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Healthy Baked Red Velvet Donuts

Healthy Baked Red Velvet Donuts

Healthy baked red velvet donuts are the ultimate whole-grain breakfast, afternoon snack, or lower sugar dessert. Free of artificial colors and rich in antioxidants, these homemade donuts are kid- and adult-approved.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 12


  • *Donuts*
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. beet powder such as Love Beets
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice I used unsweetened oatmilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • *Cream Cheese Glaze*
  • 2 oz. light plain cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. milk of choice


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine flour, granulated sugar, beet powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Combine egg, sour cream, milk, and vanilla in a separate bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add sour cream mixture to flour mixture, stirring until combined.
  • Coat 2 (6-cavity) donut pans with cooking spray. Spoon batter evenly into 12 cavities. Bake at 350°F for 11 to 12 minutes or until donuts spring back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan for 2 minutes. Invert donuts onto a wire rack. Cool completely.
  • Prepare glaze by combining cream cheese, powdered sugar, and milk in a bowl; stir until smooth, adding more milk if needed to reach desired consistency. Dunk donuts in glaze, or drizzle overtop.
  • Let stand until glaze is set.