Sea salt chocolate oat-nuts

Hey hey hey ๐Ÿ˜€ How are you? What have you been up to this Sunday?

Bellaโ€™s been up to the usual..


Sleeping and looking gorg. Sheโ€™s good at that ๐Ÿ˜‰

This morning, we met up with some friends for breakfast at the Delicious Egg and then hit up La Encantada to shop a little. We both need outfits for Tuesday night (all of our fancy schmancy attire is in the POD), but didnโ€™t have any luck.


I did, however, manage to find some stuff at J Crew (heh heh)


and a DONUT PAN! ๐Ÿ˜€

donut pan

Iโ€™d been wanting one ever since I saw the incredible donuts Jenna posted and the chocolate donut recipe in Cooking for Isaiah, so I was super excited to finally find it at Crate & Barrel.

When we got back to the casa, we had a little snack (TJs artichoke ravioli for him, protein pancakes for me)


a cocktail


and made something delicious in the new pan ๐Ÿ˜€


This recipe is just a version of *this recipe* that a reader, Jerri, directed me to. When I first saw the recipe, I was so excited because it doesnโ€™t contain any flour or sugar.

I went through a phase last year when I was โ€œhealthify-ingโ€ recipes by doing one of three things: 1) use Stevia instead sugar, 2) putting a bunch of protein powder in it, and/or 3) adding in pureed vegetable (like butternut squash or pumpkin). These tactics worked pretty well for me, but Iโ€™ve gotten to a point where if I want a dessert, I want it to be a not-necessary-but-mind-blowing dessert (like the torte last night!), or something that isnโ€™t trying to masquerade as something else. (<— I do that enough with my protein pancakes and everyday type stuff)

This recipe isnโ€™t low-cal, low-sugar, low-fat or have extra protein. Itโ€™s all real food though, and has an amazing dose of healthy fats from the olive oil, flax and almonds.  Itโ€™s more of a muffin or cookie-texture instead of a donut, but the hole in the middle makes things a little more exciting ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the directions, check out *this recipe*โ€”here are the ingredients I used:


Wet ingredients:

-1.5 mashed bananas

-1 small container of plain organic applesauce

-1 T flax

-1/4 C extra virgin olive oil

-1 t vanilla


Dry ingredients:

-1 1/2 C gluten-free oats

-1/2 C almond meal

-1/2 C shredded, unsweetened coconut

-1 t baking powder

-1 t cinnamon

1/8 t sea salt

-1 bar of dark chocolate with sea salt, chopped


The dough has a unique fluffy texture from the bananas:


just enough for the donut pan + 5 heaping tablespoon-sized cookies ๐Ÿ™‚

dough (2)

Baked for 15 min at 350*:


(Note: flipping smoking hot donut-things onto a plate wasnโ€™t my smartest moveโ€ฆ they almost totally fell apart, but I couldnโ€™t wait to see what they looked like!!)

So cute!! The Pilot tried one and really enjoyed it. The texture is definitely different, but the melty chocolate chips are what does the trick ๐Ÿ™‚ The plan for these is to take some to the madreโ€™s, and then individually wrap the rest and freeze them. This way, whenever we want a sweet treat, we can grab one and heat up ๐Ÿ™‚

We’re going to make dinner and then meet friends for some vino ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a lovely night and Iโ€™ll see ya in the morning! <3



Something to do: Last chance to follow me *here* to be entered for the dehydrator giveaway!

Something to talk about: Whatโ€™s your favorite *unique* kitchen tool/accessory? I adore our pizzelle maker- perfect for Christmas cookies and waffles cones.

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  1. Jackie @ Baking Charms on April 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    How cute! I love getting new kitchen toys ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to hear about your LA trip!!!

  2. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles on April 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I desperately want a donut pan!
    Enjoy your night with friends & wine – sounds perfect!

  3. Danielle (Shrinking and Studying) on April 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I can’t think of any particularly *unique* kitchen tool I use. I really love my marble rolling pin, my apple cutter and my mini crock-pot (for dips) though. I also have some really unique bamboo appetizer plates that I love to bust out at dinner parties! =)

    Your donut-cake-cookie-thingies look/sound delicious! I might try them in cookie form!

