Healthy Baked Whole Wheat Donuts

Healthy Baked Whole Wheat Donuts

Baked whole wheat donuts are a more wholesome alternative when the next donut craving strikes!


Serves: 6
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole-wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Generously coat a donut pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the sugar, applesauce, buttermilk, egg, oil and vanilla until frothy.
  4. Create a well in the center of the four mixture and pour in the wet mixture. Using a spoon mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Use a pastry bag or large plastic bag to pipe the mixture into the donut pan. Alternatively, spoon the batter into the molds, but the finished donuts may not appear as even.
  5. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tops spring back when pressed gently around the edges.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the inside of the molds to release the donuts. Invert the donuts on the rack and cool completely, or enjoy warm.
  7. The donuts can be eaten as is, sprinkled with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar or decorated with your favorite icing and chopped nuts and/or candy sprinkles.
Cook’s Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1 large donut): 178 calories, 2 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein, 36 g carbs, 3 grams of fiber

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