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

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No need to feel guilty about eating donuts anymore with this Whole-Grain Donut recipe. Using a mini donut-maker, make a batch of both original and chocolate-flavored donuts without all the refined sugar or being deep-fried. I've adapted this recipe from Bella Cucina Donut Maker Recipe Booklet.
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Baked whole-grain donut recipe 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 so 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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  1. Christanie Dickison

    5 stars
    I made these in my wiltons baked donut pan and they turned out great I baked them in my oven at 425°F for 10 minutes if you want to dip them in syrup (I used a chocolate syrup) if you are not dipping them 7 minutes is fine (I’m 15)

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  3. 5 stars
    Just got a mini donut maker from Santa this past Christmas because I had to try this recipe with my daughter. It is fabulous!! We have made the original and chocolate several times and then have started to experiment. We have made spiced by switching out the cocoa with pumpkin pie spice. We have also made applesauce cinnamon and chocolate sour cream. All have been so delicious!! You can not go wrong with this recipe or donut maker. I got a babycakes mini donut maker off of amazon for $12. Best xmas present ever!

  4. 5 stars
    Love the chocolate! I doubled the coco powder and used 1/2 cup sugar. I also used half whole wheat pastry flour and half ap flour and added 1/8 t salt. Perfection! Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    Made some of these this morning – they are light, fluffy & yummy! Just because I like it, I added a 1/4 tsp of nutmeg. I don’t have a donut maker so used my donut pan & baked them for 8-10 minutes at 400F (200c)

  6. Can this recipe be used with silicone donut pans? any idea how long they should bake for at what temp?? thanks!!

  7. 5 stars
    We were going to make a batch of whole wheat blueberry muffins but I saw my lonely donut maker and found this recipe. The kids LOVED them. They were so easy to whip up too.

  8. Hi! I love this website so much, and I have been making the pancakes and whole wheat muffins for my kids for lunch almost every day this year! They are getting a little sick of muffins after all of this time, so I just tried the donuts yesterday and they were a huge hit! However, my picky little eaters did not like them the second day after being in the fridge overnight.

    Do you know If it would work to make a batch (or double batch) of batter and keep the batter in the fridge for a few days, and then cook Some donuts each day? I don’t know if the rising power of the baking soda or eggs would go away if left uncooked!! It is my first time cooking from scratch using recipes from this website!

    Thank you so much!!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. No, this is a batter that should be used up fairly quickly. You might consider freezing as an option instead.

  9. Do you happen to know the nutritional value of the donuts for this particular original recipe? I would like to make them for my childcare, but we have strict guidelines that we must follow…..


    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Nicole. Sorry but e do not provide nutrition information on our recipes since our focus is on helping people make the switch to real food and not so much on numbers. We practice portion control and find that real food is far more satisfying than chemical- laden, nutrient poor processed stuff. These posts help explain our philosophy: https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2013/01/04/healthy-eating-defined/ and https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2013/01/23/portion-size-matters/. You can use online tools like My Fitness Pal to get all those details, though. ~Amy

  10. So I bought a mini donut machine that was a display item and doesn’t have directions. Can someone tell me how long to cook them?

  11. My kids absolutely love your pumpkin muffin recipe, and your donut recipe! Is there a way to combine the two?

    1. I replaced the coconut oil with pumpkin (same tablespoon amount) and added cinnamon. They taste like a donut version of her pumpkin muffins. So these were a little more fluffier. I put a little cinnamon sugar atop them as well and we all loved them. I’m trying other fruits to replace the coconut oil tomorrow.

    2. I put the pumpkin muffin batter into the donut maker with no revisions and they turned out delicious! I actually prefer them to the muffins themselves!

  12. So exciting!! My daughter has never had donuts, because white flour makes her sick. We are going to have to buy a mini donut maker and try these out!!

  13. 5 stars
    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!

  14. 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!

  15. I just made these. I added some PB2 (it’s peanut butter in powdered form) and I made them in a “baby cake”maker instead of the donut maker, so they are little cakeballs. My fiancé loves peanut butter and chocolate desserts so I topped them with some fresh organic peanut butter and a tiny drizzle of 100% organic maple syrup. They are delish! I think I may have had one too many! Ha. They’re small so it’s ok, right? I can’t wait for him to try them in the morning!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It’s definitely a healthy alternative for people like me with a crazy sweet tooth!

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

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

    1. 5 stars
      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.

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

    Thank You


  19. 5 stars
    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 :)

  20. 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!!

  21. 5 stars
    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!

    1. I substitute applesauce for the oil. You can’t tell the difference. My kids love these. thanks for sharing!

  22. I love this recipie! I have used this recipie for almost a year now, and love it! Today I used 1/2 can of regular pumpkin, added the pumpkin spices and had pumpkin donuts. They were very good. I did cut down the maple syrup, but used. Vietnamese cinnamon instead which is a much sweeter cinnamon.

