6 Healthy Donuts You Can Make at Home

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My love of donuts started on my sixth birthday, when my parents bought them for my party instead of a cake. Ten years later, my parents led my family through an amazing lifestyle change that included diet and exercise. I’ll never forget walking into a well-known donut chain where you could watch them come off the line. We asked for some without icing. They were shocked at the request.

This got me thinking about how to enjoy the warm, soft sweetness of donuts without the fat, calories and sugar of traditional recipes. Here’s what I learned: Start by substituting whole wheat flour, then use plain yogurt instead of oil and butter. Use natural ingredients—like berries, pumpkin and banana—to add nutritional sweetness. Have fun with toppings too, using lemon zest, orange zest, cinnamon sugar or icing (in moderation). Try baking instead of frying, or make smaller sizes to help with portion control. If you don’t own a donut pan, try a muffin pan instead.

When you're craving a delicious treat, these donut recipes deliver all the flavor without wrecking your health goals. 

Light Lemon Blueberry Donuts

At just 100 calories each, Chef Meg's lighter lemon blueberry donuts are bursting with fruit and flavornot fat.
CALORIES: 104.9  |  FAT: 1.9g  |  PROTEIN: 2.4g  |  CARBS: 21g  |  FIBER: 2.2g



Pumpkin Donuts

These mini donuts provide a guilt-free way to indulge your cravings. They're full of pumpkin, so you'll also score a serving of veggies while you enjoy them.
CALORIES: 70.3  |  FAT: 5.4g  |  PROTEIN: 3.8g  |  CARBS: 2.5g  |  FIBER: 1.4g

 

Mini Chocolate Mocha Protein Donuts

These mouth-watering minis add a protein punch while satisfying your chocolate cravings.
CALORIES: 78.8  |  FAT: 1.7g  |  PROTEIN: 6g  |  CARBS: 10.7g  |  FIBER: 1g



Baked Maple Donuts with Maple Glaze

Use sugar-free maple syrup to sweeten your donut. 
CALORIES: 72.1  |  FAT: 0.2g  |  PROTEIN: 4g  |  CARBS: 11.7g  |  FIBER: 1.8g



Coconut Dream Donuts

Coconut lovers will rejoice in these super low-fat confections.
CALORIES: 64.8  |  FAT: 1.7g  |  PROTEIN: 2.5g  |  CARBS: 12g  |  FIBER: 4.3g
 


Baked Donut Holes

Made with egg whites and skim milk, these diet-friendly donut holes are a smart way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
CALORIES: 69.5  |  FAT: 0.9g  |  PROTEIN: 1.9g  |  CARBS: 13.7g  |  FIBER: 1.3g



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