Sunday, July 8, 2012

Baked Cocoa Spice Donuts

Think a donut has to be fried to taste good?  This recipe proves that you can bake a decadent donut using healthy ingredients like whole wheat flour, cocoa, coconut oil, low-fat buttermilk, and non-fat yogurt.  No need to stop by the bakery on a Saturday morning.  Save money and calories, and still feel like you've had a weekend treat.

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons Hershey's cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or melted butter
  • 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly spray a donut pan with non-stick buttery spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, apple pie spice and salt.
  • Add the coconut oil, using your hands to mix it into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly.
  • In a separate bowl, mix buttermilk, yogurt, vanilla and egg.
  • Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  • Fill prepared donut pan 3/4 full.  Batter will be thick.
  • Bake donuts for 6-10 minutes, until they spring back when touched.  (Mine took a full 10 minutes.)
  • Top with glaze and sprinkles if desired.
Makes 10 donuts.

Note:  For a quick and easy glaze, whisk 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon of cocoa (or more, depending on taste), adding milk by teaspoons until you reach the desired consistency, until smooth.  I used Silk dark chocolate almond milk in my glaze, which gave it a deep chocolate flavor.

This post is linked up at Mrs. Happy Homemaker "Makin You Crave Monday", Market Yourself MondayWhatcha Whipped Up, and Made By You Mondays.


  1. It really is, Heather. Prep is very easy, and the donuts bake up fast. I brought a batch into work today, and I got rave reviews. One guy told me that they were better than any bakery he's every been to. :)