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Healthy Krispy Kreme Donuts

Time to make the doughnuts. These homemade healthy Krispy Kreme donuts can be vegan, sugar free, and you can customize the basic recipe to make different flavors! 

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??


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Healthy Krispy Kreme Donuts

These homemade baked healthy Krispy Kreme donuts are the perfect way to satisfy a donut craving in healthy way.
5/5 (7)
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 6 donuts


  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil (many readers say applesauce or mashed banana work for fat-free)
  • 1 cup spelt or all-purpose flour (A reader had success with gluten-free ap flour)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup regular sugar or coconut sugar, or xylitol for sugar free
  • 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 healthy 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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Published on February 22, 2013

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  1. 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!

  2. Katie @ Cake Vs Scales says

    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 🙂

      • 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.

        • 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Kayla says

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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)!!!

    • 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

  8. 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 🙂

  9. eating 4 balance says

    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.

  10. Beth J says

    I don’t mean to be rude, but why use a title like “Homemade Krispy Kreme doughnuts” if they don’t taste anything like them, especially if “they’re not supposed to?” I’m a HUGE fan of those doughnuts, so this was kind of a letdown.

    • Mer says

      Agree completely. Just seems like a cheap way to get people to look at the recipe. “Ooh, A healthier Krispy Kreme!-oh, I guess not.”

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I was thinking more along the lines of, “If Krispy Kreme made healthy doughnuts, this is what they would be.” When I think of doughnuts, I immediately think first of Krispy Kremes (like kleenex or band aids). Or it’s like when someone says, “Do you want a coke?” and then they ask you what kind: 7 up, pepsi, dr. pepper? (Or maybe that is just a Texas thing.)

      • Mint says

        You aways respond to these comments so kindly, politely, and professionally. Thank you so much for these amazing recipes, and if it helps, I think the title is just fine :). Mentioning that they aren’t meant to be exact flavor replicas of krispy kreme doughnuts in the blog post itself is enough. Some people are a little too harsh here.

  11. Andie says

    Every since I can remember, my family (we’re German & Danish) has always celebrated everyone’s birthday with a Kringle. There are many types of Kringle pastries, but the my family’s recipe is actually more of a bread, but sweeter & fluffier. It doesn’t have eggs, and milk could be substituted for almond, but it does call for canned almond filling, which isn’t vegan. I would love a substitute vegan Kringle!

  12. Kacey says

    I would love to see your take on a croissant recipe. I already have a recipe for vegan ones that I make every once in a while (well, every once in a while when I have like 12 hours to kill), but while delicious, they’re basically just as bad for you as the omni version. I bet if anyone could make a healthy-but-delicious vegan croissant, it would be you. Also biscotti! I made biscotti for the first time like three months ago and have been obsessed ever since.

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