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Carrot Cake Donuts

Shower season is upon us! Beautiful spring weather is the perfect backdrop for parties, especially bridal and baby showers. Thus, the theme for May’s Recipe Redux is healthier items to serve at showers.

Take a little walk down memory lane with us as we reminisce about our own showers….

Carlie’s wedding shower, circa 2006

Nothing says bridal shower like a quintessential tea party at Lovejoy’s Tea Room in San Francisco.

Megan’s baby shower in 2008….

Carlie’s baby shower in 2012…

Best baby shower invitation ever

Since showers are commonly brunches, we thought the perfect brunch addition would be a baked donut: full of healthier ingredients and light on the sugar with a simple glaze drizzled on top rather that a thick coating of heavy frosting. We love baked donuts so much, we even threw a donut party last year.

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These carrot cake donuts will satisfy your sweet tooth while providing veggies and fiber without a sugar crash later on. Bake up a batch for a shower or to celebrate national donut day on June 7th!

5 from 2 votes

Carrot Cake Donuts

A healthier baked donut with rich carrot cake flavors

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1.5 c whole wheat pastry
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 c raisins we used golden
  • 3/4 c grated carrots we used purple
  • 1/2 c pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 c unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 c applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/4 c powdered sugar (for the glaze)
  • 1/2 tbs lemon juice (for the glaze)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease donut pan. 

  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients, gently fold in the carrots

  3. In another bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients

  4. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet until evenly incorporated

  5. Pour batter into each donut pan and bake for around 15 minutes, let sit in pan for about 5 mintues before removing

  6. For the glaze: whisk together powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon milk and 1/2 tbs lemon juice- drizzle over donuts

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  • Reply
    May 21, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    These look delish! And also – you guys have the best blog name ever haha. Cheers!

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    Kara Lydon
    May 21, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Yum! I’m also down for a homemade donut! These look delicious!

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    Brittany Poulson
    May 21, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Yum! Looks so good. I love carrot cake, so I imagine I’d LOVE these!

  • Reply
    May 22, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    What a cute post and sweet recipe ❤

  • Reply
    May 22, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Donuts+carrot cake= perfection

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    May 22, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    These look super delicious and I love the shower memories!

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    Alison's Allspice
    May 23, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    I am always jealous when I see people making homemade donuts, so much fun! I need to get myself a donut pan already. These look amazing!

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