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.
VIDEO FOR HOW TO MAKE GF CAKE DONUTS:
Strawberry Baked Donuts with Yogurt Glaze
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 10–12 1x
This cake donut recipe will become your favorite way to make healthy donuts! These 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!
- 1 ¾ cups gluten free all purpose flour, sifted
- ⅔ cup raw sugar or ½ cup sugar substitute (see notes)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 ¼ cup sliced strawberries + extra for decorating, if desired
- ½ cup non dairy milk
- 1 extra large egg (see notes for smaller eggs)
- 2 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter or refined coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
GREEK YOGURT GLAZE –
- 1 cup powdered sugar or sugar substitute
- 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt or non dairy Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon non dairy milk or water
- 1 Tablespoon strawberry puree, one strawberry blended or 3 drops natural red dye
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease the donut pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, sift the flour. Whisk in the sugar, baking powder, and salt to the sifted flour until combined. Set aside.
- Cut the stems off the strawberries and add to the blender along with the milk. Blend until a smoothie-like mixture forms.
- Once blended, turn the blender on low and slowly add in the egg, melted butter, and vanilla until combined.
- Pour ⅓ of the blender batter into the dry ingredients and stir gently. Repeat until you’ve used up the blender batter and the mixture in the bowl is smooth like muffin batter.
- Spoon the donut batter into the greased donut pan or use a pastry bag/ziplock bag for the perfect donut shape. The batter will make 10-12 donuts.
- Bake donuts for 15 to 17 minutes or golden brown.
- While the donuts are baking, make the glaze. Once the donuts are cool, dip in the glaze.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Substitutes – Use 1 large egg and 1 egg white in place of an extra large egg. Use Monk fruit or erythritol sugar in place of coconut sugar and powdered sugar for glaze.
Blending options – Use a food processor or hand mixer in place of a hand mixer to make the strawberry batter.
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cook Time: 20 min
- Category: breakfast
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 215
- Sugar: 20 g
- Sodium: 20 mg
- Fat: 2.5 g
- Saturated Fat: .7g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 39 g
- Fiber: 1.6 g
- Protein: 5.4 g
- Cholesterol: 53 mg
Keywords: donut, healthy, blender, baked donuts, gluten free, strawberries
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!
I’ve tried a lot of baked donut recipes at home and these are to die for!!! By far the best hands down!!
Sammi (Cotter Crunch Test Kitchen)
Yay! We so appreciate your feedback, Emily! We may be bias, but they are a fav around here too. 😉
I loved the recipe!
So glad! Thank you.
Oh my! These are amazing! I had to make them mini as that was the only donut pan I had and they are great! Even my family members that can have gluten loved them! They were good without the glaze, but I could eat that glaze on everything! So easy and delicious! Definitely making again!
Oh wonderful, I’m so glad! Thanks for the feedback Carrie.
I love the use of fresh strawberries in these delicious donuts! The flavors all go together so well!
You saved my Monday morning with these yummy donuts! My grumpy kiddo brightened right up when she found out that these were on the menu. Great recipe!
Haha! So glad to help! Glad they were a hit!
My kids really loved it! So good!
So glad to hear that Toni!
These are amazing! I wish I took a picture of how pretty mine looked, but my kids devoured them!
Ahh, lol, so glad they loved them! Thanks, Lauren!!
Hi. Do you think I could substitute maple syrup for the sugar? Thanks!
The batter might be a little more dense when baked, but it should work! Check baking time often.
When is the salt added? Also, it states to add egg (implying 1), cream, milk. Yet the ingredient list states cream or milk. Please clarify. Thank you
Sorry about that Jess, I don’t think the information transferred. So you can use coconut cream or milk. I think Milk (almond, coconut, etc.) makes them a little lighter. Add the salt with the sugar/baking powder mix.
I loved this idea, but these did not work out for me at all. I must admit I don’t have a donut pan so I made them like shallow muffins, but they’re not much thicker than the donut would be. The dough was basically raw on the inside. The glaze was just like a smoothie poured on top. What did I do wrong?
Oh no! I”m sorry joan. I’ll try them in muffin pans and see how it goes! what GF flour did you use? I found just rice flour makes it dense. A Multipurpose 1:1 flour works best. We use bob’s redmill. Did you use a a thick greek yogurt? I’ll report back as soon as I remake them. Oh and are you altitude?
okay so I just tried these in the muffin pan and they worked great. Let me know if you need a picture. Maybe add an egg white and extra .5 tsp of baking powder. I think the key is the right flour. Hope that helps!
These look delicious! Now I can’t wait for strawberry season in Ontario (which is sadly very, very far away).
yay!Maybe you thaw out some frozen strawberries.
will this still work if I have to use things other than coconut ingredients? I am allergic and I feel that would end worse than me using regular milk and such. 🙂
I think it would work with regular or almond milk. And then use raw or brown sugar or stevia.
Love the concept of this recipe. I have made many baked donuts. But … please help me out … mine came out dense and did not rise!! Please … what do you think happened??? I am going to try the recipe again and any helpful info will be greatly appreciated!!!
Oh no! So sorry. What flours did you use? The exact ones?
you can also use oat flour, that should work too!
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Happy Memorial Day and keep on baking!
thanks so much!
I remember when I was a kiddy….And my mom fed me Quaker Oats… Strawberry Cream was a flavor… And while I hated it (because I hated chunks of fruit in my food – and I probably still would if I could eat them)… The flavor of strawberry and cream is like comfort food to me! Man, I would kill for a bowl of that stuff! LOL!
