Maple Crumb Donuts | Welcome Home Jodi

September 9, 2015

Maple Crumb Donuts | Faring Well #vegan #recipes

I may be out trouncing around off the grid this week, but no way would I miss welcoming home one of my favorite ladies in this here blogging world. So I just have one question for you, Canada, ARE YOU READY? Are you ready for one of the kindest, inspiring, adventurous, witty, down to earth, veggie-recipe-mastermind’s to return to your land? Because, SHE’S BACK.

In the early stages of launching my blog last fall, I received a comment on one of my recipe post’s from a girl named Jodi. She was kind, encouraging, and had a personality about her that immediately drew me in. It was on one of my posts where I told the crazy story of Scott and I moving to Denver. She said she could relate, she had a similar story that had landed her and her husband (Matt) in the Swiss Alps. My immediate though was “this girl is awesome”. My second thought was “our spontaneous move to Denver seems pretty small right about now”. It takes great courage to drop everything you have ever known in order to pursue the unknown. When Jodi moved from her homeland of Canada to the Swiss Alps in France to be with Matt she showed just that, courage. A big, whopping dose-full of it. Over the past few years she has shared her life with us on her blog, Happy Hearted Kitchen. Her and Matt’s adventurous times, inspiring veggie loaded dishes, and COOKIES. I’ve had loads to catch up on since connecting with Jodi last year, and find myself constantly inspired by the ease at which she seems to throw together some of the most enticing combinations of whole food ingredients. This last spring, her and Matt left their home in France to embark on a four month backpacking trek on their bikes through France and up through Sweden (!!!). If you have been following along on their journey, you know just as well how beautiful and crazy inspiring it has been. They announced the good news part way through their trip of Matt being approved for a Canadian Visa, and how this meant after years of separation form her homeland – they would now be able to go back to Canada. My heart nearly burst for Jodi when I read this, knowing from various conversations we’ve had how much she has missed Canada and her family. But all the while in France, she adventured, she soaked up it’s beauty, and was a beam of positivity and strength in her stories she shared.

This past year has had its ups and downs for me since moving to Colorado. But even in the valleys, I had Jodi’s bright perspective beaming down at me. Encouraging me when I felt small, reminding me of what was truly important and how to live for today, not tomorrow. I don’t know if I’ve ever told you this Jodi, but thank you. Thank you for giving me (and so many others) an example of what it looks like to live life, eat well, and give those you love a big ole hug everyday (along with a plate of cookies).

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The lovely lady over at Seven Grams, Shelley, came up with the greatest idea to welcome home Jodi with – a virtual potluck of recipes using Canada’s finest – maple syrup! So here I bring you my contribution to this maple-infused party, a maple crumb donut. Crumb donuts are one of my favorites. Maple bars and pink frosting with sprinkles aside, I can never turn down a good crumb. There is something about this fluffy baked donut topped with a mess of sweet crumbles that (when paired with a good cup of coffee) makes me weak in the knees. Think of these donuts like coffee cake, but sturdier and made perfectly sweet thanks to some good ole maple syrup. I wish I could have delivered a plate of these to you in person today, Jodi – but maybe one day ;). For now, WELCOME HOME.

Be sure to pop over to Shelly’s blog for a list of the other delicious maple recipes made by a handful of other wonderful bloggers celebrating Jodi today!

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Tid-bits: A few notes on the flour used in this recipe – the light spelt flour is really the key to their fluffy texture. If you use whole spelt they will be more dense. If you do wheat, all purpose flour would work. And if you are gluten free, your favorite gluten free flour blend would most likely do great as well.

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Makes 6 donuts.

maple donuts
1 1/2 cups light spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 tablespoons refined coconut oil

crumble topping
1/3 cup light spelt flour
1 tablespoon maple sugar (or coconut sugar)
1 tablespoon refined coconut oil
a good pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350F. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients for the donuts. Create a well in the center and add the wet ingredients to the well. Mix well to incorporate the wet with the dry (it will get pretty thick). Using a spatula, transfer the donut dough to a large plastic bag, working the batter down into the corner. Twist the bag into a cone and slice the corner to create a 1 1/2 inch whole to pipe the batter into the donut pan. Lightly grease 6 donut rings in your pan, and pipe the batter into each. (The process and result is pictured above.)

