Blueberry Key Lime Donuts

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From www.foodfanatic.com, by Jocelyn Brubaker
Blueberry Key Lime Donuts

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Any time I eat Key lime, I can’t help but go back 18 years to our honeymoon. It was the first time I enjoyed a true Key lime pie, so now my mind always relives that trip each time I enjoy anything with Key lime now.

My husband and I had so much fun in Key West walking to the beach, eating free hot dogs at the pool, and enjoying burgers and shakes at Checkers. We didn’t have a lot of money to do a bunch of big things on our honeymoon, just spending time together exploring was enough for us.

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One day we rented a scooter and drove around the island finding fun spots to explore. One stop was a little pie shop that served Key lime pie on a stick. Of course, I went with the chocolate-covered option. To this day, I love Key lime and chocolate together.

I had a bottle of Key lime juice in the fridge and decided to find a different way to use it up instead of these Key lime cheesecake cookie bars.

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Since our kids are not big breakfast eaters, I’m always trying to find things that they will eat in the morning. Homemade donuts usually go over really well, so I gave these cherry lemonade donuts a fun tropical twist with Key lime juice and fresh blueberries.

My oldest usually makes fun of the homemade donuts I make by calling them “monuts” …muffin donuts. He says baked donuts taste more like muffins. I’ll give him that. Most of my homemade donuts could be made in a muffin tin too, just by changing the baking times.

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The Key lime juice in these donuts adds a delicious taste and texture to this baked donut recipe. It is a little denser, almost like a fried donut.

One bite of these blueberry Key lime donuts and my son said he wanted me to make these donuts again. He loved the texture and flavor so much more than any other donut I have made. I’m calling it a breakfast success! 

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Blueberry Key Lime Donuts Recipe

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Ingredients
For the Donuts:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup key lime juice, plus 3 tablespoons
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries, (wild)

For the Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons key lime juice
  • green food coloring gel, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray the regular sized donut pan with non-stick baking spray with flour.
  2. Beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the egg, vanilla, and yogurt and beat again.
  3. Stir together the baking powder, baking soda, and flour. Alternately add the flour mixture and Key lime juice to the butter mixture until mixed together. Do not over mix the batter.
  4. Gently stir in the blueberries. Spoon half the batter into the prepared donut pan cavities. Do not fill each one more than 3/4 full. Bake for 12 minutes.
  5. Let the donuts cool in the pan for 3-4 minutes, and then gently remove by loosening all around the edges with a knife. Remove and place on a cooling rack until completely cool. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  6. Whisk together the powdered sugar and Key lime juice. Use a knife to spread the glaze on top of the cooled donuts.
  7. Add a little bit of green gel food coloring to the remaining glaze. Spoon into a plastic baggie and cut on tip off. Drizzle over the glazed donuts. Let the glaze set. Store in a loosely sealed container. 

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