Homemade Healthy Donuts

02 Feb Homemade Healthy Donuts

Being a mixed religion family, me Jewish and my husband Christian, we have the privilege of celebrating plenty of holidays. So while most of you celebrated Christmas last month, we were celebrating Christmikkah (also known as Christmihanukuanzakah).


Going for the healthier options

The one thing every child and adult look forward to at Hanukkah, is the delicious jam filled donuts.
In the last few years, not wanting to neglect such precious and delicious tradition, I’ve decided to come up with a recipe that will be just as satisfying, while using healthy ingredients, letting me feel comfortable having my three men devour them (and hope to have some left for myself…). So I left the white flour, processed sugar and store bought vanilla at the store, and pulled out the following:



Everything in

  • 600g Spelt flour
  • 1tbsp Dry yeast
  • 100g honey
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 100g soft butter
  • 1tsp ground sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups lukewarm milk (I used hemp milk)
  • 1 1/2 tsp homemade vanilla extract (find out how I make it here)
  • another 100g melted butter for later


  1. work all of the ingredients (except for the melted butter) to a nice soft and sticky dough, and put in an oiled bowl to rise. Cover the bowl and leave in a warm place. I usually put it in a metal bowl and leave it again the heating in the kitchen, or in the oven on the lowest temperature, as my kitchen is the coldest room in the house.
  2. Donuts-balls

    Roll, space out, let rest, and pop in the oven!

    When the dough has doubled in size, take it out of the bowl and onto a floured surface and kneed a bit.

  3. Place a sheet of baking paper on an oven form, grease lightly, and form little balls (you can make them as small as a pingpong ball, or slightly bigger). Leave to rise again for about 30min or so while the oven heats up to 190c, brush a bit of melted butter, and pop in the oven until slightly golden. You don’t want them to brown, as they will come out too dry.
  4. Brush again with melted butter as soon as they are out of the oven, and cover with a clean towel for about 10min.
  5. Fill up with some lovely homemade jam/chocolate spread/anything that comes to mind, and cover with lovely homemade powdered sugar (you can find a great and easy recipe for that right here)

Note: These donuts taste best on the same day they are made.



Tucking in


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  • Mor gaier
    Posted at 17:37h, 02 February Reply

    Looks amazing! What a great recipe and a beautiful family! Truly an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Danna
      Posted at 20:16h, 02 February Reply

      Thanks Mor 🙂

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