Food Porn Friday – June Food Holidays

It’s Food Porn Friday time and I have found some healthier versions of  popular recipes that have official (or maybe not that official) observances in June.

Because we deserve our treats and have them healthier, too!

The first Friday of June is National Doughnut Day. Wikipedia has the history of how National Doughnut Day carries on the tradition of Doughnut Day started by the Salvation Army in 1938 that honoured the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

Epicurious.com has a recipe for Baked Cake Doughnuts so that you don’t have to fry them. To get the doughnut shape you will need a doughnut pan. If you don’t have one,  muffin pans will give you doughnut-flavoured muffins. You could also use a cookie sheet but the doughnuts will have a flat bottom.

 

 

Baked Cake Doughnuts

 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon (120 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (30 grams) whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (75 grams) superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter or vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, scalded
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten

 

A great refreshment to go along with the doughnuts is iced tea, perhaps on June 10th which is Iced Tea Day.  Many believe iced tea was invented at the World’s Fair in  St. Louis but it was popularized at the fair due to the hot summer of 1904. Eatingwell.com has a variety of healthy iced tea recipes such as Orange-Earl Grey Iced Tea.

 

 

Orange-Earl Grey Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup loose Earl Grey tea, or 12 Earl Grey tea bags
  • Peel of 1 orange, plus orange wedges for garnish
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water

 

The National Peanut Board lists different peanut holidays throughout the year and June 12th is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. Here are some peanut facts from the National Peanut Board:

  • Peanuts have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut.
  • Peanuts and peanut butter contain over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients.
  • Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free.
  • Rumor says that there’s enough mental stimulation in one peanut to produce 30 minutes of serious thinking. That may or may not be true, but peanuts are a good source of protein and the B vitamins, nutrients that help prevent “brain fatigue”.

Among the many recipes on their site is a recipe for gluten-free peanut butter cookies. You know, to help with the “brain fatigue”.

 

 

Ultra Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten-Free)

 

Ingredients:

  • 12 tablespoons (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar, well packed
  • 3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cups (7 ounces) peanut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces gluten-free semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (optional)

 

And no food post about treats would be complete without chocolate. June 16th is Fudge Day. In keeping with the healthier recipes, I found this Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge recipe from Chocolate-covered Katie.

 

Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut butter or Homemade Coconut Butter. (120g)
  • 1 large, very-ripe banana (160g) (For a banana-free version, just use 2/3 cup more coconut butter.)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • scant 1/8 tsp salt
  • sweetener of choice, to taste (Sweeteners that work well in this recipe include: nunaturals vanilla stevia drops, powdered sugar, or even a liquid sweetener such as pure maple syrup. If a using a super-ripe banana, you might not need any added sweetener, depending on your tastebuds.)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened or dutch cocoa powder or cacao powder (20g)
  • optional: 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

 

Enjoy these recipes and always remember to treat yourself.

 

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12 comments

  1. Peanut butter cookies . . . mmm they sound goooooooood. Gotta have milk with them. Ice tea goes with . . . well, not sure it goes with anything except more ice tea! Now you know my taste buds.

    Don’t like cake-type doughnuts. The raised doughnuts are what I love. Got a recipe for those?

    1. Of course I can find some recipes. The first one is called My Mom’s Raised Doughnuts. “They are like eating a flavored cloud. So light and fluffy.” says the person who submitted the recipe.

      http://allrecipes.com/recipe/my-moms-raised-doughnuts/

      The second recipe I picked is called Incredible & Easy Raised Donuts and apparently only take 30 minutes for the dough to rise as opposed to the 1 or 1 1/2 hours for other recipes.

      http://deep-fried.food.com/recipe/incredible-easy-raised-donuts-203062

      And… Old-Fashioned Yeast-Raised Doughnuts also has instructions for jelly doughnuts and crullers using the same dough.

      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/old-fashioned-yeast-raised-doughnuts-recipe.html?oc=linkback

      I don’t eat doughnuts that often or have the patience to do ones that have to rise. But, I also have 3 doughnut shops and a grocery store within a 10 minute walk so I’m covered.

      Perhaps you’ll post some pictures if you try making some?

  2. You had me drooling til you reached the peanuts. I’m super allergic and just reading about them and seeing the cookies almost caused a reaction, lol.
    Around here they forgot to mention what the day stood for. Now it’s just free Crispy Creams!
    Great healthier food for June.

      1. Looking is almost as good as eating. Off chocolate right now — migraine trigger and I’m trying not to consume any soya. So, looking it shall be

          1. I think dropping chocolate was good — I have gotten headaches from it, and these are the kind on the edge that could quickly shift. But I can eat hot dogs, no problem. The majority of mine start at night due to angle of head. My body wakes me up to do something. I don’t always listen!
            Do you have migraines/

            1. I don’t think so but who knows. When I first started blogging, someone suggested migraine associated vertigo because you can have migraines without the pain but get dizzy. But, the ENT was pretty decisive in not giving a specific diagnosis because there was nothing clear cut to make a diagnosis. Maybe I’ll go back at some point and review things. Now that I know it’s my ears, I’ve accommodated things and as I’ve tried to go out more I get more dizzy at times but still nothing specific

              1. Now there is the suggestion that the barometer pressure can cause migraine. It the pressure goes up or down (I think it doesn’t matter which way), the change in pressure can cause migraines. I’ve had the change trigger migraines, too. I wonder if these pressure changes would have any effect on your ears. I’m not getting this right, just adding a suggestion you’ve probably already heard.

                1. Oh, it definitely affects me, though not always. We had 3 freezing rain storms this past winter and each time I was very dizzy and stayed in bed clinging to the wall. Yet, for most of the winter, it wasn’t that bad for me. I feel it each day to varying degrees but not that bad unless I start to overdo things or not take breaks by lying down.

                  And, when others are bothered by weather/changing pressure, sometimes I’m not. Maybe it’s because I’ve been good at taking breaks throughout the day. Sometimes I think drinking water helps me because they don’t drink that much daily but, who knows. That may just help the sinuses not the ears, though they are connected. It’s probably a lot of little things that I’ve learned to do.

  3. I thought Ah Gluten Free peanut butter cookies they are so easy…then I read the recipe…talk about making a very easy recipe hard…peanut flour? ummm, peanut butter cookies don’t really need flour…1 C peanut Butter, 1C sugar, 1 tsp Van., 1 lg Egg…all you need. so funny. I really did laugh out loud….at least I think I did, I don’t have my CI’s on. hahaha

    and Fudge without sugar should be a sin! just saying!! but I don’t really eat fudge…actually, it’s too sweet for me. don’t laugh…but Stuart loves it.

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