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Low-Fat Baked Donut Recipe - Delicious!

Updated on November 8, 2011

Now you can have your cake donut and eat it too!

A doughnut rolled in cinnamon & sugar
A doughnut rolled in cinnamon & sugar

Donuts and coffee are a delicious breakfast or snack, but not always the healthiest option. The donuts you buy in the shop are made from recipes full of saturated fat, and fried in more to boot! Next time you're craving a dunkable treat, or need something to bring to a calorie-concious gathering, try out this low-fat alternative to the Krispy Kreme: homemade baked donuts. Evaporated skim milk provides richness, while baking eliminates the added fat from cooking in a deep fryer.

Low-Fat Baked Donuts


  • 1 1/3 cups unsweetened evaporated milk
  • 1 packet dry active yeast
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar or Splenda
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups white flour
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt


In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm milk to 95 degrees, stirring constantly to avoid scalding. Set aside 1 cup of milk, and pour the other 1/3 cup into a large bowl and add the yeast. Stir in briefly, then let sit for five minutes. Meanwhile, mix the sugar and butter into the other cup of milk. Add to yeast mixture, then use a fork to stir in eggs, nutmeg, salt, and flour, just until the flour is fully mixed into the batter.

Using clean hands or an electric mixer with a dough hook, knead the dough in the bowl until it begins to pull away from the sides and becomes smooth and glossy. If the dough is too sticky, add a little flour. If it seems too dry, you can add a bit more milk. Lightly flour a working surface or counter and knead briefly, then shape into a ball, transfer to a bowl sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and put in a warm place to rise until doubled (about an hour).

Punch down and use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll the dough out into a 1/2-inch thick sheet. You can either use a donut cutter to cut out donuts, or a cookie cutter or the top of a plastic bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and cut out the centers with a smaller cutter or melon baller. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise an additional 45 minutes. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the bottoms begin to turn golden. Instructions for glazing or sugaring below.

Donut Topping Options

Cinnamon and Sugar Donuts

Spray warm donuts thoroughly with nonstick butter-flavored cooking spray and toss in a bowl of cinnamon and white or brown sugar.

Powdered Sugar Donuts

Spray warm donuts with nontstick cooking spray and coat with powdered (confectioner's) sugar.

Glazed Donuts

Stir together 1/4 cup low-fat or evaporated skim milk and 1 tsp vanilla in medium saucepan over low heat. Add 2 cups sifted confectioner's (powdered) sugar, whisking gently until combined. Set mixture in a bowl over warm water while dipping donuts in glaze. Set donuts on rack to drain for 5 minutes before serving.

Frosted Donuts

Stir together 1/4 cup cold low-fat or evaporated skim milk and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Add 3-6 Tbsp fat-free or low-fat whipped topping, whisking constantly, until icing reached desired consistency. Mix in 2 Tbsp non-instant pudding mix (chocolate pudding for chocolate icing, vanilla pudding for vanilla icing, butterscotch pudding for butterscotch icing, etc) until well combined. Frost room-temperature donuts with icing and serve.


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    • Earthy Mother profile image

      Nicole Forman 

      7 years ago from South East England

      Oooh...I didn't know you could make doughnuts this definitely going to try this...yum!!!

    • Maddie Ruud profile imageAUTHOR

      Maddie Ruud 

      7 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Hi Kelly!

      Depending on how big you cut your donuts, this recipe makes between one and two dozen. Let us know how many you get out of it!

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      7 years ago

      Hello! How many donuts will this recipe make - approximately? Thank you!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the great recipe-don't know if I'll try it, but I love learning from others with their many different kinds of recipes.

    • caramellatte profile image


      7 years ago

      I didn't know you could bake donuts! Cool hub.:) I love donuts.

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      Adrienne F Manson 

      7 years ago from Atlanta

      Hi Maddie, Low-fat donuts sounds good, but dont think I am ready to give it a go! Think I am just to lazy to make home made donuts..LOL : ) Voted interesting.

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      Maddie Ruud 

      7 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Hi Rose,

      I have never made these with whole wheat flour. Usually, whole wheat flour changes the texture of a baked good, and requires more kneading. I might try half-and-half (whole wheat and white flours), and see how that turns out. If you try it, let us know your results.

