Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Chanukah (Hanukkah) Donuts

I was talking with my pal Rachel (a post-op VSGer) the other day and she asked if she could share my mini protein donuts recipe with her family & friends for Chanukah. I did not know that it is a Jewish custom to eat donuts on Chanukah but after chatting with her I read a bit about it. I guess it's not necessary donuts but any fried/oily foods since it is a holiday that commemorates a miracle that occurred with oil... a jug of oil which should have lasted only one night, lasted eight, the eight days of Chanukah. These weight loss surgery friendly donuts are a perfect way to celebrate. The oil/fried part is eliminated but the end product delicious.

All the talk of donuts got me wanting some so I made a batch. I've made plain chocolate, a spice, a berry, and a coffee version. These I'm calling chocolate mocha (coffee & chocolate combo) Yum! So Happy Chanukah (or is it Hanukkah) to all who celebrate.

Shelly's Mini Chocolate Mocha Protein Donuts

1 cup Almond Flour (aka Almond Meal) (Trader Joe's, health food stores, online or make your own)
1/2 cup Chocolate Protein Powder
1/2 cup Multigrain Pancake Mix (I use this)
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Taster's Choice Instant Coffee Tube
1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
1/4 cup Water
Super Groovy Mini Donut Pan

Preheat oven to 325. Mix all ingredients till well combined. Spray Mini Donut Pans with Pam. Fill 1/2 full with batter (batter is the consistency of brownie batter).

Bake 8 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Donut Glaze

4 Mini Sugar Free Chocolate Bars (or milk, dark or white chocolate)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (any flavor will do)

Nuke for 30 seconds or so till melted. Stir to combine. Coats 12 donuts.

For colored/flavored frosting: combine SF white chocolate & 3 drops or so of food coloring, SF Syrup and nuke for 30 seconds or so till melted. Stir to combine.

Dip cooled donuts into chocolate glaze and then into optional toppings.

Topping Ideas:

Crushed SF Candy (SF Candy Canes, SF Malted Milk Balls, SF Jordan Almonds)
Toasted or Untoasted Unsweetened Coconut
Crushed Nuts (Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Almonds)
Crushed Sugar Free Cookies
Peanut Butter Flour
SF Cocoa Powder

I always wanted to be Jewish when I was a kid... the whole 8 days of presents thing seemed way cool to me. I had issues with Passover which I covered in a past blog entry 8 gifts I was feeling... human body bits not so much.

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Oh P.S. If you are needing a weight loss surgery friendly latkes, potato pancake recipe try one of these...

Shelly's Savory Pesto Pancakes
Shelly's Potato-less Potato Pancakes


Anonymous said...

Love the donuts...have 6 more weeks and then I am clear to have an full/regular diet...will be making these then for sure!

Also the "potato" pancakes...i have been craving those and my local deli lady where I usually go for lunch has bad!

Love all of your ideas and just can't wait to try them...have my second batch of bites cooling now!

Ann :-)

Anonymous said...

I heard about your blog from some girls in my support group. I'm really excited to try a lot of your recipes. I am 4 days pre op, so I'm going to have to wait on some of them. These donuts look great! Thanks for the culinary inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Happy Hanukkah to you too Shelly. I can't wait to try your donuts but have to wait till tomorrow as I don't have any baking powder.

Tammara, Jess and Cory said...

I love your donuts so much I purchased a donut cooker thingy. It is electric and looks like a george forman. Everytime I make them they are gone in not time. Thank you for all the inspiration and wonderful recipes.

mama2reese said...


I need to go shopping for supplies.

denise said...

ohhhh I need a super cool Bento box... pick me ick me!!!


Anonymous said...

You are an awesome help in our world Shelly, and your giveaways are great. I could use a cool Bento box, as I'm sure many could. I take lunch and snacks to work everyday and most of the time I have a bunch of little containers in a plastic bag, the Bento would be a great help! XOXO

Anonymous said...

Would love to win the Bento box. You should seriously write a recipe book!!!

Shannon said...

I have lost 82lbs. doing the liquid only medifast, now I am transitioning into eating 1 meal a day and 5 liquid for the duration of my weight loss. We are Messianics, so we celebrate the Hanukkah, thank you soooo much for this recipe! The aren't the traditional fried in oil, but I think G-d will forgive...

Anonymous said...

Would the decaf coffee stix work the same?? I can't do caffeine since surgery very well. Thanks just made the regular chocolate donuts.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hope it is enjoyed!!


Yep decaf sticks would be fine.