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
Burn It Off: How Much Walking to Undo a Doughnut?

What is your favorite donut? Will you try to make a healthy version or stick with the orginal recipe?
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  • 73
    Baked Donut Holes are *great*. Stopping at one .. or even two is hard. - 3/11/2017   2:41:04 PM
  • 72
    These look like trouble for me! (can you say gateway?) - Same here. - 3/11/2017   1:57:37 PM
  • 71
    Just don't call them donuts anymore........and I bet you still eat a REAL one now and then, truth be told! - 3/11/2017   6:17:18 AM
  • 70
    Just please keep Xylitol away from dogs. It's absolutely & rapidly deadly for them!
    - 5/25/2016   1:03:22 PM
    Would have been nice to know the sodium content as well. But they look absolutely wonderful. - 3/12/2016   9:52:00 PM
  • 68
    These look like trouble for me! (can you say gateway?) - 3/12/2016   11:02:43 AM
  • RONAN1
    Have to ask "WHY", if you want a donut from time to time, eat the real thing. Who keeps all those chemicals in their kitchen? I'd be afraid to eat most of them.

    - 12/22/2015   7:47:48 AM
  • 66
    These sure look yummy in the photos, but when looking at each individual recipe, I don't care at all for the substitutes! I would rather eat a small portion of the real thing then eat a donut that had ingredients I could hardly pronounce!! - 10/11/2015   8:13:18 PM
  • 65
    Wish they weren't all sugar free! - 7/9/2015   11:47:00 AM
    They look really tasty and easy to do, I think I'll try some :) My mom loves baking healthy sweets! - 2/8/2015   6:52:30 AM
  • 03191952
    I like them, I didn't know there were healthy ones? - 3/21/2014   5:31:02 PM
    I,too love donuts and really like the new recipe makeover so will save the recipe and try these soon. - 9/27/2013   11:18:34 AM
  • 61
    I am a FREAK!!!!! for doughnuts....It's great to be able to reshape recipes like these. The idea is balance...you can have your cake and eat it too. I will try these and plan to surround them with delicious fresh fruits, or some oatmeal, and always one or two glasses of water. Thanks for creating and sharing such a great treat for us foodies....and don't mind the haters they're only sorry they didn't come up with it first.... - 9/22/2013   7:04:44 AM
  • 60
    mmmmmmmmmYUMMMMMMM - 8/19/2013   9:20:33 AM
  • 59
    Wow! These all look yummy. I thought donuts were off limits for me. - 8/16/2013   6:00:15 PM
  • JULIE700
    These look great! - 8/16/2013   10:46:42 AM
  • 57
    Gross. All those empty carbs. That's not breakfast, that's junk food. - 8/16/2013   9:50:29 AM
  • 56
    These sound great. My favourite is peanut crunch...and if I could make it healthy, yes, I would. - 8/16/2013   12:14:08 AM
  • 55
    I don't typically crave donuts (at least not since my early 20's), but these look soooo good. - 8/15/2013   3:43:29 PM
  • 54
    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. - 8/15/2013   2:33:14 PM
  • 53
    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. - 8/15/2013   12:20:29 PM
  • 52
    mmmmmmmmmmmmmm d'uh nuts - 8/15/2013   9:53:28 AM
  • 51
    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! ;) - 8/15/2013   9:38:33 AM
  • 50
    I will NEVER make these...I'd eat the whole batch in minutes!!! - 8/15/2013   8:50:13 AM
  • 49
    Mouth water? I needed a bucket to stop the leak!

    I shall not try this because...it's too tempting to eat just one! - 8/15/2013   8:22:42 AM
  • 48
    This made my mouth water - 8/15/2013   3:26:12 AM
  • 47
    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. - 8/15/2013   2:11:47 AM
  • 46
    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. - 6/20/2013   1:42:50 PM
  • 45
    Will have to make some for DH, he loves doughnuts
    - 6/14/2013   10:05:17 AM
    there is not a problem doing the donut, the problem is that you can't eat only one, too much carb, too much sugar. - 6/11/2013   7:39:53 AM
  • 43
    Just looking at the pictures made me drool! Thanks for sharing! - 6/6/2013   11:41:54 AM
  • 42
    Just looking at the pictures made me drool! Thanks for sharing! - 6/6/2013   11:41:54 AM
  • 41
    those blueberry ones look amazing! Pinning to try ASAP - 5/28/2013   3:36:18 PM
  • 40
    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. - 5/16/2013   8:44:13 AM
  • 39
    Just bought two donut pans as DH loves homemade donuts.
    Will certainly try some of these!!! - 5/15/2013   10:20:19 PM
  • 38
    they look delicious-thank you for sharing - 5/15/2013   8:44:50 PM
  • 37
    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. - 5/15/2013   5:00:47 PM
  • BLONDIE218145
    Time to get my baby caker out too! Thanks for the recipes! - 5/15/2013   12:23:31 PM
    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
    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
    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

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