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A close up of baked blackberry and cardamom doughnuts stacked on a plate.

Baked Blackberry and Cardamom Doughnuts

Teri & Jenny
We’ve taken one of our favorite sweets given it a healthy makeover. These baked cake-like doughnuts are fluffy, moist and full of flavor. We’ve striped this recipe of butter, shortening and oil by replacing them with nonfat Greek yogurt and all natural, unsweetened applesauce.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cool Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American


  • doughnut pan


  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons superfine sugar (granulated is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (or ¾ cup of plain yogurt)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons all natural apple sauce
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 ¼ cups fresh blackberries


  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together to remove any lumps and set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl combine the remaining ingredients except for the blackberries and whisk together.
  • Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir together. Gently fold in the blackberries until just combined (batter should be thick)
  • Scoop mixture into a piping bag or a re-closeable plastic bag and snip the tip. Pipe mixture into prepared doughnut molds and bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until slightly darker than golden brown on top and doughnuts have begun to brown on the bottoms.
  • Remove from oven and allow doughnuts to sit for 5 minutes. Remove from molds and place onto a cooling rack.
  • For the glaze: Place blackberries into a food processor and puree until smooth. Strain. Add vanilla and powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, until fully incorporated and no lumps remain.
  • To assemble: Fully dip each doughnut into the glaze and shake to remove any excess. Allow glazed doughnuts to set, about 20 minutes, before serving.
Keyword baked donut
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