Ballet and healthy donuts are a marriage made in heaven. These light and fluffy baked donuts won't weigh you down nor set you back from your fitness routine. The lovely pink/red color comes from beets and it is sweetened with just a touch of maple syrup. Not only is it a perfect post-workout treat, it's also a great pick for a Valentine's Day breakfast! (C'mon even if you're single this Valentine's Day, show your body some love ;)
Back to the ahem, pointe, For an easy ballet workout almost anyone can do just search YouTube. There's tons of free and fantastic workouts that work on lean and lengthening your muscles, like this one from one of my favorite ballet YouTubers, Lazy Dancer Tips.
Ballet workouts pair with baked donuts nicely. Especially ones glazed with a vegan protein frosting!
Vegan Red Velvet Donuts
These are gluten-free, vegan, soy-free and nut-free whilst still tasting phenomenal! And the color, I mean, c'mon...perfection.
2-1/2 TBSP coconut oil, melted
1 TBSP coconut milk
1/2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup beet juice*
1 cup gluten-free flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp sea salt
*You can also whisk beet powder with water.
1. Preheat oven to 350F and spritz a 6-pan donut tray or a 12-count mini donut pan with avocado oil or rub with coconut oil.
2. Melt coconut oil, whisk in maple syrup, beet juice and vanilla and re-warm if necessary. In a bowl whisk nondairy milk and vinegar until curdled looking, then combine all wet ingredients.
3. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until combined, then divide batter evenly into the 6 slots.
4. Bake 10-12 minutes and let cool before removing from the pan. Serve plain or topped with organic vegan protein powder mixed with water. (This brand makes the best frosting).
Alternately, whisk coconut oil, maple syrup and cocoa powder and whisk until smooth and drizzle on top.
Enjoy these after a ballet/barre/fill-in-the-blank workout. Pure bliss!