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Baked Whole Wheat Donuts with Powdered Sugar

Preview: These baked whole wheat donuts with powdered sugar won’t leave your kitchen in a greasy mess.

Do you ever buy powdered sugar doughnuts out of a vending machine? Those packages of 6 powdered sugar mini-donuts have so much powdered sugar on them, they could induce a coughing attack just by biting into them. Like sucking a sugar cloud into your lungs.

Make these Baked Whole Wheat Donuts and ease the guilt a little. The recipe incorporates white whole wheat flour (read more about it below) to make you feel even more virtuous.

Baked Powdered Sugar Donuts --ready to eat

Searching for a healthier option:

What if I could bake donuts instead of frying, substitute white whole wheat flour for all-purpose white flour, and add some yogurt for extra protein?

After a few false starts, I found powdered sugar heaven for around 100 calories a donut. Now I’m not claiming you can’t tell the difference from their fattier relatives, but they more than satisfy my cravings. Mix them up easy as muffins, and bake in less than 10 minutes with no greasy mess or odor in your house.

Ingredients and substitutions:

  • FLOUR: White whole wheat flour is my favorite for these little donuts. White whole wheat has all the nutritional value of regular whole wheat without the characteristic bitter flavor. The difference is the type of wheat used to make the flour. Since white whole wheat flour can be hard to find in stores, look online or use whole wheat or unbleached all-purpose flour.
  • SUGAR: Use granulated sugar.
  • NUTMEG: Did you know that nutmeg is a traditional spice to add to donuts? You don’t need much but don’t leave it out. Freshly grated nutmeg is not absolutely necessary–it’s just fresher tasting.
  • PECANS: Optional.
  • MILK: To keep the calories down, I specified fat-free milk, but any milk will suffice. Needless to say, the more fat in the milk, the tastier the donuts.
  • GREEK YOGURT: I always have yogurt in the house because I make yogurt at home. Use you only have regular yogurt, decrease the amount of milk by 1 tablespoon.
  • EGG: I use large eggs in all my recipes.
  • VEGETABLE OIL: Use any unflavored vegetable oil such as canola oil, corn oil, or avocado oil.

donut halves w sifter

Two secrets for baking donuts:

Filling donut pans with dough in a plastic bag

Thanks to Lara Ferroni who got me started down the baked donut path with her Baked Chocolate Doughnuts. She taught me two important secrets about homemade donuts.

  1. Add nutmeg to get the characteristic flavor of a donut. I didn’t know and likely would have left it out since it’s not my favorite spice.
  2. The idea of using a zippered plastic bag (although she used a decorator bag), with a hole to fill the pans, also came from her. Absolutely inspired!
  3. Pecans pack a lot of flavor into these little gems. Chop finely and the kids won’t notice. Or leave them out if you wish.
  4. Use a plastic bag to coat donuts without a big mess.
coating baked donuts with powdered sugar


What if I don’t have a donut pan?

Make donut “holes” with a mini muffin pan.

Where can I buy a donut pan?

I bought my doughnut pan at World Market, but they are available at most kitchen stores and online.

Can I use a cinnamon and sugar coating instead?

Yes. Combine 2 teaspoons of cinnamon with a 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and use in place of the powdered sugar.

How long will these donuts stay fresh?

Just like any other doughnuts, they are best the day they are made. If you have any leftovers, try dividing them in half horizontally. Fry them in a spot of butter. Yum!

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Yield: 12 mini-donuts

Whole Wheat Baked Donut Recipe

Whole Wheat Baked Donut Recipe

Baked mini-donuts are made with white whole wheat flour or unbleached flour and yogurt for increased protein and flavor.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (120 gr)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (66 gr)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon very finely chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk (76 gr)
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt (95 gr)
  • 1 egg (50 gr)
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil (24 gr)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A few drops of almond flavoring
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar (57 gr)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Grease donut pan well (I use spray oil with flour in it i.e. Baking by Pam).
  2. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and pecans (if using) together in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Whisk yogurt, milk, egg, oil, and flavorings together in a separate small bowl. Combine all at once with dry ingredients and stir only until everything is moistened.
  4. Spoon batter into a pastry bag or quart-size zippered plastic bag. Seal. Snip a small corner of the plastic bag and force dough out of the hole in the shape of a fat rope that encircles each doughnut cup. Fill only 1/2 to 3/4 full or you will lose the hole in the middle of your doughnut. Makes 12 donuts and possibly 3-4 "donut holes" in a mini cupcake pan.
  5. Bake for 9-10 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 166mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g

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Thursday 26th of February 2015

These donuts are lite and fluffy, not too sweet, just right and so easy to make. I used bread flour, sour cream instead of yogurt and added 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. If you are using a regular size donut pan it makes 8 donuts. This morning my husband ate 3 before they were cool so I can't make them very often. Thanks for this recipe!

Kathy O-I

Friday 28th of June 2013

I just stumbled onto your blog, and it was love at first "site"! I just bought a Bella doughnut whole baker for $8.49.... just wondering if you think this recipe would rise enough to fill in the "hole". Still not sure what "salad in a jar" is, but I can't wait to find out. Thank you!!


Wednesday 12th of June 2013

I have made these twice now, and both times I had a hard time getting the powdered sugar to stick to the donuts! Suggestions?


Thursday 13th of June 2013

Powdered sugar has a tendency to "melt" away. I usually powder once out of the oven and then again just before serving.


Thursday 25th of April 2013

It looks amazing! And i love that you put nutritional information :)


Thursday 28th of February 2013

I've had these pinned for forever. Maybe one day I'll make them. I shared them your my blog! >> ENJOY.

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