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Baked Spice Doughnuts

I’m about to say something potentially shocking: I’m not generally a huge doughnut fan. On the sweets spectrum, they’re just not as irresistible or appealing to me as other things (like cheesecake or ice cream or pie or…mm, better stop before my drool shorts my keyboard). I certainly don’t dislike them, but when someone brings doughnuts into work, I can usually pass on them without having to use too much willpower. These doughnuts, however, I like. A lot. I think part of it is that they are not overly sweet or rich. The subtle taste of the pumpkin pie spice and the sprinkling of powdered sugar offer just the right amount of flavor. I’ve seen a few recipes online recently for baked doughnuts and I was intrigued enough to order a doughnut pan from Amazon. I’m really happy I did because I think they turned out delicious baked. They were just the slightest bit crispy on the outside, which made the texture a bit reminiscent of a fried doughnut without the heaviness/greasiness that the frying can give them. These are great because they taste healthy (especially when you’re comparing them to traditional doughnuts) but also taste like you’re treating yourself – it’s the best of both worlds! I will definitely make these again and I’m looking forward to trying out some other baked doughnut recipes soon!

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Baked Spice Doughnuts

Yield: 6 doughnuts

Ingredients:

  • 1 c flour (I used white whole wheat flour because I had it on hand, but you can use all-purpose white if you prefer)
  • 1 t baking powder
  • ¼ t baking soda
  • ½ t salt
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 1-1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 T cold unsalted butter
  • ¼ c skim milk
  • ¼ c nonfat Greek yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients except the powdered sugar (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and pumpkin pie spice). Add the cold butter and combine using your hands, breaking up the chunks of butter with your fingers until there are no large visible chunks and the mixture feels like sand. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the egg and then add the Greek yogurt. In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer and then pour it into the bowl with the egg and yogurt. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Put dough into a pastry bag or plastic bag with the tip cut off and pipe into the prepared doughnut pan. Bake for 13-15 minutes.
  4. When doughnuts are baked, remove from pan and place on a clean surface (I put mine on wax or parchment paper for easy clean up) and sift powdered sugar over the top using a mesh strainer. If you want to coat the entire doughnut in powdered sugar, you can do so for the same P+ value (I entered everything from 1T to 1/3 c into the recipe builder and each doughnut had the same value regardless).

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
5 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

adapted from Eat, Live, Run

   

10 Responses to “Baked Spice Doughnuts”

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    Jenna — March 3, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    Only 5 points per donought? That is awesome! I might have to go and buy one of these pans this weekend. :)

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    Anonymous — April 25, 2011 @ 1:36 am

    Yummy! Mr. T. says I must make them again. I used apple pie spice because I had no pumpkin pie spice….was still a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Wegmans has the pan for $10
    Pete’s Mom

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    emilybites — April 25, 2011 @ 2:45 am

    Glad to hear the apple pie spice works just as well – thanks for letting me know!

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    Anonymous — August 6, 2012 @ 1:57 am

    What can you used in place of the Greek yogurt?

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    Connie DeLeon — September 28, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    Wow these are really good, they are kid approved! I have two junk food junkie donut lovin kiddos and if these donuts passed their test then you know you did good! Thanks, your recipes really help me to stay on track, yum. I did use low fat sour cream in place of the Greek Yogurt because I was out of yogurt, they were still delicious and it did not change the points+ value.

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    Margie Jenson — March 17, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

    Had these at my friends house on knitting night, they are delicious. Thought I might not like them being more on the healthy side, but umm umm good !!! I have to make them now……..Thanks

    • Emily replied: — March 17th, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

      So glad you loved them!

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    Kim — October 8, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

    I saw this recipe on a weight watchers post and bought a doughnut pan to try them. They were delicious! Also tried the carrot cake and lemon poppy seed ones. The lemon are our favorites with the baked spice a close second. Can’t wait to try some of your side dishes, etc. Thanks for the great recipes!

    • Emily Bites replied: — October 9th, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

      Yay, doughnut mania! Glad you liked them :)

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