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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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METAFUKARI 10/10/2020
I don't like doughnuts but some of these are pretty! Report
KATHYJO56 8/29/2020
Nice-glad I don't eat donuts Report
RAPUNZEL53 7/25/2020
Great Report
NEPTUNE1939 7/25/2020
ty Report
Yummy...eager to try... Report
ERIN_POSCH 7/25/2020
thanks for sharin Report
GETULLY 7/25/2020
Looks good but the lemon ones are my fav! Report
TURQUROISE 7/25/2020
thank you Report
PASTA3 7/25/2020
I can have my donut and eat it too! JOY! Report
Thanks for the information. Can't wait to try some of them!l, Report
TRAVELGAL417 7/25/2020
TY but I can not have these wonderful delicious items in my house. I just can't eat just one! Report
DMEYER4 7/25/2020
thanks Report
AALLEY2 7/25/2020
I know I’d eat too many, I’m better off without...even homemade doesn’t keep these from me gaining weight. Report
LEANJEAN6 7/25/2020
looks too good! Report
MAREE1953 7/25/2020
Donuts, I miss you, but you are not a good choice. Report
JANIEWWJD 7/25/2020
Sounds like something my hubby would like. Report
LIS193 7/25/2020
Seriously? Report
GRALAN 7/25/2020
How can you have maple syrup that is sugar free?
I must be missing something important, or that term "sugar-free maple syrup" is an oxymoron. The best I know would be sugar-free maple-flavored syrup. Which isn't maple syrup, so that must be a marketing lie. That's kind of like ordering a bacon-spinach salad that comes out with McCormick imitation bacon bits in it. Great if you need soy, but it ain't bacon -- which comes from pork. Report
BOB5148 5/3/2020
Thanks Report
_CYNDY55_ 2/7/2020
Thanks Report
WILDKAT781 1/20/2020
interesting, may have to try Report
LIDDY09 1/19/2020
yummy Report
KATHYJO56 1/18/2020
They look good, but donuts aren't part of my eating plan any more Report
KHALIA2 1/18/2020
Thanks! Report
SHAYNE139 1/18/2020
NO! Report
MAREE1953 1/18/2020
My favorite donut is the old fashioned glaze. It weighs a ton. I utilize my "Just Say No" mantra when it comes to donuts. "Sugar is evil" another mantra I use. Report
KERRYG155 1/11/2020
May need to try some of these. Report
RYCGIRL 12/25/2019
thx Report
DEE107 10/31/2019
thanks Report
All of them look good, but I would like to try the coconut dream donuts. Report
I am a huge fan of donuts food. The good news is that one can get some discount coupons to your next visit to Dounts if you take TellDunkin survey from www.telldunkin.onl / Report
they look easy Report
NICE Report
Those photos of donuts made me hungry! Sad face! Report
I have made donuts at home and they were good. Report
WOW! You even added a low carb recipe! Good for you! Report
I have a mini doughnut baking pan barely used. Maybe I should dust off and use with my little girl! Report
Great! Thank you so much for this list of donuts. I love donuts! Report
Great! Report
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
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
These are delicious looking, Can't wait to try them Report
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
thanks Report
These sound like fun fall recipes. Report
Where do I find these recipes?? Report
Will be trying the donut holes. Yum. Report
will definitely be trying the maple one soon! Report
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