Fresh and fruity. Light and zingy. Fluffy and delicious. These baked lemon poppy seed donuts are all that and more. Naturally sweetened with honey, they are bright and full of lemon flavor. Topped with a honey lemon glaze, these dairy-free baked donuts are a fantastic healthy-ish sweet treat to share this spring.
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Baked, Not Fried.
There are a few reasons why I prefer a baked donut over a fried one. The first reason is that they are easy. Less equipment, less time, and ready to be enjoyed almost immediately. A second reason why I enjoy a baked over fried donut is the health factor.
Yes, deep-frying anything in oil is going to be delicious, but it’s not overly good for us. And seeing as that I have a wicked sweet-tooth, I try to keep my everyday indulgences on the healthier side of the spectrum.
Naturally Sweetened With Honey, Not Sugar
Is honey good for you? Totally! It has been noted to have heart-health benefits and is full of antioxidants. Honey is a natural unrefined sugar, so while it acts as a sweetener it has a lower glycemic index. Don’t go chugging it by any means, but it is a fabulous sweetener alternative for those who are watching their sugar intake.
How To Bake A Donut
The first and easiest way to bake a donut is using a donut pan. Each cavity is already shaped like a donut and you simply pipe or spoon the batter into each cavity. Make sure to fill each cavity only ⅔ full or else the donuts will overbake the donut hole.
A second way to bake a donut is in a muffin tin and either make a tinfoil donut hole insert or bake them up like a muffin. Lastly, you will know your donuts are baked to perfection when the edges are a light golden brown and the tops spring back to the touch.
How Long Does It Take for the Donut Glaze to Dry?
This honey lemon donut glaze will dry/set pretty quick. After each donut is dipped into the glaze, place it back onto the cooling rack with a cookie sheet or a piece of parchment paper underneath to catch any glaze drips that might fall and give each donut a little splash of fun sprinkles if so desired. Let these glazed donuts rest on the cooling rack for approximately 20-30 minutes to allow the glaze to fully set.
Here’s the truth though…if you want to dig right in, I do-nut judge, as these Lemon Poppy Seed baked donuts are pure confectionary heaven and I firmly believe there are no rules when it comes to donuts.
I hope you love these baked Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts as much as my family did. Let me know if you try them out and share them with me over on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
If you’re a donut fan, I bet you’d go crazy for my other donut recipes: