sweet potato donut

Baked is
even better!

Doughnuts are great, but the fact that they are fried is a real downer. These beauties are baked and made with fresh sweet potatoes.

Who doesn't love doughnuts? Luckily for you, you no longer have to limit yourself to having just one! These baked doughnuts are delicious, perfectly spiced, lower in fat and full of flavor! Don't worry if you cannot find canned mashed sweet potatoes. You can easily make it yourself! An added bonus, sweet potatoes are full of nutrients. They are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber. Feel free to keep them perfectly baked, or sprinkle on a little cinnamon sugar to sweeten things up.

Baked sweet potato doughnut recipe

Adapted from For the Love of Cooking

Yield 6 large doughnuts


  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice mix
  • 1/4 cup butter (soft)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste (or extract)
  • Optional toppings: cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or cinnamon powdered sugar.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 6-count donut pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together white whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl of an electric mixer, add butter, brown sugar and mashed sweet potatoes. Blend together until fluffy and well mixed. Mix in eggs, whole milk and vanilla paste.
  4. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until completely combined.
  5. Pipe mixture into doughnut pan and bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Let donuts rest in the pan for 5 minutes and let cool on wire rack.
  7. Optional: Sprinkle warm doughnuts with cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or cinnamon powdered sugar.

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Comments on "Sweet potato baked doughnuts"

Payton December 10, 2012 | 2:38 PM

This recipe looks pretty yummy! My family loves sweet potato fries and sweet potato chips, but I'm always leery about baking with sweet potato. The one time I used it in a bread recipe, the bread turned out really heavy. Any ideas why that happened? I'd love to give this a go :)

Lauren December 07, 2012 | 9:49 AM

Yummy! I love sweet potatoes in anything, so I can only imagine how great it would taste in a donut. Thanks!

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