Monday, March 4, 2013
Miles and Donuts...
What a strange weekend. It was a good weekend, just weird. Probably because it just wasn't as planned. It was just me, the boys and the cats this weekend. I love hanging with my boys. They are so easy now, so it's like hanging with friends all weekend. Tony was at a convention in Seattle. I was supposed to be with him, but with circumstances not in our control, those plans were changed and we went our separate ways this time. I was supposed to meet this amazing lady, hang out with our close friends that moved to Portland a while back and get a tour of Bob's Red Mill! Ok, tantrum over...

I haven't talked about our half marathon training in awhile. After our 7 miler, things got a little on the crazy side here with Tony starting a new project and having to get ready for this trip. He also started suffering some pain from his IT band. That darn thing is temperamental (the band and sometimes Tony. ;)  He have been working on massaging it, giving it a little rest and he's also getting a compression band (thanks Jolene for that info) for him to run with. So, he's been taking it easy and I've been running 3-4 miles at a time when I can fit it in. I've added a few more clients to the rotation and that seems to have thrown my schedule completely out of whack.

I had plans for an 8 mile run on Friday since I was going to have some free time, but that changed when I had a client want to change days last minute. No worries, after hearing my friend Heather had a half marathon on Sunday, I decided to sherpa run with her since I was running solo and the idea of running with a buddy always sounds better to me. My friend Heather knocked it out of the park! Congrats lady, I'm so proud of you! Me, I got in my 8 miles knowing that I was "running with a friend"! This was my first ever 8 mile run! I always get excited about running, but the number 8 seemed a little on the scary side for me this time. The run was planned on the treadmill. I know, some people dread that, however, I've come to be good friends with the treadmill. I also picked out a movie on Netflix, so I knew I would be entertained. I grabbed my water, pulled up my compression socks, laced up my trusty Mizunos and I was off. I was really happy with my time and the whole run felt great! No hip tightness at all! In fact, when I was done...I wanted more. I know, crazy. I NEVER thought I would be that girl! I'm trying to be smart with my training though. I am one that will keep going if I can and I know that the training plan is there for a reason and my body really needs the steady plan. I do not want to get injured! So, I was good. I enjoyed another 3/4 of a mile walk and I was of to stretch. I took care to do that well too! I stretched for a good 30 minutes. It actually felt great! I felt incredible the rest of the day too and continued to move to keep blood pumping. Today, I'm a seriously happy girl...I'm almost to double digits! Now I need my running buddy back and things will really start moving us towards that half marathon!

Since I was solo on Sunday morning and the boys were sleeping in, I decided to make them some donuts to wake up to. I'm sure there were more things for me to do, but I really just wanted that peaceful time in the kitchen. The boys were happy I chose to do that too! Max gave me the ultimate compliment by telling me these taste like the cake donuts that you dip in coffee at Dunkin' Donuts. That made me one happy girl.

I based the recipe on these nutmeg muffins. The donuts are soft and cakey on the inside while being crisp on the outside. They are the right amount of sweetness without added glaze (as stated by the boys) and they have a hint of nutmeg...YUM!

Baked Gluten Free/Dairy Free Cake Donuts
(makes 12 donuts)

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup NuNaturals Tagatose
1 dropper NuNaturals vanilla stevia or 2 TBSP sugar
1/2 cup Smart Balance Light

3/4 cup gluten free AP flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
3/4 cup sweet rice flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/16 tsp salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray oil into donut pan.

In a mixing bowl, blend the sugar, tagatose, stevia and smart balance light until mixed well and fluffy. Combine the flours through salt together in a bowl. Add the egg to the butter mixture and mix well. Next add the dry ingredients and mix until just starting to blend. Now, slowly pour the milk into the sugar mixture, along with the apple cider vinegar and mix until completely combined. Evenly distribute the batter into the donut pan. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the thickest part comes out clean.  Allow to cool 5 minutes in pan and then remove.

I'm sharing these on Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Allergy Free Wednesday.

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:30 AM  
  • At March 4, 2013 at 7:13 AM, Anonymous Jennifer said…

    Congratulations on 8 miles! That is no small feat!!!

  • At March 4, 2013 at 7:19 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    Congrats! You are really getting up there! And seriously... hitting the double digits is the most exciting thing. I did it with no one around, but still had a happy dance....

