Healthy doughnut bites

Craving doughnuts? Whip up a batch of these healthy bites. The kids will love them. By Margie Els-Burger

Cutting down on sugar? The kids won’t even know that these yummy doughnut bites aren’t packed with sugar.

*Makes 24


For the doughnuts

  • ½ cup wholewheat flour
  • 2 tbsp xylitol
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ tbsp apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup low-fat milk

For the glaze

  • 2 tbsp low-fat milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup xylitol powder
  • Food colouring of your choice

Make your own healthy gummies with this easy recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease a mini doughnut pan (with 4.5cm holes) using cooking spray. Combine the flour, xylitol, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.
  2. Beat together the remaining ingredients. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry and spoon 5ml of batter into each prepared hole, and spread.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes, until just cooked – a toothpick inserted into one of the doughnuts should come out clean. Cool for five minutes in the pan. Turn out by twisting each to loosen. Wipe the pan clean and grease again. Repeat with the rest.
  4. For the glaze, combine the milk, vanilla and xylitol until smooth. Divide into two or three bowls and colour each with a few drops of food colouring of your choice. Working with one cooled doughnut at a time, dip the tops into the glaze, shaking off excess. Set aside on a cooling rack while you continue with the rest.

Top tips

  • Xylitol powder is avaialble from Woolworths and select health stores. You can also make your own by blitzing xylitol in a spice blender until powdery.
  • If the glaze is too thick to dip, add a few drops more milk. If it’s too thin to coat, add extra xylitol powder.
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