A pile of delicious looking iced lemon donuts

Healthy Lemon Strawberry Donuts... Yummy!

I was blown away...

I knew these healthy donuts would be good.

For the past 4-6 months, I've learning more about baking and was confident I could create a tasty, doughy sweet treat.

But when it came time to take a bite...

There's no hiding the surprise on my face at just how freaking good these came out.

You have "good".

And then you have "Holy amaze-balls!"

These were the latter.

You have to make them. Just be careful.

The only sweetener is a dash of honey (except for the glaze). The rest of the sweetness comes from strawberries and vanilla.

The glaze does use sugar. But you don't need the glaze.

Before we jump to the recipe, let's talk yeast.

I used to think any recipe that called for yeast was too complicated and time consuming.

I always thought...

  • Don't you have to let dough rest and rise for HOURS before yout get to bake and eat?
  • And what about rolling/kneading dough?

It seemed complicated so I avoided it.

But I took inspriation from all the new bakers created from the lockdowns... and gave it a go.

Guess what I learned?

Yeast isn't so hard after all.

And these donuts are the perfect way to ease into yeasty baking.

That sounds gross. Haha.

These donuts are not gross though.

The other important ingredient...

Greek yogurt!

Not only does yogurt increase the protein in each donut...

It transforms the dough to make it soft, pillowy and chewy.

With all that hype...

I bet you're in the kitchen already warming some milk to wake up your yeast.

So let's do this!

LEMON STRAWBERRY DONUTS:

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ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tsp Yeast (Fast acting)
  • 1.5 Cup Flour
  • 1-2 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 1/2 Lemon, Juiced
  • 1/2 Cup Freeze Dried Strawberries, Chopped
  • Pinch Salt
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directions

  • Start by waking up your yeast.
  • Pour 1 tsp of yeast into 1/2 cup warm milk (just warm to the touch, not hot).
  • Give it a stir and allow it to sit 5 minutes.
  • While the yeast is activating, in a mixing bowl (with dough hook), add flour, honey, yogurt, egg, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix it up and add in the yeast.
  • Run the mixer at low to medium speed until dough is well incorporated, around 5 minutes. This will be a soft dough, so don't worry if it's not a ball. You can also do this by hand.
  • Add the strawberries and mix until just evenly distributed.
  • Pour the dough into an bowl lined with oil.
  • Cover and let it sit for at least 1 hour.
  • Flour a surface, your hands, and the dough.
  • Divide the dough into 6 even pieces. Roll into logs and place in a donut mold for baking.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-14 minutes, until slightly golden.
  • Allow the donuts to cool for 5-10 minutes before dipping into the glaze, recipe below.

LEMON GLAZE

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ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 lemon zest
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directions

  • Whisk together powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest until smooth.
  • If it's too thin, add more sugar (1 tbsp at a time). If too thick, add more water (1 tsp at a time).
  • Dip your donuts into the glaze and allow to cool 10-15 minutes.

Now it's your turn!

If you make these, let me know.

Snap a picture and tag me @TrainerKindal on Instagram with the hashtag #PSERrecipes!

If you love this recipe, check out my Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Orange Muffins , you'll love those too!

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