6 DIY Healthy Doughnuts


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My love of doughnuts started on my sixth birthday, when my parents bought me doughnuts instead of a birthday cake. Ten years later my parents led my family through a pretty 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. My Mom and I asked for one without icing. They were shocked at the request, not able to comprehend. After convincing them we were serious about the no icing request, we asked for three. They delivered three dozen to the register.

Apparently, customers order them by the dozen there. This got me thinking how to enjoy the warm soft sweetness of doughnuts without the fat, calories and sugar of the traditional recipe. Here’s what I learned: start by substituting whole wheat flour, then use plain yogurt instead of oil and butter. Add natural ingredients—like berries, pumpkin, and banana—to add nutritional sweetness. Have fun with toppings too, using lemon zest, orange zest, cinnamon sugar, or add icing in moderation. Try baking instead of frying or make smaller ones to help with portion control. If you don’t own a doughnuts pan, try a muffin pan instead. Doughnuts are a wonderful treat, but these recipes give you all the flavor, but not wreck your health goals. 

Light Lemon Blueberry Donuts

At 300 calories a pop, donuts are an easy way to wreck a healthy breakfast. They're bursting with fruit and flavor--not fat.
CALORIES: 104.9  |  FAT: 1.9g  |  PROTEIN: 2.4g  |  CARBS: 21g  |  FIBER: 2.2g

Pumpkin Donuts

Enjoy fresh baked donuts that take less than 25 minutes to bake. They are full of pumpkin so you are getting a serving of veggies while you enjoy them.

CALORIES: 187.9  |  FAT: 2.5g  |  PROTEIN: 4.6g  |  CARBS: 37.9g  |  FIBER: 2.7g


Mini Chocolate Mocha Protein Donuts

These donuts have more protein than carbohydrates per serving.

CALORIES: 111.9  |  FAT: 6.7g  |  PROTEIN: 8.6g  |  CARBS: 5.6g  |  FIBER: 1.3g

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

CALORIES: 64.8  |  FAT: 1.7g  |  PROTEIN: 2.5g  |  CARBS: 12g  |  FIBER: 4.3g

Baked Doughnut Holes

CALORIES: 69.5  |  FAT: 0.9g  |  PROTEIN: 1.9g  |  CARBS: 13.7g  |  FIBER: 1.3g
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What is your favorite donut? Will you try to make a healthy version or stick with the orginal recipe?
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  • 20
    Thank you soooooo much! Really love donuts too. - 5/14/2013   1:01:20 PM
  • 19
    Unfortunately, I love yeast donuts, not cake donuts. I have to stay away from them, because I can't stop at one! - 1/2/2013   7:00:26 PM
  • 18
    Thank Heavens I'm not a big do-nut fan, and can't remember the last time, I had one. - 12/11/2012   6:21:13 PM
    Donuts are sooo good---and sooo bad for me! Why, oh why, doesn't the idea of a "healthy donut shop" franchise catch on? - 12/11/2012   1:44:22 PM
    I am going to try this for fun. However, I just don't know what Sucanat is. I did love the recipe for the no fuss ice cream. My whole family - grandkids, too - love the taste. - 12/10/2012   7:02:09 PM
  • 15
    Now that I'm at my goal and I don't just eat something just because it's yummy. I eat many things I like, but I avoid donuts because I consider them too fattening. There's better choices for me. - 12/9/2012   9:22:13 PM
  • 14
    Oh man, now I really want a doughnut. - 12/9/2012   11:42:50 AM
  • 13
    Great ideas if you like donuts. I have no desire to eat them anymore either, need something with some protein/fiber for breakfast. - 12/7/2012   11:56:13 AM
  • 12
    Donuts taste good, but I'm not going there anymore. Not good for me. - 12/7/2012   12:17:32 AM
  • AMBER461
    This is a good idea. Make me want to invest in a donut maker. - 12/5/2012   6:56:36 PM
  • 10
    These look great though I haven't had a donut for years. I used to reward my two children for being good in church by getting donuts afterwards. :-) - 12/5/2012   5:50:07 PM
  • 9
    These look fantastic! Especially the pumpkin and blueberry with lemon one's. If I have some time I might experiment with the recipe. Thanks! - 12/5/2012   1:01:45 PM
    Not one of my vices never cared for donuts to greasy, but I never ment a bowl of ice cream that I could pass up. - 12/5/2012   9:44:46 AM
  • 7
    Donuts are one of my favorite foods! I'd love to try these recipes.......Thank you - 12/5/2012   1:38:35 AM
  • JULIE700
    Makes me wish I still had my donut maker! These sound wonderful! - 12/4/2012   11:52:16 PM
  • 5
    Some of these look very interesting! Might have to invest in a donut maker! - 12/4/2012   11:18:19 PM
  • 4
    Luckily donuts are not a weakness for me. I could go the rest of my life and never eat another one. I admit the variations in the blog look interesting. - 12/4/2012   9:50:02 PM
  • 3
    This is a very very good idea - Thank you! - 12/4/2012   9:31:19 PM
  • 2
    I just laughed my butt off at the difference in the photos of the Coconut Dream donuts from the blog to the recipe! Very creative! But on another note, I can't wait to try making some of these. Great blog, even with the creative license on the photos ;) - 12/4/2012   8:41:11 PM
  • 1
    I LOVE donuts, so thank you so much for this!! - 12/4/2012   7:47:14 PM

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