fresh strawberry whole grain donuts

by Amy on 9 May 2012

one of my dear friends, erin from erin’s food files, has an exciting month ahead of her. why, you ask? well, she + her husband are expecting their first baby, due within the next few weeks. so, a bunch of her blogger friends, headed by jessica, decided to throw her a virtual baby shower!

since erin’s a born-and-bred southerner, we opted for a southern theme for the shower. for me, the first food that pops to mind when i think about spring in the south = strawberries. fresh, local strawberries. so, my husband + i headed to the farmer’s market, picked up a bunch of local strawberries, + i got baking.

y’all, these donuts turned out amazing! i ate mine a little warm from the oven (yum!), while my husband opted to eat his with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, like you would with a strawberry cake. we both agreed that they were some of the freshest, tastiest donuts ever. + with the whole wheat flour + the fresh berries in there, they’re actually pretty good for you. so, strawberry lovers, you MUST give this recipe a try – a delicious treat that’s relatively guilt-free? sounds too good to be true, but i promise it is possible!

for the full round-up of all of our virtual baby shower recipes, hop over to jessica’s blog today!

fresh strawberry whole grain donuts

makes about a dozen donuts, adapted from health, as seen on chocolate & carrots

ingredients for the donuts

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup strawberries, coarsely chopped

directions for the donuts

preheat the oven to 400°F. spray the donut pan with canola oil spray + set aside.

in a bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, + baking powder. in another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients + stir until just combined.

either spoon the batter into the pan or put the batter into a large ziplock (or pastry) bag + squeeze into the pan, filling each donut mold about 2/3 full.

bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom. allow the donuts to cool in the pan for about 3 minutes before emptying out onto a cooling rack.

once cooled completely, dip in strawberry glaze (see recipe below).

ingredients for the strawberry glaze

3 medium sized strawberries, puréed (about 2 tablespoons purée)
1-2 cups powdered sugar

directions for the strawberry glaze

whisk the strawberry puree + powdered sugar together. dip donuts into the glaze, + allow to set/cool for about 10 minutes.

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1 kristen @ notsodomesticated May 9, 2012 at 5:21 am

Oh Amy, these look absolutely amazing! When we move into our new house, I really need to get a donut pan. That needs to be a top priority!

2 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots May 9, 2012 at 6:31 am

They look great Amy! 😀

3 Kathryn May 9, 2012 at 7:10 am

These donuts look immense, I love that pink glaze!

4 Jen @ May 9, 2012 at 8:28 am

These look delicious! I love freshly picked strawberries – there’s seriously nothing better.

5 Julie @ Table for Two May 9, 2012 at 8:37 am

these look great! what a sweet thing to do for a sweet girl like Erin! I can’t wait to see what she’s having :) maybe your donuts (the color pink) have something to do with it haha jk 😉

6 amy May 9, 2012 at 8:43 am

honestly, julie, i thought the same thing! i gravitated towards making these donuts automatically + then wondered after the fact if it means that she’s going to have a girl. only time will tell! =)

7 Cassie May 9, 2012 at 8:44 am

yay, congrats to erin! these donuts are perfect for celebrating. that glaze is tantalizing!

8 danielle May 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

These look amazing – I just added donut pan to my “more stuff I need in my kitchen” list.

9 katie May 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

These look and sound fab and a great addition to any (virtual) baby shower!

10 Kelly May 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

Yum! Okay, now you’re going to take me over the edge into needing donut pans. These look mouth-watering!

11 Vivek @ Vivek's Epicurean Adventures May 9, 2012 at 9:47 am


12 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 9, 2012 at 9:53 am

Pretty in pink! More proof I need a donut pan. 😉

13 Anna May 9, 2012 at 9:56 am

These look amazing! I love that these are donuts I could feel good about eating…although the 6 I would eat might negate the healthiness…

14 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 9, 2012 at 9:57 am

Strawberry glaze?! Okay… that sounds good. :)

15 claire @ the realistic nutritionist May 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

awwwwwwwwwww! how sweet! those donuts are perfect, too!

16 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee May 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

Looks fabulous! The strawberry glaze puts it over the top – YUM:)

17 Kelsey May 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm

What a lovely addition to Erin’s shower!

18 Jackie @ Domestic Fits May 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm

You’re so sweet! Congrats to Erin, that’s so exciting. And these doughnuts look amazing.

19 sarah k @ the pajama chef May 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm

congrats to erin! these doughnuts look wonderful! love the bright pink glaze.

