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National Donut Day: One of my favorite days of the year!

Unless you literally started following my blog twenty minutes ago, you know one thing about me: I am obsessed with donuts.

I was recently talking to my mom about this love affair, and she shared with me something that FINALLY made me realize why my love for donuts was so strong. She ate a glazed donut pretty much every day during the end of her pregnancy with me! Thanks, Mom….that explains why my blood type is donut.

The past few years I haven’t been able to truly celebrate National Donut Day (which falls on the first Friday in June each year) because of prior commitments, but this year I had cleared the calendar and made plans with one of my sisters, Marenda, to participate in a donut crawl.

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We were very excited to try all of the donuts!

Yes, you heard right, a donut crawl.

During my drinking days I participated in quite a few bar crawls, but never a donut crawl, so I was excited! This event, which you can scope out here, takes place in a small town not far from where I earned my graduate degree and is such a great little community. …They already have the dates released for next year, so mark your calendar for the weekend of June 7th!

Surprisingly, I opted for the donut crawl option instead of the donut coma (the crawl came with 10 donuts….the coma had 15). Marenda chose the same. In addition to our donuts we received one drink (i chose coffee) and the cutest mug. In true Katie spirit, I dressed in a donut costume because I take my love for donuts seriously. It was not only funny but helpful, as it protected me from the rain when it hit.

Here’s a list of the donut shops that were present this year:

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I’ve shared before how much I love donuts from White House Fruit Farm…I grew up not far from there and think they have incredible donuts (blueberry and cherry are my faves). However, there were a few shops that had exceptional donuts in my opinion. Marenda and I made the decision to cut each donut into quarters and try one of each to determine our favorites. Our eyes may have been bigger than our stomachs, because we were full pretty quickly, but we stayed the course and tried them all.

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My top picks from this box of amazingness:

Lemon Donut from Valencia Donut Co: this one is easy to spot in the box. It had such a great flavor and consistency, something hard to find with lemon donuts. Often they have an artificial lemon taste, but not this one. Highly recommend them to my donut lovers nearby their shop in Valencia, Pa.

Apple Fritter from Bill’s Bake Shoppe. This donut (closest to the text in this picture) was FABULOUS. I am a huge fan of apple fritters, and I was a little worried about this donut. It was the last one we got in the torrential downpour and we kind of just had the guy throw it on top of the box. The fritter is hands down the best fritter I have ever had.

Sprinkled Cake Donut from Sweet Chessie’s. This was the only cake donut in the bunch, and it was unique in its appearance, as it lacked the typical donut shape. The frosting was delicious, and the cake donut even better.

All three of these shops are places I will easily be revisiting in the future!

There was one thing we indulged in that I have to mention…..the donut sandwich we had! It features pulled pork between a fresh glazed donut. Ohhhhhhhmmmmmgeeeee! I like my pulled pork plain, but Marenda chose one of the bbq sauce options on hers. We were both very pleased. I love a sweet/salty mix, so this was perfect! Don’t knock it until you try it!

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I can’t wait for next year’s event and hope you partake in a fun donut crawl, too!

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I DONUT live a life without donuts!

Donuts are one of my all time favorite things….I’m pretty sure anyone who reads my blog and follows me on Facebook knows this. I mean…..I captain a running team called Running for Donuts and run the race with a donut on my head. It’s an obsession. I’ve embraced it.

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I go by the running name “Bearclaw.”

Every now and again I like to enjoy a donut from Peace, Love, and Little Donuts….a franchise that makes the best donuts around, but most of the time I prefer making healthier versions of this treat.

I know what you are thinking…they don’t taste like real donuts. If you are after the Fruity Pebbles donuts or Creamsticks, then you are right….you can’t make those kinds healthy regardless of how hard you try. I love chocolate, and I love chocolate glazed, so the recipe that I make the most is the closest thing to that. They are so good!

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Donuts that taste like a brownie but fit in any meal plan.

Here’s my recipe!

                                                                         Katie’s Chocolate Donuts

– 1 cup whole wheat flour (or oat flour)
-2 scoops Chocolate Shakeology
-1/2 cup Truvia (you could use Stevia if you prefer)
-3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
-1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
-1/2 Teaspoon Salt
-1/4 cup egg whites
-8 ounces natural applesauce
-1/4 cup water

Mix well. If batter is too thick, add more applesauce or water until it reaches desired consistency. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees! Enjoy!

**If you are a 21 Day Fixer, I break one donut down to be 1/2 cup yellow, 1/2 purple, 1/2 red.

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You won’t regret these beauties!

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