This is what joy looks like:
But many times, life isn’t all sprinkles and chocolate glaze. When there are disappointments, pains, and inconveniences, how do we respond to the command to “Rejoice always”?
By remembering that joy isn’t based on external circumstances, but on the secure and eternal relationship of my Savior with me. “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you” (Psalm 5:11). Because of who He is and what He has done and is doing, and will do for me, I can lift my heart in joyful praise at all times.
And when God’s blessings include sparkles and chocolate glaze, I rejoice. Not because those are the only times He is good but because His goodness overflows in such a way that I am reminded in a special way of His great love and mercy in my life all the tim “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8,9).
Yesterday, joy took this form. I was celebrating passing the Psychology CLEP, delaying the start of an online Statistics class, and craving chocolate. Perfect time to make doughnuts? I thought so too.
Cinnamon Sugar Baked Doughnuts
Slightly adapted from Prevention RD.
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
3/4 c. yogurt, flavor of your choice
2 tsp lemon juice
2 1/2 Tbsp honey
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp butter, melted
Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. In another bowl stir together egg white, applesauce, yogurt, honey, and lemon juice.
Mix wet ingredients into dry, just until combined. Scoop batter (batter will be thick!) into a ziploc bag and snip a corner with scissors. Squeeze batter into a doughnut pan.
Bake until doughnuts are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.
Yields about 12 doughnuts.
Healthified Doughnut Quick Fix
1 1/2 c. boxed cake mix of your choice (I used yellow)
1/3 c. water
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 egg whites
1/2 c. dark chocolate
Directions: Preheat oven to 400. Combine cake mix with water, mashed banana, and egg whites. Depending on how moist your cake mix is, you may need to add more of the mix or more water. You want batter to be thick.
Scoop batter into a ziploc bag and snip off a bottom corner. Squeeze batter evenly into doughnut pan.
Bake until doughnuts are golden brown, about 10 minutes. While they are cooling, melt chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Remove doughnuts from pan and dip tops into melted chocolate and then immediately top with sprinkles. Let chocolate cool before serving.
Make these doughnuts. If you don’t have a doughnut pan, make them cupcakes (just increase baking time). Then pour yourself a glass of milk and Rejoice, always.