Ginger Bread Donuts

Hey guys… guess what. I made some ginger bread donuts for Christmas. And yes… I’m not the world’s best glazer, so excuse the messy glaze.

But they are delicious!

If you haven’t noticed already, baked donuts are my latest obsession. Any excuse to make them and experiment with different flavours.

If you know me well, I don’t normally glaze my donuts. I’m just not very good at glazing and I’m too impatient for the task. But since it’s Christmas, I’m making a special effort to glaze. Not with your typical sugary glaze though – I just couldn’t bring myself to dip these beauties into a bowl full of icing sugar. Can you guess what I use instead?

How about coconut yogurt mixture! Yep, these ginger bread donuts are covered in creamy, delicious coyo glazing. An unusual combination which amazingly…works! The richness and the slight tartness of the coconut yogurt glaze gives a nice balance the sweetness of the donuts. Yum!

Ginger Bread Donuts

A delicious Christmas treats for everyone. Oil-free, refined sugar free, and can be easily made gluten-free.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 24 mini donuts
Author Keren

Ingredients

Donut Batter

  • 2 cups plain flour or gluten-free flour for gluten-free version
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut cream
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
  • 2 tbsp ACV

Coyo Glazing

  • 1/2 cup coconut yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients with a whisk to mix thoroughly. Combine the wet ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Mix wet ingredients to dry ingredient and then pipe mixture onto mini donut pan. Make sure to fill the pan only to 2/3 full.
  4. Bake for 10-12 min until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for couple of minutes, then transfer the donuts onto a cooling rack.
  5. Make the coyo glazing my mixing all the ingredients.

 

 

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?

Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and/or share a picture on Instagram and tag me in the picture.

Keren x

10 Functional Christmas Gift Ideas

 

I’m not good with buying gifts. In fact I’m pretty awful at it. If you’ve had the misfortune of having me as your secret Santa, expect a box of chocolates, because that’s what I often give to people. But everyone likes chocolate, right? So maybe it wasn’t so bad after all.

The thing is, I want my gifts to be functional, useful, and potentially… good looking. This is why I always buy chocolates. Because you can eat them, they give you pleasure and energy, and they look good. Don’t you think?

But, I’m putting a bit more effort this year. No more chocolates. (Except if you really absolutely want chocolates). Instead, I’ve found some really cool things to stuff the Christmas stockings and I thought I should share them with you.

So here are my 10 functional gift ideas for Christmas to help you this silly season.

1. Tile Mate

Coming first is the Tile Mate. A stylish and highly functional gift, Tile Mate is perfect for those who tend to lose their stuff (e.g. me). You can easily place it on any hook, loop, or strap. You can even get one to stick onto any item you don’t want to lose. Simply use the app on your phone to play a sound when you can’t find the item, or check its last known location. The best thing is, you can also use it to find your phone when that’s the item missing.

2. Sticky i-Phone case

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Second is the sticky i-phone case from Mega Tiny Corp. It makes a cool gift for any i-Phone-fan. It allows you to stick your phone to surfaces so you can do fun stuff with it like reading a recipe while you cook, or perhaps, when taking a selfie :D

3. Glass straws

Plastic straws are so yesterday. Glass straws are where it’s at. These straws are not only stylish, but they are also great for the environment. Also, there’s something about the smooth glass surface that makes drinking from them so much more pleasurable.

4. Yummy teas

Coming fourth is a selection of unique blend of premium teas for your tea-lover friends, all of which I have tried and liked. Such as the Christmas spice organic tea blend from Ovvio, the riveting blue coloured Crystal tea from Life of Cha, or the Ginger latte blend from Beyond Latte (made by yours truly).

5. A winged jug

I added this one because, seriously, who wouldn’t want a winged jug for Christmas? It is beautiful and highly functional. It’s perfect for wine, juice or cocktails. I found this exquisite piece at Glass by Emma Klau and it is aptly named “Take Flight Jug”.

6. Personalised jewellery

 

 

Almost every girl I know wanted to own that Sex in The City Carrie-style necklace at one point in her life. There’s nothing like seeing your name engraved on a piece of precious metal, at least that’s what I think. My mum gave me a ‘Keren’ necklace when I was 12 and I still cherish it to this day. How is it functional? Well, you won’t have to have your name spelled incorrectly at Starbucks, that’s for one. And this gorgeous little necklace is from Belle Fever.

7. A round Yoga Mat

Because everyone who yoga wants a round Yoga mat (even though they say they don’t). Seriously, how cool is this mat? It may be slightly impractical to take to a group class but it’s perfect for home use. I particularly like the mandala print mats, such as this one over at Camel Rock Yoga.

8. Adult Colouring book

You may laugh, but this stuff has been scientifically proven to calm and relax the mind. I think we all take ourselves too seriously and that we need a bit more play in our lives. Some of the adult colouring books are so beautiful that they, in itself, are art Like the Secret Garden Colouring book by Johanna Basford.

9. A Nutri Ninja

A Christmas gift doesn’t get more functional than this. This is perfect for anyone who wants to jump on the smoothie band-wagon and improve their health. I actually got a Nutri Ninja myself this Christmas to complement my Vitamix. It’s very handy when you’re only blending for one, or making small quantity sauces, etc.

10. A Service Voucher From You

Yep, that’s right. Dedicate a service as a gift to you friends! It could be something simple like washing their car, walking their dog, or giving me a massage as a Christmas present. It’s personal, memorable, and the best part is, it’s free. And if you’re looking for other Christmas gifts ideas that won’t cost you a cent, check out this post.

What would be the perfect functional Christmas gift for you? Let me know in the comment box below.

Keren x

Joyou

Joyou

Imagine getting a surprise delivery present from yourself, for yourself.

Well now you can! There’s a new online gift delivery service with a difference called Joyou. They offer a surprise gift box service for those in need of monthly pampering.

And you won’t know what you’ll get until you open the box. Exciting right!

Last November box I received my first Joyou box. And following is my experience.

It was packaged like a gift, string bow and all. And it smelt really nice.

My surprise gift was…

A deliciously scented vegan body scrub and lip balm from Mud and Co.

YUM!

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It’s sustainable, ethical and vegan Friendly

What I love about Joyou is that they ensure all gifts are sourced sustainably and ethically as much as they can, and that is awesome. As a vegan, it’s always a hassle to check if the product is cruelty-free but with Joyou, I don’t have to.

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Perfect for the ladies

Joyou is all about feminine, pretty, and beautiful surprises, so it is perfect for the ladies! The Mud & Co lipbalm I received smells divine and feels so luscious I can’t think of any girls who wouldn’t want to have it.

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No need to subscribe

I think this is the best thing about Joyou. You don’t have to subscribe to get your box (though you can if you want to). Just order one whenever you feel like a bit of treat. Perfect for the commitment-phobic customer, me included.

So ladies, if you’re looking for a bit of pampering and love a beautiful surprise gift that is sustainably-sourced, ethical and cruelty free, then you need to check out Joyou. They’re going to be big, I tell ya!

Keren x