Recipe: Whole-Grain Donuts (for the Mini Donut-Maker)

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donut maker for whole-grain donut recipes from 100 Days of Real Food

My older daughter absolutely LOVES donuts so one day, on a whim, I saw this “Mini Donut Maker” at Target and decided to try it out. It’s a plug-in machine (similar to a waffle maker) and comes with a booklet of recipes that I tweaked to use whole-wheat flour and no refined sugars. This discovery is nothing new (I’ve shared this maker within a post or two on the blog before), but we’ve been getting so many questions about it lately it I’ve decided to give it a post all of its own today! So without further ado, here are two whole-grain donut recipes that work great in this little donut maker, and if you’ve discovered any other variations of your own please share them with us in the comments below! And FYI – These obviously don’t have the same consistency as deep-fried donuts, but regardless both of my daughter’s LOVE these things as a special treat! In fact I think we’ll have to make a batch today.

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Baked whole-grain donut recipe from 100 Days of Real Food

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Whole-Grain Donuts (for the Mini Donut-Maker)
(2 Ways - Original and Chocolate)
Adapted from Bella Cucina Donut Maker Recipe Booklet
Original Flavor
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons melted
  • coconut oil

Chocolate Flavor
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa (we prefer "special dark" 100% cacao)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. Make a well (hole) in the middle and drop in the egg, milk, syrup, vanilla, and coconut oil.
  3. Stir together with a fork until well combined.
  4. Follow manufacturer directions to make donuts using the batter.
  5. Serve donuts or freeze for another day! We love to add these as an occasional treat to school lunches.

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87 comments to Recipe: Whole-Grain Donuts (for the Mini Donut-Maker)

  • Glenn

    The coconut oil is very high in fat. Has anyone tried something less fatty?

  • Emily

    While I’m working to transition our children to real food, I made the chocolate flavored donuts and iced them with Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter to add a little more sweetness. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Hi Lisa,

    We can’t use Coconut oil in our house due to a food allergy. Any suggestions on what to substitute?

  • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi there. We usually would substitute butter for coconut oil. ~Amy

  • April

    Oh yum, these are good. I just ate a few too many eeeekkk! I was making them for my little girl’s 100th day of school tomorrow. Since she has allergies I make it all from scratch and she has her own little snack that’s similar to the other kids in the class. Thanks for this recipe!!

  • Just made these and I they were perfect. We have a coconut allergy (which is tragic b/c so many recipes call for it and I love it!), so I used one smashed, ripe banana for the oil. We baked them in the Wilton donut pans (not the mini, the full size) and my kids devoured them! I am going to make them on Sundays so my kids don’t have to say no to the church donuts without a yummy substitution :)

  • Reine

    I just made these and my kids love them. My husband is currently running some over to a neighbors to try.

    Thank You


  • Rainer

    There’s an error in the recipe.. you forgot the word butter for the listing?
    -4 tablespoons melted?
    -coconut oil

    • Krissy

      It’s 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil. That’s why there is no measurement for the coconut oil because it belongs with the line above. It shows it correctly in the second recipe.

  • Stacey

    Just made these and they are fantastic! Found the BabyCakes mini donut maker for $9.99 and this recipe is amazing. Trying chocolate next…..

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