  23. Stephon Benavides

    Hi. I just checked your ingredients and one of them just says “4 tablesppons melted.” What is that ingredient? 4 tablespoons of melted what?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Stephon. Um, that would be coconut oil. We seem to have an extra bullet point. We’ll get rid of that. :) ~Amy

  24. Hi! I was wondering if this recipe would work for a waffle maker? I don’t have a donut maker, yet, and am wanting to make these for breakfast in the morning.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Milena. You should be able to exchange the maple syrup with honey though the consistency will be a little different. ~Amy

  25. Just scored a mini donut maker at a garage sale…my kids are in heaven! Your page/site/blog has redefined the word food in my home. Many blessings and thanks to you!!!

  26. How long do these stay good in the freezer and how do you recommend reheating them? I also was curious about the benefits of using coconut oil?

  27. My boys and I have been making this recipe for for about 6 months and they LOVE them!! Today, my oldest son decided that he wanted to use this donut recipe to make waffles. They were the most delicious waffles I have ever tasted!! Light, fluffy and sweet. I ended up making a triple batch, since 1 batch only made 5 waffles and I knew the boys would want extras. We did use white wheat flour and stuck with the plain recipe.

  28. I figured out that there are about 75 calories per mini donut (using the chocolate recipe). If you use homemade applesauce in place of the coconut oil you cut out 30 calories (which are all calories from fat by the way), bringing it down to 45 calories per donut. I wanted to share this with people who want to eat real food but who have fitness goals as well.

  29. I am still fairly new to all of this, but I have tried several of your recipes already. Most have been a big hit! I just made these donuts and my husband has gobbled up about six of them. My question is regarding cooking with coconut oil. How do you keep it from re-solidifying when you add it to the cold ingredients (milk, egg, etc)? This happened to me with the donut recipe as well as the waffle recipe. I end up with flakes of hard coconut oil in the batter. Am I doing something wrong?

  30. 5 stars
    These are fabulous! The Trader Joe’s coconut oil adds just the right amount of coconut flavor and I love subbing the maple syrup for white sugar. Mixed in some fresh blueberries and well, the entire batch has magically disappeared! Thanks for this take on their recipe!

  31. 5 stars
    wow these were great! (our library had a mini donut maker to check out)…after trying it with this recipe….I promptly went online and ordered one of my own (using coupon codes etc. ofcourse). My kids like donuts but I rarely buy them because of the white flour and excess sugar etc. These were great and they loved them! Thank you thank you!

  32. I had received a babycakes cake pop maker for Christmas last year and it has been collecting dust until now. I have been making donut holes with it now using your recipe. I don’t use a glaze on the chocolate but sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and sugar on the plain. This is a very special treat for my kids and they love them. Of course they don’t taste like real donuts and thank goodness for that. I think peoples taste buds get so overloaded with sugar that it’s hard for them to appreciate a healthier alternative that is full of flavour without all the extra sugar and fat. Thank you for all your delicious recipes. You know you’ve “won” when your kids now can tell the difference between home made healthy treats and processed store bought stuff and prefer mom’s version! Also – my kids only want your pancakes now too :)

  33. I just found a donut maker at Target for half off so of course I had to try it out as soon as I got home. :) OMG are they good. We spread a little cram cheese on them. Very yummy. Definitely worth the investment.

  34. Love this recipe. They freeze nicely. I make a double batch and freeze half. They are all eaten with in a week. So happy to have a delicious healthy and fun alternative for my kids at breakfast.
    I was wondering if you happened to know the calorie content per donut?
    I agree these do not taste like a store bought donut. But I’ve come to the point in my food journey that I prefer how “clean” (for a lack of a better word)food now tastes. If I were to eat a store bought donut I don’t think I would like it one bit. I know I don’t enjoy the smell. In my mind I associate that with unhealthiness and I’ve been eating non processed food for so long that when I do eat processed foods I get a head ache and stomach ache. Takes time but you adjust.

  35. We’ve enjoyed trying many of your recipes, but unfortunately, this one was a fail! If you put a duck costume on a pig, it doesn’t make it a duck. That is how I felt about these. Just because they are shaped like donuts, they taste NOTHING like a donut, and 1T cocoa gave no chocolate flavor. I’ll stick with the yummy banana pancakes instead!

  36. Where do you get your cocoa powder? I tried this recipe with my donut maker and while they tasted ok and my kids had no problem eating them up they were not very flavorful. I used some Navitas Raw Chocolate Cacao powder that I had but want to try it with something else next time.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Tara. Lisa has used Hershey’s Special Dark in the past but any kind of dark cocoa powder should work well. ~Amy

  37. Silly question – when you say 4 Tbsp melted coconut oil – is it 4 Tbsp before or after it is melted. Not even sure it would make a difference. Love your blog!!

  38. Ended up getting lucky and finding a 2nd hand doughnut maker never been used cheap. I made a batch of maple doughnuts yesterday and today made a batch using a banana instead of the egg. So good! Also added some cinnamon. l can’t wait to try out some more flavors.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi. We’ve not tried this before in a donut pan. I imagine it would be comparable to most baked donut recipe times. ~Amy

  39. Jennifer Edwards

    FYI – Macy’s has these on clearance. I picked one up today for just $10! PLEASE come up with a pumpkin spice donut recipe! I may play around with it some, but I’m new to the whole grain baking and trust that you have more experience with these types of substitutions.

