Lemon Poppyseed Muffin Donuts

I am now the proud owner of a donut pan.

My mom bought me one a few weeks ago, and I am so excited about it! I’ve been drooling over baked donut recipes online for months now, and I finally get to make my own.

If you didn’t know, I have a few foods that are my kryptonite. Jelly Belly jelly beans and hot out of the oven biscuits to name a few.

But the one that takes the cake, literally, are those horribly unhealthy and cheap chocolate-covered mini cake donuts. I cannot keep my composure around those little beauties. I don’t know what it is, but they are irresistible. They whisper to me from their cellophane wrapper, coyly batting their eyes in my direction. I rarely ever buy them because I know I can’t resist their chocolate-covered charms.

But now I can leave them on the gas station shelves to flirt with someone else.

I can make my own donuts. They’re healthier. I know what the ingredients are in every batch. And now I can have donuts whenever I want, chocolate covered or not.


My first batch came out really good – just a basic vanilla batter that I tossed in melted butter and a cinnamon + sugar mix after they came out of the oven. These were a good idea.

Then my baking curse struck again.

Batch 2 and 3 weren’t great. One turned out okay but not how I wanted so I didn’t even keep the recipe I used.


Batch 3 did not work at all! I mean, they baked and baked and baked…and never set up. I’ve got to work on this one, though, because the flavor would have been incredible.


But batch 4 turned out good.

Really good. So good I think it redeemed the utter failures of batches 2 and 3.


These may not be the same as the chocolate covered mini bites, but they were just as tasty.

With all the strawberries and rhubarb around lately, I want light dishes with bright flavors.


And with all the baked donut recipes I’ve seen lately, I didn’t remember seeing any for a baked lemon poppyseed donut.

Think about it: a lemon poppyseed muffin batter, baked into donuts, and drenched with a lemon glaze.


These donuts are delicious for breakfast and make a great afternoon snack. They are whole wheat, vegan and light with a bright lemony punch.

Happy Spring to me – and you!



Lemon Poppyseed Muffin Donuts

Makes 6 donuts in a standard donut pan

  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp poppyseeds
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp neutral oil (canola, sunflower, safflower, or coconut)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, flaxseed, poppyseeds, and lemon zest.

Stir in the oil, almond milk, vanilla, and lemon juice.

Drop batter into greased donut pan, and bake 11-13 minutes or until they spring back when touched.

Let the donuts cool completely.

Stir together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until a thick (but still a little runny) glaze comes together.

Spoon glaze over each donut.

Serve. If you’re not going to eat these the same day, store in the refrigerator.


  1. i love my donut pan! these look amazing. especially the glaze :)

  2. Glad the donuts finally came out the way you liked them. They look delicious. I love the way the glaze is just dripping off the donut…Mmmm! :-D

  3. I now have a donut pan on my wish list! These look incredible!

  4. Yum! These donuts look so tasty! I really like how the donut with cinnamon sugar looks! I need to remember when registering that we definitely have to add a donut pan. It’s so much healthier to make them at home. :)

  5. Those look amazing. I wish I could taste stuff through the internet.

  6. I don’t like traditional donuts…but these look amazing! I love the idea of a baked up donut! I need a donut pan now….I think my kitchen is going to explode ;)

  7. Yum. I think I need to be the proud owner of a donut pan too. I’ve been seeing these donut pictures flying around the blogosphere and it’s so hard to keep from snatching up my own. Do you know where she got yours from?

    • We actually found it at a kitchen store in the Amish market near Nick’s parents, but I’ve also seen them on Amazon for a good price.

  8. I love that these only have 2 tbsp of sugar in the batter. They look and sounds incredible and very spring like. I’m always down for a good lemon punch!

  9. The donut pan is one of the best inventions! I actually made some poppy seed donuts several months ago that were pretty good.

  10. Wow….four batches…..you guys must like your doughtnuts. I’m a deep fried girl by heart so haven’t tried the baked version yet!

    • I have yet to make deep fried ones at home, but they’re definitely on my “to make” list.

  11. infinitely jealous of your doughnut pan. Why is it that regardless of whether or not that batter could easily be turned into a muffin, doughnuts are so much more awesome. I have like 70 lemons at home. Lemon poppyseed sounds amazing. It’s time for me to buy a doughnut pan :)

  12. These sound perfect! Love the idea of lemon poppy in a donut. I can also relate to your feelings toward those chocolate donuts. I had a pretty wicked crush on them as a kid.

  13. I love the idea of making donuts at home! I think I need to add a donut pan to my ever-growing kitchen wish list :-)

  14. I really need to get myself one of these donut pans! It makes making muffins so fun :)

  15. These look delicious – I love your photos! And I think I need to get a donut pan…

  16. So…you took my favorite muffin and turned it into a donut. I’m in love.

  17. I love lemon poppyseed muffins but in donut form sounds even more amazing! They look soooo good. I’ve been meaning to buy a donut pan and I can’t wait to try these out when I get one. :)

  18. will have to try these as well :) i froze extra meyer lemon juice, but i wish i had some extra zest in my freezer somewhere too!

  19. Um. The houndstooth fabric?! Amazing. I need to get my butt to the fabric store and take cute photos like you. My goodness-those doughnuts look DELICIOUS! And I don’t even have an appetite right now!

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