebook and you guys fuh-reaked for the recipe.  And it is yours.

We scarfed these down at our group’s little song-writing night (more on that later!) and I wish I had another to eat in two. giant. bites. right. now.  And let me tell ya, we wrote some pretty great songs.  I just might let the donuts take the credit.


“This tastes like a giant blueberry!”  Well thank you, sir, cause that’s exactly what I was going for.  I didn’t want just a plain vanilla buttermilk donut with a few blueberries inside.  I wanted blueberry flavor through and through.  That’s why we’re using dried (and re-hydrated) blueberries in this recipe.  This allows us to add fruity flavor without the extra moisture of fresh or frozen blueberries.

The method goes like this:

  1. Dried blueberries meet warmed milk.
  2. They sit and get friendly. Like bowm-chicka-wowh-wowh.
  3. The whole mixture, fruity milk and softened blueberries, is mixed with the rest of the wet ingredients and added to the batter.

Don’t be afraid if your batter has a bit of a greenish cast.  This can happen.  We’re giving the donuts a pretty purple glaze anyway!

If you don’t have a donut pan you can make these into six muffins instead.  But donut pans are a blast.  (I own two of these ones. Definitely a worthwhile $7 if you like to eat donuts and make friends.)

Glazed Blueberry Buttermilk Donuts
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Baked donuts, packed with blueberry flavor and topped with a buttery, sweet, addicting blueberry glaze!
Recipe Type: Dessert, Breakfast
Cuisine: Baked Treats
Serves: 8
  • For the Blueberry Donuts
  • ⅓ cup dried blueberries
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons milk (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon lightly-flavored oil (I used grapeseed)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For the Blueberry Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons dried blueberries
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  1. For the Donuts:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease doughnut pans well with oil or butter.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine dried blueberries, almond milk, and apple cider vinegar. Microwave on high until mixture is very warm, about 1-2 minutes. Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes and come to room temperature. (In the meantime you can bring your eggs to room temperature by covering them with warm water in a bowl. Or, you can do this step the night before, setting the milk and blueberries in the fridge, then bring the mixture back to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe. If you don’t have a microwave, you may warm the milk and blueberry mixture in a pan on the stovetop.)
  4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, almond meal, coconut sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, applesauce, butter, oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined. Add the blueberry, milk, and vinegar mixture to the other wet ingredients and stir gently to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir gently until just combined, being careful not to over-mix.
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared doughnut molds, filling to just below the top of each mold (about ⅛" from the top). Bake for 16-20 minutes until lightly golden around the edges and set in the centers. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with a very small crumb or mostly clean. Let donuts cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Slide a thin spatula around the edges of the doughnuts to help loosen them. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before glazing.
  7. For the Glaze:
  8. Mix all the ingredients together with a fork or whisk until smooth. Mash the blueberries as you stir to break them up and color the glaze a purplish hue. Add more milk for a thinner consistency or less for a thicker, spreadable glaze. Invert each cooled doughnut into glaze, letting the excess drip off. Let donuts set on a cooling rack until the glaze hardens.

Adapted from Baked Donuts for Everyone by Ashley McLaughlin

Substitution Notes:

  • If you have real buttermilk (I rarely keep it on hand) you are more than welcome to use it for the recipe!  My version uses an easy imitation to mimic the flavor and moisture that buttermilk adds to baked goods.
  • You may substitute all-purpose flour or a 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 all-purpose.  I’ve also used 1/2 cup oat flour and 1/2 cup sweet rice flour (per Ashley’s original recipe).
  • If you don’t have almond meal, you can try substituting an additional 1/4 cup of whole wheat pastry flour for it, although I haven’t tried.
  • You may substitute brown sugar or white sugar for the coconut sugar.
  • A note on butter + oil : I’ve found that butter lends flavor and oil lends more moisture.  This is why I often use both in baked goods. Feel free to substitute coconut oil if you don’t mind the flavor.
  • Do not omit the salt in the glaze!  It makes it so very addicting. I practically licked the bowl clean after dipping my donuts.


I think I’ll be making these again soon to take some more photos.  So that I could share them with you, these were snapped in the few last rays of sunshine as we rushed out the door.  Mhm. That’ll be our excuse to devour another six donuts within 48 hours.

Hopeful Adventurer

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Soul [Blog] | 2 comments

Hello, again!


I’m staring at a fresh page, blinking cursor, and a fresh start.

This week, the very first of a new year, feels clean.


Not stark or intimidating.

A bit unknown, but a welcome challenge.

A wide open scape. An adventurer’s race.

If I’ll let her be.


There’s a healthy mix of both thrill and fear at the beginning of a new thing. I’m usually not one for official resolutions. I’m too much a pessimist for lofty, undefined goals. But I love a challenge and a bright beginning.

