Mixed Berry Vanilla Donuts

Mixed Berry Vanilla Donuts

Okay, okay. I know that it’s now September and instead of sharing a pumpkin-spiced something or other, I’m sharing a summery, berry donut recipe. Forgive me!? I’d like to say this absurdity is because I’m still 100% fighting the end of summer (which is more than true), but the real truth is I simply forgot about these photos! I can’t lie to you.

I took photos of these donuts waaaay back at the beginning of July and for some reason I just haven’t gotten around to posting them yet! It’s not because they weren’t totally tasty, but I kept getting distracted with other summer fruits and recipes. Late or not, they’re here now – and I promise you, they’re worth the wait πŸ™‚

Mixed Berry Vanilla Donuts

What do you have planned for this September long weekend? A few years ago, Etienne and I spent September Long camping under the stars with some friends, off-roading in trucks through the dirt and staying up late roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. While I would love to re-create this weekend, it would likely not be the same experience with our two terrors in tow. WeΒ have contemplated camping in the backyard, but we’ve yet to actually do it. As soon as the sky darkens our bed always ends up sounding much more inviting.

We may not end up camping, but at least if I’m at home I can re-create this DONUT experience. These guys were a huge hit with the kids – even without the glaze! This is an important point to make. Without the glaze these donuts are actually a pretty healthy choice for your family. They’re sweetened with banana and maple syrup, and contain only 2 tbsp of oil in the whole batch! Not to fear, they’re still as cakey and soft as a donut should be, thanks to the Greek yogurt.

One other important point to make – if you’re using large blackberries, I recommend cutting them in half before tossing them into the batter! My favourite mixture is raspberries and blackberries but blueberries and strawberries would also be a great addition to the mix!

Whatever you’re getting up to this long weekend, donuts are sure to make it better πŸ˜‰

Mixed Berry Vanilla Donuts

Mixed Berry Vanilla Donuts

Prep

Total

Yield 8 donuts

Soft and fluffy baked vanilla donuts with a pop of fresh berries and covered in a vanilla glaze!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour*
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup*
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed well
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp oil (vegetable, avocado or grapeseed)
  • 3/4 cup mixed berries, fresh*

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a donut pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together both flours, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, maple syrup, egg and mashed banana until smooth. Gently add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just combined. Fold in the berries carefully.
  4. Scrape the batter into a piping bag or large Ziploc bag with the end cut off, and fill each cavity until 2/3 full.Β 
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the donuts spring back lightly when poked. Allow the donuts to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before removing them and cooling completely on a wire rack while you prepare the glaze.Β 
  6. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add more cream or powdered sugar to achieve your desired consistency. Dip the donuts, one by one into the shallow bowl and set back on the rack to allow the glaze to slightly harden.*

Donuts are best served immediately, but will keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days at room temperature. If the room is warm, the glaze will seep into the donuts.

Notes

  1. You could use 1 cup all-purpose flour but I would not recommend using only whole wheat flour
  2. Maple syrup could be substituted with agave syrup or honey
  3. Frozen berries may be used - do not thaw beforehand. Use small frozen berries to ensure they're cooked through
  4. To make the pink coloured drizzle, set aside a small amount of glaze before dipping and add a drop of red food colouring. Once the donuts have all been dipped in the glaze, use a fork to drizzle the pink icing on top.

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Soft and fluffy baked vanilla donuts with a pop of fresh berries and covered in a vanilla glaze! Sweetened with banana and maple syrup, try a healthier donut for breakfast today.
 

22 Comments

  1. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    OMG my sister and I loved camping in the backyard growing up! It was such a treat for my dad to set up his tent for us–it was probably the only time we didn’t fight terribly, haha :). I’m so excited for pumpkin but I’m not ready to give up on berries yet so this recipe is very welcome! Have a fantastic long weekend, my dear!

  2. marcie@flavorthemoments

    We’ve never taken our kids camping and they’re teenagers now, but they have camped out in the backyard! haha These donuts look fabulous with or without the glaze! It’s so sad that just because it’s September we feel funny about still posting summery recipes. I have a cherry smoothie recipe coming up next week so oh well! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

    • The backyard is much easier – I’m totally intimidated of the idea of real camping with the boys. It is a strange thing isn’t it, that we feel guilty about continuing to celebrate summer? My mantra for the past few weeks has been #stillsummer so I’m very much looking forward to this recipe of yours! Enjoy your long weekend Marcie!!

  3. Such yummy donuts for the “last” weekend of summer! I remember camping out in our backyard with my girlfriends one summer. My dad had to come out and chase away the boys that kept visiting us πŸ™‚

  4. This would be such a fantastic treat – camping, glamping (more my style) or no camping!

  5. I am loving these berry baked donuts!! They look so yummy and perfect for summer πŸ™‚ Backyard camping sounds like fun to me!! Have a great weekend! Xoxo

  6. These donits are absolutely beautiful and yes even though summer has come to an end, no one is complaining about this recipe

  7. Hubby and I would camp all the time, but now not so much. We did love it though and I totally hear a ya about maaaaybe camping outside, but then if I saw a bug I would freak out, lol πŸ˜€ The bed definitely is more attractive! I saw these beauties on IG and they look SO perfect Katherine! I bet they taste amazing, but they are gorgeous too! I wish I had, like, 3 in front of me right now! Pinned! Whatever you do, have an awesome weekend, my friend! XO

  8. i love that we are on the same wave lenght about summer! No pumpkin spice yet, not at least until October! these donuts look amazing, I’ve never made donuts before but really want to try! love the flavour combination of them too!

  9. These doughnuts are too cute Kathy. That thick glaze is totally calling my name, if only I could touch it from my screen… I have an genius idea for Apple, he he. Hope your weekend is going great:)

  10. Such pretty doughnuts Kathy :* Love the recipe! Definitely healthy and yummy!! I have blueberries and strawberries in my refrigerator..I guess they were waiting to be baked into these pretty donuts!!

  11. These are so pretty Katherine. I love baking with fruit, berries even better. It is the start of Spring here with fruit and berries in stores and ready to be harvested from the garden so this will be a perfect recipe to start off a beautiful season!
    Have a great day!

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