  4. Namaste Gurl on April 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Yum- those look delicious, and I approve 100% of all the ingredients ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that’s there’s all wholesome, real food and no processed or added sugar. No donut pan yet, but i may just have to make these into cookies in the meantime ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Felicia (A taste of Health with Balance) on April 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    definitely some good wholesome ingredients in there though! i need to get myself a donut pan.. the ziplock bag/cut a hole in the corner trick can only work for so long… i need prettier donuts!

  6. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food on April 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    what a great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

    mmm melty chocolate chips are always the trick ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. kate@ahealthypassion on April 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Ahh I have been wanting a doughnut pan forever I definitely need to get on that asap yours are adorable!

  8. Dana Marie on April 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Does TJs carry Kombucha?
    I like my sushi mat

  9. Heather @ kissmybroccoli on April 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    How creative to turn cookies into “doughnuts”! I’ve been wanting a doughnut pan since Mama Pea whipped up her first batch!

    Fave unique tool/utensil would be my Toddy for brewing coffee! It’s totally changed the way I drink my morning cup! Love it!

  10. Mindy on April 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I recently saw a donut pan at a kitchen store at the outlet mall and really wanted one, but didn’t know how to make donuts. Maybe I can get one now and use your recipe!

    Bella looks super duper adorable in that pic. I played with my doggies today and feel so much better – usually I don’t get enough play time with them and feel guilty.

    I can’t wait to find out about the dehydrator giveaway tomorrow. I’m going to wish upon a star tonight that I win, haha!

  11. amber L on April 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Mmm those donuts look so fun!

    This isn’t unique, but I love my magic bullet! It’s perfect for my protein shakes/smoothies and so easy to clean up!

  12. Holly @ The Runny Egg on April 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I want a donut pan — if only to make such cute shaped treats ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing on April 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Cannot wait to get a donut pan! Auuuugh! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Lauren H. on April 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    that flavor of synergy is my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Allison @ Food For Healing on April 10, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    i plan to stock up our freezer this year with healthy snacks and goodies, individually packed in vacuum sealed packages, always ready to go! plus i will always have healthy snacks on hand with my new dehydrator, just need some recipes!
    Post idea is for more dehydrator recipes or all sorts, snacks and desserts. You recently did kale chips and bread. i need more help ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Jerri on April 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    So glad you liked the recipe so much so that you turned them into donuts! You’re just brilliant- they’re much cuter that way! Cheers!

  17. Krystina (Organically Me) on April 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    The pilot looks so pensive in that pic. ๐Ÿ˜›

    The “donuts” look great!

  18. Heidi @ Food Doodles on April 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Yum! I love that Healthy Cookie recipe. I’ve made so many variations of it, it’s gotta be my favorite healthy recipe. I’m jealous of your donut pan, it makes things so much cuter ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Lana Wilson on April 10, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Those are uber cute!! I don’t have a donut pan, but could definitely make these into cookies. As for unique kitchen gadgets…today it was using a small ice cream scooper with the handle you press in to easily get the dough out. It never gets used for ice cream, only making uniform cookies. Tomorrow i’ll find a totally different kitchen gadget that I love, lol…

  20. Rachel @ Healthy Teacher on April 11, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Our doggies look alike;) Except Henry is obviously a boy. Love that pic of Bella.

  21. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy on April 11, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Yum–those look great! I’ve been loving my whoopie pie pan (that I actually use for veggie burgers-haha)! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Lindsay on April 11, 2011 at 1:03 am

    I love that kombucha! I had the exact same one on the ferry on my way to work today! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Ruth on April 11, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I also saw the donut post from Jenna’s blog and thought I ought to get a donut pan. Not done it yet – thanks for the reminder!

  24. oh they look so yum! im coming over to eat them mmmk?

  25. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on April 11, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Donut pans are so awesome. I can’t wait to bake with one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Ashley @ Feeding Ashley on April 11, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Those donuts look so great. It is the shape that give them a lil something special, even if they taste like a cookie.
    I think my favorite kitchen tool is my apple de-corer. I love that thing and use it all the time.

  27. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on April 11, 2011 at 7:39 am

    What a great recipe…reminds me of many of my nobake granola bars but then baking them into those cute donut rings. Love the donut pan you found. I think I need to make donuts all of a sudden!

