Friday, January 13, 2017

Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Donuts

Lemon poppy seed baked donuts are just a nice treat to satisfy your sweet tooth without too many calories. Baked donuts are perfect for a weekend brunch or an afternoon snack with coffee or tea.

Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Donuts
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So how are your new year's resolutions going?  Sticking to a healthier routine?  How about today we take a teeny weeny break as I tempt you with these lemon poppy seed baked donuts?  Sorry :) but I personally just needed a little something sweet this week and my love of lemons was calling my name.  Remember these donuts are baked and not fried, so one or two won't break the diet!

This week I've been pretty good sticking to a routine.  I've gone to the club three mornings this week. I get up at 5 and go before work - yep it's tough especially since it is so cold here.  At least I have an electronic car starter and get the vehicle nice and toasty before leaving so my body isn't shocked too much!  I just know that if I don't go before work that I won't go afterwards.  After a couple weeks, it becomes a (good) habit.

I think I've done pretty good eating too.  Just sticking to 3 meals a day (no second helpings) and 2 light snacks.  Oh and did I mention that I got a Fitbit for Christmas?  I really didn't think I would ever want one, but it does help keep me motivated.  I'm also motivated since we are headed to Mexico in a couple weeks.  I know I should have started earlier, but every little bit helps, right?

If you really want to keep these lemon poppy seed baked donuts lighter, just leave off the glaze.

And in case you want other donut recipes check these out on the blog  Mini Cinnamon and Sugar and Pina Colada.

Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Donuts

But I have to admit, we loved the glaze.

Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Donuts

yield: 10 print recipe
Baked Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

Baked Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

These baked lemon poppy seed donuts are just a nice treat to satisfy your sweet tooth without too many calories.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 20 mins


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon yogurt (I used Greek)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (or extract)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Glaze - 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1-2 tablespoons milk (to desired consistency)


  1. Preheat oven to 350; spray donut pans with PAM (or vegetable spray) I used one 6 form donut pan and a mini pan
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds
  3. In another medium bowl stir together the oil, egg, sugar, milk, yogurt, vanilla paste, lemon juice and zest.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry bowl and just stir until combined.
  5. Place the mixture into a small baggie and snip off the end
  6. Fill the donut forms about 1/2 way
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes (mini pans will be done in about 8) I used a toothpick and took out when no crumbs remained.
  8. Remove and cool on wire rack
  9. Make glaze by combining the melted butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice and milk
  10. Stir to combine and dip each donut into glaze and place on rack to dry
  11. These should be served within two days.
Inspired from Sally's Baking Addiction
Created using The Recipes Generator

It's also fun to make them in two sizes - the mini ones are cute!

Unglazed Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Donuts

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Donuts

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Baked Donuts

Baked Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts


  1. These looks so good. I love lemon and poppyseed, so how could this go wrong? Thank you for sharing at Weekend Potluck Link Party.

  2. These look delicious! My kids love the lemon poppyseed muffins I make so I'm sure they would be thrilled to try these. Thank you!

  3. YUM! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    stop by and chat with me xx

  4. Lemon poppy is one of my favorites! Pinned, and on my list to try! Thanks for sharing at BOTW, Deb!

  5. Those look so good. Great pictures as well!
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  6. I love anything baked with lemon and I have a new mini donut pan that I haven't used yet. It's time to try both the recipe and the pan!

  7. lovely and lemony! will try and will pin! beautiful blog!

  8. I think my donut pans need to come out to play this week. I am a sucker for lemon poppyseed.

    Thanks for sharing with us on #TastyTuesdays

  9. I love lemon, and poppy seeds are a bonus. I'm pretty sure that I will need the glaze too. Thank you for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays link party.

  10. Oh my goodness, these look so good! Thanks for linkin' up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

  11. These look amazing! Thanks for the recipe!


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