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      7 years ago

      Can you use Wheat flour instead of plain White flour?

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      Maddie Ruud 

      8 years ago from Oakland, CA


      I specifically say NOT to scald the milk. You are just heating it for the yeast.

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      8 years ago

      Haven't tried your recipe yet but it sounds like my sweet roll recipe that I use when making cinnamon rolls. Why in the world would you scald evaporated milk?? It has already been processed and the enzymes have, therefore, been removed. The only time you need to scald milk is if it is milk from the store or, of course straight from the cow.

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      8 years ago

      gonna try to make it in my child ed class

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      Dixie M. 

      8 years ago

      I typed the ingredients into my Living Cookbook program and since the recipe doesn't say how many it makes, indicated that it would yield 24 donuts. With that yield, each has only 143 calories and 1.68 grams fat! The carbs however are 27 each which is a bit high so just skip 1 or 2 pieces of bread the day you enjoy your donuts. Can hardly wait to try them.

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      8 years ago

      Paul Jacobs,

      plain flour. Hence the yeast.

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      Paul Jacobs 

      8 years ago

      Recipe says white Flour, but what type self-raising or plain. Please make this clear on ingredients. That is why I voted in down.

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      M Hunt 

      8 years ago

      awesome, thanks Maddie. If I eat too many I'll swap something for the sugar, honey maybe. But I bet they're great savoury, with salt, have you tried it?

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      9 years ago

      How many calories & fat grams??

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      Carolyn Jung 

      9 years ago

      A healthful donut? Is that an oxymoron? ;)

      They sure look good, though, and definitely worth making.

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      9 years ago

      My new diet lol

    • lahoriamplifier profile image


      9 years ago from Lahore

      nice recipe

    • Ambition398 profile image


      9 years ago

      Sounds great, hand in the air for some, please!

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      9 years ago

      Does anyone know the facts like how many cals? Carbs? or anything for this recipe???

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      9 years ago

      Actually, this made 30 donuts plus donut holes, so figure about 2 points (WW) for each. I used fat-free evaporated milk. I also am only baking 6 of them today. I cut all of them out and am going to freeze the rest unbaked (didn't do the second rise) and all of the donut holes unbaked. Then when we need more donuts, I'll take 6 out, thaw and do the second rise, and bake them.

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      9 years ago

      Without topping - WW points 3 (assuming 18 donuts per batch)

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      De Greek 

      9 years ago from UK

      I am your slave!!! :-))

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      9 years ago

      Make them even MORE low fat by substituting applesauce for butter! Yum yum skinny!

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      Susan Ream 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for the recipe. I love donuts but won't usually eat them because of the fat and sugar content... Now I can have my donut and eat it too. YEAH

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      9 years ago

      Rather then asking what the fat content is, or asking for the calories, work it out. Knowing how to work out how much sugar/fat is in something will help you eat healthier, i dare say. The amount of fat in these is nothing compared to what you'd get in a store bought version, using splenda reduces sugar, and if you are worried about grains, experiment, see if you can add some healthier flour.

      overall, these were perfect for a special, healthier treat.

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      9 years ago

      I want to try this recipe. I always hated it-when I was at Shipley's Donuts/Krispy Kreme Donuts/ and/or that other place was it Dunkin Donuts? I would ask for their Low-fat no-sugar donuts and they would give me The Look! Like I had offended them or broken the Commandment of Fat Donuts or something. If businesses would be more people-oriented they wouldn't lose customers. Now,( is it coincidentaly the word?) Dunkin Donuts had great donuts,Capuccinos, and Ice Cream but no low fat no sugar donuts.

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      9 years ago

      Great recipe - we did donut hole size ones and coated in cinamon and sugar then filled with raspberry jam. They were a hit. Made 43 small (about 2 inch diameter) donuts.

    • SoftCornHippo profile image


      9 years ago

      I hope I can cut this recipe in 1/2 - I love donuts, but I can't eat so many - how many does this make? Hey - can you freeze donuts? Thanks for a great recipe!

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      10 years ago

      This seems like an awful lot of work just to make doughnuts but I will give it the old college try.

