I'm the mother of a rather active almost five year old girl. (I mean... what little one isn't active, am I right?) Around here, mornings are always full of chaos and about 75% of the crazy that will go along with the day. It seems like everything is a struggle. Getting dressed, brushing teeth, brushing hair, everything. It's just an all out stressful situation!
Recently, I started in with a 'chore chart' that seems to make the mornings a bit easier. For each 'chore' she does on her own to get ready in the morning, she gets a star sticker. At the end of the week if she has accumulated enough stars, she gets a special treat or prize.
Another thing that helps with my morning routine is always starting my day off with a nice big cup of coffee. It's that morning pick-me-up that I absolutely need to get through it all. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. Once I get my little one dressed and settled in (whether at home or pre-school), I like to indulge in a second cup of coffee for a bit of much needed "me time".
Today I'm using McCafé coffee in yet another way to help me get through my day while indulging in a better-for-you treat at the same time! After all, what goes better with coffee than donuts anyway? Now you can enjoy both together in one glorious bite.
These delicious dark chocolate cake donuts are baked up to perfection and infused with McCafé coffee, both in the cake and the drizzled glaze on top to give that extra boost of coffee flavor. I made these donuts more wholesome by using whole wheat flour, dark chocolate cocoa, and a few other substitutions.
To get my coffee flavor I used the McCafé premium roast coffee pods and brewed myself a nice dark fresh cup using the 'extra strong' feature on my machine. McCafé coffee is made with 100% Arabica Beans, and is harvested from the rich soils and mountainous regions of the foremost coffee-growing areas of the world. Pretty impressive, huh?
McCafé coffee is now available at Walmart and comes in both premium bags and coffee pods. It also comes in 8 different flavors, so there's more than one option on how to brew it.
The flavor of McCafé coffee was the perfect taste to use in these chocolate donuts. The coffee worked together blissfully with the dark chocolate cocoa without overpowering it or making it bitter at all!
These donuts are super amazing and will definitely make your morning all the better when paired with a nice fresh brewed cup of McCafé coffee. What's even better is that they are really pretty easy to toss together, even when you haven't got yourself dressed yet!
Trust me, I know from experience. Haha!
I managed to get 10 donuts out of this recipe with my particular pan, but if you have a different one then you may end up with different results than I did.
Baked Dark Chocolate Coffee Infused Donuts
Servings: 10 • Size: 1 Donut • Calories: 83.9 • Fat: 0.7 g • Carb: 17.1 g • Fiber: 1.8 g • Protein: 3.2 g • Sugar: 6.3 g • Sodium: 126.2 mg
1/2 C. Cake Flour
1/2 C. Whole Wheat White Flour
1/4 C. Dark Cocoa Powder
2 Tbsp. Sugar
2 Tbsp. Natural Sweetener (Such as Stevia, Truvia, Etc...)
1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 C. Strong Brewed Coffee
1/4 C. Fat Free Milk
1/4 C. Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1 Whole Large Egg
2 Tbsp. Unsweetened Applesauce
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/4 C. Powdered Sugar
1/2-1 Tbsp. Strong Brewed Coffee
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and light coat the inside of a donut pan with non-stick baking spray; set aside.
Whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, sugar, sweetener, baking powder, and baking soda into a medium bowl.
In a separate large bowl, combine the coffee, milk, yogurt, egg, applesauce and vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together until just combined and no lumps remain.
I was able to get my McCafé coffee at my local Walmart!
Transfer the batter to a piping bag or a ziplock and pipe the batter into the prepared donut pan, filling each section about 3/4 of the way full.
Place the pan into the preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean from the donuts.
Once done, allow to cool slightly before carefully removing the donuts.
Place the donuts on a wire rack to continue cooling completely.
While the donuts are cooling, mix up the ingredients for the glaze.
Once the donuts are completely cooled, drizzle the glaze over the tops of them or dip them straight into the glaze; whichever you're more comfortable with!
Enjoy with a cup of your favorite McCafé coffee.
Store any leftovers (hah!) in an airtight container.
I've shared my tips for making the morning routine more efficient with you. I'd love to hear about yours! Leave a comment sharing your morning routine.