In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the crumble and mix well with a fork. Using your fingers, sprinkle the crumble mixture over each of the donuts evenly in the pan. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until the edges showing through of the donuts are nice and browned.

Let the donuts cool in the pan before removing and enjoying. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Best served with a drink (water, milk, coffee, hot chocolate, etc.) because the crumble makes them a bit dry on their own. So sip away on a delicious beverage alongside these crumbly maple treats and enjoy!

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  • Reply Amy September 9, 2015 at 6:19 am

    You summed Jodi up perfectly! I’m so glad we got to celebrate what a wonderful person she is and welcome her home is style :) I should have eaten breakfast before I hopped on the computer to check out all of these delicious maple treats because I want ALL of them. Can’t wait to try these! Hope you’re having a wonderful camping trip; can’t wait to see pics! xo

  • Reply Kristen September 9, 2015 at 6:54 am

    What a beautiful post on friendship and support in this crazy online world we live in!

  • Reply Kathryn September 9, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Is there any better way to celebrate than with a donut? I think not! Such a perfect tribute to the force that is Jodi and such a delicious contribution. I know I’ll be making these asap!

  • Reply Shanna | Kiss My Bowl September 9, 2015 at 9:01 am

    This is the sweetest post! What a lovely celebration and huge warm welcome! Hip hip for another awesome Canadian blogger, I just love finding/hearing about other inspirational foodie folk in my home country!

  • Reply madeline | madeline marie blog September 9, 2015 at 9:06 am

    wow these donuts look amazing! and what a sweet and thoughtful post. my husband and i also made a big move 2 years ago–from texas to nyc! it was very challenging, but i’m so happy we did it and i feel like we have grown so much and learned so much about life. yesterday i read one of your posts (i can’t remember which one it was), but it was a very sweet post about your husband coming home from a long day at work and still helping you with a photoshoot, or hand modeling, and then cleaning up afterwards. it really made me appreciate my husband because he does that for me a lot, and i feel like i take it for granted because he is so kind and giving. it really helped change my perspective, so thank you for writing that!! : )

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha September 9, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I’m so happy for her!! And she had a wonderful adventure this summer ^_^
    Btw, I’ll buy a donut pan asap ;)

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full September 9, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Jessie you are the sweetest!! What a better way to celebrate Jodi’s homecoming than with mapley treats! I remember I discovered HHK just as she was preparing to leave on her adventures. She has such a wonderful voice and I really loved reading through her posts. But I must say I AM excited to see what new recipes she comes up with :D Welcome home Jodi!!

  • Reply Anna September 9, 2015 at 9:45 am

    these donuts look amazing :)

  • Reply Leah M @ love me, feed me September 9, 2015 at 10:02 am

    These donuts are gooooorgeous! And I’m seriously swooning over your photography (as usual)

  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist September 9, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Just beautiful Jessie. Your writing, photos, and recipe. Reading bloggers like you has me so excited to be a part of the food blogging community. I hope to get to know you, Jodi, and many others more fully as we grow and share our stories/challenges. Enjoy your off grid adventures!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 9, 2015 at 11:54 am

    I flipping love these. That topping looks incredible!!!

  • Reply Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation September 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    This recipe is so lovely and it’s so sweet of you to introduce us to Jodi and her blog.
    Thanks as always for your kind, warm blog post and enjoy your off the grid adventures :)

  • Reply Emily September 9, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Such a warm and sweet tribute to Jodi. I marvel at both of your adventurous spirits! And these maple donuts- how wonderful for fall. The crumb topping adds such a bit of fun and sweetness- totally love it!

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow September 9, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    So I totally didn’t know Jodi until now but I officially think you are the sweetest, kindest, most loving human for this write up here. What a beautiful post, all around. Now I can’t wait to check out her blog! :)

    PS: Your adventures lately are making me so happy. keep those IG/FB posts comin, lady! xx

  • Reply Claudia | The Brick Kitchen September 9, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you for the introduction to Jodi and Happy Hearted Kitchen – their trip sounds incredible and on popping over to her blog, her photos are absolutely gorgeous! Yours are stunning as always here, and these maple donuts sound like the perfect way to usher in fall and welcome Jodi home. That crumble topping is the perfect finishing touch! <3

