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Healthy Krispy Kreme Donuts

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Time to make the doughnuts!

Healthy Krispy Kreme Donuts - 1 cup flour, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/3 cup... Full recipe: @choccoveredkt


Sticky, sugary-sweet Krispy Kreme homemade donuts.

So do these homemade donuts (doughnuts or donuts?) taste exactly like real Krispy Kremes? No, and they’re not supposed to. I always thought Krispy Kremes were too saccharine, with all that glaze covering every inch of the greasy pastries, weighing you down and zapping your energy.

Today’s recipe yields doughnuts that are super light and fluffy, not dense or gummy, which is a problem with many baked doughnut recipes.

Healthy Krispy Kreme Donuts - 1 cup flour, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/3 cup... Full recipe: @choccoveredkt

These doughnuts will leave you feeling full, yet energized!

Above, frosted with my simple Healthy Glaze Icing.

Good for breakfast, or dessert, or even as a healthy post-workout snack. Did you know there’s a charity race called the Krispy Kreme Challenge, where participants run 2.5 miles, shove down an entire box of Krispy Kreme donuts, and then run another 2.5 miles back to the starting line?

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I can’t even imagine the horrible stomachaches that must ensue.

Who comes up with these things??


Healthy Krispy Kreme Donuts

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  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar (5g)
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice (160g)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (4g)
  • 3 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil (30g)
  • 1 cup spelt or all-purpose flour (130g) (A reader had success with gluten-free ap flour)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar of choice or xylitol (60g)
  • 1/32 tsp pure stevia extract or 2 additional tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt


Combine first four ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk well. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a doughnut pan if you have one. (If you don’t have a doughnut pan, you can cook in a mini muffin tin for doughnut holes.) In a large measuring bowl, combine all remaining ingredients and stir very well. Now pour wet into dry and immediately pour into the pan. Bake 15 minutes, then allow to cool before removing. Top these vegan doughnuts with jam, or chocolate frosting, or glaze. (My simple glaze recipe is linked under the second photo in this post.)

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Someone recently pointed out that my blog—while filled with chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut—is very much lacking in international flair. Tarts, flans, sticky rice, churros… all of these things (and more) are missing from the recipe archives, and I’d like to remedy this. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated: What are some good desserts to try from around the world?

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Just thinking of doing the Krispy Kreme challenge makes me nauseous!

    1. Anonymous says:

      they do it in my town….gross!

    2. Ron says:

      It makes me hungry.

  2. Michelle says:

    This looks so yummy!

  3. Hannah says:

    These look delicious! My mother would love this recipe! Thank you, thank you!!!

  4. Ally Behne says:

    Flan, coconut sticky rice, and croissants (sp?)!

  5. Mandie says:

    This recipe looks great! Because doughnuts are #1 on the “worst foods” list, I committed to not eat them – ever. But finding healthy alternatives that are much healthier is wonderful! Thanks!

    International recipes…… about……..Biscotti, Italian Gelato, Tiramisu (yes, yes, yes!), Pavlova, Baklava (please?) :D, and Crepes ??? Recipes from around the world are so neat to look into.

    I hope you like my ideas!

  6. Oh my word…Running AFTER eating a Krispy Kreme…I’m with you in the *against* team there.. fitting in with your international comments how about lightened up Pain Du Chocolat? – I love these but they are so fatty, naughty and very much on the ‘occasional treat list’…But there’s something about biting through crisp fresh pastry to be hit by rich dark chocolate – Plus they fit with your chocolate covered self!
    I made Skinny Nutella Biscotti (Recipe on blog) but I’m sure you could make it better with your own Nutella or similar?
    Just some ideas 🙂

  7. Crystal says:

    Baklava … it is my absolute FAVORITE treat in the world!! Baklava! Baklava! Baklava!!! 🙂

    1. Alie says:

      Oh my gosh, YES! If there is a healthy way to make Baklava I could die happy. While eating said Baklava.

      1. SGM says:

        I’ve actually made a “healthy” Baklava – vegan and nut free – using sunflower seeds, coconut oil, organic or whole wheat phillo dough and organic sugar. My friend greatly enjoyed them (even though I wanted her to share them with her nut and dairy allergic daughter). The way I learned to prepare it makes it less drenched in the sugar syrup like many commercial or restaurant baklavas. The trick is to make bakalava rolls, not layered sheets.

        1. Michelle says:

          OMG. I would So VERY MUCH love to get a recipe for vegan/healthy baklava. My daughter is vegan and misses baklava more than anything. Would be so appreciative if I could make that for her.

  8. Grace says:

    These look so yummy! Thanks for sharing! To answer your question, I second the churros idea, but I’d also love to see a vegan-healthified canoli!

    1. Rebecca says:

      OMG a healthy cannoli recipe would be amazing!

  9. Kayla says:

    Baklava (euro/mediterrean) is fun!! Also, lamingtons (australia) and tapioca pudding (asia). As long as we get some chocolate! ;D

    1. Amy says:

      Yes! Healthy Lamingtons would be amazing! Haven’t had one in years 🙂 And they combine two awesome ingredients, chocolate + coconut!

      1. Emily says:

        Teresa Cutter has a recipe for healthy lamingtons 🙂 just google xxx

  10. Tenley says:

    Baklava would be amazing!! I’m not sure if it’s possible to make an healthier alternative but if it is I would adore it!

    1. Maria says:

      Definitely bakflava!!!

      1. Lilith says:

        Oh yes I adore baklava

  11. Amanda says:

    I’m really not a doughnut fan, but I may try these! I think it’s the grease I don’t like about doughnuts. Now to see if my husband will accept a “healthy” doughnut!
    For the international recipes I’d love healthy versions of baklava, sticky rice, and gulab jamun.

  12. Aline says:

    I’d love you to post some Brazilian deserts, such as “brigadeiro”, “pudim”, “maria mole”, “casadinho”!! And would be great to have the recipe of homemade vegan dulce de leche (doce de leite)!!!

    1. andrea says:

      briagdeiro!! yummmm! im brasilian and actually tried to make brigadiero with some soy condensed milk i found in a Carrefour in brasil…it was HORRIBLE. maybe there are better vegan soy condensed milk alternatives in the States…vegan dulce de leche would be TO DIE FOR

    2. Anonymous says:

      BRIGADEIRO! 😀 and dulce de leite. Mmmmm perfect for dulce de leite ice cream!

  13. Amy says:

    I agree with Eline, Kayla and Heidi and would also like to add rice pudding. And when I say rice pudding, I’m referring to the South Asian versions of it 🙂

  14. I think the world is severely lacking a healthy croissant recipe– that would be amazing! You can still fill it with chocolate chips and keep with your theme 😉

  15. Alicia says:

    how about tiramisu or cannoli?

  16. These sound great – I agree with you, my issue with doughnuts is always that they taste too sweet or too greasy so baking these will help with that problem!

    Quick question for you re: your powdered sugar. You offer a few different alternatives to make the sugar-free powdered sugar – which do you use when you make it as pictured?

  17. Ed says:

    Those look like trouble!

  18. Hailey says:

    Vegan tiramisu!

  19. Fran says:

    Ooo, thank for the vegan doughnut! I second the cannoli vote, and a healthier vegan baklava would also be exciting.

  20. Beignets, plaintain sandwiches, italian pasta, rice pudding, mexican hot chocolate, enchiladas, pierogies, some more of your awesome oriental dishes!, falafel, baklava, scones, tarts, goulash, macaroons, etc. I’m not sure those all count as “worldly.” lol.

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