Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts with Lemon Glaze


The last time I checked it was March…where is time going?

Things have been busy…and I have been missing my weekend morning routine of healthifying carbalicious breakfasts and downing borderline unsafe amounts of coffee (kinda kidding).

Things have been popping up right and left that are making life hectic and I promise that when the time is right, I’ll tell you all about it. (No, I’m not pregnant ๐Ÿ˜‰ )


Not only life is getting in my way, but injuries, too. Before yesterday, my last workout was Tuesday thanks to my office chair injury. I ran 4 miles yesterday afternoon while catching up with the DVR (The Biggest Loser was seriously off the chain last week…and not in a good way at all. Thoughts on this?). My ankle felt about 80% better. There was a small tinge of pain, but no limp in my stride. I’ll take it.

I think the doughnuts cured my injury. That only seems logical.


Doughnuts cure other things, like Mr. Prevention’s protest against breakfast.

He took one bite of these doughnuts and said, “Wow, these are sweet!”

And of course I responded with, “For a mere 108 calories and 21 grams of carbohydrate…you’re welcome!”

And then he ate another.


Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts with Lemon Glaze adapted from The Imitation Chef and originally,

nonstick cooking spray
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice


Preheat oven to 425 F. Coat doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine flour and next four ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl and whisk together. Combine buttermilk, eggs, honey, oil and vanilla in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture into flour mixture; whisk until just combined.

Spoon or pipe the batter into the pan until 1/2 full. Bake 7-8 minutes. Let cool in pan four a few minutes and turn out.

Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Dip one side of the doughnuts in the glaze and serve.

Yield: 18 doughnuts with glaze.

Nutrition Information (per doughnut): 108 calories; 1.7 g. fat; 21 mg. cholesterol; 121 mg. sodium; 21 g. carbohydrate; 1.3 g. fiber; 1.1 g. protein

Result: Mmmm! Can you tell I’m on a lemon kick lately? These are sweet and so satisfying! I omitted 2 tablespoons of butter and subbed in 1 tablespoon of canola oil, reduced the sugar from 1/2 cup to 1/4 cup, used all whole wheat pastry flour, and reduced the honey by 1 tablespoon. Still, these were plenty sweet, had great texture, and were a perfect start to a weekend morning! Quick and simple to make, too!


ย We are doing a CostCo and Trader Joe’s run today and I get to play hockey tonight! Sunday is shaping up to be good!



  1. says

    I bought a doughnut pan months ago, but have yet to use it. These sound great! Would I be able to substitute regular whole wheat flour for the pastry flour? I guess I could try and see :)

    • Nicole, RD says

      Alyssa: You can, but I would recommend half whole wheat and half all-purpose to be sure they didn’t come out too dense and dry. :)

    • Nicole, RD says

      Oh my gosh…is it bad if I admit that was funny? Since you were okay and all :) My office chair injury was just getting up…twisted it bad (!?!?!). How was your birthday?? We need to catch up soon! Maybe pick a night for double date??

  2. michele says

    Oh yea, another reason to pull out the doughnut pan! I love lemons. too……’s such a refreshing taste! And there’s no excuse not to eat breakfast with these around……..even if you’re running late, these are great for on-the-go.

  3. Michelle says

    BL was out of control this week. I think they were both idiots for the choice they made. Standing up for your “morals”? Really? The show does this kind of thing every season…you knew that when you signed up. Now they are not even eligible for the at-home prize. I think they will regret their decision (whether they admit it or not). Crazy.

    • Nicole, RD says

      They had to have felt dumb when the lawyer was like, “Actually, it says right here that this was going to happen…and you signed right here.” Not that I believe everything (or most) about reality TV, but I sure believe that! I did not know that those who left would not be eligible for the at-home prize…wow.

  4. says

    These look great! I love the changes you made. I need to get better at adapting recipes to make them healthier! Are there any standard go to substitutes?

  5. says

    How can these look so fabulous and be only 108 calories? That is amazing. I love baked donuts and I certainly don’t use my donut pan enough. You’ve convinced me it is time to break it out and make me some buttermilk donuts! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. says

    I love your baked doughnut creations! Before I was really following you, I somehow stumbled across your blueberry lemon ones (at least, I think that was what they were) and still have them pinned. They are waiting for me to get a doughnut pan. And now, you taunt me again with your lemon lovlies. Must get a doughnut pan!

  7. Jon says

    OMG – I just stumbled upon these from another website. I’m currently training for competition, so I can’t eat these, but this is going to be one the first things I make when I’m done!! Now, to find a donut pan!

  8. says

    Are these doughnuts light? Do they taste baked? Can you tell? Would they fool someone who didn’t know they were baked? I’ve never thought about baking doughnuts before. Interesting food for thought…

  9. says

    haha doughnuts seriously solve all problems! Especially 100 calorie doughnuts… I’ll take a dozen please :) Congrats on Top 9!! These are ADORABLE and look soooo yummy!

  10. says

    Yum! I love that these use whole wheat flour. I’ve been hesitating to make whole grain lemon baked goods because I assumed the lemon flavor wouldn’t be strong enough to hide the healthy flavor. I’ll have to give these a try! And your pictures are lovely. :)


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