Baked Blueberry Doughnuts

Baked Blueberry Doughnuts

I've been waiting for months to share this crazy good recipe with you. I created it -- along with three other "Mommy and Me" recipes, Breakfast Smiley Face, Happy Eggs and Mix-It-Up Muffins -- for Parents Magazine and have been anxiously waiting for this month's issue to hit newsstands to post it here.

Because most doughnuts are fried, they deservedly get a bad rap from a health standpoint. But being a longtime doughnut lover I've come up with several healthful baked versions over the years so that I don't have to deprive my kids (or myself) of them. I can't tell you how many of these Whole Wheat Blueberry Doughnuts I've made since perfecting the recipe. I often make two dozen at a time, putting four aside for us to eat and freezing the rest for future needs. Since unveiling them for my kids, it's earned a top spot on their list of most requested things for breakfast. I happily oblige them as all it requires of me as I'm racing around the house getting everything ready is taking two from the freezer and popping them into the toaster for a few minutes. Voila, breakfast is served!

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Baked Blueberry Doughnuts (makes 10 doughnuts )

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 14 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

3. In a standing mixer (or bowl using a hand mixer), cream together the butter and sugar.

4. Add the egg, buttermilk and vanilla and combine.

5. Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until just combined.

6. Gently fold in the blueberries.

7. Spoon into greased and floured donut pan, filling ¾ full.

8. Bake for 14 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly pressed.

9. Cool and lightly dust with powdered sugar.

Accompaniments

powdered sugar

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60 comments

  • Ida

    Can I use frozen berries, and if so, how much ?

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    • Catherine

      You could use frozen berries. Use the same amount, keep them frozen when you mix them, and very gently fold them into the batter to avoid bleeding!

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  • Jennifer

    Can honey be substituted for the white sugar?

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    • Jen

      Am I able to use agave nectar or honey instead of white sugar?

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  • Amanda

    My kids consistently turn their noses up to donuts that have buttermilk in them. Can I just use regular milk? Does it matter what % milkfat it has? Thanks!!

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  • Catherine

    YES! I have been waiting for this recipe ever since you mentioned it was being posted in Parents magazine. I am making this today. Thank you so much!

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    • Catherine

      I just made these and they are great! Easy to make, baked in 14 min and taste delicious.

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  • Samantha Hooper

    What kind of donut pan do you use?

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    • Catherine

      This is the doughnut pan I use! http://astore.amazon.com/weelicious-20/detail/B004CYELOQ

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  • Charsiubau

    Time to use my donut pan again :) Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Tanya

    I made these the day after my Parents' Mag came. A friend posted a photo on FB that she had as well. Big hit with all the kids

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  • Jessy

    These look great, can't wait to try them! Any chance you know of a good yeast donut recipe that uses wheat flour? My weakness is jelly-filled donuts, and those are always made with the yeast donuts.

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    • Catherine

      I'll have to work on that!

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  • Jill

    Any way to make these without a donut pan?

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    • Lynn

      You could cover wooden dowels (or wooden clothes pins) with foil and insert them into the middle of each muffin tin to get the donut hole. I just bought some clothes pins to try it but haven't made them yet...just saw the idea on another website.

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  • Rachel

    Can I use muffin tray instead of donut one and can I use regular milk instead?

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    • Catherine

      yes and yes!

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    • Rachel

      My grandmother was an award winning baker and she taught me to use 1 Tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice to 2/3 cup of regular milk as a substitute for buttermilk. I tend to use vinegar in savoury recipes and lemon juice in sweet recipes.

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  • Rachel

    Katherine btw I love all your recipes u are really good :)

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  • TrishInFL

    These look great, I can't wait to try them!

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  • Serene

    These look great! Would I be able to leave out the egg (egg allergies). And what would you suggest as a replacement?

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    • Catherine

      I haven't tried an egg replacer in this recipe, but I've heard that many people have success with a Flax Egg in baked goods. 1 tablespoon ground flax plus 3 tablespoons water = 1 large egg. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before adding to the recipe.

