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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.


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

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!


 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!


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  1. April 22, 2012 / 6:59 am

    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….)

    • Nicole, RD
      April 22, 2012 / 9:03 am

      I know – crazy!!! So exciting!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to see the dress ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. April 22, 2012 / 7:46 am

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nicole, RD
      April 22, 2012 / 9:03 am

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. April 22, 2012 / 9:11 am

    I need a doughnut pan and this recipe just confirmed it! These look so tasty and pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Christin
    April 22, 2012 / 9:40 am

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

    • Nicole, RD
      April 22, 2012 / 10:02 am

      Oh my gosh…is it bad if I admit that was funny? Since you were okay and all ๐Ÿ™‚ 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??

  5. michele
    April 22, 2012 / 10:03 am

    Oh yea, another reason to pull out the doughnut pan! I love lemons. too……..it’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.

  6. April 22, 2012 / 11:27 am

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

  7. Michelle
    April 22, 2012 / 11:33 am

    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
      April 22, 2012 / 12:00 pm

      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.

  8. April 22, 2012 / 12:09 pm

    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?

  9. April 22, 2012 / 5:22 pm

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

  10. April 22, 2012 / 7:04 pm

    These look amazing! I still don’t know if I can be trusted with my own doughnut pan. I may eat the whole batch. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Love Costco and Trader Joes! Hope you got some good stuff!

  11. April 23, 2012 / 9:38 am

    These look great, love the pics! Nice to connect with you on Foodbuzz ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. April 23, 2012 / 7:19 pm

    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˜€

  13. April 24, 2012 / 5:10 am

    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!

  14. Jon
    April 24, 2012 / 9:20 am

    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!

    • Nicole, RD
      April 24, 2012 / 12:23 pm

      Thank you, CJ! Honored!

  15. April 24, 2012 / 12:16 pm

    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…

    • Nicole, RD
      April 24, 2012 / 12:22 pm

      These do not taste like fried doughnuts…no. But they definitely hit the spot!

  16. April 24, 2012 / 5:31 pm

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

    • Nicole, RD
      April 24, 2012 / 6:40 pm

      The texture is not crumbly like a muffin. Yoghurt may make the batter too thick, I fear.

  17. April 24, 2012 / 8:41 pm

    haha doughnuts seriously solve all problems! Especially 100 calorie doughnuts… I’ll take a dozen please ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on Top 9!! These are ADORABLE and look soooo yummy!

  18. April 25, 2012 / 12:05 am

    Congrats on making it to the Top 9!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thoroughly deserved as this looks amazing!!

  19. April 25, 2012 / 9:24 am

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

  20. April 29, 2012 / 4:14 pm

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. Daisie
    February 25, 2013 / 11:20 pm

    Can i use sunflower oil?

    • Nicole, RD
      February 26, 2013 / 7:51 pm


  23. April 17, 2019 / 11:38 pm

    I love how they look! It’s such a coincidence that I have all the ingredients listed above, or maybe it is not really a coincidence since I’m an amateur baker who has been baking for a few weeks now, but I’m happy I have everything without the need to go grocery shopping for the ingredients. Anyway, for my personal preference, I will be replacing the flour with coconut flour. This flour is fast becoming a fad for more and more moms โ€“ not to mention patients stricken with celiac disease, including my self. Fun fact, coconut flour is also good for the heart! Anyway, I will be making these today! Thanks for this awesome recipe!

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