A couple of weeks ago, the bloggers from Probably This created a Superfood Almond Butter + Matcha Brownie recipe for us, based on a philosophy that finds balance between delicious and healthy foods. Aside from the usual chocolate and butter, they added superfoods such as Matcha, spirulina, and coconut oil to create a healthier version of a brownie that’s just as delicious. Finding equilibrium between health, fitness, and eating your favorite foods isn’t as difficult as it seems with a little planning and substituting. Based on this same idea, we tried making a healthier baked donut recipe that contains Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha, less sugar, almond milk, and zero frying oil. Baking your donuts is a great way to cut excess calories and fat, while the Matcha adds a little extra boost of nutrients and antioxidants to your round treat. We still add a little bit of yum by coating the top with the goodness of a white chocolatey Matcha ganache (by Molly Yeh). Though these donuts may not be sweet enough by themselves, pairing it with the Matcha white chocolate ganache gives it that perfect balance of sweetness. And that’s it—12 pretty little treats with tons of flavor and a little less guilt.
Donuts (Matcha flavor and Chocolate flavor)
- 3/4 cup Flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha (for Matcha donuts)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder (for chocolate donuts)
- 3 1/3 Tbsp butter
- 5 tbsp sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup almond milk
Matcha White Chocolate Ganache(by Molly Yeh)
- 4 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 tsp Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and Matcha together and set aside.
- Begin pre-heating your oven to 350 degrees.
- Allow the butter to come to room temperature and stir it until it is smooth and creamy.
- Whisk the sugar into the butter until it is well incorporated and the whole mixture takes on a white color.
- Beat the egg and add it in little by little until it is well incorporated.
- Add the milk into the sifted dry ingredients, mix gently, and then add the butter and sugar.
- Transfer the batter to a piping bag (a Ziploc bag with one corner cut off works as well).
- Using a donut mold (or any circular mold you like), pipe the batter into the mold
- Bake in the oven for 12 minutes, lower the temperature to 325 degrees, and bake for approximately 5 more minutes.
- Repeat steps 1-9, substituting the Matcha for the Cocoa powder for your chocolate donuts.
- Let the donuts cool completely before pouring ganache.
Matcha White Chocolate Ganache
- Place the white chocolate in a heat safe bowl and set it aside.
- Sift the Matcha into a saucepan and whisk in 1 tbsp of the cream. Whisk until no lumps remain.
- Whisk in the remaining heavy cream and then heat it gently over medium heat, stirring often, until it just begins to boil.
- Remove it from the heat, and then pour it over the white chocolate.
- Let it sit for a few seconds, and then stir it all together until the chocolate melts.
- Let the ganache cool just slightly (stirring often), and then pour it over and spread with a spoon.
- You can even get creative with the ganache by drizzling it over the donut, or adding chocolate sprinkles (or any topping you’d like).
- Store in fridge to prevent ganache from melting.