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These clean eating doughnuts will make you a believer in clean eating!

Yep, you read that right. Clean Eating Doooooooooooonuts!!! There, I said it.

I also “made it n’ ate it”. Yep, yep, yep.

A reader asked me if I could possibly come up with a clean eating doughnut recipe because she was craving doughnuts really badly, but didn’t want to get off track with clean eating. I had been meaning to try them for quite some time, so I went down and bought a doughnut pan that very same day.

A single doughnut from this Clean Eating Doughnuts Recipe sits on a white, square plate. It's shown from the side. You can see the brown doughnut, the layer of fruit topping and the ground nuts sprinkled over the top.

In doing some research for this recipe, I stopped by the King Arthur website at a Facebook fan’s suggestion. I trust their recipes and knew that if they had a doughnut recipe, the likelihood of them being good, tasty doughnuts after converting them to clean eating would be a much higher.

Ya. These R.O.C.K.!!!!

Need convincing? Here’s a little temptation to help talk you into making these…

An overhead shot of a single doughnut from this Clean Eating Doughnuts Recipe. It's the same doughnut as above, just looking down from the top. You can see the red fruit spread and chopped nuts over the top of the doughnut.

Oh ya, baby!

There are three Clean Eating Doughnuts signed up on a long, rectangular, white platter. The platter sits on a pink cloth napkin which sits on a wooden table. The doughnuts are lined up from front to back and you can see the red fruit spread with sprinkled nuts over the top.

You know you want some of these, they are just calling your name…

Go ahead. Stop by the store on your way home for the ingredients. You know you wanna…

Okay. Now let’s regain some composure and get to the recipe, shall we?

Doughnut Pan

If you can’t locate a doughnut pan in your area, here’s the one I use. You can get it through Amazon.com. Wilton Nonstick 6-Cavity Donut Pan (affiliate link)

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CLEAN EATING DOUGHNUTS RECIPE:

Clean Eating Doughnuts

If you love doughnuts, I've just gone and made your day. These are delicious and wonderful for either a special occasion breakfast or the occasional dessert!
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 18 doughnuts
Calories: 118kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (affiliate link)
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp. oil (I used grapeseed)
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk (or any milk except coconut)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Spray doughnut pan with oil using an oil mister/sprayer.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the rest of your ingredients, whisking vigorously until slightly foamy.
  • Pour the liquid into the flour, and mix until just well blended. It should be a nice, sticky/thick batter.
  • Spoon the batter into your doughnut pan and bake for 10-12 minutes. Don't walk away from these. They go from golden brown to burnt very quickly. You know they are done when you press on them lightly and they bounce back like a doughnut should.
  • Cool on a cooling rack and top with your favorite toppings.
  • IMPORTANT NOTES:
  • When you fill your doughnut pan, fill it so that the batter is about 1/4 - 1/3 of an inch from the top. It won't seem like much, but these rise a LOT!!! (Sorry about the water, I forgot to photograph the batter in the pan. But this will give you a good idea of where to fill to.)
    Clean Eating Doughnuts Recipe
  • This is what they look like if you use too much batter. One side gets the indentation but no hole, and one side doesn't get anything.
    Clean Eating Doughnuts Recipe
  • TOPPING IDEAS:
  • I topped mine with 100% fruit spread (jelly) and then pressed that into some crushed pecans. But you can also try melting some bakers chocolate with honey or agave and spooning a little over the top. Even just some plain honey drizzled over the tops would be yummy!

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1doughnut | Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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89 Comments

  1. Melissa Miller says:

    Thanks for the Porn lol!! That was a good morning chuckle!! Looks great now to go get a donut pan hmmm!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Melissa – I have the link at the bottom if you can’t find it in the store. But many kitchen supply stores have them.

  2. Tanya @ Sunday Baker says:

    OH my…you are awesome for posting this. My husband will thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tanya – LOL! Hope he enjoys them!

