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Dear Life,

Sometimes You can be ugly and stupid and mean and hard, testing my patience with crazy drivers and rude folks.  Sometimes You make me complain about doing something when I've already decided to do it.  You spit on my shoes.  Life can be pretty nasty and make things feel meaningless. 

When this happens, I feel a strong urge to punch You in the face.  Or at least give it a dang shake to show it what's what.  Because sometimes Life is just plain sour and requires a lot from me.  But while all circumstances are against me, I understand they will eventually come to an end.  When that happens, I'm allowed to exist in the beauty of the result and it makes me smile.

Now that I'm smiling, let's talk about these doughnuts.

They are a reminder that things are good.  They are warm and productive and full of color, reminding me of family, friends, pets, feasts, cocktails, great conversations and community.

I like spending time with those who motivate and inspire me and echo my desire to be an enthusiast of Life.  To encourage me to embrace what I'm interested in with both arms.  To hug it, love it and be white hot passionate about it:  to always gamble on the big things.

So...  Wanna grab a doughnut?  I think Banana Buttermilk Doughnuts with Nutella will leave you smiling, too.  Life, take that.

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Banana Buttermilk Doughnuts with Nutella

(yields 10-12 doughnuts)

INGREDIENTS:

For the Doughnuts:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 whole egg

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

2 large bananas

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup Nutella

For the Chocolate Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream

pinch of vanilla extract

black sprinkles

PREPARATION:

To make the Doughnuts:

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Spray a doughnut baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.  Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and brown sugar together in a medium bowl.

In another bowl, combine buttermilk, egg, melted butter and vanilla.  Mix well.  Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture.  Lastly, add in mashed bananas and Nutella, stirring together until all is well combined.

Portion out the batter into the different sections of the doughnut pan and bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Allow to rest for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.As the doughnuts cool, combine all the ingredients for the chocolate glaze together in a small bowl.  Dip each doughnut in the glaze and then cover the glazed top with sprinkles.

These doughnuts are best served within two days of baking.  Store in an airtight container.  Enjoy!