Strawberry lemon donuts

Strawberry donuts

Remember that girl named Gina that back in January & February had the discipline and willpower to do that whole paleo thing for almost 2 months?

Yeah, I have no idea where she went.

As if a post about donuts after a post about cake which was after a post about macarons wasn’t evidence enough.

Strawberry donuts

And you know what?

I kinda don’t care.

I do feel bad that I’m clearly bringing down my paleo challenge partner and have singlehandedly taken us out of the running for winning, but throw a self-serve frozen yogurt proposition in my face on a 90 degree day and that guilt just magically gets pushed to the side momentarily.

So I figured why not continue down this path of total non-paleoness and break out the donut pan. I’ve got strawberries bursting out of every shelf in my refrigerator and putting a strawberry puree inside AND on top of the donuts just seemed like the thing to do.

Strawberry donuts

They’re a cakey donut that while not paleo, I’d argue is still pretty damn healthy. They’re bursting with brightness from the strawberries and lemon and if it means double workouts every day this week to eat them (and the leftover macarons, vanilla cakes, and ice cream in my fridge/freezer), I’ll gladly sweat my ass off doing so. Dessert > abs. Always.

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Strawberry lemon donuts
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Baked cake donuts with strawberry & lemon inside and out!
Serves: 9 donuts
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup strawberry lemon puree* (see directions)
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup milk (I used whole, but any will do)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the glaze
  • confectioners sugar
  • strawberry lemon puree
  • lemon zest
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a donut pan.
  2. First, make the strawberry lemon puree by combining 2 cups strawberries with ⅓ cup lemon juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. This will make more than the ½ cup needed, but you can use it on so many other things (like pancakes!)
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Whisk together remaining wet ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine with a spatula until fully incorporated.
  6. Pour batter into donut pan.
  7. Bake for about 12 minutes.
  8. Remove pan from oven, let cool for about 5 minutes and then transfer the donuts to a cooling rack.
  9. Once completely cooled, prepare the glaze by combing confectioners sugar and the puree in a small bowl with a spoon. (Using more sugar and less puree will result in a thicker and paler pink glaze. Make the glaze to your preference.)
  10. Dip the cooled donut into the bowl with the glaze and then sprinkle the lemon zest on top.


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  1. 1

    Hey, it’s not like you’re giving up on the Paleoness completely! You’re allowed to indulge and enjoy yourself every now and then, and it’s summer damn it! I think summer is a good enough excuse to enjoy the things that are in season, sit outside, have sangria or whatever. These sound delicious. I LOVE strawberry and lemon together. Scratch that. I love lemon mixed with almost any fruit. It just brings out the amazing flavor of the fruit even more! Enjoy the donuts. And the cake. And the macarons. And then send some to your gal pal Aparna. She’ll love you even more. Enjoy your weekend! <3

  2. 2

    Yep, definitely think we need to do a swap! Except yours look much healthier than mine are! Buuuut like you said… dessert > abs. Haha! (ps love the backlighting in these shots!)

  3. 3

    I’m pretty sure that life is about moderation and these donuts look like the very best kind of moderation!

  4. 4

    YES to dessert > abs. All I know is when I’m 80 and don’t have abs anymore I’ll still be glad I had those desserts ;)

  5. 5

    I love all the whole grain flours in this recipe! I have them all on hand! And who doesn’t have strawberries bursting at the seams right now? Yum!

  6. 6

    I hear you about the dessert > abs. Always and forever :) I love how strawberries are taking over.

  7. 7

    I have no idea where my willpower went either. For some reason I can always eat better in the winter and do better workouts because there is noting better to do!

  8. 8

    Yum those look delicious :) I wish I had a donut pan to make them although maybe it is better I don’t as I’d probably eat the whole lot.

  9. 9

    These are totally healthy donuts! Gotta splurge sometimes, right?!

  10. 10

    Love it! Thanks for recipe :)

  11. 11

    I’m all for throwing caution to the wind and posting a donut or two :)

  12. 12

    Great work with the camera.

  13. 13

    Oh wow, these are super similar to my strawberries donuts I made a while back :-) I am liking the honey and almond ideas. Great looking donuts!!

  14. 14

    I just have to say, I <3 You, Gina and I <3 this post! It is sooo nice to read a blog post that is real and honest. We are not perfect beings and trying to pretend we are and force rules on ourselves, only makes us want to rebel more. Good for you eating your donuts and I love that you didn't hide it or lie about it either :) This post seriously made my night! Thanks! xo


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