Vanilla Berry Donuts

I have a deep, dark secret to tell you.

Donuts are one of my favorite foods.

Don’t tell anyone.

I know, as a dietitian I should not love donuts.  I should love kale, or sweet potatoes, or something totally healthy. But I’ve always loved donuts.  Maple, glazed, coconut, cream filled, you name it, I’ve tried it and loved it.  Now that my kids have come to love donuts as much as me, I decided I should try to find a way to make donuts just a little healthier so I could enjoy them more often. Enter the Vanilla Berry Donut.

These Vanilla Berry Donuts are so moist, sweet, and utterly delicious.  You won’t be able to tell that they are made with whole wheat flour and flax meal, so feel free to trick anyone who likes to sniff out healthier foods and refuse to eat them.  Not that I’ve ever done that or anything. 🙂

And June 5th happens to be national donut day, so that is perfect timing!  Just whip up a batch of these today. 🙂

Vanilla Berry Donuts

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  •  Prep Time: 20 mins
  •  Cook Time: 20 mins
  •  Total Time: 40 mins
  •  Yield: 1214 donuts 1x



  • Donut:
  • 2 T flaxseed meal
  • 5 T water
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, caviar scraped out*
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 4 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped berries
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. To make the donuts: Combine flax and water, and allow to sit while you get the rest of the ingredients combined. Combine milk and vanilla caviar and allow to sit while you get the rest of the ingredients combined. In a large bowl, mix together all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and granulated sugar. In a separate bowl, stir together flax mixture, milk mixture, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla extract. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Gently fold in berries. Spoon into greased donut pans (or muffin tins), and bake 20-25 minutes, or until lightly brown on top and toothpick inserted comes out clean. To make the glaze, stir together milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar until smooth. Allow donuts to cool completely and then glaze. Enjoy!


*If you don’t have any vanilla beans, substitute 1 tsp vanilla extract

Recipe adapted from