    “something that isnโ€™t trying to masquerade as something else”
    “This recipe isnโ€™t low-cal, low-sugar, low-fat or have extra protein. Itโ€™s all real food though,”

    I totally agree with both. I am done “healthifying” desserts. Broccoli is healthy, that’s why i eat it. Dessert is dessert. I dont need to confuse or intermix the two concepts ๐Ÿ™‚

    And the 2nd part…not low cal, etc. Amen. Not everything has to fit that bill. I grew up on cakes and cookies and you know what, it was great ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love this post and recipe, Gina!

  28. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on April 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I’ve been wanting a donut pan since I saw Jenna’s donuts too! Right now I’m loving my blender/food processor, but I’d also love to have a juicer! Your dough recipe sounds delicious. I love the ingredients too – I think I could probably just eat the dough on its own… on that thought.. maybe I don’t need a donut pan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Joelle on April 11, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Bella is so precious! She looks so comfy!
    Where did you find that dark choco with sea salt? I remember seeing it somewhere but cannot remember where for the life of me!

  30. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on April 11, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Those donuts still look pretty darn healthy to me! And I love the way their texture looks. I actually prefer a muffin texture to a cakey texture.

  31. Lindsey on April 11, 2011 at 8:39 am

    You two could definitely win a most beautiful bloggies contest!

    and those donuts look great! sort of granola-y with a softer texture. must try!

  32. fittingbackin on April 11, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I had to google pizzelle maker – interesting!! I had never even heard of it – very cool. I love the idea of your donuts – so smart to make them almost crunchy with the granola. That sea salt chocolate sounds amazing too.

  33. Shanna, like Banana on April 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Mmm donuts. That looks good, but every now and then I’d need the real thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Fave kitchen tool? Frother maybe? Or marble pizza stone? Or melon baller?

  34. Kimberley on April 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

    What an awesome idea, these look amaziiiiiiing and they look very healthy ! YUM!

  35. Errign on April 11, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Mmmm, muffin-y donuts with sea salt chocolate (my fave) – these sound fantastical!

  36. Jess@atasteofconfidence on April 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Those look great- and different!

  37. Chelsa on April 11, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I’ve been wanting a donut pan too. Now I have to get one because that recipe looks amazing. Oatmeal+chocolate= ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries on April 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Yet another baking item that will be added to our wedding registry ๐Ÿ˜‰

  39. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) on April 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more.. I’ve made ‘healthy’ versions of desserts and have come to the conclusion (after biting into a chewy weird textured applesauce & yogurt-y banana bread) that I should just use butter & sugar… lol. My husband agrees.

  40. LauraJayne on April 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Those look so delicious! I think it is really important to enjoy everything we eat – especially dessert! I’m not good at substiting things like stevia for sugar – especially because I don’t like the taste! Lately I’ve been focusing on eating what I like – and if it isn’t healthy, either trying to find a healthy version I enjoy or avoiding it completely!

  41. Sable@SquatLikeALady on April 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I think we should enjoy all the food we eat — after all, the process of digestion starts in the brain — how we feel about what we are going to eat, how much we desire it, etc.!

  42. Karen Carloni on April 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Mama Pea has also done some nice donuts recently – one had oat flour and protein powder. I plan to give it a shot. I am not huge fan of cooking with protein powder but maybe if it has a donut shape I will like it more.

  43. Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg on April 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    cute doughnuts ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Christine (The Raw Project) on April 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Too funny, I was so close to buying a donut pan over the weekend. The protein pancakes sound awesome. Lately I’ve been using my sprouter like crazy sprouting whatever type of beans and grains I can.

  45. Katie on April 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I keep seeing great donut recipes…I think you have convinced me that I need to invest in a donut pan!

    I think I’m gonna try to make these as cookies for now ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Hannah on April 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Those doughnuts look so yummy! Oh, and I followed you!

  47. Holley @ Lunges and Lashes on April 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I went through that phase too! I am totally with you, I do that all the time, so when it’s treat time, have a real treat! Enjoy it, get it out of your system and then back to normal. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm


  48. Sarah K on April 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    How healthy are those doughnuts really? They look amazing!

  49. Krystyn on April 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Just catching up on your blog! Love the little donut pan, so cute! Also, random question: where did you get your cute pink cardy? I love how bright and springy it is!

    • Fitnessista on April 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      thank you! it’s from new york and company- i almost never find anything there, but love their cardigans!

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