Reason to Celebrate: National Donut Day

It’s OK to indulge every once in a while.

Written by: Cielestia Calbay

If you’re wondering why Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme are trending on Twitter, today is National Donut Day.

Whether it’s jelly-filled, powdered or glazed, it’s hard to resist the classic, sinful treat. But what better way to convince yourself to have a bite than to celebrate the holiday.

National chains like Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme, as well as local bakeries across the country will be offering free donuts. Dunkin Donuts customers will receive a free donut with the purchase of any beverage, while Krispy Kreme will be giving out one free donut per person with no additional purchase.

National Donut Day began as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army in 1938. It’s held annually on the first Friday of June to honor the female volunteers of World War I who served donuts to soldiers behind the front lines.

Those looking to get in on the action without having to indulge can check out this healthy donut recipe (yes, they do exist) from Health:

Baked Buttermilk Donuts

Calories: 140

Ingredients

- Nonstick cooking spray

- 1 cup whole-wheat flour

- 1 cup all-purpose flour

- 1/2 cup sugar

- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

- 1/2 teaspoon salt

- 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk (1%)

- 2 large eggs

- 1/4 cup honey

- 2 tablespoons melted butter

- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly coat a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine flours and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

3. Combine buttermilk, eggs, honey, butter, and vanilla, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; whisk just until combined.

4. Spoon batter into doughnut pans, filling twothirds full. Bake in middle of oven until doughnuts spring back when touched and are golden on bottom (about 8 minutes). Let cool in pan slightly (about 4 minutes); turn out. Coat with toppings (see ideas, below), if desired.

Optional Glaze:

Cinnamon Sugar

Calories: 155

1. Combine 1/4 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar

2. While still warm, coat doughnuts in sugar; let cool on rack, sugar-coated side up.

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