  • At March 4, 2013 at 7:54 AM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    I would have pitched a small fit over missing a chance to meet Kristina too!

    Congrants on the run - 8 miles in the cold is not an easy task! :)

  • At March 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM, Blogger gfe--gluten free easily said…

    Oh, what a huge bummer on not getting to meet Kristina! Now I understand your tantrum comment from the other day on FB. Boo. :-(

    These donuts look fabulous though! And congrats on the running success!


  • At March 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    i love all the sherpa miles! i ran 3 for her. And i'm so proud of you 8! if you can run 8, then the half is gonna be a breeze! glad to hear tony is better too!


  • At March 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM, Anonymous Alaine @ My GF DF Living said…

    I love your blog and I love these donuts! Congratulations on the 8 miles. That is huge!

  • At March 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM, Blogger Kristina @ spabettie said…

    BIG HUGS. I am still bummed too.

    Heather ROCKED her half, and you are doing great too - it has been a long time since I ran 8 (not that I am trying... ;) )

    girl, these donuts LOOK like those coffee dunkers - seriously! I can almost taste them now...

    happy Monday XO

  • At March 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    You kind of made me teary. Thank you for running with me and I am SO proud of you with your running and your miles. I think you're upping the miles just enough so that's why you're not sore and all that like you thought you might be. Your body is getting used to the mileage. I hate that you missed out on the trip. I would have thrown a fairly large tantrum ;-)

  • At March 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    Way to go on the 8 miles - that's awesome!!!
    And I keep drooling over those donuts. I love homemade donuts so so much!

  • At March 4, 2013 at 1:56 PM, Blogger Jolene said…

    aww such a bummer that you didn't get to meet up with spabettie this weekend!! I didn't realize it was this weekend! So sad! But it must happen, right? Sometime in the future :) And I am glad you got in a killer run (go you!) and Tony is using his IT band brace, hope it is helping him! Those donuts...I don't even know what to say but amazing. drool. want ;-)

  • At March 5, 2013 at 7:55 AM, Anonymous purelytwins said…

    great job with the 8 miles!!!
    and oh my those donuts look heavenly!! love nutmeg in my donuts :)

  • At March 5, 2013 at 11:34 AM, Anonymous Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said…

    Wow! Your life HAS been busy lately. So sorry you had to miss out on your trip, but sounds like you got to have some special time with those boys. ;) And those donuts that resulted from your weekend look AMAZING! I still need to get myself a donut pan. I am going to make these as soon as I do.
    And I feel Tony's pain...I have a pesky IT band that likes to act up on me too. NO Fun!! ;)

  • At March 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM, Anonymous Jess said…

    Aw man, you are such a good, strong, positive person -- I would've thrown a REAL tantrum if I had to skip out of that trip, esp because it would've meant missing out on time with the hubs AND missing out on meeting the one and only Spabettie. Seriously, you are such a joyful person, even when times are tough or frustrating for you. I LOVE that about you. I also love how your running is going and that you ran some sherpa miles with Heather on Sunday!! SO awesome. xoxo

  • At March 5, 2013 at 7:05 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    Bummer about the trip! Hopefully you will get to go some time in summer when the weather is better there anyway :)

  • At March 6, 2013 at 8:41 AM, Anonymous Laura @ Mommy run fast said…

    Fantastic job on your 8 miles! That recipe looks delish, too!

  • At March 6, 2013 at 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    Congrats on hitting 8 miles!!!

    It's no fun having to stay home when the husband goes on a fun trip. Ryan is headed to Vegas next week for a conference, and yeah, I'm slightly bitter about it. :-)

  • At March 16, 2013 at 3:28 AM, Anonymous Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli said…

    Way to go on your first 8 miler! Woo! I remember the one and ONLY time I ran 8 was AWFUL! It was just one of those runs where everything goes against you. Luckily, the next week, I had my first 10 miler and it was the best run I ever ran! That's the furthest I've ever gone though...not long after is when I started having trouble with shin splints, and then my hip got all wonky on me. Sheesh, 28 years old and I swear I'm falling apart!

    I LOVED your nutmeg muffins when I made those, so I know I'd love these! Plus, I'm a HUGE cake donut fan! Perfect for dunkin' :D

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