Donuts Recipes that are Healthier – Baked or Fried Kids Love them

Who loves Donuts?

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These recipes you can use Einkorn Flour, Almond Flour or whatever flour you want to use.

My kids love to get in the kitchen with me during school time to make a healthy yet sweet recipe & use it to go with math class because of all of the measurements etc. Depending on their moods donuts are a favorite to make & have fresh donuts as a snack. It is now Autumn & their favorite time of year to make donuts & even to share them with others. These donuts recipes turn out great & can easy be added to gift boxes or gift bags for a great homemade tasty gift giving idea, great for those shut in, for family or for your friend who likes a donuts with their coffee.

I have had this post in my drafts for awhile waiting to make the donuts & take pictures before posting it, but every-time I forget to take pictures. So I had a fan beg me to post it anyhow & I will just have to remember to take the pictures & add them, trust me once I add them your mouth will be watering. Enjoy!

The 2 recipes I will be sharing one is fried in healthy coconut oil (or healthy oil of choice) & the other is baked. And do not forget to glaze your donuts. (recipes below).

First recipe, easy healthy fried donuts:

Approx 1 dozen

We have had this recipe forever & love it, the potatoes are a very important part of this recipe.


  • 1 cup milk of choice (we prefer almond milk)
  • 5 tsp yeast powder or 2 packets & a pinch (or you can substitute sourdough starter by doing 2 & 1/2 tsp starter & 2 & 1/2 tsp flour mixed into gooey dough, in need to be kinda a thick paste only slightly runny, so add more starter or less starter if needed).
  • 2 cups flour of choice (& extra for kneading for surface & hands)
  • 1/2 tsp natural unrefined salt
  • 1/4 cup & 1 pinch of organic whole unbleached sugar (you can use Yacon syrup but again mix with flour so it is not so much liquid)
  • 1/2 cup of leftover mashed potatoes warmed (or leftover baked potatoes scrapped out & mashed).
  • 2 tbsp raw coconut oil, expeller pressed coconut oil (raw has the coconut taste, expeller does not) or Palm shortening.
  • Palm Shortening or coconut oil or both for frying (expeller coconut oil is what we fry with mixed with the palm shortening)


  • #1: either use a saucepan on medium heat or microwave  the milk so that it is just warm but not hot, add the yeast & 1 pinch of sugar stir& let sit 5 minutes
  • #2: In a bowl combine: flour, warm mashed potatoes, salt  & the 1/4 cup of sugar, mix well, then in then add milk mixture & the 2 TBSP of oil.
  • #3: Mix the dough well by hand or in a mixer with a dough hook for 3 minutes. (we do it by hand, it is pretty easy).
  • #4: get a surface ready to knead the dough by sprinkling several tbsp of flour in the middle of surface. Get dough from bowl & sit in the middle of the flour & sprinkle more flour over the top (1 to 3 tbsp), apply flour to hands & knead the dough several times.
  • #5: After kneading the dough, spread it out to be a half inch thick with your hands or with a rolling pin that has been floured.
  • #6: Once you have the dough uniformly around 1/2 inch thick get ready to cut out the donuts, you can use a donut cutter or, or do what we do, use a glass (or biscuit cutter) & a water bottle (or soda bottle) lid for the center cut. So what you do is use the glass or biscuit cotter & cut into the dough as many times as you can side y side, then get the little lid & cut the centers of each circle. We cook the centers as donut holes or mix back in & roll out dough to cut more donuts.
  • #7: Now sit the cut out donuts on a floured surface or floured plate to rise 10 minutes while you also get the oil ready. Pour about a half inch of oil  into a cast iron pan (or whatever pain you normally use for shallow frying), the oil needs to be about 360 degrees so Med to Med High. Do not let oil start to smoke.
  • #8: Test the oil with some of the scraps of dough & when it is ready cook the donuts until golden brown, then with a fork turn over & cook till golden brown
  • #9: Allow donuts to cool on a towel or paper towel or a baking rock with towel on it.

Donuts recipe Baked:



Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • #1 Generously grease a donuts mold/pan, we do not have one so use a muffin pan & just eat donuts that are solid instead of have a hole in them. But you can also use a frosting bag to put frosting in the middle or whipped cream when they are solid with no hole.
  • #2 Combine dry ingredients into mixing bowl number one, mix well. Now in mixing bowl number two combine all wet ingredients other than egg whites & mix well.  Combine both bowls by mixing the wet with dry& then set the bowl to the side.
  • #3  In another bowl beat the ‪egg whites until peaks form (don’t be afraid, you will see the peaks).  Next gently fold the egg whites into the other mixing bowl of batter.
  • #4 add your batter 2 6 donut molds or 6 muffin pans make sure not to overfill (we fill muffin pans half full), bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown (might take a bit longer for muffin pans).
  • #5 Let the donuts cool to room temp, some also prefer to let them sit in the fridge an hour.

How to glaze & recipes:

Cooked Glaze: Fill a medium skillet with a few inches of water over medium-low heat. Put your choice of glaze ingredients in a small saucepan & put the saucepan inside the skillet. Gently mix the ingredients until fully melted. (so saucepan in the skillet that has water in it)

Put a slightly warm donuts face down in the glaze, turn slightly and remove & sit on plate

Vanilla Glaze:

  • In a a saucepan add 1 cup of milk with a teaspoon of  real butter, cook on low till melted stirring & sit aside, this is your milk mixture.

In a mixing bowl add:

Chocolate Glaze:

Use the same milk mixture from above.

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp Organic baking cocoa
  • 3 tbsp of milk mixture

If you a really thin glaze, just add a little more of the milk mixture.

Another chocolate glaze that hardens:

  • 1/2 cup organic baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened/ semi sweet ‪chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Warm over med to low heat till melted, pour the melted chocolate into a shallow bowl or on a plate & then dip each already chilled donuts face down in the glaze, turn slightly and remove & sit on plate, add sprinkles if desired & chill for 30 minutes in the fridge until hardened.

Powdered Glaze Cinnamon Sugar:

in a bowl with lid or paper bag add 1 cup of sugar & 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, add several donuts & shake, remove & sit on plate & repeat.

Powdered glaze Powdered sugar:

add 1 cup of homemade powdered sugar to a bowl with lid or paper bag, add several donuts, shake & remove & sit on plate, repeat.

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7 thoughts on “Donuts Recipes that are Healthier – Baked or Fried Kids Love them

  1. Wonderful to find recipes that are versatile enough to switch around the flour used! Have you tried these with almond flour? I would love to make a gluten free version for my daughter!

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