February 16th is Fat Tuesday this year, also known as MARDI GRAS (insert confetti throwing here!). This day is marked with indulgence, celebration, and a last HURRAH before the Lent period. In New Orleans, Mardi Gras parades and parties are held. In Italy (and various other places in Europe), this day is called Carnivale…where people dress up in costume and party in the streets. In Chicago and other parts of the Midwest, Fat Tuesday is marked with Paczki Day. Paczki is a Polish version of a donut; they are deep fried pieces of dough filled with sweet jelly. The tradition comes from having to use all of the eggs and lard in the house before Lent. On Fat Tuesdays, bakeries make strawberry, grape and lemon paczki to celebrate Fat Tuesday, and the ultimate indulgence..fried dough!
Being on a diet shouldn’t stop you from taking part in the celebrations. Whip up your own baked donuts and indulge!
Vegan Yumyum features an amazing vegan recipe for mini donuts.
Holey Donuts! Place your order now to get low fat donuts delivered to your door. They’re neither baked nor fried, I wonder if anyone can crack the mystery?
Or you can take the easy route out…like I would 😉 and whip up a batch of cake balls! They are just like donut holes, but no frying required.
For the cake:
1 package chocolate cake mix
For the frosting:
4 tbsp light butter
2 tbsp plain non fat yogurt (vanilla could taste great too!)
½ cup cocoa powder
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp. nonfat milk (you can also use almond milk or soy milk!)
2 tsp. vanilla
The final coating:
1 (3 ounce) bar chocolate flavored confectioners coating
1. Prepare the cake mix using lower fat options, I would use only egg whites and replace oil with apple sauce. When cake is done, crumble while warm into a large bowl, and stir in the frosting until well blended.
2. Melt chocolate coating in a glass bowl in the microwave, or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.
Use a melon baller or small scoop to form balls of the chocolate cake mixture. Dip the balls in chocolate using a toothpick or fork to hold them. Place on waxed paper to set.
Cake balls are really easy to get creative with. You can use white cake with chocolate coating, or do vanilla frosting and add food coloring for a pretty treat!
Happy Fat Tuesday!
Andrea – CeleryintheCity