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June 16, 2012

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts {Father's Day!}

Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there, especially to mine! 

My father is my biggest fan. And I'm sort-of tearing up right now as I write this because I wonder if I've ever told him how much that has meant and motivated me in my life.  I guess, as children, we never really understand our parents until we are much older.  I don't have any children myself, unless you count my exuberant black lab, but I think I understand my parents more and more.  And as I get older, instead of telling them that they were crazy (what I thought as a teenager), I really just want to thank them for making me who I am today.
And in thanking my father today, even though I can't serve these to him where he currently lives, I wanted to make a special recipe just for him!  My dad grew up in Ohio and is a big buckeye fan, so a peanut butter and dark chocolate doughnut seems just perfect to honor my old man today.  Remember dad, Old Guys Rule and you are at the top of that list!
Thank you for believing in me when I didn't think I could do it, pushing me when I didn't want to go, supporting me even when I did something stupid, and making me laugh and calm down when I thought the world was falling a part.  I wouldn't be who I am today without your "dad talks," coaching  and guidance and I am so very thankful for that. 
And Dad, you taught me never to keep score, but I think today I can say: normal fried sugary doughnut 0, better for you sweet treat 1!!

Love you Dad, Happy Father's Day!
My dad and I after my wedding, 2008.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Baked Doughnuts
adapted from Chocolate and Carrots
2 eggs
1 c 1% milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 c whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 c dark chocolate cocoa powder
2 tbsp light agave nectar
4 tbsp natural creamy peanut butter (no sugar added), divided
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c dark chocolate chunks
1 c 85% dark chocolate, melted for the glaze

Preheat the oven to 325°F.  Spray your donut pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl beat the eggs, milk, and vegetable oil together. Add in the remaining ingredients (except chocolate chips for glaze) and 2 tbsp of the peanut butter and stir until combined. Spoon the batter into a large zip-lock bag.  Cut off the tip of the bag and pipe the dough into the donut pan holes, filling to about 2/3 full.

Bake for 15 minutes. Allow them to cool for 3 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. In the meantime, melt the dark chocolate (I used an 85% cocoa bar but you can use milk or lighter dark chocolate if you want.  The higher the cocoa percentage=less sugar).  In a separate bowl, melt the remaining 2 tbsp of peanut butter for 30 seconds in the microwave. Dip the donuts into the melted chocolate and cool on a wire rack.  Then drizzle with the melted peanut butter.  Enjoy!
I saw this amazing recipe on Chocolate and Carrots.  Click the link for her version (plain chocolate and raspberry) or click here for the original recipe from Eat Good 4 Life!

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Blogger Texanerin said...

Aww, what a nice post! And you were such a pretty bride. :) I love how gooey that glaze looks. I just kind of keep staring at it.

June 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM  
Anonymous mary said...

Oh my goodness...

These are on my to-make list this week!

June 17, 2012 at 3:42 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Thanks for the kind and loving words my dear. I am always your biggest fan! Love Dad.

PS - Now, to get Mom to make these...

June 17, 2012 at 5:20 PM  
Anonymous mom said...

Mom is not going to make them.......maybe Sara will bring some when she
comes down????? (maybe???)

Anyway, these were wonderful words and made dad very proud.
luv ya girl!!

June 17, 2012 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Erin! I agree, it is hypnotic and delicious!

June 18, 2012 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

YES! Totally worth the price of the pan for these :)

June 18, 2012 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yes, I'll bring the pan next time I come down for a visit :) Love you!

June 18, 2012 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Nope, I don't think she'll do it! Which is okay because I am happy to make these again :) Love you!

June 18, 2012 at 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Krissy said...

Too bad your dad couldn't try these!

As much as I love Chocolate and Carrots, this isn't one of her recipes. She links to another site as being the creator. But she did change the glaze! That's different.

June 18, 2012 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi Krissy! Thanks for the comment and for letting me know! I'll have to make sure to give the original creator credit too, you are right, I just love Caroline's site and didn't see her adaptation link :)

June 18, 2012 at 5:25 PM  

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