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 ;) )


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.


 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. Yeah, I think a donut pan is going to have to be added to Nick’s wish-list…..
    And yes, I agree, this year is FLYING by, and Nick and I are getting married tomorrow (Basically….)

  2. 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. :)

  3. Maybe only 108 calories but I too would have trouble stopping at one

  4. I need a doughnut pan and this recipe just confirmed it! These look so tasty and pretty :)

  5. Christin says:

    Office chair injury? Hmmmm. Sounds familiar. Didja fall out a la me?

    • 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??

  6. 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.

  7. I need to purchase a donut pan– there are just too many tasty recipes out there! Have a great Sunday, Nicole!

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. I just started back on my workout routine yesterday. Seriously, where DID March go?

  11. These look amazing! I still don’t know if I can be trusted with my own doughnut pan. I may eat the whole batch. ;)
    Love Costco and Trader Joes! Hope you got some good stuff!

  12. These look great, love the pics! Nice to connect with you on Foodbuzz :)

  13. 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! :D

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. yum. bookmarked!

  17. Major congrats on your FoodBuzz Top 9, today!

  18. 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…

  19. hi, it looks very nice. How is the texture, is it heavy like muffin?
    Can I substitute yoghurt to buttermilk?

  20. 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!

  21. Congrats on making it to the Top 9!! :D Thoroughly deserved as this looks amazing!!

  22. These look super good. I reallly need to get a doughnut pan now!

  23. 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. :)

  24. i just blogged about this recipe for national donut day!

  25. Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe, Nicole! I finally bought a donut pan and made these. I’ve linked back to you here:

  26. Can i use sunflower oil?


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