I love Holiday foods, and don’t mind indulging, but I also always try and include some healthier options as well. How would you feel about these Strawberry Mini Donuts for Valentines Day? They are still incredibly delicious, but are also pretty healthy. I made them with 100% whole wheat, reduced the sugar and reduced the fat. I would say this makes them a better option.
I used fresh berries in the donuts themselves, but wanted smaller chunks. I have a mini food processor from Calphalon that I love for smaller jobs, like this. They don’t carry that model anymore, but here are some options on Amazon. I cannot give recommendations, as I have not used any of those models. There are several that sound good though.
I just pulsed them a few times, I was looking for small chunks.
Next, dry ingredients go into small bowl. I used a whole wheat pastry flour from Farm Fresh Wheat in Washington. It is a great family owned generational farm.The grow a soft winter wheat, which is perfect for baked goods like this. They were ground in my Nutrimill, which I am not sure I could live without.
One secret I have found for tender whole wheat baked goods is adding a little Greek yogurt or sour cream. I prefer the nonfat plain Greek yogurt myself, but either will do. Not only do these products keep the baked good tender, but also adds in moisture too. Perfect for keeping whole grain baked goods from drying out.
I almost always use a unsweetened vanilla almond milk when my recipes for baked goods call for milk. I have never had a problem subbing it straight across for cow’s milk. I like to use it as it is less calories.
Eggs, of course. You can also sub in flax seeds if you are going for a vegan version.
I mixed the wet ingredients with a whisk, then switched to a spatula for the rest of the blending. The whisk ensures the eggs will be evenly distributed.
Add dry to wet. At this point, be careful not to over mix.
Last are the fresh strawberries.
You can always scoop in your batter, but I find it easiest to use Wilton disposable bags. Not an ad, I just have used them forever and trust them.
You can easily use these in a regular size donut pan, but there is just something I love about the mini size!. These are the ones I use here.
They bake really quickly, so keep an eye on them.
I let them cool for just a minute, facing up.
After they I get them cooling, it is time for the glaze. I love a cream cheese glaze, but if you prefer it can be subbed for butter or a vegan butter.
I used freeze dried berries (raspberries to be exact, I thought I had strawberries, and didn’t). You can buy these at most major grocery store now. They are expensive, so I only use them for baked goods like this. It gives icing and glazes such a beautiful color.
Pulse until you get a powder. It doesn’t need to be really fine, a few small chunks are great in the glaze.
Add to your cream cheese.
Add powdered sugar and milk and blend. You can decide on the consistency. I like mine just a little more thick, it holds to the donuts better.
Dip your donuts. If you want a thicker coating, dip the first time and let it set for a few minutes, then come and dip again.
If you are going for the Valentine’s look, add your sprinkles before the icing has a chance to set at all.
Aren’t they the prettiest little things?
On some, I crushed more pieces of the freeze dried berries for decoration.
So, if you are looking for a healthier option, these Strawberry Mini Donuts should totally be it!
Want another Strawberry donut variation? How about these strawberry lime donuts? Or mango donuts with strawberry glaze? Yes, both good options. I also have other donut varieties, just check the mini donut category on side bar.
These Strawberry Mini Donuts will make your day so much better!
These mini donuts are a great, healthier version of a regular donut. They are baked, not fried. I used 100% whole wheat flour. Reduced sugar and oil. But, no one even noticed. My family loved these!
Keyword healthy strawberry desserts, mini donut recipes, mini donuts, strawberry desserts, strawberry mini donuts, whole grain baked goods, whole wheat, whole wheat baked goods
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 8minutes
Total Time 18minutes
Servings 30mini donuts
Author Amy- A Red Spatula
2cupswhole wheat pastry flourIf you prefer an all white flour donut, use all purpose flour.
1 1/2 teaspoonsbaking soda
1/3cupneutral oilI used canola, but you can use oil of choice. You can also use melted butter,but these are much more tender with oil.
1/3cupplain greek yogurtI used a nonfat plain Greek yogurt, you can always sub in sour cream if you prefer.
2/3cupstrawberries, fine dice or pulse in the food processor like I did.
Cream Cheese Glaze
2ouncescream cheese, softenedI used a lowfat cream cheese
1/4cupfinely ground freeze dried strawberriesThese are easy to find in most grocery stores with a good food selection.
milk to consistencyI am not putting an amount on here as this will depend on how thick you like your glaze.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Prep your mini donut pans by spraying. The cavities are so small, you can brush them with melted butter, but it is kind of a pain! Spraying them is so much easier. Set your 2 pans aside. If you have 3 pans, use them. I only have 2, so I used the excess batter I had for mini muffins. Set pans aside.Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl combine the sugar and oil, mix. Add eggs, vanilla, Greek yogurt, and almond milk. Mix to combine. I like to mix this with a whisk, to ensure eggs are mixed well. Dry ingredients are next. At this point I switch to a spatula to fold the rest in. You don't want to over mix. Last is the strawberries. Again, fold to combine. Now, you have a coupe choices for filling the donut cavities.You can spoon it in, this is pretty tricky, especially with mini donut pans. Or you can pipe it in like I did. For me, this is so much more simple. I use a disposable bag, as I don't really like to wash them out. Fill the cavity just below the top. They will rise plenty. Place in oven.Now, be mindful of them, they bake QUICKLY. Mine have taken anywhere from 6-9 minutes. With whole wheat baked goods, you want to pull them out before the donut has baked completely. Every baked food has something called carry over cooking. This means the food will continue to cook even after it is removed from the heat source. This is very important to remember with whole wheat baked goods as they absorb more moisture then all purpose flour baked goods. If you bake them all the way in the oven, when you pull them out and they continue to bake, it will dry them out. So, here is how I gauge them. I like to pull them out when the very inside is a touch underdone. You can tell, by lightly pressing the top of the donut. If it feels SLIGHTLY under baked, you are good. Remove from pan by inverting and lightly tapping on a cooling rack.
Cream Cheese Glaze
Whole donuts are cooling, prep your glaze.Combine ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Add about 2 tablespoons of milk to begin. Mix on high speed until ingredients are combined . I used a hand mixer here, but you can use a stand mixer or even mix by hand. Now, you will add milk according to how thin or thick you want your glaze to be. I like mine pretty thick, so I think I added about 1/4 cup milk all together. If you want more, or less, feel free to do it. Now, turn the donuts upside down and dip into the glaze. Make sure and coat it well. Turn right side up and continue with the other donuts. If you want to make these Valentine's themed, do like I did and sprinkle with a few Valentine's sprinkles. That's it!Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve these!