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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Comments

  • 2DIETORNOT2DIET
    35
    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. - 5/15/2013   10:20:47 AM
  • 34
    Love all the different choices and lower calorie count! - 5/15/2013   10:18:18 AM
  • 33
    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? - 5/15/2013   6:58:30 AM
  • 32
    OMG! (Relatively) low carb donuts! (Except for those first two - avoid!) Mmmmmm. Almond flour. Mmmmmm. - 5/15/2013   6:34:08 AM
  • 31
    so what's this? Donuts are the new cupcakes?
    and a donut pan? Too Cool. I'm going to find one of those. Thanks - 5/15/2013   6:27:23 AM
  • SUNSET09
    30
    My fav are anything coconut, yeah! - 5/15/2013   5:43:09 AM
  • 29
    Nothing made from white flour and sugar can be considered "healthy." - 5/15/2013   5:06:53 AM
  • 28
    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! - 5/15/2013   2:31:47 AM
  • 27
    I love, love, love cake donuts and can't wait to try these. The lemon blueberry ones look so delicious! - 5/14/2013   10:36:14 PM
  • 26
    I am lucky to live near a baked donut shop. These are some flavors they do not offer, so I might try them. - 5/14/2013   5:18:58 PM
  • DELLMEL
    25
    Don't like donuts like that. My hubby and granddaughter live them. So I will try some for them this weekend. - 5/14/2013   3:41:04 PM
  • 24
    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. - 5/14/2013   2:56:08 PM
  • 23
    I made the light lemon blueberry for Mother's Day and my entire family loved them. I want to try the chocolate. - 5/14/2013   2:44:38 PM
  • 22
    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. - 5/14/2013   2:40:37 PM
  • 21
    Thank you for this! I miss donuts! - 5/14/2013   1:55:20 PM
  • 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
  • BAMAJAM
    17
    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
  • BARBARAKORTH
    16
    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
    11
    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
  • 2DIETORNOT2DIET
    8
    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
    6
    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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