Fat-Free Mini Donuts

by on April 10, 2009
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Fat-Free Mini DonutsIf it weren’t for my daughter, I probably wouldn’t post this recipe. Cute though they are, mini donuts, even if they’re fat-free and made with whole wheat flour, really aren’t the healthy kind of food that I want to advocate.

But my daughter couldn’t get enough of them and insisted: “I rate them 6 out of 5 crumbs, Mom! You have to post them!” Never mind that A] they were fiendishly hard to get out of the donut pan (she dipped them in glaze while I handled that frustrating task) B] they taste more like tiny sponge cakes than donuts (the better to soak up the sugar glaze, she says) and C]…well, I don’t really have a C. If the fact that they’re loaded with sugar, stick to the pan, and don’t taste like real donuts doesn’t turn you off, then who am I to keep the recipe from you?

Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Fat-Free Mini Donuts

Mini Donuts as Cupcakes

Update 5/28/13: My daughter made these today in a cupcake tin and topped them with a brown sugar glaze. Though they didn’t rise as high as cupcakes, they were delicious–and much easier to get out of the pan than mini donuts. The recipe made 9 regular-sized muffins.

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1 SusanV August 1, 2009 at 9:10 am

Here are the comments that were posted before the blog was moved:

VeggieGirl said…

Too cute!!

11:54 AM, April 10, 2009
Carrie said…

These are adorable!

12:14 PM, April 10, 2009
Fairly Odd Mother said…

Thank you! As the mama to an allergic-to-milk daughter, it’s great to find treats she can have every now and then—and ones that will be better for all of us than what is mass-produced.

12:15 PM, April 10, 2009
jess (of Get Sconed!) said…

Well they’re pretty gosh darn adorable, Susan!

12:22 PM, April 10, 2009
Aliona said…

These are so cute!
Susan, thanks for such a great fat-free recipe!
For sure I will try cupcake version.

12:26 PM, April 10, 2009
Gina said…

They’re so cute!! 6 out of 5 crumbs?? That’s serious!!

12:45 PM, April 10, 2009
OpenID jaxin said…

They may not be super healthy, but 73 calories and no fat for a fun sweet treat? I don’t think you can beat that. 🙂

12:48 PM, April 10, 2009
shelby said…

Those are so adorable! I think I’ll make them as cupcakes…the texture sounds heavenly!

12:51 PM, April 10, 2009
Jessie said…

These are really cute! They are healthy enough for me in terms of desserts, thanks for posting the recipe.

12:53 PM, April 10, 2009
sheena said…

this is crazy! i literally got my mini donut pan in the mail today and am going to be bakin up some donuts this weekend for easter =)

12:54 PM, April 10, 2009
OpenID shellyfish said…

Adorable and I love the springy-colours! Though, now I have yet another reason to long for a mini-donut pan that is unavailable here…probably for my own good!

1:47 PM, April 10, 2009
Sarah said…

Awesome! I find adding a pinch of nutmeg heightens the “old fashioned” doughnutty-ness of my baked ones, I can’t wait to try these

2:23 PM, April 10, 2009
julie hasson said…

They’re really cute Susan! I know my kids will love them, so I’ll have to try them soon.


2:32 PM, April 10, 2009
nora said…

Adorable! I’m lovin the easter pastels 🙂 and they’re really not THAT unhealthy!

2:35 PM, April 10, 2009
Anonymous said…

They look amazing!! As always!

BTW, I have suddenly gone crazy for korean food & found this wonderful site, I thought you might be interested…


3:19 PM, April 10, 2009
Anonymous said…

I really look forward to the emails I receive from your site. You have a wonderful sense of fun. Thank you for the laugh and all the really good recipes you have posted in the past 😉 It is so nice that you listen to your daughter.

3:19 PM, April 10, 2009
Anonymous said…

Aww, these are just too cute for words, even if I can’t eat them! I love E’s enthusiasm for them, too.

Happy Easter!


4:34 PM, April 10, 2009
Macie said…

Aww! How cute!

4:41 PM, April 10, 2009
OpenID emmyster said…

Wouldn’t make ’em, but they look pretty!


