Thursday, February 16, 2012

Carrots and Ginger an Improv Challenge

Happy Thursday one and all.

Today is the reveal day for the monthly Improv Challenge hosted by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.

The two ingredients we were challenged with was carrots and ginger.

As soon as I heard this I knew exactly what I wanted to make, and then I modified it.

Carrot Donuts with Ginger Turbinado Sugar

1 3/4 C all-purpose unbleached flour
1/3 C sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 flax egg (1 Tbsp ground flax meal & 3 Tbsp water whipped)
3/4 almond milk
1/2 C unsweetened applesauce (I used homemade)
3/4 C grated carrots

Combine all of the ingredients together.  If you really want to put all of your dry ingredients in one bowl and mix and then put all of your wet ingredients in another bowl AND then combine the two you can.  I just don't possess a ton of patience and so I combine everything into one bowl.

You can spoon your dough directly into your greased donut pan, OR

You can scoop it into a plastic bag, nip the tip, and pipe the dough into your pan (it just makes it a little neater as long as your tip wasn't nipped too big).

I know I just said I didn't have any patience but I did pipe the dough.

To give the donuts a little extra zing I combined some fresh ginger and turbinado sugar for a couple of days.

The sugar was sprinkled on top of the donuts just before I put it in the oven.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

For a little extra love I added a vegan buttercream on top.

1 Tbsp Earth Balance softened
1 tsp almond milk
a tiny splash of vanilla extract
powdered sugar (add enough for your desired thickness)

The result was pure deliciousness and not much guilt.

Be sure to check out the other wonderful creations my fellow bloggers have come up with. 

Oh and also I would like to announce the winner of my Food Should Taste Good giveaway.  The lucky comment was # 33 from Maggie who write the fantastic blog Kitchie Coo.


  1. Wow, gooooood donuts. Ginger is one of my favorite spice? Root? Ingredient>

  2. MMMM! Donuts were a fantastic choice for this improv. They look scrumptious!

  3. oooooooh! I never thought of ginger-flavored sugar topping. Next time!

  4. Donuts, beloved to all and with such great flavors. Terrific choice.

  5. A baked donut! I love it ... never really liked deep frying. I can see myself enjoying this ... oh, a thought just came over me. Candied ginger sprinkles? I thought of that coz I'd made some earlier.

  6. I need to look out for some doughnut pans so I can make these too...look great!

  7. Wow, I never would have thought of donuts for carrot and ginger. How creative! They look absolutely delicious! Great choice!

  8. Very creative and I'm wondering if it would work with gluten free flour mix as my Maisie would love these.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge entry: Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing

    Cook Lisa Cook

  9. What a great idea, they look delicious.

  10. Healthy donuts? I never knew such a thing existed! I'd love to give those a try. I haven't got a donut pan so I might have to improvise. Is it okay to have muffin shaped donuts I wonder?

  11. Carrot doughnuts sound great! I keep getting pretty carrots from my CSA, and I've been looking for new ways to use them.

  12. Love ginger and I love carrots. I eat both items daily! Lovely recipes.

  13. Great idea making ginger sugar...yum! And the buttercream puts these delicious donuts over the top!

  14. Mmmm. I love the idea of baked donuts! I hate the mess of frying. These look delicious!

  15. Oh I saw this on Lizzy's blog and I already know I want to be a part of this!! Ginger carrot donuts? Awesome idea!!

  16. They do look delicious and WOW! You certainly removed the guilt on them, too! Very nicely done!

  17. I can taste these bad boys from here! Love this recipe.

  18. Rachel...these are just fabulous! I love carrots in donuts..but the gingered sugar makes them so special!

  19. in the word of the most beloved doughnut eater Homer Simpson....."doouughnut!" These look soo good! Great Addition to the link party! Thanks for sharing! Come check out my Carrot Cake Ice Cream!

  20. Seriously, your posts, challenges, etc. are so fun!
    I invested in a baking doughnut pan and I love that I keep coming across more ways to use it.

  21. Yum! Can't go wrong with donuts, and these look fabulous!

  22. that is amazing! All I could think of is ginger and carrot juice :)

  23. What a delicious little baked good! These look wonderful. Great blog you have here - I'm glad to have found you!

  24. These look so good! You make me want to buy a donut pan!

  25. How creative! I've never made donuts, and being baking-impaired, I went the savory route with these ingredients. Love this recipe! :)

  26. How creative! I would love one for the afternoon tea!