Sweet & delicious baked strawberry donuts.
Growing up, I always used to love it when my mom would buy a package of sponge cake dessert cups from the grocery store and we’d top them with sliced strawberries and whipped cream for a simple strawberry shortcake.
One taste of these light and pillowy strawberry donuts took me right back to the sponge-cake shortcakes of childhood. And even better, these donuts are free of all the extra refined sugars, preservatives, and artificial flavors present in the store-bought dessert cups. They’re pretty darn easy to make, too: Stir the ingredients together in a bowl, smooth into a donut pan or muffin tin, and bake in the oven.
(See the step-by-step video, above)
You can also opt to eat them topped with jam or frosted with almond or peanut butter or vanilla yogurt of choice. Or you can make a basic donut glaze of 1 cup powdered sugar mixed with 1-2 tbsp milk of choice and 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract. They’re delicious unfrosted, too!
Baked Strawberry Donuts
Adapted from Blueberry Baked Donuts
Baked Strawberry Donuts – Refined Sugar Free!
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 1 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave or honey
- 3 1/2 tbsp oil – If you don’t mind fat-free texture, you can use applesauce (35g)
- 1 cup flour, loosely packed (works with all-purpose, spelt, or gf all-purpose mix) (125g)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup diced strawberries, fresh or frozen-thawed (60g)
- optional add-ins: pinch cinnamon, handful mini chocolate chips or shredded coconut
Combine first 5 ingredients. Set aside. Grease a donut pan OR mini muffin pan, and preheat oven to 350 F. Stir together all remaining ingredients except strawberries. (For best taste and texture, I highly recommend the oil option.) Pour wet into dry once oven is preheated, and stir until just evenly mixed. Don’t overmix. Stir in the berries. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until donuts have risen and batter is no longer wet. Let sit 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Frosting ideas are listed earlier in this post.
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