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You’ll love these soft and fluffy baked berry donuts with a pop of fresh berries, covered in a vanilla glaze! They’re homemade and delicious and sweetened with maple syrup and banana!

Mixed Berry Vanilla Donuts
*Please note* this post was originally published in 2017. I’ve since redone the text but the recipe remains the same!

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. We 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 these berry donuts! These donuts were a huge hit with the kids – even without the glaze!

berry donuts

Ingredients for Baked Berry Donuts

I try my best to use natural sweeteners in my baking when possible, and in the case of these berry donuts, it worked out well. I also like to do a mix of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour. The all-purpose keeps things light and fluffy but you get the added nutrition of the whole wheat flour!

For these berry donuts you’ll need:

  • all-purpose flour
  • whole wheat flour
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • maple syrup
  • egg
  • ripe banana
  • pure vanilla extract
  • oil (vegetable, avocado or grapeseed)
  • fresh mixed berries

Greek yogurt: The yogurt keeps these donuts nice and moist, plus it adds protein to the recipe as well!

Maple syrup: If you’re not a fan or you don’t have it on hand, you can also use honey to sweeten these donuts.

Banana: The banana is purely to act as a natural sweetener, but there is no banana flavour to the donut.

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Directions for Making Baked Donuts

If you’ve made baked donuts before, then you’ll have no trouble making these! Actually, if you have made muffins, you’ll have no trouble with these.

1. Start by whisking together the dry ingredients in one bowl, then combining the wet ingredients into another. Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry. Since we’re using fresh berries here (the best) you will want to be very careful folding in the berries at the end so they don’t bleed into the ingredients!

2. Use a well-greased donut pan for these donuts. I got mine from Amazon. Fill the donut cavity about 2/3 full. I like to use a piping bag or a Ziploc bag with the tip cut off to do this.

3. Bake the donuts in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 350 F, or until they spring back gently when poked. Let the donuts cool down completely before adding the glaze, or else the glaze will just melt into the donut.

Pro Tip

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!

Are These Berry Donuts Healthy?

While I am not a health professional, in my opinion, these baked berry donuts are a great choice for your family. Without the glaze, they’re only made with natural sweeteners, banana and maple syrup. The whole batch of donuts contains a mere 2 tablespoons of oil! This means these donuts will contain much less fat than the traditional yeast donuts you’d find at a bakery.

All that, and they’re still as cakey and soft as a donut should be, thanks to the Greek yogurt. It totally keeps the moisture in!

Mixed Berry Vanilla Donuts

Some of my other favorite donut recipes:

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Baked Berry Donuts


  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 donuts 1x

Description

You’ll love these soft and fluffy baked berry donuts with a pop of fresh berries, covered in a vanilla glaze! They’re homemade and delicious and sweetened with maple syrup and banana!


Ingredients

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  • 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
  • 12 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. 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.
  5. 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.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: oven bake
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: berry donuts

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About Katherine

Heeey! Thank you for stopping by! I like 30-minute dinners and giant peanut butter cups made with only 3 ingredients. I LOVE food! If you do too, you're in the right place.

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24 Comments

  1. 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!

    1. Thank you Ashika. I LOVE to bake with fruit too. I’m so excited for you – we have so long now to wait until Spring! I hope you get your hands on alllll the delicious fruits!! Enjoy the weekend friend!