Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins
I’ve been cleaning up my diet for a few months now. I’ll tell my husband that “I mean it this time and to give me a hold me accountable if I wander to the kitchen for a late night snack other than fruit.” He promises to do so.
And then I wander to the kitchen and come up with a dessert that only a crazy woman would call dessert…you know, something like dry oats mixed with nuts, dried fruit, doused in yogurt and honey. Sure, it sounds healthy on paper – but two large bowls of this concoction? Not healthy.
And my husband tries. First tactic: curiosity: “Oh, what are you having? Some pineapple chunks?” My response: “Yeah. Fruit. Some other stuff, too.”
As I serve up the second bowl he tries his second tactic: direct questioning: “Oh, are you really hungry? That was a hearty dinner and you had your fruit already.” My response, through gritted teeth: “Yeah. I’m hungry. I ran 4 miles today and 14 miles yesterday. You try it.”
Poor husband. He tries. So these events have been happening for quite awhile. This time I’m serious. I think. I don’t know how to hold myself accountable. I used to be so good! What are your tips? I thought about spray painting “ARE YOU SURE!?” across my kitchen walls but that might ruin the decor.
I baked these cinnamon sugar donut muffins weeks ago. I made them for my biology students the morning of their final exam. I really, really want to instill healthy habits in my students. They eat like crap. But they’d rather go hungry than eat healthy stuff that I bring them.
They loved these muffins. They were super simple to make. They were fluffy and sweet. They were perfectly unhealthy. Good for a last-day-of-the-year celebration.
For the muffins:
1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup milk
For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
- In a separate, large bowl, combine oil, sugar, egg, vanilla extrat and milk.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir only to combine.
- Coat muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray and divide the batter evenly among the cups.
- Bake at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Run a knife around the sides of the muffin and shake them out of the pan while still hot.
- Melt butter in a bowl. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in another bowl.
- Dip muffins in butter, then into the cinnamon-sugar mix. Let cool.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 15 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 12