Low Calorie Baked Donuts

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Low Calorie Baked Donuts…?

Never heard of it.

Until now…

Very pretty Low Calorie Baked Donuts with rainbow non peril sprinkles.

We had a donuts themed party for my son’s 5th birthday and it could not have been more fun. 

After purchasing what seemed like 1000 donuts of every size, color, and kind of sprinkle you could imagine, I started to wonder if I could make our own donuts. Healthy donuts.

Donuts I would be able to eat and not feel sick afterwards.

Most importantly, donuts that even the kids would like. I knew this would be no small feat because my kids LOVE donuts and sometimes my “healthified” recipe ideas are not always well received.

A cake made of stacked donuts for a 5th birthday.

How cute was his cake? I mean seriously!

To start the process, I knew I had to find the perfect donut pan.

Who knew it was so difficult to find a pan at the stores I normally shop? So I went to the almighty Amazon and purchased a Wilton Nonstick 6-Cavity Donut Pan.

My next purchase may have to be this adorable heart-shaped donut pan because it is so stinkin’ cute!A close up shot of Low Calorie Baked Donuts with a Greek yogurt frosting.

Next, I needed to develop a one-of-a-kind recipe! I browsed Pinterest to see what others had come up with and to see if I could find a recipe that I just loved. If that were the case I didn’t have to bother with figuring it out myself!

There were a lot of great recipes but none that were exactly what I wanted and even fewer that were low in calories and sugar.

So for the next couple of months I perfected this Low Calorie Baked Donuts recipe.

This plate of easy and gluten free baked donuts are only 90 calories each.I wondered if my kids would grow weary of donut tastings, but they were troopers and just kept eating them. πŸ˜‰

That’s not to say I didn’t have some flops! Oh boy, we had a batch that were so sweet it made your face pucker. Anybody that knows me knows I hate throwing away food but there was no getting around it!

Homemade low calorie donuts with icing and sprinkles. In the end, after much trial and error in the making of these clean eating Baked Donuts, I can honestly say my kids really do like them! Yay!

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You are going to love these photos from our Low Calorie Baked Donuts shoot! Four sweet kids sitting around a table waiting to eat homemade healthy donuts.


I feel I should say…our kids are used to eating healthy 90% of the time so these donuts aren’t too much of a stretch for them to gobble up. However, if you have just started your journey to healthier living and your kids are not used to eating this way yet, they may not love these quite as much as ours did.

Four little hands of children reaching for donuts made by their moms. I am willing to bet that 2-3 years ago, our kids would not have either, but they have grown accustomed.
So do not be discouraged, if they turn their noses up at them the first time just try again!

The Low Calorie Baked Donuts are worth it and, more importantly, your kids health and future health is well worth it!

Now, without further adieu here is the delicious dairy free and gluten free recipe!

Clean Eating Baked Donuts

Healthy, gluten-free baked donuts to the rescue! Breakfast will never be the same. This simple recipe is low in calories AND most importantly taste AMAZING! Your kids will love these donuts and not even miss the sugar-laden ones. groundedandsurrounded.com
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: All American, Gluten Free
Keyword: baked, breakfast, brunch, donuts, healthy, low calorie
Servings: 6 donuts
Calories: 90kcal
Cost: $3.00


  • donut pan
  • piping bag or Ziploc storage bag
  • spatula/scraper


Donut Ingredients

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp plain dairy free yogurt
  • 1 tsp plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1 Tbsp sprinkles optional, but it makes it extra special for kids



  • Whisk all ingredients together in small bowl.
  • Grease donut pan with extra-virgin olive oil spray. I know it is a non-stick pan, but grease it anyhow or the donuts will be a stinker to remove!
  • Scoop batter into greased donut pan or put mixture in Ziploc bag.
  • Cut the corner off of the bag and pipe into the donut pan wells.
  • Bake @ 375F for 30-32 minutes or until donuts are fairly hard to the touch and golden brown. They may seem over baked, but the inside will be just right.


  • Mix together glaze ingredients and pour onto small plate.
  • Dip one side of the donut into glaze and then dip that same side in colored sprinkles for the kiddos. Enjoy!


541 cals for 6 donuts
90 calories/donut


Calories: 90kcal


  1. These look yumm!! Even better, they are gluten-free! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty and congrats on the feature! Well deserved! πŸ™‚

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  3. Yum! I had no idea they made special donut pans! And that donut cake truly is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Talented Tuesdays!

  4. WOW! A donut my daughter could have. So exciting! I might just have to surprise her with a batch of these. She’ll be thrilled. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week. πŸ™‚

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  5. These look scrumptious! I’m testing these out ASAP! I heart donuts! Thanks for linking up with us at the Momma Told Me Link Party ladies! We love it when you stop by!


  6. I have only 1 word to describe your post: YUM!!! Please come join us at a blog party – just for MOMS with blogs. We’d love to see you at the Mom Blog Party today!

  7. Now I need to make doughnuts so I can try this Greek yogurt glaze. I’m super intrigued! Do you think this would work without the xantham gum? I don’t use it in my gluten free baking because it doesn’t sit well with us.

    • Yes, I think you could. I have forgotten it before in my muffin recipes and you don’t even miss it. I have just been told they may not hold together as well. Let us know how they turn out for you!

  8. Those look delicious and really easy to make!! Pinned it to try one day!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing these! My little one has been asking for donuts forever and now finally a delicious gluten free recipe. Yay! Visiting from #linky

    • We just received a photo from one of our readers, she made these doughnuts for her Gluten Free 10 year old on his birthday. Said they were a hit. Hope you enjoy!

  10. These sound delicious, I can’t wait to give them a try! Quick question: I saw your GF flour recipe above, and while I always believe homemade is best, I just don’t have the time to run out and grab all those ingredients. I have Bob’s Red Mill on hand- do you think they would turn out okay with that blend? We are not intolerant. Thanks! So glad to have found your post over at Momma Told Me πŸ™‚

  11. Looks so yummy! And best of all healthy! Thanks so much for the recipe. Looks like a must try for me πŸ™‚

  12. amazing idea with the topping! It is so great to see something yummy without all the sugar! Once you get off sugar, you just do not want to get back on again. I swear it is like a drug!!

  13. I am so going to make these sometime!!! Look so yummy!!!

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