Healthy Treat for Today: Whole Wheat Donuts

 

My dad…whom my boys call, Papa, is famous around here for buying us donuts when he comes to town.  It’s become a big deal…one that the boys won’t let Papa forget about.  (“Hi Papa…did you bring us donuts?…oh, and we’re also glad you’re here…”)

One Saturday morning…I decided to make homemade (and healthier) donuts for the family.  I got up early…ground wheat into flour…mixed up the dough, rolled them out, fried them up…and made a special hot fudge sauce to drizzle over them.  I put them on a pretty platter…poured glasses of fresh milk…and called the boys down for breakfast.

I cheerfully and excitedly greeted them with flour on my face and my hair all frazzled from all the work of making these fresh off the stove donuts…

And my three year old lit up and said, “Oh!! Did Papa make us DONUTS?!”

Huh.  I go to all this trouble…and Papa gets all the credit. 

sigh  :)

Well, they liked my donuts just as much Papa’s…and I loved that these were a pretty healthy treat!

(Papa really got a big kick out of that story, of course..)

I hope you’ll get a big kick out of this recipe!

Whole Wheat Cake Donuts (or should I call them, “Papa’s Special”?)!

3 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
2 t. baking powder
½ t. cinnamon
¼ t. salt
¼ t. nutmeg
2/3 cup rapadura (dehydrated cane sugar juice) or sucanat
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
Oil for frying (I use palm shortening or coconut oil)

Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Stir in eggs, vanilla, milk and melted butter.  Knead dough a few minutes to make sure all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
On a floured surface, roll dough to ½ inch thickness.  Cut with donut cutter, or biscuit cutter.  Heat oil in skillet or electric skillet…enough to cover the bottom of the skillet about ¼ inch.  Place donuts into the hot oil to fry for 2-3 minutes on each side.  Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle a mixture of rapadura and cinnamon, or sprinkle organic powdered sugar over the hot donuts. 

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Yum!  Anytime I want a special breakfast treat for my family…these donuts work for me!

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  1. CeCe says

    Since I”m pretty sure you won’t go for Fed Ex’ing me some of these, I’m going to have to make them myself.

    I like this recipe b/c it doesn’t call for many ingredients that I don’t have. Since cooking isn’t exactly my favorite thing it’s better if I don’t allow myself to get geeked up about a potential new item I could make but have to go out and buy a bunch of stuff. Only thing I have to get is the sucanat. I have a ques though about the coconut oil: what is the big deal about coconut oil? I’ve seen it mentioned a few times on your site. (the only reason I even have it in my pantry is for another new recipe I made once earlier this year)

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  2. CeCe says

    Also… I bow to you for not only getting up early on a Saturday morning but also for GRINDING WHEAT INTO FLOUR. Outside of this blog, I think the last time I heard those four words strung together was when I was reading “The Little Red Hen” to my kids!!! Kudos for you :)

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    Rachael Reply:

    haha! When I saw that she ground her own wheat I started researching it and posted on facebook, “Did you know people actually grind their own flour? Not even the Little Red Hen did that!” Turns out a lot of people do it! Seems like it was especially popular in the 70′s-80′s, at least among my facebook friends.

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  3. CeCe says

    I read your post on soaking grains, but not sure which instruction to follow for making these doughnuts. How do you soak for this recipe? Thanks :)

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Laura does not soak these. :)

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  4. mrsquist says

    Not sure if this was something Laura (or someone else) would want to try…but I’m making donuts today too and they are a yeast baked donut. I’m cheap and butter and coconut oil are not ;) Here’s the page that I got the recipe (after a lot of looking)from. http://www.goodeatsblog.com/2010/10/baked-yeast-doughnuts-with-caramel.html I’ll check back in later to tell you all how they turned out. I’m going to frost them with a frosting made of semi sweet chocolate chips and cream.

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  5. sabrina says

    Hello :) Just wondering if the coconut oil you use for frying is extra virgin, with the coconutty flavor or the other kind with no taste?? Thanks so much!

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    It is expeller pressed so there is no taste.

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  6. hskepnek says

    Great recipe, I tried it and it worked like a charm. The whole family loved it, and said they preferred it to Dunkin Donuts — quite the compliment. I do have one question: How many calories are in it?

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    Laura Reply:

    So glad you and your family like them so much! So sorry, I have no ideas on the calories. :)

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  7. M. Lynn says

    Oh my, Laura, the donuts were delicious! I’ve never been one to fry foods, but I pulled the ingredients out and thought what a surprise it would be for the menfolk under our roof to enjoy donuts for breakfast. They were very well received! Question…the donuts got a bit dark, do you think frying them in a cast iron pan caused it? I used palm shortening to fry them in. They were still scrumpteous and were covered in powder sugar :-)

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    They probably were just dark from the cast iron! Glad you enjoyed them!

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  8. sharon says

    I’m gonna try donought donut balls with this recipe. I want donoughts, we eat healthy, so this is perfect, thanks so much, you came to my sweet craving, healthy eating desert tasting goodness.

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  9. sharon says

    Also try using whole wheat pastry flour, it can be used in place of whole wheat flousr, its lighter, and less dense than whole wheat flour when making, cookies, pie crust, ect, hard to find in grocery store, but whole foods carries it.

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  10. Micah says

    I’ve made these several times now and we love them. I’m dairy free now for my nursing baby so this morning I used virgin coconut oil instead of butter and water for the milk. I decreased the sucanat in the recipe because I always cut back on sweetener in any recipe. They were just as good, I didn’t notice any change in flavor, yea!! Today we topped them with sucanat and cinnamon (mostly cinnamon). My children are enjoying dipping them in hot chocolate. I think we are enjoying 40 degree weather here in south Louisiana for the last time this spring…

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  11. Lisa says

    One of our first ‘real food’ recipes from the website & family loved them! Wanted to try something fun to get them excited about our dietary changes. Our six yr old said to his sister, “Come try one of these! They’re healthy….I think.”

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  12. CeCe says

    Do you think I could add some sweet potato puree to this somehow? How would you go about it? Thanks.

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    You could probably do that! I would personally try to substitute it in for a little of the milk and then if it needs more moisture put in a few splashes of milk. I hope it works…it sounds delish!

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  13. Kim says

    Did you use hard white or soft white wheat? I’m assuming either would work since there is no yeast?
    Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    I use hard wheat for these. But yes, I think either would work. :)

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