6 Healthy Donuts You Can Make at Home

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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. 

Light Lemon Blueberry Donuts

At just 100 calories each, Chef Meg's lighter lemon blueberry donuts are bursting with fruit and flavornot fat.
CALORIES: 104.9  |  FAT: 1.9g  |  PROTEIN: 2.4g  |  CARBS: 21g  |  FIBER: 2.2g

Pumpkin Donuts

These mini donuts provide a guilt-free way to indulge your cravings. They're full of pumpkin, so you'll also score a serving of veggies while you enjoy them.
CALORIES: 70.3  |  FAT: 5.4g  |  PROTEIN: 3.8g  |  CARBS: 2.5g  |  FIBER: 1.4g


Mini Chocolate Mocha Protein Donuts

These mouth-watering minis add a protein punch while satisfying your chocolate cravings.
CALORIES: 78.8  |  FAT: 1.7g  |  PROTEIN: 6g  |  CARBS: 10.7g  |  FIBER: 1g

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

Coconut lovers will rejoice in these super low-fat confections.
CALORIES: 64.8  |  FAT: 1.7g  |  PROTEIN: 2.5g  |  CARBS: 12g  |  FIBER: 4.3g

Baked Donut Holes

Made with egg whites and skim milk, these diet-friendly donut holes are a smart way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
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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EO4WELLNESS 11/8/2017
Don't eat foods like this often--but it is nice to know I have some recipes to refer to if the time comes along where this is needed. Report
ROCKS8ROX 11/8/2017
I may have to pick up one of those donut baking pans. I'm impressed how low in calories these are. Thanks for sharing. Report
MUSTANGMOM6 10/22/2017
These are delicious looking, Can't wait to try them Report
PLATINUM755 10/21/2017
l'll have to try these...Thanks! Report
I bought a donut hole today THANKFULLY they had the calorie amounts on all baked goods. YO the donut hole was STILL 125 CALS!!! I DID skip the donut since it was 480 for a lemon filled. I used to eat 3 of them at once! I didn't hit the 288 mark by not eating too many sweets! Report
FISHGUT3 8/14/2017
thanks Report
These sound like fun fall recipes. Report
Where do I find these recipes?? Report
CATT1580 6/4/2017
Will be trying the donut holes. Yum. Report
will definitely be trying the maple one soon! Report
BONDMANUS2002 5/28/2017
great Report
YMWONG22 5/24/2017
Great! Yummy donuts. Report
Would love to try these!!! Report
Think I will try making some. Report
I can't stand donuts, these look really good though especially the blueberry one. Report
Thanks for sharing....looking forward to trying these recipes! :) Report
They all look yummy. I think I would like the light lemon blueberry. Report
good Report
All of them looks very delicious! Report
I want to try the blueberries one! Report
Thank you Sparks for all the healthy donut recipes! Report
I am loving all these healthy donut recipes! :-):-) Report
I love all these healthy donut recipes you can make it home. They look yummy! Report
These look great and I'll have to make some soon. Report
Always great to have options! Report
Man, some of these comments remind me even Spark is full of holier-than-thou negative people. So frustrating. Report
I love Pumpkin and would make these during the fall season. Report
Louis Anderson would freak out if he saw these!!! Report
yummy..... Report
This to me would be trouble. Report
Baked Donut Holes are *great*. Stopping at one .. or even two is hard. Report
These look like trouble for me! (can you say gateway?) - Same here. Report
Just don't call them donuts anymore........and I bet you still eat a REAL one now and then, truth be told! Report
Just please keep Xylitol away from dogs. It's absolutely & rapidly deadly for them!
Would have been nice to know the sodium content as well. But they look absolutely wonderful. Report
These look like trouble for me! (can you say gateway?) Report
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.

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!! Report
Wish they weren't all sugar free! Report
They look really tasty and easy to do, I think I'll try some :) My mom loves baking healthy sweets! Report
I like them, I didn't know there were healthy ones? Report
I,too love donuts and really like the new recipe makeover so will save the recipe and try these soon. Report
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.... Report
mmmmmmmmmYUMMMMMMM Report
Wow! These all look yummy. I thought donuts were off limits for me. Report
These look great! Report
Gross. All those empty carbs. That's not breakfast, that's junk food. Report
These sound great. My favourite is peanut crunch...and if I could make it healthy, yes, I would. Report
I don't typically crave donuts (at least not since my early 20's), but these look soooo good. Report
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