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. sounds like a great recipe to try

  2. 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. :)