Homemade Greek Yogurt Donuts – Baked; not Fried!

Who doesn’t love donuts? By replacing a few ingredients, you can then have a healthier donut: a guilt-free donut. Doesn’t that sound delicious?! From start to finish, making a dozen baked Greek Yogurt Donuts takes under thirty minutes. Additionally, this recipe is a family favorite and I try to make them as often as I can.

Donut with a bite on green plate

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Updated March 14, 2022
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Greek yogurt donuts cooling on rack

My baker assistant today was Matthew, our 9-year-old son. He is our middle child, is stubborn and does not like physical touch, but loves to spend time with you, and when given the change he jumps at the opportunity to help me cook. I may not get hugs from Matthew, but I do get a lot of quality time, and that is just the best.

A few years ago, I bought two donut pans so we could make them at home. When I went about my journey finding out all of my health issues and food allergies, I realized deep fried foods aggravate my gut. So having a baked donut, with a less-fat option, sounded pretty amazing.

Originally, this recipe is for a sour cream-based donut, but honestly, we have not bought sour cream in a few years. However, I use plain Greek yogurt for just about everything, baking, cooking, sauces, smoothies. Greek yogurt is packed with protein.

In addition to the high protein, Greek yogurt is also a fat free option, giving me more of a reason to cook and bake with it than sour cream.
“Greek yogurt makers add an extra step to their process so that excess water, lactose, and minerals drain out. What’s left is a creamy, rich yogurt with less sugar, more carbs, and a tart taste. The acidity also makes it easier for your body to absorb other nutrients.”
Thanks to Healthline for that awesome information on Greek yogurt! Check out this website for the other health benefits of Greek yogurt by clicking the link.

Greek Yogurt Donuts Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
4 Tbsp butter
1 cup Greek yogurt

all ingredients needed to make Greek yogurt donuts on countertop
All the ingredients you will need.

Greek Yogurt Donut Directions

1. Spray two 6-cavity baking trays with a non-stick spray and then set aside.

donut baking pans

2. Firstly, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
3. Secondly, in a medium bowl, or the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Matthew learned how to lock the machine today and how to turn it on with the different levels of speed. Remember to keep it on low with just dry ingredients so you do not make a mess and spill any out of the bowl.

4. Shred 4 Tablespoons butter with a box grater and mix into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbles. Instead of “cutting the butter in” with knives as is typical, this is an easier way to mix the butter into the dry ingredients, and having the butter shredded into small pieces saves time and blends the butter into the ingredients.

5. In a separate bowl mix together the wet ingredients which include eggs, Greek yogurt and vanilla, then set aside.

I am a firm believer in allowing our kids to help in the kitchen. By letting them crack eggs and use the mixer, they learn skills that can last a lifetime.

Matthew helped me to make donuts this time by cracking the eggs, measuring the Greek yogurt and turning the KitchenAid mixer on. He did such a great job and did not even let any eggshell in the batter!

Matthew cracking an egg

6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together on low until combined.

7. Using a spatula, scoop the mixture out of the bowl and into a gallon zip lock bag to pipe the mixture into the baking pans. To pipe, cut the tip from one of the corners and squeeze the bag until a snake-like-tube comes out and fills the trays. Additionally, two spoons can be used to drop dollops of bater into the baking pans.

When I went to pipe the mixture into the baking pans the bag split open! So instead of piping the mixture, I had to use a spoon and scoop it into the pans. This took so much longer.

piping bag split open with donut batter

Scooping the mixture into the pans makes the batter look much more rustic, and the donuts will not come out as smooth, but they will still taste delicious!

greek yogurt donut batter in donut pans

8. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the tops are a golden brown.

donut batter in baking pans

9. Then, remove the baked Greek yogurt donuts from the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes in the baking pan. Had I spooned less mixture into the pans, the donuts would have been smaller and a traditional donut shape with the hole in the center, but as a result of not piping the patter, these puffed up and became so huge!

greek yogurt donuts just out of oven in baking pans
Let them rest to cool.

10. Turn over the baking pan to remove the donuts onto a cooling rack and then let them rest completely.

Greek yogurt donuts cooling on rack
YUMMMM

Make the Icing for Greek Yogurt Donuts

If you want to level up these donuts, make icing from a few simple ingredients. 2-3 cups of powdered sugar mixed with 2 Tablespoons of milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla make an amazing glaze. Measure each and pour into a medium sized bowl.

Whisk together and with a spoon drizzle the mixture over the donuts. Just make sure to place a piece of wax paper on the countertop to catch any drips that will come off the donuts. Use a different extract to make different glaze flavors, almond, mint, lemon, root beer, orange or more. The options are endless!

Recently I found out that there are companies who sell extracts, and you can buy high quality flavors in bulk. If you do not have access to a store that sells a good variety, this is a great choice.

1. Mix together 2-3 cups powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp milk and 1 tsp vanilla and then set aside.
2. Then place a piece of wax paper under the baking rack after donuts are cooled as this allows you to not make a mess on the countertop.
3. When blended well drizzle over donuts.
Enjoy!
~Monica

Recipe for Greek Yogurt Donuts

Ingredients for Greek Yogurt Donuts

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
4 Tbsp butter
1 cup Greek yogurt

Greek Yogurt Donut Glaze

2-3 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Greek Yogurt Donut Directions

1. Spray two 6-cavity baking trays with a non-stick spray then set aside.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
3. In a medium bowl or the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. Shred 4 Tablespoons butter with a box grater and mix into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbles.
5. In a separate bowl mix together eggs, Greek yogurt and vanilla, then set aside.
6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together until combined.
7. Then, using a spatula, scoop the mixture out of the bowl and into a gallon zip lock bag to pipe the mixture into the baking trays or pipe the batter into the baking pan molds with a piping bag.
8. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the tops are a golden brown.
9. Remove from the oven and then let the Greek Yogurt Donuts rest for 5 minutes in the baking pan.
10. Turn over the baking pan to remove the donuts onto a cooling rack and then let them rest to cool completely.

Donut Glaze Directions

1. Mix together 2-3 cups powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp milk and 1 tsp vanilla and then set aside.
2. Then place a piece of wax paper under the baking rack after donuts are cooled to catch any glaze drips.
3. When blended well drizzle over donuts using a fork or whisk.
Enjoy!
~Monica

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I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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