Healthy Changes Can Be As Easy As Eating Donuts

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You know those baby steps we’re talking about making toward a healthier lifestyle?  Let’s go from thinking “Agh, that means I have to stop eating everything I love and instead only eat gross, slimy green stuff!” to recognizing the truth which is, “I can make a healthier donut and actually eat it without feeling guilty.  It will taste even better than the store bought kind I’m used to!”

And by the way – never, ever eat slimy green stuff.  “Slimy” and “green” should never be in the same sentence.  For that matter, “eat” and “slimy” should never be in the same sentence.  But let’s get back to talking about homemade donuts, which are neither slimy nor green.

I loved this testimony from Rebecca.  This can be all of us!

Hi Laura,

I have been following your blog for over 3 years ever since our family made diet changes and started eating all whole foods. We have found we are healthier with less sicknesses and health problems. I have read lots of healthy eating blogs but yours resonates the most with me– your recipes are simple with ingredients I always have on hand and are tasty. Being a mother if 4 children and homeschooling and working part time I need easy, healthy recipes. We usually use at least one recipe of yours a day! Today I made the Pumpkin Donuts since I finished cooking and pureeing my last garden pumpkin. They were amazing! I thought for sure I had made enough for all of us but they flew off the serving plate so fast! They were so delicious, I think one if the best pumpkin recipe I have made. We all loved them. Thanks for sharing All your great recipes to us and for making this health journey easier. God bless!

Rebecca Klein
Rochester, MN

See how unhappy and miserable Rebecca’s children are because of all the healthy changes they are making at their house?

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I think this little one is being forced to lick that glaze off the plate, the poor dear.

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What a terrible way to wake up in the morning.


Indeed, it’s almost like she’s forcing them to eat slimy green stuff.  Almost.  :)

What is one of the most delicious healthy changes you’ve made?

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts

After months of trial, illness, starvation, exhaustion, and many other forms of misery (encouraging post so far, Laura) – the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags came together for a great feast on what is now known as The First Thanksgiving. These incredible people had much to celebrate, no doubt.

On their table there was an abundance of lobster, rabbit, chicken, squash, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, radishes, and cabbage – all of the traditional foods you and I always serve to our families on Thanksgiving, right? (I always tear up a little during the carving of our traditional Thanksgiving Lobster.)

Quick question: How did the above First Thanksgiving menu give way to boxed stuffing and canned cranberry sauce that plops out onto a plate? Don’t answer that. But what I do what to know is this:  Where have these Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts been all my life? These need to be added to everyone’s Thanksgiving menu: turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, relish tray, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade rolls with butter, and a big, huge platter of Pumpkin Donuts. Oh, and don’t forget the Lobster.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts with Glaze

These Pumpkin Donuts scream, “Fall is here! Be thankful! Inhale deeply the scent of cinnamon spice! Eat me already!”  This is a fall treat that ranks right up there with all things amazing. This donut recipe stirs up quickly, rolls out easily, and fries up into fantastic goodies that might make you pass out. They are great with a cup of coffee or apple cider.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts (adapted from this recipe)Yum

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts
Serves: 15-20
  • 3½ cups whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground hard white wheat)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • Oil for frying (I recommend coconut oil or palm shortening for healthy frying)
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (I use unbleached powdered sugar)
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Stir together whole wheat flour, baking powder, sea salt, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and sucanat. Add melted butter, eggs, vanilla, buttermilk, and pumpkin puree - mixing until all ingredients are well combined.
  2. Roll dough on a well-floured surface.
  3. Cut out donuts and donut holes (makes about 15-20 of each).
  4. Fry dough in hot oil for about 3 minutes or until donuts are golden brown.
  5. Whisk glaze ingredients together and drizzle over warm donuts before serving.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Donuts

What are your family’s traditional Thanksgiving foods that are a little different from the norm?  I have to admit, not only have I never had a Thanksgiving Lobster on my table, I’m not sure I’ve ever actually eaten lobster, period. I’m a Kansas girl turned Nebraska girl. What can I say?