In the years before kids and ZenSweet, Corey and I spent most of our summers traveling and working at different music venues up and down the Pacific Coast. I’ve been lucky to see some amazing musicians because we worked for a really great live sound company up in Arcata, CA. Corey is a live sound engineer by trade and so I was lucky to score a job for his boss as a personal assistant/secretary of sorts. One of my favorite festivals was Reggae on the River set in the beautiful Redwood lined mountains of the Northcoast. With crystal clear rivers flowing at your feet, this outdoor setting was the most beautiful music venue I’ve ever seen. Sometimes, we really miss these days, there was a true kindness and warmth among all the crew. Even though we worked crazy hours, worked in super hot weather, camped out sleeping on the hard ground each night, it was worth it, we listened to amazing music all day and night…We were a family.
A few weeks ago, the Phish Baker’s Dozen wrapped up the 13th night. I’m not a huge Phish fan (sorry to all you super fans, like Corey), but I really admire Phish’s stamina. I mean there not young anymore, but they still played every few nights for 13 nights at Madison Square Garden. They did not repeat a single song in all 13 shows, and that is pretty unbelievable. I give it up to this band for weathering the years and sticking together like true family.
Each night of the show, Phish gave each member of the audience a different flavor doughnut. As you all know, we don’t really eat doughnuts in the ZenSweet house unless they’re the grain and sugar free type. We watched the 13 nights of shows on a live feed that we purchased, and every night they’d announce the flavor of night and show a picture of a seriously mouthwatering doughnut. Tempting right! Every night I thought about making doughnuts, and finally by the 13th show I made Doughnuts!!
This doughnut recipe creates a batter that is very adaptable. I made Maple Glazed and Chocolate Dipped because those are the flavors Corey and the kids chose. But honestly, you can make these any flavor you can dream of: lemon glazed, coffee glazed, add blueberries or apples and cinnamon into the batter, sprinkle the tops with nuts, bacon, or coconut, go crazy!
The recipe can be made vegan because the glaze base and chocolate topping do not contain butter and you can swap the eggs with a ‘flax egg’ for the batter. We had a lot of fun making and eating these donuts! Watching the Phish shows was different then we were used to (especially for Corey) as we all danced in our family room. Our tiny kids would ask Corey to do his “move” to the music as it changed tune and they’d copy him. We all partied, dancing together each night until at least 8 o’clock. Yep, it’s sure different than our late night, traveling music days, but we wouldn’t trade it for the world.
This doughnut recipe is sure to please. Like I mentioned, it is extremely adaptable in flavor profile, and no one will ever know the recipe is grain and sugar free. Being adaptable and enjoying the moment…that’s something to live by!