Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Quest: Vegan Chocolate Chocolate Chip Walnut Doughnuts

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Walnut Vegan Doughnuts
The chocolate doughnuts are far and away the favorites at our house, especially with the kids. Even in the beginning of my quest, chocolate was hard to get wrong; nearly all the chocolates have met with some degree of success. The secret it turns out is that cocoa is acidic, so when it gets wet and reacts with the baking powder, gas is released and they seem to always get great lift.

Increasing the nuts has made it possible to cut out any additional oil and with the benefit of extra protein, they are a very satisfying way to start the day. Admittedly, these were a bit more like a dessert than a breakfast doughnut since the addition of the miniature chocolate chips gives these more sweetness than the chocolate pecan version. Of course the chocolate chips can be omitted, however if you want to include them but don't have the miniature chips on hand, simply pulse the regular sized ones to break them down a bit. There is so little actual 'cake' in the doughnut that the larger chips may effect the integrity of the doughnut's crumb and they could fall apart. Pulse them prior to blending other dry ingredients and remove them from the bowl to hand mix them into the batter at the end.


Chocolate Chocolate Chip Walnut Doughnuts
1 cup milk of choice
2 teaspoons vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla

2/3 cup walnuts
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/3 cups white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Grease a non-stick doughnut pan with cooking spray. 
  2. Measure the milk in a liquid measure and add all remaining liquid ingredients, adding vinegar first to curdle the milk. 
  3. In the bowl of the food processor, combine all the dry ingredients except miniature chocolate chips and blend until the nuts have been pulverized and the mixture looks uniform. 
  4. Slowly pour in the liquid to blend it into the dry ingredients (alternatively blend the dry and the wet by hand in another bowl.) Stir in the chocolate chips. Immediately spoon the mixture into the prepared doughnut pan. Divide it among the six holes, placing it directly in the middle and use a finger to clear the batter off the 'hole' and smooth it a bit to fill them evenly.
  5. Bake 13-14 minutes and remove the pan from the oven, loosen the middles which may stick just a bit, with a fork before turning the doughnuts out onto a cooling rack, and immediately place them bottom sides up back into the doughnut pan. The middles may have baked over the hole section of the pan a bit, but carefully just press them back down into the pan, remove any extra crumb/clumps from the middles. Flipping them during the baking process crisps up the bottoms and gives them an overall better doughnut form. Return them to the oven and bake another 5 minutes. 
  6. Remove to a cooling rack. 
  7. Frost doughnuts (below) while still warm. 
Chocolate Frosting: This makes a very small amount of frosting, exactly enough for a thin coat on 6 doughnuts, if you want a thicker frosting double the recipe and double dip each doughnut for a second coat.

1 1/2 to 2 Tablespoons milk of choice
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Microwave frosting ingredients in a microwave safe bowl 20-30 seconds. Stir until smooth and lightly frost each doughnut while still a bit warm, simply dip them tops down (the tops to me are the part that started out as the top when they first went into the oven) into the glaze and allow them to dry on a cooling rack.

This recipe makes 6 doughnuts.


2 comments:

  1. I had the extreme pleasure of trying one of these doughnuts - they are one of the best I have ever eaten. No qualification! And I'm not a vegan nor do I typically care for vegan fare. I would have never known they were actually "good for you"! This is a great recipe!

    Thanks,

    Brian

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    1. Awe thanks Brian! The version you had were made from this recipe except I made them with pecans (knowing I had southern visitors instead of our northern walnut eaters) and left out the extra chocolate chips. I'm so glad you enjoyed them, and double thanks for the rave reviews!

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