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Baked and Glazed Chocolate Doughnuts

Here’s an option if Coffee Smoothies don’t tickle your fancy. Or if you’ve experienced the life-changing chocolate TimBits from Tim Horton’s…these would be a second choice. It’s torture to pass by the TimBits when I order my morning coffee. Mmm…do I love doughnuts breakfast.

Mr. Prevention was out of town this past weekend so I had to halve the recipe. I’ve made several varieties of baked doughnuts, and yet, this is the first of the chocolate variety. It’s about time, I know…I know. Better late than never!

Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, I was able to limit myself to 4 doughnuts. Yes, that is portion control being exercised. Really. Don’t roll your eyes. I puffy heart doughnuts. Lucky for me, they come in at only 119 calories each. Once again, baked doughnuts exceed my expectations taste-wise and calorie-wise. 😀

These weren’t the lightest baked doughnuts I’ve made, but they sure were good. The butter and the glaze increase the calorie and fat totals, which remain very respectable. Especially for a doughnut. There are some notes in the result below that would help lighten up the recipe even more. 😉


Baked Chocolate Doughnuts adapted from Naturally Ella

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 Tbsp fat-free milk

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp fat-free milk
1/4 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 375 F and spray a doughnut pan with non-stick spray.

In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients for the doughnuts and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, milk, and butter until mixture is slightly frothy. Stir into dry ingredients until ingredients are just combined (do not over mix.)

Scoop batter into plastic or piping bag. Cut a medium size tip (if using the plastic bag) and squeeze batter into doughnut pan, filling each doughnut well about 1/3 full. Or, spoon in and distribute evenly through the well if you’re lazy like me 🙂

Bake for 7-9 minutes until doughnut springs back. Remove from pan and let cool. Once doughnuts are cool, prepare glaze. Dip one side of the doughnut in the icing and return to cooling rack. Yield: 12 doughnuts.

Nutrition Information (per doughnut): 119 calories; 3.8 g. fat; 36 mg. cholesterol; 53 mg. sodium; 19.4 g. carbohydrate; 0.9 g. fiber; 1.3 g. protein

Result: These were awesome! I wish they were a bit more chocolatey, so I may use a bit more cocoa next time in place if some of the sugar. I would also like to try using unsweetened applesauce in place of some, if not all, of the butter. Regardless, 119 calories and less than 4 grams of fat for a doughnut? I’ll take it! Enjoy!


I am heading to Cincinnati after rounds with the doctor today – my friend Mary and I are going to the Cubs vs. Reds game! 😀 Too bad I am going in a hoodie and scarf. And it would appear rain and cold temps are in the forecast all evening. Boo. If there’s one thing I will endure rain & cold for, it’s sports. GO CUBS!!

Question: Where did spring go? 🙁

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. May 17, 2011 / 6:34 am

    Now I like this breakfast option ๐Ÿ™‚ yum!

    • Nicole
      May 18, 2011 / 11:38 am

      LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. May 17, 2011 / 6:37 am

    Mmm…I can’t believe you found a way to make a low-fat donut that still tastes great. You’re a genius, Nicole! Now I just have to get a donut pan… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nicole
      May 18, 2011 / 11:39 am

      I firmly believe everyone needs a doughnut pan ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. May 17, 2011 / 7:04 am

    Four donuts is definitely self control. Plus they are SO not bad calorie-wise either! And they look amazing….the perfect treat!

    Have fun at the game! I’m willing to get rained on for baseball-watching also. It’s in my genes.

  4. May 17, 2011 / 7:31 am

    Nick would love it if I made DONUTS! Of course, I wouldn’t tell them they were so low in calories, no no no.
    Enjoy the Red’s game tonight (GO REDs!!!) I love baseball games in the summer. We never go, but I used to go all the time as a kid, and a few times after college. Good times.

    What are our plans for Friday?? We haven’t decided, have we?

  5. May 17, 2011 / 7:58 am

    Cold coffee may not be my thing, but yes, I can totally get on board with these…

    I’m asking for a donut pan for my birthday this year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. May 17, 2011 / 8:26 am

    My sis is a fan of the chocolate glazed but I’m more of a sour cream glazed kind of girl. Unfortunately those are, like, the worst doughnuts you can get at Timmy’s.

    • May 17, 2011 / 8:27 am

      I lie. Actually Walnut Crunch is the worst-for-you doughnut you can get at Tim Hortons’. Don’t get it. Or do. Because it’s tasty– like chocolate glazed with walnut added.

      • Nicole
        May 18, 2011 / 11:40 am

        I’m scared of their doughnuts. After trying the TimBits I’ve all but sworn them off. I love their coffee and if I know what I’m missing with each pass through the drive-thru…well, it just wouldn’t be good! Talk about a stall on the scale!!!

  7. May 17, 2011 / 9:51 am

    I love bake doughnuts… these sounds really addictive ๐Ÿ™‚ But I will definitely try ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. May 17, 2011 / 11:01 am

    Coffee and doughnuts? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy the game! I’ll be crossing my fingers it doesn’t rain on you.

    • Nicole
      May 18, 2011 / 11:45 am

      It did…oh well ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. May 17, 2011 / 11:05 am

    I have no idea where spring went. It was 49 degrees and misty rain this morning. I’m wearing a sweater to work.

    Enjoy the game – and those donuts look amazing – I love chocolate donuts!

  10. May 17, 2011 / 11:41 am

    Is it weird that I felt full Canadian pride when you mentioned Tim Hortons? I LOOOOVE Tim Hortons, and yes, TimBits are pretty much the best thing ever.

  11. May 17, 2011 / 12:00 pm

    Have fun at the Cubs game! I always love going to baseball games. So much fun!
    Those doughuts look to die for! I would be worried I would eat the whole batch if I made them.

  12. May 17, 2011 / 12:30 pm

    I could go for one of these lovely donuts with my coffee right now! They look awesome and I love how they’re much lighter than a typical donut! Have a great time at the game, Nicole…stay warm and go Cubs! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. May 17, 2011 / 12:51 pm

    Wow this variety of donuts looks awesome! I stil have some leftover dough in my freezer so perhaps I will need to thaw it out and glaze them! Yum!

  14. May 17, 2011 / 1:58 pm

    Yums that looks deeelish and I think I can even make this!

  15. May 17, 2011 / 3:55 pm

    A baked, chocolate donut…and glaze! YUM.

  16. May 17, 2011 / 5:21 pm

    I can’t even the last time I had a donut ๐Ÿ™ I actually passed by a Krispy Kreme on Saturday and it made me crave really bad! lol

  17. Brittany Beard
    June 11, 2011 / 5:26 pm

    Nicole, what size doughnut pan do you use, it is regular size or a mini size pan?

    • Nicole
      June 11, 2011 / 5:29 pm

      Hi Brittany! I believe it would be considered a mini – they’re about 4-inch diameter. I hope that helps!

      • Brittany
        June 11, 2011 / 5:55 pm

        Thank you, I’m going to have to go find one of these pans because these doughnuts look delicious!

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