I’m sharing a very special Thanksgiving post, just over a year after I posted these protein donuts before I jetsetted over to the Big Apple. Some people count the days between birthdays as ‘years’, while to many it’s a January to January thing. Pretty sure for the rest of my life I’ll be counting them in New York years. This New York year has definitely been one for the books.

Dear pre-New York me,

You’re going to stand on the top of lady liberty that overcast November day and feel a sense of what it’s like to be. Be significant and at the same time, become aware of how small a space you occupy in the world.

You’re going to spend thanksgiving at the 9/11 memorial, wander those eerie paths and experience a tiny glimpse of the binding pain those families there to pay their respects did, and always will have. You’re going to discover, purely by luck, one of the most incredible restaurants you’ll ever go to called ABC Kitchen, nestled right in the heart of Manhattan. It will change the way you look at American food and ignite a passion which will propel you into a year of light chasing, researching and photographing food.

Girl, New York is just the beginning. In the year that follows you are going to throw your heart into creating a community which inspires those around you to make healthier choices, at the same time teaching yourself plenty about balance. You’re going to waste a lot of expensive ingredients, but that moment when that coconut flour binds perfectly will make everything worth it.

It’s going to be one crazy ride. You’re going to fall in love. It’s going to be natural and soul connecting and you will share a deep passion for the two things you treasure most, family and good food.

A beautiful soul will enter the world in the form of a new niece. She will be gentle and peaceful and you will feel an instant connection to that little person. She will remind you of in the craziness of life, a giggle and cuddle can make everything okay. Her first food will be bone broth and you will make plans to corrupt her with bliss balls and quinoa.

That half marathon you thought you’d do? You’ll smash it. Yes, you can run for two hours straight and still be able to walk. You’ll stash jelly beans in your running tights for training days where you need a boost and you will feel like Sonic the Hedgehog post collecting a ring after scoffing a few red ones at the traffic lights. Your body is going to change from the lean, tiny muscles you’ve spent so many hours creating to strong legs to carry you all that way. You’re not going to be able to fit into your size 6 jeans anymore and it’s going to be okay. You will sleep more, gym less and probably drink too much wine. Some things won’t change; you certainly won’t be able to have any more than two glasses of wine without being drunk.

Listen up, pre – New York me. This food thing, it’s going places. That moment of drinking green smoothies from TreeHaus on the roof of that Lexington hotel is just the beginning. A year later, you will make New York inspired donuts again just in time for Thanksgiving and will thankful for that beautiful, magical place where it all began.

Pumpkin donuts
½ cup oat flour
½ cup brown rice flour
2 tbs coconut flour
1/3 cup coconut sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup Almond milk
2 tbs coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
2. Whisk oat flour, brown rice flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder together in a large bowl until combined well and there are no lumps
3. Whisk wet ingredients together and combine with the dry
4. Spoon into donut tin sprayed with coconut oil
5. Bake for 15 mins, let cool for 3 minutes in the pan and turn onto a wire rack to cool

For the glaze:
1. Blitz ¾ cup of coconut sugar in a food processor until a fine powder is formed and combine with enough hot water and a dash of vanilla until a paste forms
2. Dip cooled donuts into the glaze and decorate with roasted, salted pepitas and walnuts

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