See these donuts here?
They are actually healthy! Yes, healthy donuts DO exist and they have easily become one of my favorite weekend breakfast treats. Even though they may seem complicated to some, baked donuts are surprisingly one of the simplest things that I make. They take about 20 minutes start-to-finish AND call for very simple ingredients that I usually always have on hand.
I bake my donuts in a donut pan rather than frying. I’d rather not (1) splatter my entire kitchen with burning hot oil and (2) have a dozen leftover fried donuts laying around my kitchen! The donut pan was $8 from Target and probably the best $8 investment I’ve ever made. My Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze are a personal favorite. They taste absolutely sinful, but the donuts themselves are actually sugar free!
Do you have a donut pan? I suggest buying one and start having fun! If you don’t have one and don’t plan to buy one, you may certainly make these donuts into muffins.
Soooo today’s donuts. They’re fun. They’re girly. They’re PINK! And they are certainly scrumptious. But besides all of that, they are actually pretty healthy. I made a basic vanilla donut, which I tweaked a bit from Averie using the ingredients I had on hand.
These donuts are soft and cakey, but not dry in the slightest- the vanilla greek yogurt and milk keep them very moist. They are also bursting with vanilla flavor. I used Chobani Vanilla 0% greek yogurt, but you may use any vanilla or plain yogurt or even strawberry yogurt – the fat content is up to you. And don’t go skimping on the vanilla extract in these! You’ll want all the vanilla flavor you can get.
I dipped each donut into some homemade strawberry frosting and finished them off with a shower of red sprinkles. I think they kind of look like strawberry poptarts – my favorite kind!
I wanted the donuts to be completely smothered in strawberry frosting, so I dipped them each about 3 times. The thin frosting is so simple – puree 3 strawberries with 1 tablespoon strawberry jam and 1 tablespoon milk. Mix in your confectioners’ sugar, adding more and more until you reach the color and thickness you like. It’s an easy frosting I can see myself making again and again - I’d love to pair it with a pineapple cupcake of sorts or even drizzle over some banana bread. Any other ideas? I need an excuse to make it again.
This recipe yields a small batch (only about 6-7 donuts) which I loved. It can easily be doubled or even tripled, though. I think I’m going to triple the recipe next time and bring them into work for my coworkers. I’m sure they’d love me for bringing in freshly baked homemade donuts on a mundane Monday morning one week.
Do you have any favorite donut recipes? Link them up!
Strawberry Frosted Donuts
makes 6-7 donuts
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 6 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 Tbsp Chobani 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or plain or strawberry)
- 2 Tbsp milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- Strawberry Donut Frosting (recipe below)
- red sprinkles (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray donut pan (or muffin pan) with non-stick spray. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Slowly mix wet ingredients into dry- just until fully combined. Do NOT overmix.
Use a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip (or a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off) to pipe the batter into a 6-donut pan. Fill the donut cavities about 2/3 full. Bake 8 to 11 minutes until donuts are set and golden brown. They will spring back when touched. Mine took exactly 10 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan, about 5 minutes. Dip donuts into strawberry frosting 1-3 times, depending on how thick you’d like them frosted. Top with sprinkles.
Strawberry Donut Frosting
- 3-4 strawberries
- 1 Tbsp strawberry jam
- 1 Tbsp milk (or half-and-half)
- 1 – 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Slice strawberries and puree with 1 Tbsp strawberry jam. Pour into a medium bowl and mix in milk (or half-and-half). Slowly stir in 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar, adding more until you reached the desired consistency and coloring. I wanted thick frosting, so I added 2 cups.
ps: I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July! What did you do and/or make for it? Mine was full of good friends, LOTS of good food (guacamole and strawberry margaritas!), and lots of sparklers. We watched the fireworks over the Baltimore Inner Harbor on my friend Lori’s rooftop deck. It was the best 4th of July.