Easy & Delicious Baked Donuts (That Are Actually Healthy!)
Written by: Spencer Higgs - Nov. 9, 2020
Donuts are one of America’s favorite sweet desserts. Did I say desserts? I mean, any-time-of-day-or-night food. Growing up, the only real experience I had with donuts were those from Dunkin and Krispy Kreme. And somehow, I could slam a half-dozen on the drive home without so much as gaining an ounce. Ahhh… metabolism. But now things have changed, and for better or worse (waistline-speaking that is) craft-donut shops are popping up all over the country. Some are even healthy. Ish. But you don’t need to live in some trendy, gentrified urban burrow to chow down on decadent donuts—these homemade baked donuts are both healthy and trendsetting.
What’s more, this healthy donut recipe will let you eat like Homer Simpson, while keeping your figure like Marge.
Baking can be tricky, but these healthy donuts are simple as it gets. Baked donuts are a great alternative to the saturated-fat-and-sugar-soaked rings you grew up on, and they’re a fun family activity, and feature an unexpected ingredient: zucchini! But zucchini is just one of the surprisingly healthy ingredients in this healthy donut recipe.
How To Make Donuts Healthier
If you want to know what makes healthy donuts, uh… healthy… first, look at what makes traditional donuts unhealthy. Then you can find healthy alternatives.. Here are some awesome tips making healthy donuts.
- Bake instead of deep fry. Saturated and trans-saturated fats are bad news for health. Unfortunately, most donuts are deep fried in oils containing just that. Opting for homemade baked donuts instantly cuts out much of the unhealthy oils absorbed during the deep frying process.
- Add zucchini & cut back on oil. Zucchini is a great ingredient in baking because it boosts moisture & adds texture. Because it retains lots of water, baking zucchini donuts means you don’t have to use as much oil to keep them moist during cooking. Zucchini has a mild flavor and is rich in nutrients and is comparable to using applesauce or bananas for healthier alternatives to traditional baking ingredients.
- Opt for collagen & cocoa powder. Healthy alternative sweeteners are out there, but taste is the extent of their benefit. This healthy donut recipe substitutes bland ingredients for rich cocoa powder and Super Youth’s Unflavored Collagen powder. Super Youth is an all-natural, premium collagen peptide blend with an undetectable taste, just 30 calories and sugar of chocolate. What’s more, collagen helps reverse the most noticeable signs of aging, such as wrinkles, joint point, thinning hair, and more. [1, 2, 3]
Great, now that you understand what goes into a healthy donut recipe, let’s breakdown the benefits of baked donuts…
Benefits Of Baked Donuts
It’s not frequently you hear about the “benefits of donuts,” sans sarcasm. But this recipe shows that healthy donuts can be a thing. By opting for baked donuts instead of fried, your mind can be blown, but not your belly. Here are the advantages of baked donuts:
- Fewer calories—Baked donuts have roughly 200 FEWER calories than your average chocolate glazed donut.  This means you don’t have to feel as self-conscious having one with your morning coffee—and your coworkers will love-you-hate-you less, and love-you-love-you more. (True story.)
- Less saturated fat—Because we’re baking these in an oven, not deep-frying them in saturated and trans-fatty oil, you’re showing your cardiovascular system some love. [4, 5]
- Plenty of nutrients—Thanks to zucchini, this healthy donut recipe brings a solid amount of nutrients to the table, literally. Zucchinis are a great source of :
- Vitamin C (35% RDI)
- Vitamin B6 (14% RDI)
- Manganese (11% RDI)
- Potassium (9% RDI)
- Vitamin K (8% RDI)
Also, zucchinis are carotenoids, meaning they have protective antioxidants that protect against illnesses like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and photosensitivity disorders (skin issues attributed to UV exposure). 
- Fight the signs of aging—This healthy donut recipe helps you fight the signs of aging because it calls for collagen.. Collagen is the most prominent protein in our bodies. The thing is, we stop producing collagen around our 30s. (That’s why everything seems to hurt the day you turn thirty.). Replenishing your body with collagen helps slow the degenerative process, so we look and feel healthier, longer. And we’re doing so by eating donuts! People, this is a breakthrough!
How To Make Zucchini Donuts
Zucchini donuts are easy to make. All you need is a handful of common ingredients, an oven, a bowl, cooking spoon, and 10 minutes.
The recipe is divided into wet ingredients (like zucchini, eggs, vanilla extract, etc.) and dry ingredients (collagen, baking powder, cinnamon…). Whisk separately, then combine into your donut pan and plop ‘em in the oven. It’s that easy.
- Calories: 146 calories
- Carbs: 19g
- Fat: 7g
- Protein: 2.5g
- Sugar: 11g
- Fiber: <1g
Healthy Baked Donuts Recipe
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup + 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 ½ tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 scoop Super Youth unflavored collagen
- ¾ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup grated zucchini
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
- Optional mini chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat a non-stick donut pan with non-stick spray.
- In a medium sized bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Fold in the zucchini.
- In another bowl, add the flour, cocoa, Super Youth collagen, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry.
- Spoon the batter into the greased donut pan filling ⅔ of the way. Sprinkle the optional mini chocolate chips on top.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
- Let the donuts cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn the pan over onto a cookie sheet and gently tap to remove donuts. Enjoy!