  3. Gail Wood says:

    The donuts look very tempting, but I don’t eat anything with wheat flour in it. (No more headaches or foggy brain.) Have you ever used teff flour? I thought I might experiment with it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gail – I have not. Sorry. But these are definitely worth the experiment! Let me know how they turn out if you try them!

  4. well, we used to take a bike ride to a nearby donut shop for a fun Sunday treat once a month or so….but this makes me want to run to get a donut pan now!

    and I need to grab some of that flour here real soon. I don’t think what I bought is the right stuff.

    Happy Tuesday!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cindy – What’s wrong with the flour you bought? And yes, buy the pan. These are sooo worth it!

  5. Dawn Holmgren says:

    MUST…..FIND……DONUT….PAN………………..NOW!!!!!!!!! =)
    I have been so blessed to find your site! My kids and I have been looking through all your recipes and they are picking out which one they want to call “theirs”! YOU R.O.C.K 😉

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dawn – Awwwe!! That’s awesome!! I love it when kids get excited about healthy food!!
      If you can’t find a doughnut pan at a local kitchen supply, I have a link at the bottom of the recipe here where you can buy it online. Enjoy!

  6. trude wofford says:

    Tiffany, I will be getting the pan this week and trying these!!! I will also try the recipe with flours other than wheat as well because one daughter has celiac, but she loves doughnuts too!!! thanks for the recipe, I just love the idea of sunday morning doughnuts and a cup of the kona coffee my son sent from Hawaii

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trude – Oh my! That DOES sound good! Enjoy!

  7. I usually add a little bit of nutmeg to the recipe as well. It gives it that “real” cake donut taste. King Arthur rocks. They have a great whole-grain baking cookbook.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brenda – I thought about trying that, as it was in the original recipe. I’ll add it next time I make them. Thanks! And yes, I’ve seen the cookbook. But it’s not about baking with 100% whole grains. You mix the whole wheat flour with regular flour for most of the recipes. Though I suppose I could convert them. Hmmm…..

  8. Oh, Sweet-Mother-Mary-May-I-Have-Another…
    BAKED doughnuts?! Maturity aside… ::happy dances::

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Charlena – ROFL!!!!!!! Girl, you crack me up!!! 🙂

  9. Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey says:

    So fun! I need a doughnut pan!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelsey – definitely worth the investment!

  10. How awesome is this?! Last night I was craving donuts sooo bad and it took everything (just about) for me to walk away from the donut shelf. Today, I learn about King Arthur Organic Flours on the Organic Food Online Coupons website and wonder if they’re a reputable company to order from (they’re only available online unless you live near the East Coast, I gather). And just now I see that they ARE reputable because they are on your website and that I CAN have donuts!! LOL ~~~ Being a mom & a person trying to make healthy choices for my family I have to say, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your website!! Thank you so much for everything you put into it!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      cdardar – Awwwe, thank you! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my site! I know you’re gonna love these doughnuts! Crazy good!!

  11. Before clean eating my ‘breakfast of champions’ was coffee and doughnuts. Now thanks to you, I can have my favorite breakfast again. Bless you!

    Going out to get my doughnut pan TODAY!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Donna – Oh dear! LOL!!!

  12. Skinny Fat Kid says:

    This recipe alone makes me want to go out and buy a donut pan!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      SFK – LOL! You should!

  13. Whole Grain Nut says:

    I want to make these, but I’m wondering if there’s a typo in the amount of honey. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so 3/4 cup is equivalent to 1 cup of sugar. With only 2 cups of flour that seems like a lot of honey to me. Is it possible it was meant to be 1/4 cup honey?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      WGN – Nope, no typo. It was 3/4 cups. But you can certainly try it with 1/4 cup and see if you like it!

  14. oh! that seems so yummy!!!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Fanny – They really are!!

