Our Video Debut on A Spoonful of Paolo!

It seems like we’ve been waiting forever to debut our video post here on the blog.

To be honest, we weren’t always sure if we wanted to do a video post. Lisa & I would always discuss doing one, but we always put it on the back burner and never got around to it. I’m not sure what exactly held us back in the beginning, but we are so glad we ending up doing one. We think….

When our brother Paolo was visiting for our brother, Carmine’s wedding, he asked Lisa & I to record a “baking show” with him for his online talk show, A Spoonful of Paolo.

We pretty much squealed with excitement and told him “YES!” on the spot. Then, soon after, we ate our words and got really nervous! A million thoughts raced through our minds.


You know the usual….

What in the world shall we make?!

What will we wear? I know, a little vein, but it’s the truth.

Will our readers think it’s cheesy?

Will we look stupid?


After much thought and deliberation, we narrowed down our ideas based on certain criteria. We wanted the recipe we would share to be:

  • Seasonal (fall)
  • Reasonably healthy
  • Taste delicious (obviously)
  • Simple to make

We worked hard and were able to come up with a recipe that hit all those marks.


 Baked Cinnamon-Sugar Donuts


(The recipe is posted at the bottom of the page.)

There couldn’t be a better person to do our video debut with than our brother, Paolo. His outgoing and quirky personality really helped break the ice, resulting in Lisa & I not being as nervous. We hope you enjoy it because we are ready to keep these vlogs coming!

To see us make a fool of ourselves baking with Paolo, watch the video below.



We would love your feedback on what you thought of our video debut.

Should we do more video posts/vlogs?!


Baked Cinnamon- Sugar Donuts


1 cup white whole wheat flour (or any other flour)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1 6 oz container of non fat plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (or canola oil)
4 tablespoons real maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted (we used Smart Balance Light)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a shallow dish and set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. In another small bowl mix together oil, maple syrup, egg and yogurt.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently fold everything together until combined. The batter will be thick.

Scoop batter into a ziploc bag, cut a bottom corner with scissors, and squeeze out the batter evenly into a donut pan.

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a few moments and then flip over onto a cooling rack while still warm.

Using a pastry brush, brush the melted butter over your donuts and then dip each donut in the cinnamon sugar mixture, coating well.

* These are best when served immediately, but will last for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

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  • Chrissy Zanoni

    Omg I loved it!!! I can’t wait to make these baked donuts this weekend!! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!! I really hope there is more video posts to come!!!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks SO much Chrissy!!! We’re definitely going to do more video posts but they won’t be edited as good since we’ll be doing them by ourselves!! 

  • http://caithatesake.com Cait @ Caithatescake

    I love it!! You girls are so cute and your brother is hilarious! Great job!!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Cait! Yah, there’s never a dull moment when he’s around! :)

  • Margie

    Lisa, Maria and Paolo…You did such an  amazing job and I can’t wait to make them. They look soooo good and easy to make!!!   Thank you!!!  :)

    Margie Masini

    • Anonymous

      Thanks so much! We hope you like them!

  • Yesiwantcake

    You guys are so cute. I loved the video – good work! And those donuts look amazing!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Katie!

  • http://mylittlecelebration.com Dana @ My Little Celebration

    So cute! I loved the video! It had me laughing and smiling the whole time. You guys make a great team with your brother. And great recipe, too! So creative and perfect for  fall. Bravo, bravo.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you Dana! SO glad we made you laugh and smile! yay :)

  • http://balancedhealthylife.com Trainer Kjirsten

    I loved this Vlog!  You girls should keep them coming!  It was great, I really enjoyed it!

    • Maria

      Thank for the kind feedback Kjirsten :-)

    • http://healthydiaries.wpengine.com Maria

      Thanks Kjirsten, well keep em coming!

  • http://www.DiningAndDishing.com DiningAndDishing

    You guys are adorable and I love this recipe! So perfect for fall :). 

    • Maria

      Thank you Beth! I think I love ALL fall sweets!

    • http://healthydiaries.wpengine.com Maria

      Thank you Beth! I think I love ALL fall desserts!

  • http://lauravirginia.me Laura @ Meet Virginia

    I loved it!  YES you should absolutely do more videos and probably even have your own cooking show. :)  Those doughnuts look aaaamazing.  I must get a doughnut pan so I can make some!

    • Maria

      Wow, own cooking show?! We could only dream! Your too sweet Laura! You must get a donut pan ASAP, you won’t regret it!

    • http://healthydiaries.wpengine.com Maria

      Wow, a cooking show!?! That would be a dream! You should definitely get a donut pan, it’s so worth it!

  • http://www.livinglindsay.com Livinglindsay

    Loved the recipe, loved the video! You are both gorgeous and looked completely comfortable! Great job! :)

  • Anonymous

    I loved it – You are SO brave!  I wonder how many thousands of people will be trying your recipe now.  I know I want to!!!  I love that it makes just 6 – the perfect amount – and I am glad it looks like it could work without a donut pan.

  • http://www.nutritionbynature.net Amy-Nutrition by Nature

    That was awesome!! You all did fantastic and look so at ease and pretty. Paolo too, love his energy. :-) I can not wait to give these donuts a try, these will be on the top of my list once I finish the no sugar thing. 

  • http://www.thefitnessdish.com Laury@thefitnessdish

    I love it, I love it, I love it!! You girls are so great on camera! Must run in the family!!!!!!

    Michael is drooling over the doughnuts. As am I. We fought over that chocolate you sent. Amazing. Seriously. Thanks for the stuff. I am still dying over the onesie and bib. SO so so so thoughtful!!!!!!!!! XXOO

  • Fiona B Carter

    melted oil?  how does one melt a liquid?

    • Anonymous

      Coconut oil comes in a solid form, therefore you have to melt it! :)

  • Kissmybroccoli

    I LOVED the video! It was great! The recipe looks fantastic and SO easy! I really need to give it a try since I bought my donut pan MONTHS ago and still haven’t used it!

    Oh and I love your brother! He’s hilarious!

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