I’d kill for it too! Or just the memories of being a child and not caring. Haha
Leave it to you to create a donut I would actually like. Nope. Not a donut fan otherwise. Now I need to buy a donut pan.
Thalia @ butter and brioche
I love baked donuts -much more than fried ones, partly because they taste more like cake! These look beautiful.
Oh I so agree! And you can still add frosting
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job
I’ve always been thinking about getting a donut pan but then I never do. These look so good though!
Do it! You can put almond butter on them! Haha
Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
Well I am officially jealous that you are already in strawberry season! I LOVE strawberries SO much. And these look so incredible. If I were at a donut shop, this flavor would definitely be my pick!
Can you open a healthy donut shop? Haha that would be fun
dixya @food, pleasure, and health
i made donuts for my birthday and it was so much fun to dunk it in my coffee..while they are not like fluffy, fried melt in your mouth donuts – the shape itself is soon cute, i’d want that everyday even better if its healthy. absolutely love your photos!
I agree! It’s all about the cuteness factor
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
The ‘N creams slur is more than kinda funny, if you ask me! 😉 LOVE LOVE LOVE these donuts, girlfriend! When I saw them on FB I almost fell outta of my chair from the sheer deliciousness coming outta my computer screen! Loving that these are healthy and have so many nutrients going on, that totally means I can devour at least one of these for every meal… and as a snack. Pinned! Cheers, friend!
And I love you! Will you still be my donut friend if I slur? lol
Taylor @ LiftingRevolution.com
Yum! Love strawberry season! It’s almost here. I do have a donut pan… the same one recommended above actually 🙂
Yay! Twin! I miss you
Jody - Fit at 58
Man – the pics are a work of art!!! I need these but you know I will not make them! 🙂
You would looooove! Protein donuts! I’ll buy you a pan
How do I not have a donut pan?!?! I need one ASAP!
Girl!! You will love it
Michele @ paleorunningmomma
I will maintain that baked donuts are better than muffins, lol! These look uh-mazing, seriously. You have done a good thing here! We’ll be trying them in my house for sure!
And I need to try your recipe! Ps these worked well with cassava flour too
Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
Okay, I’m with the others who said that now I clearly NEED a donut pan! These look so good- perfect for spring!
Once you get one you’re hooked! So so fun!!
Blender is my life saver these dags
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
I’m pretty sure you just convinced me to buy a doughnut pan. I’ve been putting it off… because how many pans do I REALLY need? Clearly I need one more. And these fluffy ‘nuts. 😉
I’m pretty sure you’ll become obsessed with it ! So fun!
The girls will LOVE these! We don’t have a standard donut pan but we do have a mini one, oh and a JUMBO donut cake one. Haha! We got them at different times going through donut phases. My mom spoils the girls with donuts and my husband loves them. We got the jumbo cake pan for Father’s Day one year to make a cake and the mini donut pan a couple years ago when I went through making healthy donuts for the girls. I’ve been meaning to pull it out and this could be a great reason to this weekend.
Sam @ PancakeWarriors
I literally have a donut pan in my amazon cart. Coincidence – I don’t think so!!These sound amazing!!
Go purchase!! You’ll love
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
Those are so gorgeous!!!! I’ve got some strawberries in my fridge right now so I might have to give these a try 🙂
Yea! Please do
I was JUST talking about healthy doughnuts with a couple girlfriends at church on Sunday and how some just look toooo healthy. These though! yum! I think these would be a hit! Gotta go buy a doughnut pan and get to baking!
Let’s make marshmallow beer donuts next! Haha kidding.. Kinda
Ps is it doughnut or donuts? I never know
Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
These sound so good, Lindsay!! I need a donut pan 🙂
OMG yes you do! I’d lend you mine if we lived closer. sigh…
You sure do
Erin @ The Almond Eater
These do look BERRY delicious 😀 I’m not one to prefer homemade donuts over store bought buuuut these may just change my mind.
haha i know. But…. sometimes it’s just the pan that is so cute that makes me want to bake them. Confession.. there, i said it.
good evening! !
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SAKURA of Fukuoka City, is now in full bloom in the most today.
rachel @ Athletic avocado
This reminds me of the strawberries n’ cream cream of wheat that I used to love! Seriously anything with cream though, and that glaze <3
haha i totally forgot about that cream of wheat!!
Sarah @ BucketListTummy
Oh my goodness, these look so tasty. Pinning to make ASAP. Thanks for creating an easy blender donut recipe!
Yes! And so glad you tried them already sarah
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
These look so fun! I haven’t made donuts since my birthday. I really need to get on it again!
I’ll make you some any day
We’ve got some more time here before strawberry season begins, but I do see my little plants starting to peek out of the soil. Can you imagine if I were able to make these with home grown strawberries. Now that would be delectable
Can I visit when they sprout? And when you sprout? Haha
Susie @ SuzLyfe
I really need to get back to baking. Slash back to cooking more than just for alex’s meal prep. Slash I need to go to the store.
Send me a donut.
You are busy already. I’ll deliver instead
“n’cream” recipes are always the best! 🙂
Okay, so our family is OBSESSED with donuts…baked, fried, glazed, plain…we’ve never met one that we don’t like! Hah! I love that glaze on top of these, too. I can NOT wait to try them. Bonus: the blender for easy clean-up!