It’s pretty self explanatory from the pictures shown above.
Just shape the pillsbury biscuits to look like a donut. Spray the air fryer tray and the donuts with some pam spray. Bake it at 375 for 6 to 8 minutes. Make the donut glaze by combining icing sugar with a little milk or cream. Spread the glaze all over donuts and it’s time to DECORATE!!!! 😀
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The Young Living Essential oils were sent to me as a personal gift from a girlfriend. I receive no compensation from this review. Please always use caution when using essential oils, and always ask the advice of a professional. All content is based on my personal experiences of a Lazy Mommy and purely for informational & entertainment purposes and should not be relied on as professional advice.
Okay. Confession of the day – I don’t use Essential Oil much. Other than the cheapo Thieves Oil and Tea Tree Oil that I buy to sanitize my house after a bout of illnesses, I really have never cared much for Essential Oil. So when a friend of mine told me that you could bake with Essential Oils, I was pretty skeptical. I mean why use Lemon Essential Oil when I can use Lemon Zest. But I’m always up to the challenge and when a girlfriend offered to send me some to try, there was no way i could have turned it down 😀
Being the typical cynic though (a typical Virgo trait lol), I set out to read and read online about Essential Oils. I had heard a lot about Young Living but hey, I wasn’t just about to trust on face value from their website. I mean which company would say their products suck on their own website? LOL.
So the CFA (Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists) actually recently just released a safety statement regarding essential oil usage. You can read the whole safety statement here. But to summarize for you,
Health Canada does not:
recommend internal uses of essential oils as a stand-alone product. What that just means is you should not be consuming a edible grapefruit essential oil by itself as if you are drinking water. Adding 2 drops to a cake mix is fine.
Now,I will never claim to be an expert after researching it online but KEY TAKEAWAYS for me after the online research says to me the following:
Never use essential oils without diluting them
A small amount of edible essential oil can make a huge impact on flavor in any dish. Essential oils are potent. I recommend using only 1-2 drops at first, or even the toothpick method when cooking with essential oils: Stick a toothpick through the oil dropper to absorb the oil, then swirl the toothpick through wet ingredients. Give it a taste and gradually add more flavor to your liking
Never consume essential oil on its own. Instead, use 1 to 2 drops of edible essential oil on a recipe
Essential oils can be great substitutes for fresh herbs, citrus zest and juice, and spices such as oregano, lime juice, or ground clove.
Not all essential oils can be used in cooking or baking
Just like I would inform someone that I have nuts in my cupcakes (just in case that someone has a nut allergy), it just makes common sense to me to let someone know you used essential oil in your baking. When I brought my grapefruit cupcakes to work, I told everyone it was made with 1-2 drops of grapefruit essential oil. No one had an issue and they ate it happily.
Always follow the label instructions and never exceed the amount suggested.
Always keep out of reach of children.
If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.
OKAY Now with all the boring part out of the way, I am wracking my brain on what to bake. I bake so many things with lemon zest and i always have lemons at home so I wanted to try something i typically wouldn’t have at home so I chose to bake with their Grapefruit Essential Oil.
I DO NOT LIKE to eat grapefruits on its own. Tried it once in my 20s when i was on a diet and Yucky 😦 . But I have always loved tasting grapefruit as part of a recipe. Although i love grapefruit flavored baking, I never have any grapefruits at all cos they would just all get rotten before I remember to use them, a Grapefruit essential oil might be this Lazy Mommy’s solution 😀
It was a Saturday. I have a bazillion things to do so am using a cake mix so it is easier to bake with Ryan.
#noshame #lol #dunjudge #whatever
So What’s my Verdict on Young Living?
I used the Grapefruit essential oil on both the batter and the frosting – 2 drops on each. Everyone likes it. While I probably will still use Lemon zest (as I have many lemons at home lol), I totally would use edible essential oils for ingredients that I don’t always have at home I already can think of a few that is making me super excited 😀 – Lemongrass, Lavender, Orange, Peppermint, Basil and Cardamon.
I really like it that Young Living makes it a breeze in helping you know which essential oil can be used in cooking and baking – their Vitality series. Their Vitality series of essential oil are specifically labeled for internal use with directions on how to do so safely. Vitality line is Young Living offering of essential oils that are safe for ingestion when label directions are followed.
I used to think that Essential Oil brands were all the same so I am really surprised at the strict quality control and standards Young Living set for their products. Not all essential oils are created equally. Young Living stand by their process of sourcing products from carefully vetted corporate-owned farms, partner farms, and Seed to Seal-certified suppliers and testing them extensively.
Beautiful Saturday and I really wanted to make pancakes for lunch for us. LOL I missed the breakfast part as I totally slept in and Daddy totally took care of breakfast for Ryan. So I thought why not make pancakes for lunch? Then I had an even better idea. Why not make pancake muffins???
They are easy to make, doesn’t require flipping and watching the stove. And best thing is that Chef Ryan and I can do this together 😀 . How fun would that be?
Of course, that actually meant that I would have to clean my kitchen. Oops. Clearly did not think this through enough LOL but whatever, we are so doing this today!!