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  • Nikita

    These are absolutely delightful, as is making them! My two and a half year old daughter and I had a blast whipping these up. Well done:)

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  • Meredith S

    This sounds great. I am going to try to make this dairy free with some substitutes. I love your recipes, but I'd love even more to see some dairy free recipes!

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    • Mary Beth

      How did the dairy free version turn out? I have a dairy allergic little one as well.

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  • Kala

    Any thoughts on doing these gluten free?

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  • Sherry

    I made these today and they are SUPER yummy and not too sweet. My son asked if we can put chocolate chips in them, so I doubled the recipe and split the mix in half. Half with fresh blueberries and half with chocolate chip. I used a Mini Doughnut Pan from Williams Sonoma and baked them for 8 minutes at 370. Perfect! I also used a Mini Muffin Tin and baked them for 12 minutes at 370 and they came out great. Definitely will make again. My 3.5 year old loved helping me. We made so much that I'm bringing them to his preschool for their snack tomorrow.

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  • Napendatz

    I do not have unsalted butter. What adjustment can I make in order to use regular butter? Just leave out the salt? Thanks!

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    • Catherine

      Reduce the salt by about half!

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  • Carla Gluten Free Recipe Box

    Blueberry donuts! What a great idea!

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  • Retta

    I made these as muffins since I don't have a donut pan. It took about 18 minutes and they are, no sorry, they WERE so good. They are already gone! I'm thinking of dropping a little chunk of cream cheese on each one next time before baking. Mmmmm

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  • Kasey

    These are right up my alley! Always looking for new ways to put my donut pan to use :)

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  • Lisa With Style And Grace

    oh i would love a plate of these for breakfast right now!

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  • Sydney

    Would one able to use another fruit other than blueberries? Say raspberries? My grocery store was all out of blueberries and I was looking forward to trying these.

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    • Catherine

      Definitely raspberries! I think blackberries would work, too!

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  • Jamie

    We have been using this recipe since school started in the fall, and we love it. We have used all kinds of berries and they are so good. It's my 6 yr old daughter's favorite breakfast with a smoothie and she is good to go for the day.

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  • Zoeleeang

    My son adores these donuts! I like to try to buy organic blueberries, but they are very expensive right now. Would frozen organic blueberries work as well?

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  • Zoeleeang

    Oops, forget it. I just realized that question has already been answered!

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  • Rachel

    I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate this recipe! I use it to make muffins and it is the only muffins I make now!

    I do change it a little. I use oil instead of butter and I use brown sugar instead of white, and I use only 1/3 cup instead of 1/2. When someone can make such changes and still have an awesome result, you know you have a gem of a recipe!

    Thank you!

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  • GAinFL

    Can I freeze these as well as the other doughnut recipes on your site? I love to have something quick and easy for the kids breakfast and/or lunch.

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    • Catherine McCord

      Yes! They're great for freezing! I freeze them in a single layer for about 30 minutes, then transfer to a labeled freezer bag, and keep them for up to 4 months.

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  • Tara

    Would you by any chance know if there is an adjustment of this recipe for high-altitude baking?

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  • Kristin

    These look so yummy! Thanks for posting. I do not have a doughnut pan but I do have a doughnut maker, anyone know if that will work?

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  • Victoria

    could I use honey instead of sugar

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  • Rebecca

    Thanks for this recipe! Is it ok to use non homogenized (but pasteurized) buttermilk?! It's all my grocery store has! Thank you!

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  • Prya

    Hello weelicious, this is my first time making donuts, this dough seems very thick that I couldn't even pour thr batter, is this the correct consistentcy for the donut? Appreciate your help

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  • Laura

    Can you make these into donut holes using a cake pop pan?

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    • McCord

      I haven;t tried that, but I think it would work!

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  • Afsoon

    Oh my these are so good!! I am ordering your book now, you are good!

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