Baked Vanilla Doughnuts: The “Healthy” Version

I was really craving doughnuts and didn’t feel like driving to the doughnut store or like eating grease, so I found these baked doughnuts online and they turned out pretty good! The frosting was a bit sweet though, but still a great, quick recipe.

Baked Vanilla Doughnuts
yields 12 small doughnuts
about 5 min prep time
15-20 min cook time
For the doughnuts:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons buttermilk (I didn’t have buttermilk, so I just used the milk 1 cup of the milk I had and mixed that with 1 Tbsp. lemon juice. Let it sit for about 10 min and take the 6 Tbsp. out of that. Worked great!)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
For the glaze:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons heavy cream (or milk)
  • sprinkles
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a doughnut pan. I don’t have a doughnut pan, so I used muffin molds
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in milk, eggs, vanilla and butter. Beat together until well blended.
  3. 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-doughnut pan. I just piped a circle around the inside of each muffin mold
  4. Bake 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven, until doughnuts spring back when touched. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan.
  5. Since the doughnut holes will fill during cooking, use either an apple corer or knife to make a hole in the center. You can then use these as tiny doughnut holes when done! These little guys are pictured in the back.
  6. To make glaze, blend confectioners sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream, starting with 1 teaspoon and adding more as needed. Dip each doughnut into the glaze and put sprinkles on top. I used crushed vanilla wafers as a topping and that worked well too. Better than the apple cinnamon cheerios I was thinking about using! 😉

Recipe adapted from Fake Ginger


4 responses to “Baked Vanilla Doughnuts: The “Healthy” Version

  1. Yum! I tried a baked beignet recipe, and it was good, but was not donut like at all. I am looking for a better baked donut recipe! Looks good!

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