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Coconut-Lime Baked Donuts

by flavorthemoments on May 5, 2013

coconut lime baked donuts

coconut lime baked donuts

I’m at it with the donuts again.  It wasn’t long ago that I made my Strawberry Covered Baked Chocolate Donuts, but I’ve been completely ready to try a different flavor.  These Coconut-Lime Baked Donuts have a muffin-like texture, which makes them moister than a lot of baked donuts.  They’ve got double the coconut, with coconut milk AND shredded coconut.  They’re also nice and zesty with lime zest in the donut and lime juice and zest in the glaze.  If you’re a fan of the coconut-lime flavor combination, you’ll just love these.  :smile:

coconut lime baked donuts

If you follow my blog at all, you know I’m crazy about coconut.  I’m always up for baking with coconut milk as well, as it adds a subtle coconut flavor and a nice moistness.  Win-win!  :grin:  I only use light coconut milk, however, as the full fat version has a high amount of saturated fat.  Coconut in general has a high amount of saturated fat, but I simply use smaller quantities as a little goes a long way!

coconut lime baked donuts

The lime juice in the glaze is SO refreshing.  A burst of citrus flavor is always welcome, where I’m concerned!  :wink:  Lime zest in the donut batter, glaze, and the shredded coconut gives the eater a nice visual of the flavor to come!  Lime juice in the glaze gives it that wonderful pop of freshness.  :smile:

coconut lime baked donuts

These Coconut-Lime Baked Donuts are festive.  I just love the bright white color with the little flecks of bright green lime zest.  They’re sophisticated, yet fun, and perfect for anyone that loves coconut!

coconut lime baked donuts

Coconut-Lime Baked Donuts

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 donuts

Coconut-Lime Baked Donuts

Coconut-Lime Baked Donuts have a muffin-like texture, with a coconut milk and lime juice glaze and shredded coconut on top. Delicious!


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon lime zest

1 egg

1/3 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup light coconut milk

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons light coconut milk

zest of 1 lime, divided

3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the cavities of (2) 6-cavity donut pans.

Cream the butter, sugar, and lime zest in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat just until incorporated. Stir in the finely shredded coconut.

Stir the vanilla into the 1/2 cup of coconut milk and set aside. Whisk the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add to the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the coconut milk, beating after each addition just until blended. Fill the donut cavities 2/3 full of batter and bake for 18-20 minutes. Cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes, then remove and cool completely.

Prepare the Glaze:

In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, lime juice, half of the reserved lime zest, and coconut milk until smooth. Place the sweetened shredded coconut and remaining lime zest on a plate and toss to combine. Dip the cooled donuts in the glaze, then immediately into the shredded coconut. Place on a cooling rack over baking sheet at room temperature until set. Store donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.


Fill the donut batter into a zip top bag and snip off the corner to pipe into the donut cavities for less mess!

Recipe adapted from Kitchen Confidante


{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

liz May 6, 2013 at 6:31 am

These look delicious and I love coconut too! Pinning!


flavorthemoments May 6, 2013 at 7:30 am

Thanks, Liz! I need to try your margarita macaroons!


Jerry | Simply Good Eating May 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

Wow these coconut lime baked donuts look amazing. I love citrus flavors and agree with you on how refreshing these donuts taste.


flavorthemoments May 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

The more lime the better, right!


Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies May 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

I love baking donuts, and a coconut donut sounds perfect for springtime and summer :)


flavorthemoments May 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I’m definitely making good use out of my donut pans.


Ashley May 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

These sound wonderful! Love love loving all that coconut – I’m crazy about it too! Plus I love how it makes things look when it’s used as a topping!


flavorthemoments May 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I love how rustic coconut looks and how much texture it lends as a topping. It’s one of my favorite things EVER. Glad you agree!


ashley - baker by nature May 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Coconut Lime Doughnuts sound like the best thing eeeeevvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeer!


flavorthemoments May 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I just love those flavors, too!


Melissa (oddharmonic) May 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm

My mom and I tried the recipe but baked them up in an electric cake pop maker and doubled the glaze and coconut/zest so they could be rolled in it. Holy smokes, they are tasty! There probably won’t be any left for breakfast in the morning.


flavorthemoments May 7, 2013 at 2:04 pm

That’s a phenomenal idea! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!


Cate @ Chez CateyLou May 9, 2013 at 5:26 am

These are so pretty! I’m like you – I love coconut! The combo of coconut and lime reminds me of summer!


flavorthemoments May 9, 2013 at 8:43 am

These are great spring donuts! Thanks, Cate!


Dru @ Teenage Cakeland May 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

I made these donuts and they turned out really well! Delicious recipe :) Heres the blog post if you’d like to read it:

Happy Mothers Day!


flavorthemoments May 12, 2013 at 10:24 am

I’m so glad they turned out good for you! I will check out your blog post. Thanks, Dru!


Dina June 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I love key lime and doughnuts. these sound delish!


flavorthemoments June 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Thank you, Dina! Sounds like you need to try these.


Rachel September 12, 2013 at 6:28 am

I don’t have a donut pan. Could I make these as muffins instead?


flavorthemoments September 12, 2013 at 7:08 am

Yes, I think these would work great as muffins! Just grease the muffin cups or use paper liners and check for doneness around 10 minutes just to be sure. My guess is they would be done baking around 15-20 minutes. Have a great day!


Rachel September 12, 2013 at 7:23 am

Thank you!


flavorthemoments September 12, 2013 at 8:38 am

You’re very welcome.


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