Healthy donuts might seem like an oxymoron, but I promise this healthy donut recipe is the perfect balance of healthy and decadent. Secretly full of hidden veggies and with way less sugar than the traditional version, these baked donuts could be healthy breakfast or a fun snack. Your family will absolutely adore these chocolate donuts but will be none the wiser to the fact that they’re actually healthy.
Okay, I’m going to admit it: I bribe my kids at the grocery store.
I’m kind of embarrassed by that but also, not, because grocery shopping with small children is essentially hell and whatever it takes to maybe possibly take a small fraction of that away? I’m game.
Because of this little habit, my kids have grown fond of all things donut. You see, some days I promise them pouches, or a piece of bread or a new box of their favorite granola bars. And someday I tell them if they are really, really good the entire trip, I will go grab them the sprinkley-est donut I can find in the grocery store’s pastry case.
I’m not proud of it, but that’s parenting, right? Balance, bribery, and doing what it takes to keep your ish together, right? RIGHT?
While I keep the donuts (or as we call them, sprinkle treats) to a minimum, I would be lying if I said that the occasional temper tantrum didn’t happen over appropriate donut times. I’ve been dying to figure out a healthier solution but had some kind of mental block on it until recently.
Recently I was talking to my friend Kelly from Typically Simple about the issue and, as always happens when you talk things out loud, it came to me all at once. What if I could make a donut healthy? You know, so I could give my kids donuts without the guilt.
Off to Amazon I went and bought a silicone donut mold. The day that baby came in I was off and experimenting! It took a few attempts, but I eventually landed on this recipe for healthy donuts – less sugar and secretly with veggies. But shhh – no one will know, I swear!
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I used this silicone donut mold for my healthy donuts – it’s a cheap pan, but works great! It doesn’t hurt that the color is totally amazing, either.
Tips for making healthy donuts
- Feel free to switch up the veggie used. I used beets here because they go well with the chocolate and it’s an easy way to get in a difficult veggie.
- Also feel free to play with different juices. I’ve used cherry and pomegranate here, but anything will work. Try veggie juice as well – but you might need to increase the sweetener.
- The easiest way to get the batter into the pan is the put it into a gallon zip top baggie, cut a hole, and pipe it into the prepared pan.
- Fun toppings are always a win on donuts – try sprinkles, nut butter, mini chips, seeds, dried fruit.. really anything will work!
These Healthy Donuts are perfect for breakfast on the go, as an after school snack, or as a dessert that your kids are going to love. I love that I can serve them and my kids literally beg for them, but I’m secretly sitting here like… yeah there is definitely veggies in there, ha!
I topped mine with a cream cheese and yogurt mix that is sweet and tangy as well as a drizzle of almond butter, but you can use just about anything – your favorite frosting recipe, melted chocolate, or a powdered sugar glaze. They’re also pretty perfect by themselves!
Want to get the kids involved?
Kids would love to help piping the batter into the molds or whipping together the frosting. But most of all, they will adore having the ability to decorate the donuts! Feel free to bake them the night before or while the kids are at school and have a decorating party!
Healthy Donuts with Hidden Veggies
Healthy Donuts with Hidden Veggies
This healthy donut recipe is the perfect balance of healthy and decadent. Secretly full of hidden veggies and with way less sugar than the traditional version, these baked donuts could be healthy breakfast or a fun snack.
- 1 cup flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup beet puree*
- 2 tablespoons unrefined sugar
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons juice*
- 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 tablespoons oil
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or sweetener of choice
- 2-4 tablespoons of milk
For the Donuts
Preheat the oven to 350. Spray the muffin pin with non stick spray.
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk together wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients, being careful not to over stir.
Pour into a gallon sized zip top bag. Cut a large hole in the corner of the bag and squeeze the batter into each of the donut pan's spots. (This is optional, but does make it so much easier.)
Baked for 8-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely.
For the frosting
Whip the cream cheese until smooth and light. Stir in the yogurt, vanilla, and sweetener of choice.
Starting with 2 tablespoons, add the milk until thin enough to create a frosting.
Top your donuts with the frosting and any toppings you may desire!
-You can use any vegetable puree, but I used beets since they pair well with chocolate and it's a very kid friendly way to get them to eat it.
-Again, any juice - I used cherry once and pomegranate a second, but anything will do. You could also easily use vegetable juice, but keep in mind the juice does add a bit of sweetness.
-You can bake these in muffin form, but donuts are just way more fun!
Okay so tell me – would your kids love these as much as mine did? What veggie do you struggle to get them to eat? Let me know in the comments!
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