Baked Lemon Doughnuts

Sure, I deeply care about your well-being.

But this recipe makes me want to cry and gorge at the same time.

Donuts are sort of a breakfast food.  Well, not really for this family. We never ate them for breakfast…  Unless we were on the road traveling down the East Coast.  Then, and only then, would we wake up in the wee hours of the morning and find ourselves parked at a gas station with a huge box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts on the front dashboard.  Krispy Kremes?  For breakfast?!  Thanks, Mom and Dad.  Those were magical moments.

I don’t know about all of you, but I (along with my twin sister) can pretty much own a bag of chocolate-covered pomegranates.  They just like…  Disappear before our eyes.  Once we pop open a bag and start taking them back like shots, we seriously can’t stop.

I feel this is the root of many of my life issues.  Ugh, problems.


Between last week’s banana bread and this week’s cake, you would have probably thought I was done with sweet things for a bit.  But you know what, for someone who consumes ridiculous amounts of really-good-for-you-food crap, that’s not really my thing.

So here’s what’s what…  These doughnuts are happening and my body officially hates me.

But this doughnut recipe is different.  For starters, it’s homemade.  And lemony.  And zesty.  And delicious…  Without chocolate?  Totally mind-blown.

That’s it.

For all you who only really enjoy a dessert that’s light and not too rich because you lack a sweet tooth or some crazy business like that…  Well, these are for you!  Seriously.  I don’t think I need to tell you that these doughnuts are absolutely divine.  It’s definitely going to be a main stay in my kitchen across the summer.  Well, that’s if they don’t get scarfed down within 45 minutes.  I’m just sayin’…  I had to make these twice in one day.

Pick your poison.  I should warn you these are probably it.


Baked Lemon Doughnuts

adapted from How Sweet It Is

(yields 6-8 donuts)


For the doughnuts:

1 cup cake flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup lemon-flavored Greek yogurt

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon milk

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 teaspoon lemon extract

1 teaspoon lemon zest

For the lemon glaze:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1-2 teaspoon milk

1/2 teaspoon lemon extract


To make the doughnuts:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and coat a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.  Stir dry ingredients with a spoon.

Add in Greek yogurt and the egg.  Mix to combine.  Stir in 1 tablespoon of milk and then the melted butter.

Measure out baking soda and pour into a small bowl and add the vinegar.  Stir together and add in lemon extract, then lemon zest.  Pour that mixture into the doughnut batter and stir together to combine.

Using a pastry bag or spoon, fill each doughnut mold half to two-thirds of the way full.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the tops are lightly browned.  Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from the pan.

To make the glaze:

As the doughnuts cool, measure powdered sugar and add to a small bowl.  Pour in milk, then the lemon extract. stir together well to combine.  Add more milk for a more runny texture.  Once the doughnuts have finished cooling, drizzle with lemon glaze until all are coated.

Serve and enjoy!


Nutritional information: 260 calories, 5g fat (2.5 sat, 1.3 mono), 50g carbs, 4.5g protein

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25 Responses to “Baked Lemon Doughnuts”
  1. JulieD says:

    This looks so good! I love anything lemon!!

  2. These are gorgeous and I love the lemon flavor. I crave lemony things in summer. Question for you – all the doughnut oven pans I’ve seen are pretty flat but your doughnuts are quite high. What brand of pan are you using?

    • ohshineon says:

      Anita, I actually use a “mini bundt” pan, which is really meant for making 6 individual bundt cakes. It has roughly the same shape as a baked doughnut and I found that if I just found that if I just fill the batter to 1/3 to 1/2 of the way I yield some pretty thick, but delicious doughnuts. Any other standard doughnut pan will do, but remember that this recipe only has enough to make 6 or possibly eight. It can easily be doubled or triple though!

  3. Debbi Simms says:

    What is Chobani lemon-flavored yogurt? Is it a low fat yoghurt I live in UK

    • ohshineon says:

      Chobani Greek yogurt is a particular brand of yogurt that is strained during the forming process, resulting in a thick, creamy, and delicious yogurt that is extremely high in protein — higher than any other yogurt I’ve ever tried and actually enjoyed. I’ve never been to the UK, but I would imagine you could be able to find it in most grocery stores or you can order it online on their website. I also find that those who don’t particularly like the texture or tartness of Greek yogurt love it in baked goods because you can barely taste it and it’s a lot healthier for you.

      If you are still having a hard time finding the yogurt, you can substitute another type. I’ve tried this recipe multiple times — some using Chobani’s lemon-flavored low fat yogurt and other times using their plain yogurt — both turn out great.

  4. Mary says:

    I know you call these donuts, but these are far from what we used to call “fat pills.” Using greek yogurt and very little butter these are actually . . . almost . . . healthy??? What I know is that they are delicious. Congratulations on being #4 !!! Well deserved!

  5. Hey, one could argue that these have yogurt in them, so therefore they’re good for you….right???? ;-)


  6. I wouldn’t say I typically would grab a lemon dessert but these look amazing. I don’t know if it is the glaze or what but I want one…BADLY!

  7. congrats on top 9!!!!!! these look AMAZING!

  8. foodiestuntman says:

    Looks good and congratulations on making the Top 9!

  9. Congrats on the Foodbuzz Top9!

  10. Streusel says:

    Yumm! I’m not a big doughnut fan, I regret them as soon as I eat them but THESE made me read twice and want some quick, greek yogurt – awesome!

    • ohshineon says:

      These are absolutely delicious. And if you aren’t a huge doughnut person you can pour this batter into a cake pan and bake it in the oven at 350 degrees F until the top is lightly browned.

  11. Yumm! This is the first recipe for doughnuts I’ve seen that has me thinking “I want them”. I always feel terrible after I eat a doughnut but these look worth it! thanks.

  12. PatriciaCK says:

    Ohhhh I want – and I’m not even a donut fan!

  13. Clara says:

    Mmmmm gorgeous Katie! I love lemon in baked goods, especially when it’s nice and zesty.

  14. thehungrymum says:

    wow, wow, WOW! Want one NOW!

  15. Those look AMAZING. Guess I know what I’ll be baking next weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Looks so delicious and I love the fact that these are baked and not fried!!

  17. Yum! These look delicious!

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