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Pinterest Party & Link-up (Vol 23): Whole Wheat Baked Chocolate Donuts

Welcome to the RoL Pinterest Party. Join me every 2nd and 4th Tuesday as we link up and share how we made, cooked, baked, crafted, planned, organized, followed or created one of the pins on our Pinterest boards OR share something original that others can pin onto their boards.

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This post was definitely a trial and error project. Now that we are trying to eat a healthier diet, one of the things Brian and the kids miss the most is their Sunday morning after Mass donut. I decided to try and make my own baked version, keeping in mind that we are staying away from white flour and refined sugar. (And stop asking, so what’s the point?)  I scanned Pinterest for a recipe and found this one –  Whole Wheat Baked Pumpkin Donuts.

First I got together all the ingredients, substituting lowfat buttermilk for the almond milk and using unrefined coconut sugar instead of brown sugar.

I used my new mini-donut pans.

I cooled them off and followed Nichol’s directions for icing them.

I microwaved 4 oz. chocolate  chips and 1 1/2 TBS of oil in small bowl on medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds. I dunked the top side of each donut into the chocolate, allowing excess to drop off. For me, the chocolate set in about 20 minutes.

They came out looking great buuuuuut…… I didn’t like the way they tasted. Maybe it was the substitutions but they tasted more like a not very sweet muffin with chocolate. I wasn’t expecting it to taste like a real donut but my version was no bueno.

I decided to give it another try with another recipe. This one was for Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes. I didn’t want to do the glaze so I adapted it and made a few changes so I could make Baked Chocolate Wheat Donuts.


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (or half wheat, half all-purpose)
  • 1 cup unrefined coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup (64 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup low fat buttermilk (room temperature*)
  • 1/4 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil

Once I tweaked the ingredients, I followed Sally’s directions.

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.  Spray pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Make the donuts. Sift the flour, sugar, and cocoa powder together in a large bowl.  Sifting is important; you want to remove any clumps of cocoa. Mix in the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk the beaten eggs, buttermilk, yogurt, and vanilla together until completely smooth.  Whisk in the melted coconut oil until combined.  Slowly fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Careful not to overmix.  Mix the two together only until no flour pockets remain. Over-handling this batter will make your donuts dense and tough.

Spoon batter into the mini donut tins, only about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not overbake them; they burn easily.  Allow the donuts to cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Here is the finished product…

… and they actually tasted good. Okay so you wouldn’t think they came from Dunkin Donuts but the one topped with coconut was especially tasty! The kids loved the mini donuts. I cheated and used some contraband sprinkles that weren’t considered a real or whole food but, come on, we’re eating freaking baked wheat donuts for crying out loud. What more do you expect?!  😉

Seriously, they are good but they are best eaten within a day or so, as they do not keep well. With my kiddos, that wasn’t a problem since they were happy to polish them off.

Well, that was my creation. What have you been creating lately?

Oh, and since there is an extra Tuesday this month I’ll keep the link open for an extra week. If you are on Pinterest, let me know so I can follow you. You can find me here: 🙂

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Now it’s your turn.

1. Choose your creation, share about it and snap a photo if you can.

2. In your post, link back the original blogger/idea, rather than your Pinterest pin. That way credit goes to the proper person. 🙂 (But feel free to add your Pinterest profile link so we can follow you!)

3. Add a link back here so others can play along.

4. If you want to use it, here is the html code for the logo:

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5. Link up below. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address.

The link up will be active for 17 days. Have fun!

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  • I am going to go ahead and leave my address so you can mail these to me 🙂 Ha!

  • Amanda says:

    Okay, I need to buy a donut tin, like, yesterday… That is amazing! We just got a house-warming gift in the form of a gift card and I think I can swing justifying it! …maybe. lol Amazing, Bobbi!

    • bobbi says:

      Amanda, if you eat donuts often it is worth it! Later I also found a donut pan on Amazon for only $5. I guess if you shop around you could probably find them cheaper. Truth be told, I am so craving a batch of these donuts right now but I am too cozy under this blanket on the couch to get up and make them. LOL.

  • Gina says:

    Yummy!! Now I want to make donuts tomorrow. And maybe I’ll even get a chance to link-up with you! I am always baking Pinterest finds.

    • bobbi says:

      Hi Gina, I hope you got a chance to make the donuts! And yes, do link up some time. The next Pinterest Party is schedule for Tuesday. 🙂 I hope to see you there!

  • Cassandra says:

    Amazingly yummy! I can’t wait to see what other people post here as well. Great idea for a Link-up!

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