Carrot Cake Baked Doughnuts with Healthy Cream Cheese Frosting

You have never had a baked doughnut as good as these Carrot Cake Baked Doughnuts. The inside is piped with yummy yogurt and cream cheese filling and they taste unbelievably good. I don’t say this lightly, but this is the best baked doughnut recipe I have ever made, and I’ve made a few.

What makes these doughnuts healthy?

I’m not suggesting these doughnuts are so healthy you could scoff down all 12 in one sitting. They are a healthy doughnut recipe because;

  1. Baked doughnuts – this makes them much healthier because they are not dripping in oil.
  2. Low in sugar – I used a minimal amount of maple syrup to sweetened these doughnuts
  3. The inside is a yummy mix of thick delicious Greek yogurt with a little cream cheese. While I love cream cheese I try to just eat a little and mixed with yogurt you still get the flavour with more nutritious value to your doughnut.

Can I fry these doughnuts?

Yes absolutely! Use a good high smoke point cooking oil like rapeseed (my preference) or sunflower oil.

Yeast Doughnuts

In the past when I’ve made doughnuts I have made yeast-free baked doughnuts. Also, super delicious mind you but they are not as fluffy and light as these ones.


When making a yeast doughnut recipe, you have to wait for the dough to prove, twice! It’s just about patience. Zero effort + patience.

Throw all of the ingredients into a mixer, then mix until fully combined. Leave in a warm place covered with cling film for about an hour, then come back. Divide the mixture into mini doughnuts (5 mins), then leave to prove again before cooking.

The second prove is SUPER important when using a yeast doughnut recipe. If you have the patience to let them rise the second time, this will result in the fluffiest doughnut EVER!


Before baking, I brush the top with a little oil which helps a baked doughnut to look like a fried doughnut. After they come out of the oven you can brush a small amount more oil on top before dipping in sugar, but that is up to you.

Healthy Cream Cheese Filling

The thing that makes these doughnuts amazing is the filling. I used a mix of Greek yogurt and Cream cheese mixed with just a little maple syrup. That’s it! So simple and easy but honestly super delicious.

To get the cream cheese filling into the doughnut, take a straw and push it from the side into the centre of the doughnut. Then fillip a piping bag with the cream cheese mixture and pipe a little of the mixture into the centre of each one. You can also spread it on the top of each doughnut too. The choice is yours. I have to say though, I loved it inside them!

That’s it! Super easy! Totally delicious and honestly the best doughnut recipe you will ever try!

Just ask my kids.

Aileen xoxoxox

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Carrot Cake Baked Doughnuts with Healthy Cream Cheese Frosting

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