  15. Thanks for another great recipe! Going to try them in a muffin pan. Will let you know results!

  16. Katherine says:

    Do you think I could use agave instead of honey?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Katherine – Most certainly!! 🙂

  17. oh my goodness, someone mentioned your blog on FB, Clean Eating or Tosca page. Thank you to them. I have been off and on clean eating for years, but ready to go into it full force. Your site might just be the thing I need. Off to find the follow button

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rebecca – Awwwe, thanks so much! Welcome! Let me know if you have any questions, I’m always happy to help. 🙂

  18. King Arthur Flour also has donut pans. I love their recipes, have several of their cookbooks, the best of which is “Whole Grain Baking.” They have all the good grains and flours too, and SAF instant yeast for bread.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Marlene – That’s right! I forgot they had pans too. Thanks for the suggestion!

  19. Tamara Grand says:

    Hi Tiffany,
    We made you clean eating donuts today; found the pan at Michael’s craft store and used our Pro D Day to get busy!
    I made a chocolate glaze and gave the kids sprinkles to decorate (ate mine with fruit jam, just like you suggested!).
    The verdict? Kids cleaned their plates!
    I posted pics on my Facebook page; come take a look!
    Thanks for a great alternative to Tim Hortons (a recent visit there cost me a hefty speeding ticket so I’m not ever going again…)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tamara – Fantastic!!! I’m so happy everyone enjoyed them!! 🙂

  20. these look fantastic!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jen – Thanks! They were!

  21. Lonnie Boe Pedersen says:

    I’m sorry but I don’t se how they can be guilt free, with both honey, wich is sugar, the body can’t tell the difference in “bad” or “good” sugar and the same goes for the whole wheat flour, ofcourse you get a little bit more fibers, but it is still flour and the body treats flour just the same as sugar… I’m sorry…

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lonnie – Yes, the body treats sugar as sugar. You are correct. But you get much more quality out of those calories with honey than you do with refined sugar.

      With whole wheat flour, you not only get fiber but your body also turns the whole grains into glucose much slower than it would with processed white flour, making it a far better choice than that white stuff.

      Any way you look at it, these are the far better choice than the refined, garbage-filled doughnuts you can get at the store.

  22. These look great…and 118 calories..what a bonus!! I do not have a doughnut pan…and really cannot get one…if I buy one more specialty pan, I am afraid my husband will plotz..LOL!! How do you think these would bake up in a muffin tin? I really want to try them…Thanks

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michele – I think you’d have some yummy muffins! (though you may have to adjust the baking times a bit).

  23. i try to eat clean as well and am glad i found your site! these look great!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dina – Fantastic! Happy to have you as a reader!

  24. I made these according to your recipe and I ended up throwing them out. Not tasty at all. I went back over the recipe and everything was correct. Not sure what happened.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kim – Oh no!! Hmmm. Can you tell me what was wrong with them? Maybe I can help figure it out.

  25. Saidah Knutson says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. I think you may have just saved my marriage… hahahaha. If I can pull these off, my husband might stop threatening to buy a McDonald’s franchise….

    1. Anonymous says:

      Saidah – LOL!!!! I’ll be rootin’ for ya!

  26. As soon as I saw these I ordered the doughnut pan. My family loved these. The only modification I made was to add 1 tsp. of vanilla.

    I topped some with a dark chocolate glaze and some in raspberry jam(low sugar). Then, I used the following toppings: walnuts, pecans & unsweetened coconut. The jam topped were preferred over the chocolate(if you can believe that). I am also going to try modifying the recipe that came with the pan by substituting a smaller amount of Sucanat in place of the sugar it calls for just to see how it comes out.

  27. As soon as I saw these I ordered the doughnut pan. My family loved these. The only modification I made was to add 1 tsp. of vanilla.

    I topped some with a dark chocolate glaze and some in raspberry jam(low sugar). Then, I used the following toppings: walnuts, pecans & unsweetened coconut. The jam topped were preferred over the chocolate(if you can believe that). I am also going to try modifying the recipe that came with the pan by substituting a smaller amount of Sucanat in place of the sugar it calls for just to see how it comes out.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Melwis – Fantastic! The sky is the limit, enjoy!! 🙂

  28. Anonymous says:

    Marybeth – I bet you could! Just add about 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice with no sugar in it. That should do the trick! Enjoy!

  29. graciouspantry says:

    Olivia – Haha! Sorry about the shape, but I’m certainly glad they were enjoyed!

