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White Whole-Wheat Baked Powdered Sugar Donuts

Love Powdered Sugar Donuts but don’t love the “junk food factor?” Make Baked Whole Wheat Powdered Sugar Donuts for yourself, and ease the guilt a little. The recipe incorporates white whole wheat flour to make you feel even more virtuous.

Baked Powdered Sugar Donuts --ready to eat

Recipe Inspiration

I used to buy them out of a vending machine–packages of 6 mini powdered sugar donuts with so much sweet powder they could induce a coughing attack just by biting into them. Like sucking a sugar cloud into your lungs.

I decided to recreate those favorite donuts of my youth with a healthier profile. I’ve done it before, i.e. these Homemade Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Oatmeal Pop-tarts.

What would happen if I baked the donuts instead of frying, substituted white whole wheat flour for all-purpose white flour, and added 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.

donut halves w sifter

Two Secrets for making Baked Donuts

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!
Filling donut pans with dough in a plastic bag

But what if you don’t have a donut pan?

Make donut “holes” with a mini muffin pan. I bought my doughnut pan at World Market, but they are available at most kitchen stores and online.

Tips for Making White Whole Wheat Powdered Sugar Donuts

  • White whole wheat has all the nutritional value of regular whole wheat without the characteristic bitter flavor. I have not tried regular whole wheat in this recipe.
  • 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.
  • Regular yogurt can be substituted for Greek yogurt. Reduce the milk to 1/4 cup.
  • Use a plastic bag to coat donuts without a big mess.
coating donuts with powdered sugar

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    Yield: 12 mini-donuts

    White Whole Wheat Powdered Sugar Donuts (Baked not Fried)

    White Whole Wheat Powdered Sugar Donuts (Baked not Fried)

    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 or unbleached all-purpose flour
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 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
    • 1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • A few drops of almond flavoring


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    1. Grease doughnut 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 pastry bag or quart-size zippered plastic bag. Seal. Snip small corner of plastic bag and force dough out of hole in 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:

    1 donut

    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.