Whole wheat cinnamon sugar donut hole recipe

Claire Gallam

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When it comes to a healthy breakfast, donuts are probably the last thing on your go-to list, for good reason. Donuts are typically deep fried and covered in a fatty, sugary glaze. However, not all donuts should be treated with the same disdain. These healthy, whole wheat baked donut bites are extremely low in calories (less than 60 calories per hole) and taste just like the fried version. Now you can serve your kids donuts and still feel happy knowing they are healthy!

Whole wheat donut hole

Whole wheat cinnamon sugar donut holes

Yields about 24 donut holes

Each bite is sweet without being too sweet and so moist and fluffy. Your kids will have no idea they are healthy and gobble them right up! Serve these for breakfast, in lunch boxes or as an afterschool treat!

mini donut hole


  • 1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup (2 percent) Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the egg, oil, Greek yogurt, vanilla and brown sugar until the mixture is fully combined. It will be a little thicker than a muffin batter. If it's too thick, add in a bit of milk.
  3. Using your hands, roll the dough into little balls and place them in the greased muffin pan.
  4. Bake donuts for about 10 - 11 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Let them cool for about 1 minute.
  5. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Using a pastry brush, brush each donut with melted butter, then dip in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Repeat until all of the donuts have been covered and enjoy!

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.