5:40 PM, April 10, 2009
Anonymous Katharina said…

These just look incredible!

7:23 PM, April 10, 2009
MamaDog said…

I just whipped these up tonight for my son’s 1/2 birthday treat. They took almost no time at all when making as 12 muffins.

I did make some augmentations: vanilla soymilk, vanilla soy yogurt, OJ instead of water, adding 1 heaping teaspoon of lemon zest, and xylitol (a natural, low-glycemic sweetener) instead of sugar. Oh, and my son doesn’t like icing so I left them plain but sprinkled some tiny candy sprinkles on top (yea, they fall off, but it does the trick).

Thanks for the handy, quick and yummy recipe!

7:27 PM, April 10, 2009
Laci said…

Unbelieveable- while I have too many vegan easter goodies, I will definatly try to create these- I even have a mini donut pan, couincidentally! 🙂

7:48 PM, April 10, 2009
asha said…

ahhh so cute!!!

7:55 PM, April 10, 2009
Pepper said…

Darn, I threw out my donut pan when i became vegan! But these look so cute. My 3 year old will eat anything that resembles dessert. I’m trying to kick the donut/munchkin habit, I’ll have to try these!

8:20 PM, April 10, 2009
DJ Karma said…

Your daughter is too cute!

9:42 PM, April 10, 2009
veggievixen said…

wow. fat free?? really?? what a feat.

they look adorable, especially the cute bright colors!

12:39 AM, April 11, 2009
Anjali and Amman said…

These look delicious! Just in time for some vegan Easter treats.

2:01 AM, April 11, 2009
jodye said…

It is Easter, after all.. and they look perfect!

8:55 AM, April 11, 2009
just me said…

love them!!!

12:04 PM, April 11, 2009
Michelle @ Find Your Balance Health said…

Well, they are cute! And if your daughter is involved in the kitchen I say who cares what the recipe is, what’s more important is that she’s into it, right?

12:07 PM, April 11, 2009
Shannon said…



12:50 PM, April 11, 2009
Siri said…

they look so cute Susan 🙂 and colorful too!


1:58 PM, April 11, 2009
Ricki said…

Well, they certainly LOOK wonderful! I like the cupcake option, too, though.

6:47 PM, April 11, 2009
Eating Consciously said…

mini donuts seem to be all the rage right now

10:07 PM, April 11, 2009
Elyse said…

Despite all your warnings, I still think these look fabulous–and totally like something I would want to try. Yum!

11:15 PM, April 11, 2009
A_and_N said…

you should SO patent this thing! The minute you said fat free I bookmarked it!

And guess what, I am a Simpsons fan so….
mmmmmm….donutsssssss 🙂

7:40 AM, April 13, 2009
jennyfurlynn said…

these are *so* cute! this may justify me having to get a mini donut pan… >:)

12:50 PM, April 13, 2009
I’m Philippa O said…

they are pretty cute though! i wouldn’t mind wearing them!

4:25 AM, April 14, 2009
Lauren said…

Never thought I would live to see fat-free donuts! And 73 calories for two!! What a winning recipe!

8:30 AM, April 14, 2009
SusanV said…

Lauren, they’re tiny and very “fluffy,” so it’s almost impossible just to stop at two. Just so you’re warned! 🙂

8:43 AM, April 14, 2009
Steph (I am Bee) said…

these look so cute! annnnd yummy!

10:11 AM, April 14, 2009
K.C.G.P. said…

do you have any other recipies for the mini doughnut pan?

10:16 AM, April 14, 2009
jenny said…

Oh yum!!!!

12:52 PM, April 14, 2009
Jennifer said…

these are great! i just made them tonight, but made a couple substitutions–

i used whole wheat flour instead of white.

i never keep yogurt on hand, so i used an equal amount of soymilk, and added a tablespoon of lime juice. (i ran out of lemon juice.)

the batter was fine in the mini donut pans, and they definitely needed a toothpick to come out (and i sprayed the heck out of my pans), but they were quite tasty. my husband gobbled them down by the handful 🙂

i think i’d like to play around with the flavors a bit more– maybe add some lime zest or lemon icing or something. maybe even orange donuts with chocolate glaze.

i love an excuse to take my mini donut pan out of the cupboard!

