Pina Colada Donuts @vickiee_yo

When I think of Tropicana, pineapples are one of the first things that pop into my mind. Combining them with the increasingly popular donut just seemed like the sensible thing to do! These Pina Colada donuts in the form of pineapples are baked, making them an easier and healthier alternative to fried donuts – a perfect treat for summer (or all year round)!

Find out how to make your own delicious Pina Colada Donuts below. The recipe makes 24 mini donuts and they are best eaten within 2 days, although we doubt they will last that long...

Pina Colada Donuts
Ingredients
- 2/3 cup self-raising flour
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup finely desiccated coconut
- 1 egg
- 1 TBS vegetable oil
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup full cream milk
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- ½ cup drained crushed pineapple
- 2 teaspoons rum extract (optional)

Decorations
- 1 cup white chocolate melts
- A couple of dark chocolate melts or cocoa powder
- Yellow food dye suitable for chocolate (oil or powder based)
- Toothpicks cut in half
- Green paper/card

Directions
1. Pre-heat oven to 175oC fan, and grease two mini 12 hole donut pans.

2. Mix sifted flour and desiccated coconut in a large bowl and set aside. Whisk together egg, oil, brown sugar, milk, yogurt, pineapple and extract in a medium size bowl until incorporated. Slowly add wet mixture into the dry ingredients, and fold batter until combined.

3. Place mixture into piping or zip lock bags, and pipe into donut pans approximately halfway full. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes and transfer onto a cooling rack.

4. While the donuts are cooling, place one cup of white chocolate melts into a bowl and microwave until melted. Do this in 25 second intervals, stirring each time to ensure the chocolate does not overheat. Add yellow food colouring and stir until combined.

5. Dip the cooled donuts into the chocolate, and drip any excess chocolate off. While this layer is drying, add a couple of dark chocolate melts or some cocoa powder into the leftover yellow chocolate. The amount added is up to you, to reach the desired colour for the brown detailing.

6. Place the melted brown chocolate into a zip lock bag, and cut a tiny hole at the tip. Place the donuts onto a lined baking tray, and pipe on diagonal lines and dots to imitate the appearance of a pineapple.

7. Lastly, either using green card or thick paper, cut out shapes to look like pineapple stalks. Using sticky tape, attach them onto the toothpick halves, then insert into the donuts.

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