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

  • Robin

    Found a mini donut maker at a thrift store for a dollar. Had not a clue what to do with it. Sooo cannot wait to make your recipes! My son is costing me way too much at the grocery store with his little donut cravings! Thank you!

  • […] also did some baking this week….griddle cakes, whole wheat waffles, whole grain donuts (in my new donut maker!), granola and banana chocolate chip […]

  • Lee Anne Brown

    I have been trying to swap over to all whole grain. My two teenagers are fine with that, but my youngest refuses to try anything that I make with whole wheat flour. I made these this morning and put two in her lunch for school. When she came home, she asked if I could please make some more donuts! I was so shocked, and normally wouldn’t have made this treat again so soon, but gladly plugged on the donut maker (especially since she said she would help me make them). This is a wonderful recipe! Thank you for helping me find a way to ease a picky eater into whole grain!

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