I’ve been yearning, searching hard, for the things that make me come alive. And putting aside (even for a short season) those that don’t. And I want to keep it up, this sorting of joy-bringers and joy-stealers.

I want this year to be full of purpose. And moments of settling deep into the Word and conversing with my Maker.

And yet I am terrified of the change I can’t see. I doubt the intimacy I haven’t yet experienced. I fear the mistakes I’ll inevitably make or the disappointment I’ll cause.

At the core, I’m not a natural, bright-eyed adventurer, so I reach lower than I could. I stay put instead of moving forward.

But this brings me hope:

A Fresh Start

I will run headfirst into this year.

I will pursue the daily things that bring life to me and the people I can touch.

I will reach for bigger and better things that I’m, frankly, incapable of on my own.

Because life is indeed a breath. Just a whisper.

Or a shout, if I’ll let Him show me how.


How are you feeling about all this newness? Does it feel intimidating or invigorating? If you want to try out a bit of daily Scripture digging with me, the quite appropriate “Fresh Start” study begins today over at She Reads Truth. Because He LOVE LOVE LOVES you!

Puppy and Pumpkin Love

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Soul [Blog] | 1 comment


Last week we welcomed a little one into our home.   This little one:

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Photo of the day we brought her home from the shelter, via my Instagram.  Follow me for more cute pics of our girl (and other joys)!

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We’re officially a family now.


Dear Tessa,

You’re already aware of how much you’re worth it to us.  Even though you pee on the carpet… and outside… and in Petsmart.

You’re so smart!  So, we know you’ll get the hang of it all.  We’re proud of you for waiting patiently for your food and for trying so hard not to cry in your crate.  You’ve also mastered snoozing on the couch and licking peanut butter off the floor.

You’ve tested our patience and our sanity, but we’re better for it.  At least better at sacrificially standing in the cold grass at 6:30am. We don’t know if you’re half Beagle and half Corgi, but you’ve confirmed that you’re 60% cuddle-loving, 10% psycho-energy bone-gnawing, and 30% ears. I hope you love your nicknames, Vacuum Lips and Little Deer.  Even if you don’t, we won’t take them back.


Mom and Dad


In other exciting news, I think it’s time for a good round-up, hodgepodge, list of favorite things.

Sometimes, it’s nice to have gorgeous food (aka meal ideas) staring you in the face, instead of having to seek out recipes on your own.  Often, I’m thrilled when somebody else gives me an interesting article to read, clever video to watch, or groove-tastic band to listen to without any effort on my part.  Instant inspiration gratification, you know?

So, every once and a while I’ll be contributing to the Pinterest-worthy link love posts that are common in the blog world.  Get your Pin-It buttons ready! Some bloggers call this their “Friday Favorites”, or a smattering of what they’re “Crushing” on, or the “Grocery List” of things they hope to make in their own kitchens.  I’ll just call each round up posts a Collective.

This week, it’s The November Foodie Collective.  As in, please, lets shove as much pumpkin and squash and apples in our faces as possible.  Cool?  Here are a few things I’ve been drooling over/Pinning lately:


Side-note (#whatafreak #humble-brag):  I adamantly rebel against the time-suck that is Pinterest (see Urban Dictionary #1) with my organized intentionality.  Meaning:  I try not to pin it unless I plan to make it/do it IN REAL LIFE.  So basically, I use Pinterest to organize my life.  If its a pancake recipe, it goes on the pancake board, not the baked goods board or the snacks board.  #yikes


1. Pumpkin Beer Bread via Gimme Some Oven.

pumpkin beer bread

Beer is not my fave.  Beer in bread is my absolute fave.  Pumpkin beer and pumpkin puree in beer bread?  Genius.  Give me a buttered slice with my soup, please!

2. Apple Cider Pancakes with Maple Cider Syrup via Iowa Girl Eats.


Sounds like perfection for a lazy, chilly, weekend morning.

3. This Fall Recipe Idea Roundup by Naturally Ella for using your favorite fall ingredients, from Brussels Sprouts to Sweet Potatoes.

brussels sprout pizza

So much nutritious, glorious fall food!

4. Pumpkin Buckwheat Bake for Two via Edible Perspective

pumpkin buckwheat bake

I made these a few weeks ago and it was really yummy, especially topped with peanut butter.  Really, I’m just working my way through every “Breakfast Friday” recipe that Ashley posts on her gorgeous blog.  We speak the same food language.

5. Pumpkin Hummus via Pinch of Yum


I made this for a little get together to celebrate Jordan’s birthday and it was a hit! 

6. Chicken and Biscuits Pot Pie via Buttered Side Up

Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie

It’s on our menu this week.  I’m just waiting on the cold front.  Check out that steam!

I could go on forever!  This is truly the best cookin’ and eatin’ season.  So, get your pumpkin on.  And your puppy lovin’ on.  If you don’t have one… find one and kiss it!  (But don’t be creepy.)