11:51 PM, April 14, 2009
tuki said…

I love your blog! Thankyou!!

2:29 AM, April 15, 2009
Cindy DG said…

These look great!

12:56 PM, April 15, 2009
Boba Tea said…

o i love them. must be very delicious.

1:29 PM, April 15, 2009
Slim Vegan said…

Those look great! Can’t wait to try them.

2:00 PM, April 15, 2009
Chocolate Shavings said…

Those are adorable! And healthy too? I’m in!

10:21 AM, April 16, 2009
Jennifer said…

Those are SO cute and Healthy!!!!!!!!!!

11:01 AM, April 16, 2009
stephchows said…

Well at least they look pretty 😀 Adorable story!

11:09 AM, April 16, 2009
Theresa Roach said…

These look awesome. I already posted a link on my blog. I hope I have some time to try out the recipe soon. 🙂

2:42 PM, April 16, 2009
Xtreme English said…

Six out of five crumbs! that girl will go far!!

6:19 PM, April 16, 2009
CCC (Crazy Cooking Camper) said…

These donuts look SO yummy! I will share the link with the readers of PassiFlora magazine (www.passifloramag.com) tomorrow. Hope you do not mind.

Can’t wait to make these over the weekend!

10:00 PM, April 16, 2009
john does Amsterdam said…

i LOVE your blog.

i, somehow, managed to stop eating meat over the past year (without a conscious effort as well) – it just happened.

i think europe did it to me.

kudos 🙂

8:58 AM, April 17, 2009
Ksenia said…

That donuts look delicious! Even I try to eat as healthy as it’s possible, sometimes I can’t resist and I indulge myself with some kind of sweet tread (90% chocolate is the best!)
I think than a couple of vegan dounuts won’t hurt anybody 😉

10:58 AM, April 19, 2009
Kristen’s Raw said…

That is funny and so sweet. Love the pic!!! They look totally yummy 🙂


4:18 PM, April 20, 2009
The Veg Next Door said…

Made these into muffins. I blogged about the recipe on my blog. I love how easy it came together. They’re precious!

2:29 PM, July 24, 2009


2 Amelia I. November 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Ok, I need some advice. I want to go vegan but I am afraid that might not work. Only my aunt is vegan and the rest of my family is not. I don't want to make it difficult for anybody. What is your advice?


3 Stephanie December 26, 2009 at 8:49 pm

I made these today with the mini donut pan I got for Xmas (which I asked for specifically so I could try this recipe).

I made mine with applesauce instead of yogurt, added some nutmeg and ground cloves to the batter, and subbed honey for the sugar. I also added some maple syrup to the icing to make a maple glaze.



4 Anastasia February 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm

These look amazing!! I can't wait to make them…However, as a health concious person, I was wondering if you could provide the nutritional information. This would be much appreciated!!


5 Countess of Anal Crisco February 19, 2010 at 5:58 am

Is there anything that you can substitute for the soy yogurt? I live in South Korea and can't find that in stores here. Thanks!


6 SusanV February 19, 2010 at 8:36 am

You can use apple sauce or mashed banana instead of the soy yogurt.


7 Kenna February 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm

These were the most amazing things ever. There are not enough adjectives to describe how delicious these were. I have almost eaten all of them and I made them four hours ago. So so so so good.


8 Alex August 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

These look so good!


9 Hannah June 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I made these today; they are so quick and delicious! As I didn’t have any powdered sugar for the icing I rolled them in cinnamon sugar- so good.
Thanks for all your great recipes!


10 Gloria Huerta July 28, 2011 at 12:21 am

You’re too funny! The Donuts do look cute. There’s also a good recipe on Vegan Yum Yum’s site. My daughter likes to make those and they turn out pretty good.
I love your site.


11 anginindra July 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Cant hardly wait to try it at home,cause Im a baker my self
looks promising


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