Baked Chocolate Donut

I had seen baked chocolate donuts flying around the internet lately and wanted to give some a try.  I finally settled on this recipe from Prevention RD, although I didn’t use the glaze.  In fact, she has about a billion baked donut recipes to try on this page.


I halved the recipe as well because I only have one donut pan and didn’t need a dozen donuts in the house, baked or not.



  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (my addition cause I love cinnamon in everything)


  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 teaspoons oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Spray your donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and mix to blend.


In a separate bowl, add all the wet ingredients and beat together thoroughly.


Add this to the dry ingredients and mix until the flour is absorbed.


Divide the batter into your donut pan. This is actually the perfect amount of batter for this donut pan to fill them just right. Serendipity! I love it!


Bake for 7 to 8 minutes. They really don’t take much time at all.  See how perfectly they rose?


Pop out to cool on a rack while you make the glaze.


For the glaze, I combined 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 1/3 cup of powdered sugar with 2 teaspoons of milk.  It helps if you sift the sugar and cocoa powder to prevent lumps.  When the donuts are cool, dip the tops in the glaze:


Then let them harden up just a bit (or not!)


Each donut without glaze is about 100 calories.  Glaze will add about 50 calories or so.  I need to double check the numbers.


The verdict? Yum!!  This was the closest to a cake style donut that I have tried yet for a baked donut. I think the base of this recipe without the cocoa powder could be pretty versatile for other styles of donut.  I bet instead of glaze that using some PB2 would make a delicious topping!

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22 thoughts on “Baked Chocolate Donut

    1. Lori Post author

      At least if you eat all 6, you wouldn’t take a horrendous calorie hit from them. At least that is what I am telling myself LOL!

  1. Helen

    We used to have donut chain around here called Bess Eaton. They made a sour cream blueberry donut with a glaze that remains my favorite cake donut ever. Seriously, when I did allow myself to have one, I’d have to buy just one. I could not be trusted around those things. Which is sort of funny because otherwise it’s not like I’m a huge donut fan.

    Yours looks delicious and make me want to buy a donut pan.
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  2. Biz

    I need to try that recipe, the couple I’ve tried tasted like ass. Nicole from PreventionRD and I went to the same high school! We found that out through blogging, although she “ahem” graduated probably 15 years before me! I love her recipes though.
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  3. Alissa

    Oh my… Now I kind of want a donut pan! It would probably be too dangerous for me though. I like the idea of baked donuts though. My hubby would enjoy them and I’d feel better about him eating the homemade ones rather than the gas station ones that are fried.
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  4. Leah

    That sounds delicious!!! I might have to try it.

    Also, is it too late to sign up for the Heart Healthy Weekend? I just realized I never made it official, even though I plan on doing something.

    I think I will run 4 miles. (I’m upping it from my previous 5K runs) 🙂
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  5. Sharon

    You know Lori, making those just before you are about to be housebound for 48 hours watching it snow MIGHT not have been the most brilliant move you’ve made!!! Laughing, laughing,laughing – you know I’m kidding. They look delicious and like everyone else, I want to run out and buy a donut pan. BTW, good luck with your blizzard – keep us posted!
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