  30. graciouspantry says:

    Hanna – Yes, altitude can make a big difference. Glad you enjoyed them!

  31. graciouspantry says:

    Sounds wonderful! Enjoy!

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  33. Kathrina Balston says:

    Made these yesterday! Used agave and my pan was smaller I think (cause I ended up with 24) and I eat them plain cause they are just that good. 🙂 Thank you!!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Haha!!! That’s awesome! Glad you liked them!

  34. MarieWilcox says:

    Oh my! I might try these with coconut oil, coconut milk, and unsweetened coconut on top (with a bit of dark chocolate melted to make it stick!) Thank you!

  35. graciouspantry says:

    No, because oat flour doesn’t have the gluten that wheat flour has.

  36. graciouspantry says:

    Fantastic! I’m glad you enjoyed them!

  37. graciouspantry says:

    Let me know how they turn out!

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  39. Can I just use white whole wheat flour? Or does it have to be a pastry flour?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      You can use the white version, but they will most likely be slightly more dense in texture. Should still be good though!

  40. Ours were really dry, is that how they normally are? Do you think I did something wrong?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      It’s hard to say. They are a bit more dry and dense than any regular doughnut you may be used to. Whole grains do make things a bit drier. But it’s hard to say of it’s just what you are used to (how long have you been eating clean?) or if something really did go wrong. Something could have been mismeasured or forgotten. Did you make any substitutions at all?

  41. Oh no I brought the wrong kind of wheat flour. Its stone ground. Is that gonna matter?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Randi – They will turn out more dense, but they will still be good.

  42. Roberta Cross says:

    The eggs threw me off since I’m a practicing vegan. I do get one regular donut on Thursday from my husband.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Roberta – These are definitely not vegan. The eggs and honey would be the issue. But they are vegetarian.

  43. My friend bought me a donut maker do you think this would work in there?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Monica – I would have no way of knowing. I think a big consideration would be the temp that the machine bakes at.

  44. so want to try these, but hubby has high cholesterol, can I use 1 whole egg instead, of 4? do u know wut I can substitute with? thank u!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelly – You can’t cut down on the eggs. But you can use 2 egg whites for each whole egg. So in this case, it would be 8 egg whites.

  45. Can I make these with white whole wheat flour?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shani – You can, but they’ll be a tiny bit more dense and course.

  46. Purplexrocks says:

    Can I use almond flour instead?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Purplerocks – Not with this. It is formulated for gluten. Sorry! :/

  47. so i think it is already obvious to you that i have been browsing your recipes since i have been into clean eating. 🙂 I am excited for this. hopefully i can get a donut pan here in the Philippines. My son loves doughnuts but the sad part is of course we know that it is really unhealthy and he gets sick every time he gets some doughnuts. At least now I can try this at home and he can have his Healthy Comfort Foods. I’m sure my 2 daughters will love it also. 🙂 Will try the choco syrup this weekend. hahaha will update you regarding this.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Iris – Haha! Try ordering a pan from Amazon if the shipping isn’t too much. That’s the easiest way to get it I think. Hope you enjoy them!

  48. I had a hard time with these. They didn’t taste like fonuts, more like a muffin to me. Did I maybe do something wrong? Shouldn’t there be some cinnamon or some vanilla? There just wasn’t much for taste.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – Hmmm. It’s hard to say. I know mine had lots of flavor, but you can definitely add both cinnamon AND vanilla if you like. I would go with 2 tsp. cinnamon and 2 tsp. vanilla extract. If you really want to up the vanilla flavor, you can scrape some vanilla bean into the batter as well.

  49. My son has an egg allergy. Do you think I could sub flax eggs? Thanks!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Courtney – I haven’t tried it myself, but I’ve heard it works. Maybe try cutting the recipe in half and give it a shot. In theory, it should work. Sorry I can’t be more help!

  50. Cake donut, right? I need a recipe for a yeast donut. I have never been a fan of the cake donuts.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sabrina – I haven’t tried one yet! Sorry…

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