Healthy Powdered Sugar Donuts

Donuts make such lovely coffee companions.

When I think of coffee and donuts, I always entertain that early scene in Lady and the Tramp where the owners send Lady out for the paper and reward her return with a saucer of coffee and a bit of cake donut. While I’ve never actually met a dog who desired hot coffee and cake donuts, I feel that mine could probably be conditioned to enjoy the two as much as I. Or perhaps our new kitten, Coco Chanel. She loves cheerios which are fairly clothes to donuts, at least in shape.

Donuts dowsed in powered sugar are seemingly one of the most delicious dishes on Earth. When they are still quite warm and the sugar seems to sink down in tiny pockets leaving a slightly syrupy coating on the outside….yum. Feel free to add a few blueberries and lemon zest to mix things up or simply return to those childhood days of packaged Donettes on a bit of a healthier, homemade scale.

Healthy Powdered Sugar Donuts

(inspired by this recipe)

Yield: 12 donuts


1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 egg
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2-1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease doughnut pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine milk, yogurt, egg, oil and vanilla in a separate, smaller bowl.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry  and stir only until combined.
  5.  Spoon batter into a plastic bag, snipping off a small corner. Pipe dough into each donut cup filling indentions about 3/4 of the way.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes, allowing donuts to cool only slightly.
  7. Place 1/2 cup of powdered sugar in a plastic bag. Adding 2-3 donuts at a time, shake bag until donuts are completely covered in powdered sugar. Place back on cooling rack and allow sugar to set. Repeat with remaining donuts, adding more sugar as needed. Enjoy!

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