This cake donut recipe will become your favorite way to make healthy donuts! Strawberry Glazed Donuts are kid friendly, gluten free, and super easy to make in a blender or a bowl! Perfect for breakfast or a gluten free dessert!
Strawberries are officially in peak season and filling our baskets at our local farmer’s Market. Oh these little berries are truly my favorite.
Sweet, but not too sweet. And that color, can we just talk about that color? Red, with a subtle hint of pink that shines! That’s saying a lot for something who doesn’t like pink. But, I digress.
Point being, fresh strawberries make the best strawberry desserts, breakfasts (Energy Boosting Strawberry Overnight Oatmeal ,anyone?) and even salad toppings. Would you agree?
Well, today, we’re going to put those strawberries to use and make a dessert style cake donut recipe!
I’ve put on my southern girl “n’cream” hat and decorated it with a bit of healthy, quick, efficient, and gluten free. TA DAH!
Gluten Free Strawberry Cake Donut Recipe
ARE THESE GLAZED DONUTS BAKED OR FRIED?
I know what you’re thinking. Plleeeeaase! Cake donuts are baked and glazed donuts should be FRIED!
I know, this is not a traditional fried donut recipe. But baked donuts are a whole lot easier to make and enjoy than the fried variety.
Nothing against enjoying fried donuts from time to time. But, like I mentioned above, when I put my southern girl meets gluten free hat on, my mind starts to get full of “healthifying” ideas!
Heck, even the glaze is made from Greek yogurt. Which is why it’s a wee bit thicker than a traditional glaze. With the addition of powdered sugar sprinkled onto the tops, they’re irresistibly gorgeous and they look like the real thing!
Tips for making strawberry donuts
These bake up great, but the extra sweetness from the Greek yogurt frosting/glaze is KEY. It’s best to keep it fresh and dip the donuts right before serving.
- Start by sifting the flour. Sifting is an important step that you shouldn’t skip. As a result, it helps create a soft pillowy texture in the cake.
- Next, pour ⅓ of the blended strawberries, milk, and egg into the dry batter, gently mixing between each pour. This helps evenly distribute the ingredients. The final batter will be smooth and creamy and very similar to that of muffin batter.
- Speaking of muffins, if you don’t have a donut pan, you can absolutely use the batter to make strawberry muffins instead. An extra perk of this cake donut recipe, y’all!
Bowl or blender recipe
If you would like to use a blender to make this recipe, it’s as simple as pie. (Ooo, pie!)
- Sift your flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl, then set it aside.
- Place all of the remaining ingredients for the strawberry donuts into the blender. Obviously, don’t include the ingredients for the strawberry glaze.
- Blend until the batter is the creamy consistency of a smoothie.
- Pour about ⅓ of the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir gently, and it’s okay if you still have dry ingredients in the bowl. Stir in another ⅓ of the wet batter, stir, then stir in the final ⅓ of the batter. At this point, you shouldn’t have any dry ingredients remaining.
EASY SHORTCUT / KITCHEN HACK
Now, most cake donut recipes suggest that you place the batter in a pastry decorating bag and then squeeze the batter into pan. This takes too much time and it’s not necessary!
My trick? A Ziploc bag!
Yes, snip off one corner from a Ziploc bag and squeeze the batter from there. Or, spooning the batter into the donut pan works just as well!
The yogurt glaze is optional, but I highly recommend making it in case you want to dip the donuts in the glaze after baking. It’s fun and healthy(ish).
Plus, glazed donuts are extra pretty to look at… and more delicious to eat. Obviously.
REDUCED SUGAR TIPS –> Want to make a reduced sugar version? Simple. You can use Monk fruit or erythritol sugar in place of coconut sugar and powdered sugar for glaze.
And I’ll let you in on a little secret. Baked donuts are really just like muffins in donut form. GASP! I know. But it’s more fun to eat donuts, so you can dunk them in all the things, right?
How to store the donuts
If you have any extras, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They should keep fresh for a few days. Because the glaze for these glazed donuts has Greek yogurt in it, I don’t recommend storing them at room temperature.
Ready to whip up this BERRY delicious baked donut recipe? I know, I’m corny. It’s hereditary.
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Okay. Do you own a donut pan? If you do, make your next batch and report back. The varieties are endless!
Cheers and happy baking!