20 Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Oh wow. The glaze looks amazing. When I made them I couldn’t wait for them to cool and put the glaze on right away and although they were super yummy, it made them kind of ugly. These are perfect for a baby shower! Or anything. Congratulations to Erin. :)

21 Blond Duck May 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Whole grain means I can eat more right? :) Healthy grains are good…

22 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen May 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

These look delicious! I love how pink the glaze is with just the color from the berries!

23 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

What a fabulous flavor for donuts! Love the sound of that glaze, too. Delish!

24 CJ at Food Stories May 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

These look to good to eat :-)

25 foodwanderings May 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

ooh these strawberry doughnuts are spectacular. I never developed a taste for baked, but honestly I only baked them once. These are so appealing that I might give baked doughnuts another chance! :)

26 wendy (the weekend gourmet) May 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

You’re talking my language with strawberry doughnuts! I love doughnuts so much that I’m having a contest next month…to see how Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland stacks up against my all-time-fave Doughnut Plant in NY. I really need to buy one of these doughnut pans…so many fun possibilities!!

27 jocelyn @BruCrew Life May 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Oh how yummy and pink are those!!! And healthy donuts are always a good thing because I eat way too many at a time!!! Love the pink glaze!!!

28 natalie@thesweetslife May 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

loooove the sound (and look) of these! i need to stop letting my donut pan get dusty!

29 Ally Garner May 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Ooh, I’ve never had donuts with vanilla ice cream before, but I like the way your husband thinks! Ditto, when I think of Spring in the southland, I think of fresh strawberries too. These look amazing Amy. I especially love the addition of the strawberry glaze :)

30 Baking Serendipity May 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I love virtual showers! These doughnuts look so good! Fresh strawberries are the perfect addition :)

31 Choc Chip Uru May 10, 2012 at 3:40 am

This virtual shower is such a cute idea – these could not be more perfect for them 😀
Look utterly delicious!
Strawberries are unbeatable :)

Choc Chip Uru

32 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 10, 2012 at 7:19 am

What pretty donuts. That strawberry glaze is just gorgeous. And you are just too sweet to do the virtual shower!

33 Renee May 10, 2012 at 8:03 am

these donuts are just a bunch of yummy! I am headed to the strawberry patch now…and to get one of those donut pans.

34 CJ at Food Stories May 10, 2012 at 8:49 am

Choc Chip Uru gave me the versatile blogger award and now I’m passing it on to you. Check it out at

35 amy May 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

you are so sweet, CJ – thank you! off to check it out!

36 ATasteOfMadness May 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm

These look amazing! I bought a donut pan last year, but have only used it twice. I’m always looking for more recipes, this one is perfect!

37 lesley May 11, 2012 at 9:37 am

I know this is easier and healthier, but I still can’t help but think these would taste better fried. 😀

38 Shannon May 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

These look ah-mazing!!!!!!

39 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

These sound amazing, and look so pretty too! What a great thing for the baby shower!

40 Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry May 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Mmmm! i just love anything strawberry, and those doughnuts look amazing! I would probably eat them fresh out the oven as well!

41 Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake May 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

That’s it! I’m buying a donut pan stat!! These look phenomenal!!

42 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

super creative! Have a great weekend!

43 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings May 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

oh, the exciting world of babies!!! I have 3 and I am enjoying every minute of it…most of the time! Hahaha! These strawberry donuts are so terrific-looking that I feel like having one NOW! There goes my “diet”…I still need to lose at least another 10 pounds of post-baby weight! argh!

44 ErinsFoodFiles May 13, 2012 at 8:37 pm

These look SO delicious! And what a great way to use delicious local strawberries!

Thank you so much for participating!

45 Jess May 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Oh wow, I’m sure these turned out fabulous! So many babies getting ready to be born this year!!!

46 Elizabeth May 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Strawberries are such a wonderful food to bake with!

47 EA-The Spicy RD May 15, 2012 at 12:57 am

What a fun ocassion to celebrate! I almost bought a donut pan last week, but didn’t. Perhaps your recipe is a sign that I need to go back and buy it :-). Super yum!

48 Baker Street May 15, 2012 at 1:49 am

Just the perfect way to celebrate! Congratulations Erin! xx

49 danielle May 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

omg. these look so delicious! i’ll have to try them out. really enjoying your blog :]

50 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) May 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I thought I was going to take a break from doughnut recipes but now I can’t! I have to make these on Saturday!

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