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Better For You Baked Donuts

Donuts are never going to be "good for you." But sometimes, you've gotta give in to temptation. If you're going to eat a donut, it should be the Better For You Baked Donut, which calls for healthier ingredients. You can satisfy your sweet tooth and still feel good about it. There's nothing better than that. Try this easy dessert recipe and you might not ever reach for another store-bought dessert again. Homemade desserts are always better.


  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar substitute suitable for baking
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour, suitable for baking
  • 1/2 cup melted margarine
  • 1 cup sugar substitute suitable for baking, mixed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a small bowl and let it dissolve for 5 minutes.
  2. Put the shortening and skim milk in a saucepan and heat until the shortening is melted. Cool to lukewarm.
  3. Pour the yeast mixture into a large mixing bowl and add the milk mix.
  4. Stif in the salt, nutmeg, eggs, 2 cups white whole wheat flour and  1/4 cup sugar substitute.
  5. Beat briskly until well blended. Add the remaining 2 1/2 cups flour and beat until smooth. Cover the bowl and let double in bulk, about 1 hour.
  6. Dust a board generously with flour and turn the dough mass onto it. This dough is soft and needs enough flour on the board to prevent sticking, but is easy to handle.
  7. Pat the dough into a round about 1/2 inch thick. Use a 3 inch doughnut cutter and cut out the doughnuts, placing them (and the doughnut holes) on greased baking sheets, 1 inch apart. They rise, they don't spread much.
  8. Let the doughnuts rest and rise for 20 minutes uncovered.
  9. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Bake until they have a touch of golden brown (about 10 minutes).
  10. Remove from the oven. Have ready the melted butter and a brush.
  11. On a sheet of wax paper, spread the cinnamon sugar. Brush each doughnut and doughnut hole with butter and roll in the cinnamon sugar. Serve hot.

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@wadeckiburn 9560778 - We have clarified the instructions in steps 8 and 9. Hopefully this should make things more clear. Thank you for calling this matter to our attention. -The editors of FaveHealthyRecipes

I dont understand in No.#8 "it says let the doughnuts rest and rise for 20 min." are the resting in the oven at 450 degrees or on the counter? when it says let them rise have you taken them out and then put back in the oven? Thank you


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