  40. I was wondering if I could substitute something else for the maple syrup. I don’t have any pure kind and I am out of honey (I saw a post about using that instead). I want to try these for the girls tomorrow but it’s 4* without the wind chill right now and I don’t want to make another trip to the store. =)

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Megan. I’m sorry this is late in getting back to you. I hope you found a good substitute. Jill

  41. This is one of my favorite resipes. My kids love it and they freeze so well. I experimented with this recipe to try accomodate friends kids who are on the SCD diet and it turned out great. Excited our kids can all eat the same thing when they come for breakfast/playdate!
    1 cup Almond Flour
    3 Tablespoons Baking Powder
    2 Eggs
    2 Tablespoons Honey
    2 Tablespoons Cocnut Oil

  42. One other suggestion if you don’t have one is to make donut holes in your mini muffin tin. You’ll have to mess around with cook times, but should come out relatively the same.

  43. Thanks for sharing these recipes! I love how easy they are to play with. I’ve made them before adding a little fruit spread to the mix, and today I added cashew butter (because my peanut butter was too hard). Yum!!

  44. I followed your recipe but the doughtnut doesn’t seem to rise and is not fluffy. Both sides do not brown, how long must they be in the doughtnut maker for? Any advice?

  45. Thanks I’ll be trying this however I’ll need to modify it to be GF and egg free so I’m interested to hear if anyone has tried an alternate flour? will probably try applesauce with chia seeds or egg replacer as well..

  46. I am wanting to try these this weekend. I have a few questions:
    1. I am baking these in a doughtnut pan for the over will they still work the same?
    2. One member of my family is gluten free- can you suggest a flour to use? All purpose gluten free? Oat flour? White Rice Flour?
    3. Any suggestions on a glaze?
    Thanks for your help- I hope to try them this weekend

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Meghan. I bake mine in the oven and they’re fine. Just make sure you spray your pans. I think I do 10 mins or so, but, I would just make sure you check them. You could use the gluten free flour, although, I will say that that flour is pretty processed (uses white rice flour amongst some others). As far as a glaze, I don’t really have a suggestion that wouldn’t use sugar of some sort. I guess you could try something that maybe uses honey instead, but, I’m not sure if that would give you the flavor you desire. Jill

  47. We follow a similar recipe, but use honey (from our bees!) instead of maple syrup. I also add 2 tbsp of yogurt or applesauce, as we find them to be a bit dry sometimes. We top them with homemade jam or “icing” made by mixing Greek yogurt with honey, softened butter and a touch of cinnamon. My kids go ga-ga for these!

  48. I just got this mini donut maker and am SO excited to try it! I was disappointed it only came with one recipe and it used white flour and sugar… I don’t ever use those and thus don’t own them… thanks so much for posting a whole wheat recipe! :)

  49. I have this donut maker because my girls are also gaga for donuts. Every time I let them have one I have this inner conflict about it. This recipe is great. I wonder though could I use agave or applesauce instead of maple syrup? Maybe I’ll try it!

  50. I didn’t have cabinet space for the maker so we took it back and got an $8 doughnut pan at Bed Bath and Beyond. They can be a little flat on top if you don’t leave them in long enough, but it works just fine with Lisa’s recipe.

  51. Cool idea. Those donut makers are all over the place here. Coffee shops sell them using pancake mix… I’m sure my boys would love these ‘donuts’

  52. Yum! We made the chocolate ones this afternoon and the kids loved them! With all the junk they have been getting at school this week (even my preschooler had a cookie swap at school), it’s so nice to have a treat that’s not overrun with sugar. Thanks for the recipe!

  53. Do you think I could substitute honey for the maple syrup? Nobody in the family really likes it so I don’t ever have any.

      1. Hi!
        I did try it – a few weeks ago.
        They were awesome, the kids loved – and they were very chocolate-y. We will be making these again for sure!
        Thanks so much,

      2. I’m new to your blog but glad i foundi found it. Can you get the recipe for Choc Full O Nuts whole wheat donuts that’s in the Washington Post Cookbook from 2013. I can’t afford the book just for 1 recipe, but these were the best doughnut on the planet. I’ll love you forever if you can get it. Me and probably half of America!

    1. Tammy – I haven’t tried this with a donut baking pan myself so I am not sure about that, but this recipe yields about 2 dozen in the pictured maker.

  54. We like to follow the plain whole wheat recipe and add pumpkin and chocolate chips. Or, we have recently done the whole wheat plain and then added a little frosting (organic cream cheese, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla mixed together). Kids love them.

  55. I have found some really great recipes for donuts on pinterest that are baked. This way you don’t need to use harmful chemicals like those found in the nonstick coating of the mini donut maker. It would definitely be worth it to check out the site!