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.
CALORIES: 104.9 | FAT: 1.9g | PROTEIN: 2.4g | CARBS: 21g | FIBER: 2.2g
CALORIES: 70.3 | FAT: 5.4g | PROTEIN: 3.8g | CARBS: 2.5g | FIBER: 1.4g
CALORIES: 78.8 | FAT: 1.7g | PROTEIN: 6g | CARBS: 10.7g | FIBER: 1g
CALORIES: 72.1 | FAT: 0.2g | PROTEIN: 4g | CARBS: 11.7g | FIBER: 1.8g
CALORIES: 64.8 | FAT: 1.7g | PROTEIN: 2.5g | CARBS: 12g | FIBER: 4.3g
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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