Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts

Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts are fluffy whole grain lemon cake donuts topped with a luscious lemon glaze!

Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts are fluffy whole grain lemon cake donuts topped with a luscious lemon glaze!

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I’m finally getting into Easter mode after making my Slow Cooker Orange Bourbon Maple Glazed Ham last weekend.  Yes, I was a week early but at least it got me in the spirit!

You know what else got me in the spirit?  These Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts.  I went on a lemony baking spree last weekend because a friend gave me some gorgeous lemons from her tree.

I prized those lemons and didn’t want to squander them away in just anything.   I wanted to make something that would really make them shine.

Not that they don’t shine all by themselves. 🙂

I made a batch of lemon bars which I’ll share here eventually and these Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts.  I realized that I hadn’t pulled out my donut pans in ages (I use these non-stick donut pans from Wilton), and it was time to remedy that.

The inspiration for these donuts came a few months ago while I was working at my computer in the kitchen.  The news was on in the background and I heard that Krispy Kreme Donuts took a poll asking people to vote on a new flavor of donut.  The voters chose Lemon Glaze!

I was surprised by this, but I thought that sounded like a phenomenal idea for my next donut recipe.

By the way…is it doughnut or donut?

Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts are fluffy whole grain lemon cake donuts topped with a luscious lemon glaze!

I’ll admit that I’d never gone to Krispy Kreme until I was pregnant with my second son.  I had mad donut cravings during that pregnancy and made special trips out there just to pick up a donut or two.

Once I gave birth I never went back…isn’t that crazy?

The truth is that baked donuts are where it’s at for me.  I don’t care for regular donuts because they’re so sweet and they always make me feel so blah afterward.

Baked donuts are really just muffins in a fun donut shape….with glaze of course.  These Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts have more glaze than I normally use because the glaze needed to stand out for my photos.

That glaze does add some nice drama. 🙂

Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts are fluffy whole grain lemon cake donuts topped with a luscious lemon glaze!

As luscious as these donuts look, they won’t break the bank calorie-wise.  They come in at about 223 calories per donut and they’re whole grain so there is some nutrition going on.

I adapted this recipe from my Healthier Blueberry Lemon Muffins because it’s one of my favorites.  The texture is fluffy and tender and they’ve got a delicious tang from low fat buttermilk.

The prep for these Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts is super easy.  Spray the donut pans with cooking spray to ensure that they pop right out.

I like to pipe the batter into the donut cavities because it’s quicker, but you can certain spoon it in as well if you can keep from making a mess (I can’t!).

They bake up in 15 minutes, then cool them in the pan for 10 minutes.  Remove them from the pan and cool completely, then it’s time for that glaze!

The hardest part will be waiting for the glaze to set before you eat one, but honestly they’re great when they’re nice and wet and drippy too.

These Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts are such a great spring brunch option for Easter or Mother’s Day, or any time you want a fun, special breakfast.

Or when someone nice gives you lemons!  They’re not just for lemonade after all. 🙂

Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts are fluffy whole grain lemon cake donuts topped with a luscious lemon glaze!

More lemon recipes:

Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon

Lemon Tarragon Chicken Salad Wraps

Sheet Pan Lemon Thyme Chicken with Potatoes and Green Beans

Spring Farro Salad with Feta, Lemon and Mint

Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts

Lemon Glazed Baked Donuts are fluffy whole grain lemon cake donuts topped with a luscious lemon glaze!

Ingredients:

For the donuts:

  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat white flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (or substitute with granulated or brown sugar)
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup low fat buttermilk (or substitute with your favorite milk)
  • Zest from 1 medium lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions:

Prepare the donuts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Spray the cavities of (2) donut pans with cooking spray and set aside (I use these pans).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, eggs and oil vigorously until frothy, about 1 minute. Add the buttermilk, lemon zest, juice and vanilla and whisk until well blended.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  5. Place the batter into a zip top bag and cut off one of the corners.  Pipe evenly into the (12) cavities of the prepared donut pan.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until puffed and the tops spring back when pressed gently.
  6. Cool on a wire rack in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely on the wire rack.

Prepare the glaze:

  1. Place a sheet of waxed paper underneath the wire rack.
  2. Place the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and zest into a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice if you’d like a thinner glaze.
  3. Dip the top of each donut into the glaze, and place on the wire rack.  Let the donuts stand at room temperature until the glaze has set.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • *Nutrition information was calculated using My Fitness Pal and is meant to be an estimate only.  The numbers will change based on quantities consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.
  • Don’t prepare the glaze until the donuts have cooled and you’re ready to glaze them as it will harden as it sits.
  • If you want a glaze that’s less tangy, substitute some of the lemon juice for milk.
  • Store leftover donuts in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe source:  Flavor the Moments

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Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 donuts, Serving Size: 1 donut

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 223
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 32mg
  • Sodium: 73mg
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 23g
  • Protein: 4g