6 Healthy Donuts You Can Make at Home

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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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What's your favorite donut? Will you try to make a healthy version or stick with the orginal recipe?
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If I really must have a donut (every once in a blue moon), I get a timbit at Tim Horton. That takes care of my craving without having a whole batch hanging around the house. Report
This look really good. Plus I was thinking they would be perfect for holiday breakfasts, like Thanksgiving, the yumminess of donuts but you still get to have the big dinner without having to buy new pants. Report
mmmmmmmmmmmmmm d'uh nuts Report
I swore off donuts after seeing a demonstration by a nutritionist (Zonya Focco). I haven't really missed them...until now! I think I may try one of the lower calorie recipes, like the Baked Maple Donuts with Maple Glaze. It would be nice to be able to enjoy donuts again...in moderation of course! ;) Report
I will NEVER make these...I'd eat the whole batch in minutes!!! Report
Mouth water? I needed a bucket to stop the leak!

I shall not try this because...it's too tempting to eat just one! Report
This made my mouth water Report
All that xylitol! I'll stick with sugar. It's worth the extra calories so that I won't have to worry about its toxicity. Report
A glazed donut from Krispy Kreme only has 190 calories-not good for you but isn't going to break the calorie budget. If you want an indulgent treat, go for it. It does far less damage than a muffin or bagel. Report
Will have to make some for DH, he loves doughnuts
there is not a problem doing the donut, the problem is that you can't eat only one, too much carb, too much sugar. Report
Just looking at the pictures made me drool! Thanks for sharing! Report
Just looking at the pictures made me drool! Thanks for sharing! Report
those blueberry ones look amazing! Pinning to try ASAP Report
My husband and I like donuts a lot but we don't eat them very often anymore. I might try the recipe for the pumpkin donuts as a special treat. I think the rest of the recipes have faux sweeteners. We don't use those so I might try some of those recipes using sugar and adjust the calories accordingly. Report
Just bought two donut pans as DH loves homemade donuts.
Will certainly try some of these!!! Report
they look delicious-thank you for sharing Report
Oh my oh my! If I could make just one at a time it may work; but I have worked so hard and been so good to lose the weight I have so far, I make my choice to pass on these. Report
Time to get my baby caker out too! Thanks for the recipes! Report
I'm so happy that donuts on not on my list of foods that make want them. I have never liked donuts to greasy and always upset my stomach. Report
Love all the different choices and lower calorie count! Report
I love donuts! But I read the "Burn it Off! How much walking to Undo a Doughnut?" and a 4 mph walk for 48 minutes to burn off a relatively low cal donut - I don't love the guys that much! I think I'll look at them with an entirely new viewpoint and avoid them like the poison they are. Thanks for sharing all the info on this little disaster. Why do the things that are the worst for me have to taste and look so good? Report
OMG! (Relatively) low carb donuts! (Except for those first two - avoid!) Mmmmmm. Almond flour. Mmmmmm. Report
so what's this? Donuts are the new cupcakes?
and a donut pan? Too Cool. I'm going to find one of those. Thanks Report
My fav are anything coconut, yeah! Report
Nothing made from white flour and sugar can be considered "healthy." Report
I have one of those little "babycakes" machines that works kind of like a waffle maker, but it makes 7 mini cake donuts. Not greasy at all, and with a good recipe, these can be downright healthy. Sorry to hear the negative comments about donuts -- it's not good to generalize like that! I got this little baby at a garage sale, so no recipe book, but I've found that every muffin recipe I've tried so far makes great donuts. Now I'm excited to try some of these! Report
I love, love, love cake donuts and can't wait to try these. The lemon blueberry ones look so delicious! Report
I am lucky to live near a baked donut shop. These are some flavors they do not offer, so I might try them. Report
Don't like donuts like that. My hubby and granddaughter live them. So I will try some for them this weekend. Report
I made the lemon blueberry for Mother's Day, my whole family loved them. Now I want to try the chocolate for my birthday, which is soon. Report
I made the light lemon blueberry for Mother's Day and my entire family loved them. I want to try the chocolate. Report
These sound wonderful. So good to see you can have something and not have it wreck your calorie intake. Will be sure to try some of these soon. Report
Thank you for this! I miss donuts! Report
Thank you soooooo much! Really love donuts too. Report
Unfortunately, I love yeast donuts, not cake donuts. I have to stay away from them, because I can't stop at one! Report
Thank Heavens I'm not a big do-nut fan, and can't remember the last time, I had one. Report
Donuts are sooo good---and sooo bad for me! Why, oh why, doesn't the idea of a "healthy donut shop" franchise catch on? Report
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. Report
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. Report
Oh man, now I really want a doughnut. Report
Great ideas if you like donuts. I have no desire to eat them anymore either, need something with some protein/fiber for breakfast. Report
Donuts taste good, but I'm not going there anymore. Not good for me. Report
This is a good idea. Make me want to invest in a donut maker. Report
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. :-) Report
These look fantastic! Especially the pumpkin and blueberry with lemon one's. If I have some time I might experiment with the recipe. Thanks! Report
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. Report
Donuts are one of my favorite foods! I'd love to try these recipes.......Thank you Report
Makes me wish I still had my donut maker! These sound wonderful! Report
Some of these look very interesting! Might have to invest in a donut maker! Report
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