Real Healthy Donuts

recipe for guilt free donuts

These gorgeous breakfast treats are gluten-free, cane sugar-free and baked!

There’s something so fun and satisfying about taking something that’s supposed to be unhealthy and turning it into a wholesome snack. (Like when Andrew and I created a real food version of Fun Dip.)

It’s especially awesome when it turns out looking and tasting just as mouthwatering as the traditional version!

What makes these Real Healthy Donuts better than Dunkin donuts? Let me count the ways…

  • RHR Donuts are baked in a donut mold pan (like a muffin pan, but with donut shapes), Dunkin donuts are fried.
  • RHR Donuts are made with blanched almond flour, Dunkin donuts use gluten-filled, white flour.
  • RHR Donuts use just a touch of pure grade B maple syrup, Dunkin donuts use corn syrup and sugar.
  • RHR Donuts provide sustainable energy to power your day, Dunkin donuts set you up for an energy crash.
  • RHR Donuts use beet juice to create vibrant frosting, Dunkin donuts use artificial, chemical coloring.
  • RHR Apple Fritter Donuts contain real, organic apples, Dunkin apple fritters are less than 2% apple.
  • RHR Chocolate Glazed Donuts use super dark chocolate and coconut oil, Dunkin glaze has 18 ingredients.

Well, this list could go on forever, so I’ll just stop here so you can go make these awesome, healthy donuts 🙂

Real Healthy Basic Donut recipe:

Real Healthy Donuts
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
4.7 from 21 reviews

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Serves 12

Dry ingredients:
Wet ingredients:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease your 6-mold donut pan with coconut oil.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl combine all of the wet ingredients except egg whites.
  3. Mix the wet with dry and set aside.
  4. Beat the egg whites until firm peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.
  5. Equally distribute the batter between the 6 donut molds. Smooth out the tops of each donut. Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden.
  6. Allow the donuts to cool, remove from pan and then chill in the fridge for half an hour.

Serving size: ½     Calories: 111     Fat: 8 g     Carbohydrates: 4 g     Sodium: 32 mg     Fiber: 2 g     Protein: 4 g    


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healthy pink donut recipe

Real Healthy Chocolate Donut with Pink Frosting

Real Healthy Chocolate Donut with Pink Frosting:
Add to dry ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
For the Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2-3 teaspoons beet juice *To make: Slice one beet, cover with water in saucepan and boil for 10 minutes. Remove beet slices, and use the juice.
  • powdered stevia to taste
  1. Make the Real Healthy Basic Donut Recipe above, adding the cocoa powder to dry ingredients.
  2. For the frosting: Whisk together the softened coconut oil, extracts, salt and beet juice. Add powdered stevia for sweetness. If the consistency is too runny then briefly chill until a creamy, pink consistency is reached. If the frosting is too solid, then place the bowl of frosting in a larger bowl of hot water, being careful to not get water into the frosting, mix until a creamy consistency is reached.
  3. Use a flat knife to spread the frosting on chilled donuts.
12 Half-Donut Servings
Nutritional Analysis:  200 calories, 18g fat, 49mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 4g protein
recipe for healthy glazed doughnut

Real Healthy Chocolate Glazed Donut

Real Healthy Chocolate Glazed Donut:

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup very dark chocolate (73% cocoa)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  1. Make the Real Healthy Basic Donut Recipe above.
  2. For the Glaze: Fill a medium skillet with a few inches of water and place over medium-low heat. Place the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan and put the saucepan inside the skillet. Gently mix the ingredients until fully melted.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate into a shallow bowl. Dip each chilled donut in the chocolate, then immediately chill for 30 minutes until the glaze hardens.
12 Half-Donut Servings
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals:  203 calories, 19g fat, 32mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, and 5g protein
healthy recipe for apple fritters

Real Healthy Apple Fritter Donut

Real Healthy Apple Fritter Donut:

Add to the dry ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Add to the wet ingredients:
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple extract
Apple Fritter ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 small, organic apple, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup, grade B
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons pecans, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons golden raisins
  1. In a small skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium. Add the finely chopped apple and cook, stirring often until very soft, about 5 minutes. Add the syrup, cinnamon, pecans and raisins. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Make the Real Healthy Basic Donut Recipe above, mixing the cooled apple fritter ingredients to the dough in step 3. 
12 Half-Donut Servings
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals:  145 calories, 10g fat, 32mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 4g protein
recipe for healthy powdered doughnut

