Baked Lemon Donuts with Lemon Drizzle

Fluffy and lemony, these Baked Lemon Donuts with Lemon Drizzle come in under 100 calories.  Who says donuts have to be guilty!  Fluffy and lemony, these Baked Lemon Donuts with Lemon Drizzle come in under 100 calories. Who says donuts have to be guilty!

A couple weeks ago, Nielsen-Massey, the company known for their great vanillas and other extracts, sent me a new product they just released—Lemon Paste!  It’s their answer to a myriad of baking problems–lemon juice watering down your batter… running out of fresh lemons… needing the intensity of zest but not being able to find organic lemons.  Yup, it’s a problem solver.  

Nielsen-Massey Lemon Paste

Nielsen-Massey Lemon Paste — Mmm!

The flavor of this lemon paste is sweet, beautiful and bright, almost a perfect match for the old “lemon drop” candies my brother wolfed down as a kid. Just between you and me, I dislike the flavor of bottled lemon juice, so it is a joy to have something I can keep on hand that actually tastes goodFluffy and lemony, these Baked Lemon Donuts with Lemon Drizzle come in under 100 calories. Who says donuts have to be guilty!

As I thought about what to do with my Lemon Paste, I decided it would be perfect for baked lemon donuts.  I found a recipe at Mom Advice that was billed as light and fluffy and started there. Light and fluffy just sounded just about right with lemon flavor!  

Fluffy and lemony, these Baked Lemon Donuts with Lemon Drizzle come in under 100 calories. Who says donuts have to be guilty!

A light crumb!

The first batch tasted great, but had a couple problems (yes I changed a couple things, my bad).  So when you make these take note of some important instructions. 

First, the choice of flour is significant.  When I tried pastry flour, it was TOO light, but when I used all purpose OR white whole wheat, it came out great.  Second, don’t overfill the donut mold—these really rise and my first batch came out hockey puck shaped (nice light hockey pucks, but…).  And finally, even if you are using a non-stick pan, spray with a non-stick spray. 

A piping bag helps to fill

A piping bag helps to fill

Fluffy and lemony, these Baked Lemon Donuts with Lemon Drizzle come in under 100 calories. Who says donuts have to be guilty!

Drizzling vs a full glaze saves calories!

The other comment I make every time I bake donuts is that you take a calorie hit if you use a glaze.  Typically I dip my donuts in coarse sugar which is a diet-friendly alternative.  But another good option is to drizzle icing, which uses less, and delivers extra flavor at a fraction of the calories.Fluffy and lemony, these Baked Lemon Donuts with Lemon Drizzle come in under 100 calories. Who says donuts have to be guilty!

I ended up making three batches of Baked Lemon Donuts over the weekend to get them just right.  I love it when Nielsen-Massey does a campaign ‘cause it always means baking something fun! 

And yes, my happy family feels the same!  

Fluffy and lemony, these Baked Lemon Donuts with Lemon Drizzle come in under 100 calories. Who says donuts have to be guilty!

A plate of donuts

If you’d like to try some yourself, consider this giveaway, sponsored by Nielsen-Massey, for one bottle of Lemon Paste, a 14.95 retail value.  It is open to mailing addresses in the US and closes at midnight CDT on Sept 30. To enter, leave a comment below letting me know what you would do if you won the bottle of lemon paste. For a second entry, sign up for Art of Natural Living emails (below my picture) and leave me a second comment, letting me know you signed up (or that you already subscribe). The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me or a new winner will be chosen.  

Baked Lemon Donuts w Lemon Drizzle
Yields 12
Fluffy and lemony, these Baked Lemon Donuts with Lemon Drizzle come in under 100 calories. Who says donuts have to be guilty!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
94 calories
20 g
16 g
1 g
2 g
0 g
38 g
35 g
11 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
38g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94
Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 16mg
5%
Sodium 35mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 11g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
7%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Donuts
  1. 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour (see note)
  2. 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  3. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/3 cup sugar
  5. 3 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1/3 cup milk
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Lemon Paste
  9. non-stick spray (even if you are using a non-stick pan)
Drizzle
  1. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  2. 1 Tablespoon warm water
  3. 1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Lemon Paste
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, then set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together egg, milk and lemon paste.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients until just blended.
  4. Spoon or pipe (see note) into each donut mold until no more than 2/3 full. Do not overfill--this rises a lot!
  5. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until cooked through.
  6. Mix glaze ingredients until smooth. Allow donuts to cool, then drizzle with glaze.
Notes
  1. The size of donut pan will make a different in the number of donuts made.
  2. I spoon out and level flour. If you are a "scooper" a single cup will probably be about right. In a second batch I used white whole wheat flour and went with 1 cup plus 1 Tablespoon due to the heavier flour.
  3. You can spoon the batter into the pan, but piping (without a tip) was much easier. Since the batter isn't super thick you will need to pinch/fold shut the piping bag before filling. If you don't have a piping bag, you can fill a zip loc bag then cut off a corner.
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calories
94
fat
1g
protein
2g
carbs
20g
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76 thoughts on “Baked Lemon Donuts with Lemon Drizzle

  1. Katrina Brockavich

    I would make these donuts! I love lemon bars too, but these donuts look delicious!

  2. Cindy Peterson

    I would start with making Lemon Poppy Seed Fluffy pancakes. I had these at a local bistro and they were so good…the paste would just make them better.

  3. Kristina

    My mom made lemon squares when I was a kid, I’d grab the recipe from her and make those. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Mya Jo Murphy

    I am in love with lemon everything.. I would use it for donuts, cakes, cookies, etc..

  5. Jennifer Reed

    If I won I would use the Nielsen-Massey Lemon Paste to make the CREAMY LEMON DILL QUINOA BOWL recipe I found on their site. We are trying to eat healthier and my preteen daughter has now declared herself a vegetarian so I am always looking for recipes to satisfy everyone. This one looks great.

    1. Inger Post author

      Just a tip Jennifer–this lemon paste is sweetened, so you need to take that into account in planning how to use it. I know they have an extract too if you want to use it in something more savory.

  6. Nora Tomlinson

    Well, those donuts sound wonderful but I’d like to really try it with my recipe for lemon sponge pudding

  7. Kristen Patton

    I would love to try those donuts! Also I would make other lemony desserts for the hubby who loves lemon!

  8. Darlene Owen

    If I won the bottle of lemon paste I would make lemon chicken (instead of orange chicken).

  9. David

    Inger – I definitely need to get some of this – and have all sorts of ideas as how to use it (but please don’t enter me, as I won last time with Nielsen-Massey!). My first thought is wondering how to use this in a savory preparation…

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