This Easy Baked Chocolate Glazed Donuts recipe can be whipped up in minutes and is sure to appease your sweet tooth, even if you’re watching your calories.
It’s the time of year where we tend to overindulge. Between Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas parties and cookie exchanges and friends and neighbors dropping off holiday treats (the list can just go on and on, can’t it?) there comes a time that we have to start watching what we eat.
That’s where I’m at now! Trying to eat a little healthier to take off the holiday weight gain. I mentioned before when I shared this Easy & Delicious Turkey Meatloaf recipe that I love to take comfort foods and find ways to lighten them up. If you don’t love the food you’re eating, it’s easy to revert to unhealthy foods, so it’s important to me to come up with classic favorites that don’t add to my waistline.
WHY SHOULD YOU MAKE BAKED CHOCOLATE GLAZED DONUTS?
That’s what’s great about these baked chocolate glazed donuts. They literally taste like you’re eating cake for breakfast, but some of those fatty ingredients have healthier substitutes.
WHAT YOU NEED:
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KITCHEN TOOLS NEEDED:
- all-purpose flour
- granulated sugar
- baking powder
- vegetable oil
- low-free Greek yogurt
- powdered sugar
HOW DO YOU MAKE BAKED CHOCOLATE GLAZED DONUTS?
Another thing that’s great about these donuts is just how simple they are to make. It’s literally as easy as…combine your dry ingredients, combine your wet ingredients, mix the two, pour into the donut pan and bake. You can easily have a fresh batch whipped up in time for breakfast in no time at all.
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A few things about this recipe:
- Make sure to generously grease the donut pan with butter.
- If you don’t have yogurt on hand, you can substitute an equal amount of sour cream.
- A little water goes a long way with the glaze so be careful with how much you add.
- For a double chocolate baked donut, try making a ganache instead of a glaze.
HOW LONG DO BAKED CHOCOLATE DONUTS LAST?
The best way to store the donuts is in an airtight container at room temperature. Just make sure to keep the in a cool area and out of the sun or the glaze will melt. This should keep them from going stale for a couple of days.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FRIED AND BAKED CHOCOLATE DONUTS?
Besides the fact that one is baked in the oven and the other is fried in the fryer, the donuts use two different types of dough. Fried donuts typically use yeast to help the dough rise and baked donuts use either baking powder or baking soda. Using a non-yeast dough saves a bit of time in that you don’t have to wait for the dough to rise, however, the donuts do spend slightly more time in the oven.
Are baked chocolate donuts healthier than fried donuts?
Baked donuts have fewer calories and less fat than fried donuts. In addition, this baked chocolate donuts recipe has low-fat Greek yogurt which adds a little protein and calcium. So, basically, baked chocolate donuts are a lightened up version that still has great flavor and satisfies your sweet tooth.
To Make Donuts:
- 1 1/2 cups flour all-purpose
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
To Make Glaze:
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
To Make Donuts:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/175 degrees C.
- Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together egg, oil, buttermilk, yogurt, and vanilla.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
- Grease the donut pan with butter.
- Add the batter to a gallon-sized ziplock bag and snip off a corner of the bag. Squeeze the batter into the donut pan until the cavity is about 2/3 full.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow the donuts to cool in the pan before removing.
To Make Glaze:
- Sift the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl.
- Whisk in water and vanilla until smooth.
- Dip the donuts into the glaze and set on a cooling rack to dry.
- Serve once the glaze has dried.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 249 Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 6g Cholesterol 32mg Sodium 136mg Carbohydrates 41g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 1g Sugar 27g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 4g
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