Real Healthy Powdered Donut

Real Healthy Powdered Donut
Powdered Donut ingredients:
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  1. Make the Real Healthy Basic Donut Recipe above.
  2. Drizzle the coconut oil over chilled donuts and immediately dip into the shredded coconut.
  3. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to solidify the coconut flakes to the donut.
12 Half-Donut Servings
Nutritional Analysis: 145 calories, 12g fat, 32mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 4g protein
recipe for healthy doughnuts

Which will be your favorite?



  • Annie March 30, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Hi Diane, for the chocolate glaze, since I have a chocolate bar, do you have an idea of how much grams should I use to equal 1/2 cup? and when you say
    1/4 cup unsweetened chocolated, is it powder?.

    • Diana March 30, 2014 at 6:13 am

      Hi Annie,
      Chop the chocolate bar up into small pieces and then measure with a 1/2 cup. For the unsweetened chocolate, that’s unsweetened chocolate baking bar, not powder. If you want the glaze sweeter then you could just use 3/4 cup of your dark chocolate and leave the unsweetened chocolate out. Enjoy!

  • Jessica January 4, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know I made this recipe using my donut maker and it turned out amazing! They are like brownie donuts. So heavenly. It was about 7-8 minutes in the maker in case anyone out there has one. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe (and I love the almond extract….nice touch!). -Jess

    • Diana January 6, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Hi Jessica! I am so glad that you enjoyed these! Happy Cooking!

  • Jessica January 4, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    That was meant to be 5 stars, but it wouldn’t let me highlight the last star 🙂

  • Jennifer February 10, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these! my family ate donuts for the first time in 2 years and they loved them! We put them in a mini donut pan and they turned out great. Cant wait to try the other varieties. We will be making these often!

  • Rosco July 21, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    I’d like to thank you for sharing this recipe. Kids love them!

  • mina July 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    These donuts became our family fave. We all enjoy them

  • Bella Cardinas July 21, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I enjoy making donuts with kids. Yum!

  • Analia Garcia July 21, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I made donuts and took to my doctors office. They loved it so much they ask me to take some on my next appointment.

  • Rosico Alvo July 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Here is 5 star for delicious homemade donuts I enjoy once a month.

  • Julio July 21, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    After I tested these healthy donuts I never like the store-bought ones. Thank you for healthy recipes.

  • Paris Kusha July 21, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I tried these yummy donuts at my daughters house the first time and I loved it. I got the recipe and now I make my donuts. Thank you

  • AnnaMariea July 22, 2015 at 5:01 am

    i just finished making donuts. They are delicious.

  • isabella July 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Love these donuts. I haven’t eaten donuts in years and these are to die for! Thank you!

  • Carmen July 22, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Love your healthy recipes. I just made donuts and enjoying them. So yummy!

  • Aleena July 22, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I stop eating donuts because of all the sugar and stuff in it. Thank you for the healthy donut recipe I now enjoy donuts again. Tastes awesome.

  • Mariam July 23, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I can’t thank you enough. Love these healthy donuts.

  • Alla July 24, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Donuts are awesome, easy to make and taste really good. Thank you!

  • Ariana July 27, 2015 at 6:12 am

    I like to take a time and say thank you for delicious donuts recipe. I made them for the first time and they’re delicious.

  • Anne July 27, 2015 at 6:15 am

    I love it, awesome.
    Thank you 🙂

  • Ariana Gonzela July 27, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Healthy donuts recipe is now one of my favorite. I made it twice already and we all like them.

    • Diana July 30, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Awesome, so glad to hear you enjoy this recipe 🙂

  • Lili M July 28, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you for this healthy and yummy recipe. Donuts are awesome.

  • Melanie Palmer December 29, 2015 at 12:55 am

    I finally got my own donut mold for Christmas so the next day I made your donuts using your recipe book I got for my birthday! They are delicious and even my picky brother liked them too!!

    • Diana January 5, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Awesome! That’s great – enjoy!

  • Bella February 29, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Love donuts, yum!

  • Ann Marie March 1, 2016 at 1:18 am

    These donuts are very good. I like them

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