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Lately I have been thinking a lot about how little time I have left with my kids at home. Parenting phases just go by so much faster than I expected. The baby and toddler phase went by in a sleep deprived blur. Then I blinked and my time with early elementary kids was gone. My kids are 9 and 12 now, but I have no doubt that time isn’t going to slow down. In fact, it seems to be speeding up!
My goal is to fill my children’s childhood with wonderful memories. This is a little bit selfish, as I want lots of happy memories with my kids too. Advent activities are something I know I will look back upon fondly when my kids are grown and out of the house. I have added in a few new Advent activities this year, including this Christmas doughnut bar.
Christmas Doughnut Bar
I have fond memories of baking with my mom, so I love to bake with my kids. This Christmas doughnut bar is a great family activity to get your whole family in the kitchen.
Bake up a batch of doughnuts
My family loves doughnuts, but it is pretty much impossible to find them gluten-free. Thankfully, it is really easy to make them at home. I double this almond flour doughnut recipe and bake them in a doughnut pan. Doubling this recipe makes about 2 dozen. If I’m going to dirty my kitchen, I want to have leftovers.
Set out a bunch of topping options
Decorating the doughnuts is half of the fun (or my son might argue it is ALL of the fun), so I set out a bunch of possible toppings.
Possible Christmas toppings:
- White buttercream frosting – it acts as glue to hold everything on to the doughnut
- Red icing
- Green icing
- Unsweetened coconut
- Christmas M&Ms – we chose caramel flavored this year
- Crushed candy cane
- Candy decorations
Now that everything is on the table, it is time to decorate. We decorate the doughnuts as we eat them. The leftovers keep better if they are not frosted.
Time to eat!
The almond flour dough makes these doughnuts very filling, so we usually only eat 1-2 per person.
Have you ever made a doughnut bar? I think this would be especially fun after a slumber party!
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