Ryan and I had so much fun baking these today. Sure, there were more things to clean up but oh well, such is life 😀
Hope you enjoy Chef Ryan’s baking video 😀 😀 😀
Some Things To Note for this Recipe:
YES!! You can totally freeze these. They are perfect for taking one out the night before & by morning, Ryan can have them as breakfast or I can put it in his lunch box
We use dark chocolate chips, blueberries and strawberries as toppings but the sky is the limit and you can use other toppings that your heart so desire
If you have a sweet tooth, add 1/2 cup sugar instead of 1/4 cup
Easy Peasy Pancake Muffins
1 1/4 Cup Pancake Mix
1/2 Cup Quick Oats
1/4 Cup Sugar
Dash of Salt
1 Large Egg
1 Cup Milk (I use 2%)
1/4 Cup Melted Butter
Dark Chocolate Baking Chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add pancake mix, oats, sugar and salt in a bowl and give it a good mix
Add egg, milk and melted butter & whisk everything in until blended
Easiest thing to make for your kids and will work as a baby led weaning recipe too. Feel free to use other vegetables and meat. This isn’t a strict recipe. I just happened to have bell peppers and leftover deli ham in my fridge so that was what I used but i have used bacon bits, diced up turkey deli, diced mushrooms, chopped up spinach…you get the drift. This really is a recipe that you can customise to your own liking. I like to add a little salt and pepper but you can omit that if you prefer it not to have any. This is a really great recipe for the freezer. I usually make a batch of them and freeze them. When i know i need one for the next day for ryan packed lunch, I take one out the night before and it be all thawed and ready to eat the next day. Or if you forget to take it out the night before, just heat them up slightly in microwave and there you go. So easy peasy.
I remembered the 1st time I got Ryan in the kitchen with me. He was 21 months old, 3 months shy of turning into a big 2 year old boy.
We baked an upside down pineapple cake that day. Let’s just say I learnt a lot that day lol. IT WAS A MESS.
Lessons Learnt that day:
Place him nearer to the sink for ease of washing hands & cleaning up
Because he was only 21 months and liked to put everything in his mouth, find ingredient substitutes. For example, use applesauce as substitute for oil & bananas as substitute for egg.
I love baking from scratch but seriously, using a cake mix from time to time just makes your life easier..
The toddler might eat most of the ingredients so be prepared to have a bit more ingredients than the recipe calls for.
Prep all the ingredients….every single one of them be it a tsp salt or shredded zucchini or the exact flour measurement
Place all ingredients in a kid friendly big bowl so it’s easy for him to pour them in
Have a small bowl of his favorite snacks nearby so when he finishes his baking tasks, you can just bring the snacks in front of him while you finish up the baking. It gives you just enough time to do all that while he is distracted with his snacks.
Place a big towel on the floor under him and a smaller towel on the chair that he is standing on. Makes for easier cleaning.
Have all the rest of the items all ready for standby e.g, your spoon, mixer, spatula & etc. The last thing you need is to go find something in the middle of the baking. The toddler ain’t gonna be waiting for you patiently for your to get your shit together. They want to play and they want to play now! lol
Set up your camera. In my case, it was my iphone. I didn’t have any gadgets then. I only had my iphone but since then, I have been searching for an iphone tripod that will work great for filming Ryan in the kitchen as well as making baking videos. There are many such products in the market but check out this inexpensive iphone tripod that I found at Amazon. It works great and is affordable.
UGREEN IPHONE TRIPOD WITH EXTENDING ARMS FROM AMAZON
I don’t know about u guys but just writing & reading all the steps makes me tired already lol. And yes, it is definitely more work when you bake with a toddler & I honestly just rather sit down and watch TV but the rewards for me is tenfold. Seeing Ryan having fun in the kitchen brings me so much joy. Seeing him being excited to eat the food we bake together.
I chanced upon the Better Together BCwebsite early this year and they were running a video contest. The video contest was all about bringing together food and fun in the kitchen by having two generations or two youth demonstrate how to prepare a recipe.
While I had taken many videos of Ryan baking in the kitchen, his videos never had me in it before so this was like a “OMG do i really want myself in the video” moment?? While I felt slightly shy and embarrassed of putting myself out there like that (hmmm no makeup and kitchen doesn’t look perfect) but what the heck I think. Who’s going to care anyway?
So there you go – our very 1st baking video together. The thing is when you do an amateur baking video with your toddler, there is no such thing as a retake LOL. It’s not like the toddler is going to cooperate and give you back an ingredient when you have already handed it to him. So PREPARING AHEAD is KEY!! Not kidding. My next post is going to be sharing my tips before you do a baking video with your kiddo. You can read the post here.
This is our 1st year of entering this contest but Better Together BC has hosted this contest for the last 10 years and I think it’s amazing what they do & that is to help everyone experience the joys of cooking and eating together. I can tell you that this wouldn’t be the last time we enter ourselves into this contest for sure!
While we did not win the Grand Prize or Runner up, we did win the People Choice Award of a $300 cash award, which means $100 for my baby’s RESP, the remaining $200 to two non-profit groups in our community.
The judges also awarded our video an Honourable Mention Award. Although this doesn’t carry a cash award, I feel really honored that the judges noticed how much our video did capture the spirit of their contest & that is to inspire other families to cook together more often.
We feel super super thankful & honored to win this as the only representation from the north. And we hope you enjoy our little amateurish baking video.