These Old Fashioned Powdered Sugar Donuts are a delicious treat that’s easy to make and much lower in fat than coffee shop donuts! They’re baked, not fried and they’re under 100 calories each!
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Donuts are a huge weakness for me – thankfully I’m about an hour’s drive from the nearest donut shop and about an 8-hour flight away from the nearest Tim Horton’s (if you’re not Canadian, you might not know what that is – it’s almost every Canadian’s favourite coffee and donut joint!). Making donuts at home is a MUCH healthier way to enjoy these sweet treats and my latest favourite homemade donut recipe is these Old Fashioned Powdered Sugar Donuts – they’re under 100 calories per donut!!
You will need a donut pan for this Old Fashioned Powdered Sugar Donuts recipe, and if you don’t have one already I’d definitely recommend this Wilton Medium Donut Pan (affiliate link). It’s the perfect size for this recipe that yeilds 24 medium-sized donuts and it’s non-stick and easy to clean. And it works best when you grease it with a little bit of oil or butter. I always use my Misto Oil Sprayer for this job (affiliate link) because it allows you to achieve the same effect as conventional oil sprays while using a healthy oil and without all those harmful propellants found in conventional oil sprays.
How to make Baked Donuts
Baked donuts are the perfect treat, and these Old Fashioned Powdered Sugar Donuts are no exception. Here are my best baked donut tips:
- Don’t overmix your batter! Mix gently and just until the flour disappears!
- Use a piping bag! Fill a large piping bag with your batter, snip off the tip of the piping bag and pipe your donuts into the donut pan!
- Don’t overfill your donut pan! Fill the cavities about 1/2 to 2/3 full and no more than this! Don’t overfill, or your donuts won’t have the cute little hole in the middle!
- Spray with vegetable oil spray! If you’re finding the powdered sugar doesn’t want to stick, give each donut a tiny little spritz of vegetable oil spray and that’ll do the trick!
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Old Fashioned Powdered Sugar Donuts
These Old Fashioned Powdered Sugar Donuts are a delicious treat that's easy to make and much lower in fat than coffee shop donuts!
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- cooking spray to grease the donut pan
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar for dipping (use more if desired)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a medium 12-donut donut pan with vegetable oil cooking spray or butter and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
In a glass measuring cup, measure the buttermilk.
Add the eggs and vegetable oil to the buttermilk and whisk with a fork to combine and break up the eggs.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together gently with a rubber spatula just until any streaks of flour disappear. Over-mixing can make the donuts tough and rubbery, so mix gently and only as much as you need to.
Add the batter to a large piping bag and pipe the donuts into the donut pan cavities only about 1/2 to 2/3 full.
Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 7-9 minutes, or until the donuts are just golden brown on top and lose their shine.
Cool in the donut pan for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Once cooled, dip the donuts in powdered sugar (use a light spritz of vegetable oil spray on the donuts if the powdered sugar needs help sticking!) and enjoy!
Store these donuts in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They are best enjoyed fresh!