Low Fat Donuts

Some time ago, I was given this recipe by a friend who insisted donuts had to have a healthy spin. I just couldn’t imagine such a thing. And with that a challenge was set. Spoils or donuts to the victor! I am happy to report that I was not the victor but she shared with me anyway and it was delicious. I just had to share since I know this is the time of year for hot cider or hot chocolate and donuts. Bring some along on the next hayride!

Low Fat Donuts

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk (1%)

2 large eggs

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly coat a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine flours and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

3. Combine buttermilk, eggs, honey, butter, and vanilla, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; whisk just until combined.

4. Spoon batter into doughnut pans, filling twothirds full. Bake in middle of oven until doughnuts spring back when touched and are golden on bottom (about 8 minutes). Let cool in pan slightly (about 4 minutes); turn out. Coat with toppings (see ideas, below), if desired.

Lemon Glazed:

Combine 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, stirring well with a whisk. Dip 1 side of the cooled doughnuts into glaze; let cool on a rack, glazed side up.

Calories 191

Chocolate Swirl:

Melt 4 ounces (1 cup) bittersweet chocolate in microwave until smooth. Fill a small squeeze bottle or zip-top plastic bag (snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag) with melted chocolate; pipe chocolate onto tops of doughnuts. Chill doughnuts until chocolate sets (about 10 minutes).

Calories 184

Cinnamon Sugar:

Combine 1/4 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar. While still warm, coat doughnuts in sugar; let cool on rack, sugar-coated side up.

Calories 155

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About Richele McFarlin

Richele is a Christian homeschooling mom to four children, writer and business owner. Her collegiate background is in educational psychology. Although it never prepared her for playing Candyland, grading science, chasing a toddler, doing laundry and making dinner at the same time.