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      Betsy Baywatch 

      10 years ago

      Yummy!Thanks for sharing this recipe.I love donuts but hate the oil in the fried version...will definitely give this a try!

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      Jimmy Fuentes 

      10 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga

      To quote another hubber.... This is another hub that will make me a "bigger man" :)

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      10 years ago

      Kaye, They're a darn sight more healthy than krispy Kremes!

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      10 years ago

      Must enlighten you all. Cake donuts ARE NOT made with yeast. Donuts with yeast in them are raised donuts, called such because the dough must rise. And with butter, sugar, and white flour in the recipe, these hardly qualify as healthy!

    • denderatemple profile image


      11 years ago

      I like donuts but don't care for all the junk others put in them. I think i'll try it.

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      Karen N 

      11 years ago from United States

      Sounds delicious!I'll have to bookmark this one.

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      11 years ago

      I don't understand why Dunkin Donuts, Krispy kreme, Hostess, Entenmanns, Nickles,etc doesn't start selling these kind of doughnuts. I bet these are darn good dunked in coffee! Are they as soft as regular doughnuts?

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      11 years ago

      Sounds great! Do you know the nutritional facts?

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 

      11 years ago from New Hampshire

      This caught my eye. Donuts are tasty, but typically fattening. I can't wait to try this! I'm going to improvise the recipe a bit and add coco powder and roll the finished product in coconut.

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      Lela Davidson 

      11 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

      But can we make a low fat, at-home Krispy Kreme - because once you've had one of those.... This recipe looks good too! Do you have a WW count on it?

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      Maria C 

      11 years ago from Philippines

      This is really a must-try. Thanks. I've been looking for something like this recipe. I look donuts too.

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      susi tanto 

      11 years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia

      Hmmm...I like donuts :)

      If u like low fat receipe ..I have one, see my hub

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      11 years ago

      mmmm...Thanks! I just found a second hand 70's era doughnut baker and can't wait to try this recipe! It will be a nice, healthier departure from the deep fried ones we used to make, especially since I often sub other whole grains in with delicious results.

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      11 years ago

      Thanks, I'll have to go into this low fat alternative of my favorite snack. Neve thought it is possible with donuts.

    • AlexJC profile image


      11 years ago from Mississippi

      I will definitely give this a try. Baked doughnuts are a GREAT alternative to the kinds you'll find in a donut shop or even Wal-Mart! Much better for you.

      Thanks for the recipe!

    • C.S.Alexis profile image


      11 years ago from NW Indiana

      I have a donut WEAKNESS...have to try this!

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      Karen Ellis 

      11 years ago from Central Oregon

      Now if we could only get the carbs out of them. Yummy.

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      Blogger Mom 

      11 years ago from Northeast, US

      Healthy donuts?!? I'll gladly give it a go. =) - Deb

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      drummer boy 

      11 years ago from Kirksville,MO

      This sure does look good, I love donuts with a nice tall glass of Milk.

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      Reid Martin Basso 

      11 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Ok, well, my wife and I baked these this morning...

      Yummy! I'm usually pretty skeptical of internet recipes...

      This one was a winner. Thanks, Maddie!

      R. Martin Basso

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      11 years ago from Tennessee USA

      I also love donuts. But, I am diabetic. Anything that can help with that little dab will do you craving I'm for. Thankns for the hub! Thumbs up!

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      11 years ago from Tucson

      I love donuts too - but I'm also at that age where the less of everything edible is better. Thanks for the great idea.

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      11 years ago from Fremont CA


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      11 years ago

      Your hub reminds me of a company a few years ago that was re-packaging krispy kreme donuts as "low-fat" donuts, until he was caught. This donut recipe is definitely worth trying.

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      white atlantic 

      11 years ago from INDIA

      i will try to make one.:)

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      11 years ago

      I didn't even know it was possible to bake donuts. Thanks for the great recipes.

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      Cailin Gallagher 

      11 years ago from New England

      A fun recipe to try with the kids....nice for a sleepover for older girl's birthdays. Thank you!

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      11 years ago

      i love donuts that's for the recipts

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      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      I LOVE>>>> doughnuts. I have bookmarked this that's for sure. thanks Maddie


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