Baked Donuts with Lemon and Poppy Seeds {Whole Wheat}

Only 40 calories and whole wheat! These little, baked donuts are filled with zesty lemon and poppyseeds and come together in 20 minutes! They are as fun to eat as they are delicious.40 Calorie Whole Wheat Lemon Poppy Seed Mini Donuts, With Sour Cream Glaze!-FoodFaithFitnessCan I just tell you guys about the best decision of my life?(I mean, aside from marrying Mr.Foodfaithfitness of course.)  I went to the thrift store. Have you guys done this ever? If not, do it.  I found all kind of treasures that were all so cheap they were practically free!  It’s the kind of store that you get to go on a shopping spree and then you don’t need to hide the bill from the hubby. In my books, that is a very, very happy thing. Probably in the hubsters books too.

So, among all my findings, I found an ELECTRIC MINI DONUT MAKER.  I am not going to apologize for yelling at you, I am seriously excited about this find. You know why? ‘Cause it was $2.99!  Now, you may ask, but how do you know it even works? Well, I will tell you.  It had a piece of tape across it that someone had scribbled “works” on it.  Obviously, that is legit. So, I scooped that baby up.

Now for the hard part…deciding what flavour of donut to make. I had originally planned to make a blueberry muffin donut, but the hubs was appalled. He was all up in arms saying “you can not ruin a donut by turning it into a muffin Taylor!” So, I heeded his words and made these.  And, I am glad I did guys. So so glad. I really should listen to him more often.  I am totally getting brownie points for saying that if he reads this.

I don’t really know that I want to live in a world that needs explanation as to why you should be making lemon poppy seed donuts with sour cream glaze, as I think that really says it all.  However, let’s talk about them anyway.


You guys know I prefer to not talk about calories, but the low-calorieness of these lovely little dough circles needs to be mentioned.  Kay guys, they are only 40 calories a donut! You can eat the whole batch without guilt! I’m joking, don’t do that. But, you can eat a few.  Mr. FFF ate 10 of them in one go. I am not even kidding.  I left the room for .002 seconds, and returned to a plate of crumbs.

I will be honest with you, they are not like real donuts.  I mean this should be obvious, as they are not deep fried.  However, they are a VERY good substitute!  The inside is still fluffy, light and super soft and the sourness from the lemon is perfectly balanced by the sweet  glaze. You can never ever go wrong with sour cream glaze, and using the low- fat kind keeps it like a million calories less than using the full fat version.

Aside from all this goodness, these are just so cute and fun to eat.  What’s not to love about that?

Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Mini Donuts

Nothing, that’s what.

P.S if you don’t have a donut maker, buy one.  Or, they would make super duper muffins. Just don’t tell the hubs I said that, ’cause he doesn’t like things that can be a muffin and a donut apparently.

Lemon Poppy Seed Mini Donuts
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Makes about 1 dozen mini donuts
Serves: 2-4
  • 1/2 Cup Whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp Poppy seeds
  • 1.5 Cups Splenda
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Light sour cream
  • Glaze:
  • 1/4 Cup Light sour cream
  • 1/8 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 Cup Splenda
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  1. Spray your donut pan maker with cooking spray and get it preheating (or spray some muffin tins and preheat your oven if you're doing it that way!)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg, lemon juice, lemon zest, and the Splenda on high with an electric mixer, until the mixture is light and foamy. Set aside,
  3. In a separate medium bowl, combine the whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, and poppy seeds.
  4. Slowly stir the dry mixture and the sour cream into the egg mixture, and fold gently until well combined.
  5. Drop Tablespoonfuls of the mixture into each donut spot and close the lid.
  6. While the donuts cook (3-4 minutes a batch) it's time to make the glaze
  7. In a small sauce pan, combine all the glaze ingredients and bring to a boil, stiring constantly.
  8. Boil for one minute and remove from heat.
  9. Take your cooked donuts out of the pan and dip right into the glaze, or use a spoon...whatever floats your boat!
  10. DEVOUR!


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