I’m very very excited to share this idea and recipe with you today! I had been thinking of this one for months, but never actually got around to actually making them. I guess that’s what happens when you have 500 recipe/food ideas running around in your head at any given time? I get so overwhelmed with things I want to try, that nothing actually ever gets done! Anyways, this idea was even better than I imagined AND I’m now inspired to come up with even more flavor options! Possibilities are endless…
Stuffed (and BAKED) Donut Holes!!!
In this case, my chocolate protein donut holes(AKA “pronuts”) are stuffed with a combination of sweet dark cherries and SquareBars newest flavor “Cocoa Cherry“! When I first came up with the idea, I had no idea what I was going to use as a filling for the donuts. All I knew was chocolate was going to be involved… somehow, somewhere, and in some form. However, when SquareBars released their new product, my wondering was over. Frozen cherries have the pit already removed, are nice and pliable when thawed, and I could easily squeeze a piece of the bar in. It’s like a match made in heaven if you ask me.
Next thing I had to tackle was how I was going to cook them. I had seen quite a few people jumping on the “ebelskiver” train, but that just seemed far too complicated to me. I would have to track down where to buy a new pan, spend time watching over said pan while the donut holes cooked, use more energy manually flipping the donuts, etc. It could be done, but I knew there was a better alternative. I dug deep into my kitchen gadget arsenal and low & behold… my daughters Cake Pop maker was the answer to all of my problems! This little $20 “Bella Cake Pop & Donut Hole Maker” we bought at Target would work perfect!
Even at the age of 7, I remember my daughter being able to whip up her own little batches of cake pops and donut holes. She would use some pancake batter or a boxed cake mix, pour a little into the maker, close the lid, wait for the beep/timer, and then pop each bite out with a fork. Very little mess is a huge bonus for mom too! Surely, if she could do it, I could too… only I would use my own pancake/waffle recipe AND try doing a filled variety.
Worked like a CHARM! I thawed my cherries, made my batter, chopped my Cocoa Cherry SquareBar, stuffed each cherry, preheated the cake pop/donut hole maker, poured about 1 tablespoon of batter in, plopped a stuffed cherry in each center, covered with more batter, closed the lid, waited for the beep, opened it back up, and popped each donut hole out!
So so so good & EASY!!!!
Dangerous, but good… donut holes (or anything bite sized for that matter) are hard to turn down. One turns into three which turns into ten. Luckily for me, I have NO problems with this “healthy” version of donut holes! Instead of adding all of the extra sugar with a regular glazed coating or actual chocolate, I kept it super simple and just drizzled/dipped my donut holes in some Walden Farms chocolate syrup (I buy mine at Sprout’s).
Whipped cream is optional, but not really… whipped cream on everything around here!