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Donut Worry: Healthier Donut recipes are here!

Did you know that June 1st was National Donut Day?! We of course had to have a little party to celebrate. It was also an early birthday party for my daughter who turns 10 this summer. Turning Double Digits calls for an extra sweet celebration.

Since donuts were the theme, we served “Breakfast for Dinner”….

Rainbow fruit skewers: these were a huge hit with the kids

We didn’t want to just fill them up on donuts of course, so we had some healthy fruit (high in vitamins, minerals and fiber) along with:

Egg & Vegetable “Muffins”, turkey bacon and sausage (for some protein) per the birthday girl’s request.

An electric buffet server keeps the food warm and at the correct internal temperature to prevent food borne illness. Highly recommended for parties!

SO good. Recipe coming soon!

Also, we had an Oatmeal station which ended up being really popular with the girls. The berry oatmeal slow cooked on low over hours in the crock pot. We had a toppings bar of brown sugar, unsweetened coconut flakes, dried fruit and dark chocolate chips.

Berry oatmeal recipe also coming soon!

The ample dinner was filling so each guest was happy to only have a donut (or maybe two!) at the party and not be overloaded on sugar.  A donut themed twister game also helped the girls to burn off some extra energy!

A highlight of the party was the main activity of jewelry making courtesy of a wonderful San Francisco Bay Area company called Dragonfly Designs

(they have a location in San Diego as well).

Ready, set, bead!

So. many. beads!

What to make first?

Make them all!

Their lovely employees (“fly girls”!) came to quickly set up the most elaborate “bead bar” we’ve ever seen. Party guests were able to design and create unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets, hair jewelry, ankle bracelets, bookmarks, key chairs, zipper pulls, sun catchers and more.

Taking instructions from the very knowledgeable fly girls. Mom was officially off duty and could relax with other parent guests once they took over. Highly recommend!

So impressed with what these 9 & 10yr olds were able to create! Beautiful designs and such high quality materials.

All that jewelry making really worked up an appetite, so next up it was time for DONUTS!

Being that we are Dietitians, we had to incorporate some healthier versions of donuts. Keeping in mind that our party guests were kids, we made sure they tasted just as good as the originals. A much healthier option than the typical fried donut is to bake them in a donut pan. This step alone will drastically cut down on the fat content and overall calories. By sweetening our donuts with pure maple syrup and adding additional healthy ingredients like fresh fruit, wheat flour and flax seeds- we were able to make them more nutritious but also still tasting like a decadent dessert.

Freshly baked!

Freshly glazed!

Strawberry perfection!

Donut making is such a fun activity to do with your kids. You can also check out our Matcha Donuts, for a more grown up flavor.

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We hope you enjoy our healthier donut recipes. They are perfect for any brunch or birthday party. Donut forget to celebrate with these on next year’s National Donut Day!

5 from 1 vote

Baked Strawberry Donut

Perfect for breakfast or snack, this strawberry donut is a healthier version of the traditional fried version. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp canola oil
  • 3/4 cup white wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat an oven to 375°F. Lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Put strawberries in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. ( Optional: you can put the pureed strawberries through a sieve if you desire a smooth consistency.)

  3. Combine all dry ingredients and mix. Your dry ingredients include flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients. 

  5. Once oven is preheated, lightly mix the wet ingredients with the dry. Add in pureed strawberries. Do not over-mix or you will end up with a very chewy and tough consistency. 

  6. Bake for 10 -12 minutes until the batter is dry. Let sit for 5 minutes.

To make the strawberry frosting, puree a cup of strawberries until smooth. Add confectioners sugar and a pinch of salt until smooth and you achieve the desired consistency. Dip each individual donut and let rest on a baking rack.


5 from 1 vote

Baked Chocolate Donuts

This baked chocolate doughnut delivers on rich, chocolate flavor and fiber!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1/2 cup raw cacao
  • 1 3/4 cup Whole wheat cake flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 ea eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp ground flax seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray the wells of two donut pans.  

  2. Combine dry ingredients and chocolate chips in a bowl. Mix well. 

  3. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Your wet ingredients are eggs, milk, vanilla extract, oil and vinegar.

  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and incorporate well. Be careful not to over-mix.

  5. Add combined product to donut pan. Fill each well until 1/2 way full. 

  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until the batter is cooked thoroughly. Let rest for one minute. Then take out donut to dry on a cooling rack. 

To make it extra decadent, you can make a simple chocolate icing. Measure out 1 cup of chocolate chips and 4 tablespoons of your choice of milk. Pour in a microwave safe bowl and heat until you see bubbling. Stir until smooth. Dip each donut and let cool on rack.

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  • Reply
    June 29, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    What a cute party! I’ll be checking out dragonfly- what a fun birthday idea!

  • Reply
    June 29, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    These donuts sound so good. Buying a donut pan now!

  • Reply
    June 29, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I want a donut/jewelry party for myself!!! So fun.

  • Reply
    Deborah Brooks
    July 2, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Breakfast for dinner is the best! I bet your daughter and her friends loved this!

  • Reply
    July 3, 2018 at 3:02 am

    A donut party, I love it!! So sweet and looks like everyone had a fun time! I can’t wait to try this recipe too, I love chocolate donuts!

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