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Ella's latest entry, Healthy Alternatives, includes a recipe for guilt free doughnuts. Is there really such a thing?  Check it out here

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I personally believe that it’s so important to recognise that healthy eating doesn’t mean ‘rabbit food’ for every meal but a balance of everything; fats, carbohydrates – the whole lot!

My sister and I bake a lot together, and recently with the turn of the new year we have been spending a bit of time researching healthier adaptations to recipes we love as treats, so that we are still eating something from every food group but not in excessive amounts. Therefore we can feel slightly better while doing it!  

One of our favourites for colder days are baked doughnuts.  These doughnuts are made with yoghurt and only a tablespoon of butter (between 6) so they are low in fat. We also bake them in the oven so the vast amounts of oil they are usually fried in can stay away from our desserts!
Pretty much guilt free – so they taste even better too.Baked doughnuts 1

Baked doughnuts
Makes: 6

100g plain flour
75g sugar
2 tbsp custard powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup yogurt or buttermilk
1 free range egg
1 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 180C. Baked doughnuts 2
Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl.
In a jug mix together the wet ingredients and then stir into the flour mix.  
Spoon in to a sandwich bag and then snip off a corner and pipe into a lightly buttered doughnut tray and bake for about 12 minutes.
Brush over a little melted butter and dip in cinnamon sugar, eat warm…

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