Doughnuts Can Be Surprisingly Healthy (And Still Taste Somewhat Satiating)

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The Theme: Doughnuts!

My family has all sorts of weird New Years traditions (black eyed peas being the biggest staple), but one of our more recent habits is a Polish doughnut to ring the fresh year. It’s some sort of Pollock thing that my assorted relatives believe in (although we are more Scottish and Greek than anything else…but who really knows). Regardless, this inspired me to find sneaky, healthy, lazy alternatives to doughnuts in 2013!

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Nutella Doughnut Holes

Who are we kidding- do you really need a Nutella doughnut when you can just chisel away at that faultless miracle jar with nothing but a spoon and your pure brilliance? But if you insist on trying this fabulous recipe from Sips & Spoonfuls, you can either make it from scratch like she does….or feel free to embrace your inner slacker-chef like me.

Lazy Way: Do yourself a gluten-free favor and buy some mini, cinnamon doughnuts from Kinnikinnick (say that three times fast). Because they are small, they’re only 170 calories per doughnut. Next, melt 2 tablespoons of Nutella in the microwave and use as a dipping sauce to drag out the decadent process. Yum. Done.

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Bourbon Rum Balls

I’d be fine with just the bottle (partially kidding), if it weren’t for bourbon’s pesky nature of being indecisively gluten-free. I won’t take my chances with this Shape magazine concoction, so switched to rum instead. Luckily, this recipe is low in calories and requires zero cooking (I repeat, zero cooking). Amen.

Lazy Way: Take one box of gluten-free vanilla wafers (I like the one’s from Glutino) and pulse/blend/grind in whatever fashion you prefer until it’s an unattractive mess. Add 1 cup of pecans and 1 cup of confectioners sugar, and top it off with 1/2 cup of coconut rum and 1/4 cup of corn syrup. Once everything is smushed efficiently together, roll in your palms to form tasty, dessert doughnuts that we can only hope will get you tanked. Refrigerate before eating.

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Papaya Doughnuts

This photo may look beautiful, enticing and tropical, but the fact that it’s entirely made of fruit somehow feels like a jip to my snotty, sugar-tooth brain. But if you’re one of those real health fanatics (not just a pretend one like myself), there is no better way to start your day than this clever trick from Healthy Happy Life.

Lazy Way: Take one super ripe papaya that’s been cleaned, scooped free of seeds and sliced in to “doughnut shaped” circles. I recommend adding a thin circular slice of pineapple on top while you’re at it (heck, go for canned kind if cutting is too hard). Dr. Angelo Cuzalina recommends healthy ways to sweeten it by drizzling with a small amount of natural syrup- like blueberry or acai juice- and garnish with a few dark chocolate chips. Otherwise, we’re just going to confuse a doughnut’s identity, and that’s a travesty too great to bare.

Let Me Know: Which of these do YOU want to make?

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