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Today, I’m sharing with you my version of a red velvet doughnut because what’s a Valentine’s Day week without something red or pink? But let’s face it, I’ll find ANY excuse to make doughnuts.

After a few test runs, I finally came up with something that will satisfy your sweet tooth, but at the same time won’t leave you feeling like you have to go run a marathon. After all, summer bods are made in the winter, right? The key is moderation and by preparing these as doughnut holes, you can have one or two as a guilt-free treat! And did I mention these are baked instead of fried? Win!

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Before you do anything, make sure you get yourself a cake pop pan or doughnut pan. I was hesitant at first, but trust me, this pan will save you. The doughnuts will expand and puff up, and the pan helps with shaping.

Let me tell you, the results are AMAZING. The doughnuts are so perfectly pillowy with that red velvet flavor we all love so much. And then topping it off with a homemade cream cheese glaze (because what else do you top red velvet with?) was just the icing on top, literally! Go ahead and treat yourself, you won’t regret it.

What are your favorite Valentine’s Day treats?

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Baked Red Velvet Doughnut Holes

(Makes approx. 22 doughnuts)

1 1/4 c. White Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tbsp. Cocoa Powder
1/2 c. Light Brown Sugar
1/4 c. Granulated Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 c. Buttermilk
1/2 c. Canola Oil
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tbsp. Red Food Coloring
1/2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

Cream Cheese Glaze

4 oz. Cream Cheese
2 tbsp. Powdered Sugar
1 tbsp. Milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray doughnut pan with baking spray and set aside.  In a medium bowl, combine, flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, sugar, egg, buttermilk, canola oil, vanilla, red food coloring, and vinegar until combined.

3. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet and whisk until combined.

4. Spoon batter into pan, filling each well to the rim. Cover pan with the top, place in preheated oven, and bake for 9-12 minutes. Mine baked perfectly at 9 minutes, but other ovens may vary with cooking time.

5. Allow to cool and then drizzle with cream cheese glaze. Enjoy!

For the glaze: heat cream cheese for about 15-30 seconds so it’s easy to stir. Add powdered sugar and milk until desired consistency.