Strawberry Shortcake Donuts (with a GF option!)

Happy Friday! We made it! This Friday is especially happy because this is the last full week I’ll work for a while.  My next three weeks, I have at least one day off (and one week I have TWO! Living the dream right there).  I’m going to go ahead and apologize in advance for all of the exclamation points I’m using today, just in that kind of mood! 🙂 !!!!!


I’ve been crazy forgetful this week.  Just look at Wednesday’s post! Oh. Right. There isn’t one. I have no excuse other than, oopsies! Today’s post is coming late and almost didn’t come at all.  I received a huge box of gluten free goodness from Udi’s yesterday and I may have been too excited to focus!  I know, a box of food in the mail isn’t normally that exciting, so let me put this into perspective — they sent me FOURTEEN (!!!!) delicious goodies to try.  I was too focused on creating GF garlic toast, inhaling a box of cookies, and preventing myself for going back for cinnamon toast that I never wrote this up last night.  This morning, I was too focused on which bagel I wanted to try that I ignored the recipe sitting on top of my shoes.  Needless to say, if you ever need to distract me in a scavenger hunt or bait me in a game of capture-the-flag, just put out a plate of bagels. I’m powerless against them.


What does all of this have to do with today’s recipe? Not a thing. Just chatty today.  I recently posted a recipe for low fat strawberry shortcake, but like I said before: Josh and I have extreme philosophical differences when it comes to strawberry shortcake.  His views on it needing angel food cake are flat out wrong, but I wanted to to make some amount of concession and make him a “cakier” version.  I always have donuts on my mind, so the two ideas squished together and these delicious little guys were born. You may think 24 donuts is excessive, but trust me — you want as many of these as you can get.  Oh. And do yourselves a favor and don’t skip the drizzle of Nutella on top!  Total yum.


Strawberry Shortcake Donuts
Recipe type: Dessert, Breakfast
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Serves: 24

  • ½ low fat/fat free Vanilla Greek yogurt (See note for Vegan)
  • 1 c unsweetened almond milk
  • ¾ c sugar
  • ½ c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ c whole wheat pastry flour (See note for GF)
  • ½ c oat flour (or more wwpf)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 5 – 7 large strawberries
  • Nutella, peanut butter or chocolate for dizzling (optional, encouraged)

  1. Prepare a donut pan with nonstick spray and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Wash strawberries and chop into small pieces.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients (yogurt through vanilla) until well combined.
  4. Add the flours, baking powder, and baking soda and mix until just combined.
  5. Portion the batter out into a donut pan (mine had 6 wells), filling each well about ⅔ of the way. Top each with strawberries.
  6. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool. Microwave the Nutella or PB for about 30 seconds (or melt the chocolate chips) until nice and liquidy. Drizzle as desired.

Gluten free: Whole wheat pastry flour can be replaced 100% by oat flour. Allow to cool COMPLETELY in the pan before turning out, or the donuts will break apart. Vegan: Use vegan yogurt and opt for peanutbutter or chocolate drizzle. No donut pan? Makes 12 muffins (filled VERY full), bake for approximately 17 minutes. Nutritional estimate does not include optional drizzle.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 donut Calories: 70 Fat: 0.5 Carbohydrates: 14 Fiber: 1 Protein: 2

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10 Comments Jun 27, 2013

    Awesome recipe! I would be jumping up and down with excitement with a box of food 🙂 The nutella swirl on the top is fantastic.

    Angela @ Another Bite Please Jun 24, 2013

    ha i am SO forgetful…and what a fun box to receive in the mail. I love packages. these strawberry shortcake donuts look so good…i keep thinking about getting a donut pan but like your tip to make in muffin tin

    Marcie@flavorthemoments Jun 23, 2013

    These donuts look and sound amazing! Strawberry and Nutella is such a great combination. I’d eat this shortcake version any time!

    atasteofmadess Jun 23, 2013

    I just made something with Nutella and strawberries. The best combination, I love this!

    christinegalvani Jun 22, 2013

    I think I may have found breakfast for tomorrow. I love the drizzle of Nutella. Thanks!!

      Kelly Jun 22, 2013

      Great! Let me know how they turn out 🙂

    Joanne Jun 22, 2013

    Oh I absolutely need these for breakfast! Total deliciousness!

    cleaneatingveggiegirl Jun 21, 2013

    These look SO good! I do not have a donut pan, but I just may have to try your muffin idea!