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Baked blueberry donuts: a healthy dessert fusion

Baked blueberry donuts

When you realized today was National Donut Day, did you cry inside? Just a little bit? I did, but let me explain. See, I love donuts (seriously love them), but I know how unhealthy and fattening they can be. If you love doughnuts or donuts (anyone know which spelling is technically correct?) but don’t want all those extra calories, we’ve got you covered with this baked (not fried!) blueberry donut recipe! 

Serves: 1½ dozen


  • Blueberries1½ cups whole wheat white flour (all­-purpose flour can be substituted)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1¼ cup ricotta cheese (whole or part skim)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup fresh blueberries
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean (optional)

For the optional lemon vanilla bean glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease donut pan that accommodates 6 average size donuts and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in dry ingredients and add in eggs, ricotta cheese, milk, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds and blend with hand mixer or with large spoon until combined. Gently fold in blueberries.
  3. Spoon batter in batter in donut pan ½ full. Bake in preheated oven for 8-­11 minutes until lightly brown and firm. Cool on wire rack.

Lemon vanilla bean glaze

  1. In a medium bowl combined confectioners sugar, lemon juice, milk, lemon zest and vanilla bean seeds and stir until creamy and smooth.
  2. Dip tops of donuts into glaze and set on wire rack until glaze sets.

Recipe adapted from Mother Thyme.

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