  • Reply Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book September 9, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I looove baked donuts AND crumb topping, totally making these soon! :)

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens September 9, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    It made so happy to hear that Matt had been approved for his visa, too! Now that Jodi’s back in Canada she isn’t too far from me and I’m hoping to make a trip out to Montreal to meet her in real life (off the web, hehe!) and I can’t wait! Canadians love doughnuts, although I’m sure we’d all stop buying them from our beloved Tim Hortons if we had the option of having your maple crumb doughnuts. Girl, you get to be an honorary Canadian just for these doughnuts!! Hope you’re having happy and safe travels xx

  • Reply Becca | Spices and Spatulas September 10, 2015 at 5:40 am

    My doughnut pan has quickly become my favorite unitasker..I just LOVE baked doughnuts! So glad to have another recipe to add to my (very large) doughnut collection. It’ll be very handy for the impending doom– I mean, winter months! xo

  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams September 10, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Could you be any sweeter? I think not. This post is just perfect — your words, the recipe. I love it ALL. Big hugs, and thanks again for taking part! xx

  • Reply krystal September 10, 2015 at 6:45 am

    These look amazing! I love crumble toppings and maple syrup. Friday breakfast DECIDED.

  • Reply Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet September 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    What a wonderful way to welcome your sweet friend home. Jodi is lucky to have such great friends!! LOVE, Love, love these doughnuts!

  • Reply Jodi September 11, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Jessie, it took me three times to read through this post in full, I couldn’t get through it because tears kept welling up in my eyes. I don’t even know where to start. Thank you. Thank you for the kindest words, thank you for your friendship and for your encouragement – thank you for your donuts. Moving back has been a complete whirlwind, up and down and getting a new life started right, but when this all went up the other morning I was reminded exactly why we decided to come home. I’ve never felt so loved. This is where we belong. We are here, all of our belongings stacked in my parents garage, homeless at the moment but with so many big dreams for our future slowly becoming reality, things have never felt so right. I wish we could chat about life and moving and ups + downs over mugs of tea, but now I know that we are that much closer. I hope you have had a great time enjoying the outdoors this week, kindred spirits friend. Love to you and Scott and to going after our dreams xo

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life September 13, 2015 at 9:21 am

    This is such a beautiful, sweet, heartfelt post. I moved from my hometown 3 years ago so I totally relate and understand what it feels like to be away from where you grew up, and far from the ones you love. Although you slowly get used to life in a new place, there’s nothing quite like being home. You guys all rule for throwing this homecoming virtual party for Jodi, she’s lucky to have such good friends in her life. And ahh these donuts sound incredible! Now I really need to buy myself a donut pan!

  • Reply Sasha Swerdloff || TENDING the TABLE September 13, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    You are sooo sweet. I love that you’ve made such deep friendships through the blogging world. XO

  • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore September 14, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I love crumb topping!! These donuts look great. Ive been having serious donut cravings lately, which is weird because they were never something I craved when I wasn’t vegan.

  • Reply Ju (JuYogi) September 26, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Oh my god… THAT. LOOKS. AMAZING!
    Sounds so great! Definitely have to try it!

  • Reply Hope September 26, 2015 at 6:29 am

    My kids and I loved these. Thank you very much for the recipe!

    • Reply Faring Well September 28, 2015 at 7:13 am

      Aw yay! I’m so glad! Thanks for writing to tell me <3

  • Reply Inês October 6, 2015 at 8:40 am

    First of all, congratulations on the blog. The photos are so beautiful, and your writing very captivating, oh and super yummy looking recipes. Loved the donuts, I’m sure going to give them a try. And thanks so much for sharing your story and Jodi’s , I’m trying to move to a different country to follow my heart, so I can totally relate!

  • Reply Di@bibbyskitchen June 3, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I love the unique flavour that spelt flour gives to bakes, savoury or sweet. I’m also quite big on toppings and crumbles. What a great idea to add a crumble to these maple dounts. Great recipe Jessie.

    • Reply Faring Well June 4, 2016 at 7:16 am

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! And I agree, spelt flour has such a wonderful flavor <3

  • Reply Liv December 22, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    These look amazing!! Do you think I could make them into muffins, I don’t have a donut pan?

    • Reply Faring Well December 23, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      They make incredible muffins!! :)

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