This donuts Recipe is easy to make. Oven-baked yeast donuts are healthier than fried ones. Just 182 calories each donut! Filled with coconut cream and glazed with coconut glaze. Just 45 minutes of rising time. Soft and airy.
We are heading towards Easter. Are you already in Easter baking mood? I get infected every year. In my opinion, Easter or spring baking is as exciting as Christmas and winter baking.
These donuts are normal yeast donuts which you would fry in oil, but they are baked in the oven. A lot of baked donuts are cake donuts which are also delicious but technically seen just a piece of cake in a donut shape.
Recently I did some Baked Chocolate Red Velvet Donuts for Valentine's Day. These cake donuts are delicious no question, but today we make real yeast donuts as you get them in every donut shop.
The advantage of baked donuts is that they are less in calories because you save the calories of the oil in which donuts are usually fried. Just 182 calories each donut!
To get the best results use a stand mixer to make the dough. Start with combining lukewarm milk, sugar, and yeast in the mixing bowl. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes until it gets foamy on the surface. Add eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and salt. Stir to combine.
Then add flour and attach a dough hook. Knead for about 5 minutes until the dough doesn't stick to the bowl anymore. Resist the urge to add more flour as needed. The dough should be sticky to touch.
Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl and grease the top of the dough. Let rise for about 15 minutes in the preheated oven (see recipe instructions below).
On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough, a ½ inch thick. Take as less flour as possible. Just enough to roll the dough without any problems. Cut out donuts with a floured 3-inch donut cutter. Place on 2-3 baking sheets and let rise for another 30 minutes in the preheated oven.
The donuts are filled with coconut cream and glazed with coconut glaze. Toasted sweet coconut flakes are sprinkled on top.
The filling is super creamy because of the whipped cream which you fold into the chilled coconut cream.
All you need is coconut milk, egg yolks, cornstarch, sugar, vanilla, whipped cream, and toasted coconut flakes.
The glaze contains powdered sugar, coconut milk, and coconut oil.
Fill cooled donuts with the coconut cream, then dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and sprinkle with coconut flakes. They are best eaten fresh on the same day.
If you don't get sweetened coconut flakes, combine 1 tbsp of powdered sugar and 1 cup of coconut flakes. For toasting the coconut flakes just lay them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and toast them in the oven at 325°F for about 5 minutes. Watch the coconut flakes while they are in the oven because it goes very fast that they get color.
- regular donuts just baked not fried
- no cake donuts
- soft and light
- filled with coconut cream and glazed with coconut glaze
- healthier than fried donuts - just 182 calories each!
- easy to make
- super delicious
If you make this recipe, leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #alsothecrumbsplease on Instagram! Would love to see your snap!
Maybe you are wondering where the Easter bunny donuts are which you saw in the video. The donuts rose that high, that you can't see the bunny shape anymore.
However, I uploaded a photo below of the puffed bunnies because I wanted to show you that using cookie cutters which have small details is maybe not leading to the desired shape. But who cares as long as they are awesome in taste and texture, amiright?
Coconut Cream filled Baked Yeast Donuts Recipe
- 1 cup lukewarm milk (240ml)
- ¼ cup granulated white sugar (50g)
- 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast (7g / 1 envelope)
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup butter, melted (75g)
- 2 vanilla beans* (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cups flour (480g)
- 2 tbsp butter, melted for brushing on top of donuts (30g)
- 4 egg yolks
- ¼ cup granulated white sugar (50g)
- 2 tbsp cornstarch (15g)
- 1 ¼ cups coconut milk (300ml)
- 1 vanilla bean* (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
- ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream, whipped (90ml)
- ¼ cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted (21g)
- 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted (360g)
- 3 tbsp coconut milk (45ml)
- 1.5 tbsp coconut oil, melted (22ml)
- ½ cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted (42g)
- Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl until combined. Add cornstarch and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
- Bring coconut milk in a large saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil. Once, it has reached a simmer, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 2 minutes, whisking continuously. Stir a few tablespoons of the coconut milk into the egg mixture to slightly warm it. Then pour warmed egg mixture slowly into the saucepan, whisking constantly. Cook until filling is thick, for about 2 minutes. Whisk continuously. Remove pan from the heat and whisk in vanilla* until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic foil to prevent forming a skin. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir with a stand or handheld mixer fitted with a whisk attachment milk, sugar, and yeast to combine. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes until it starts to get foamy on the surface.
- Preheat oven to 200°F (100°C). Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Add eggs, butter, vanilla*, and salt and whisk to combine. Replace whisk attachment and attach a dough hook. Add flour and stir on low speed until the dough comes together. Turn on medium speed and knead for about 5 minutes. The dough should be sticky to touch but shouldn't stick to the bowl anymore. If it sticks to the bowl, add ½-1 tbsp of flour on low speed and knead another 1-2 minutes. Transfer dough to a lightly greased heatproof bowl (brush a few drops of oil in a bowl or use a non-stick spray). Grease the top of the dough as well. Turn off preheated oven and place bowl in the oven to rise for about 15 minutes. Leave the oven door ajar.
- Remove bowl from the oven and preheat again to 200°F (100°C).
- On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough, about ½ inch (1,2 cm) thick. Take as less flour as possible. Just enough to roll out the dough without any problems. Cut out 3-inch (7,5cm) donuts with a lightly floured donut cutter. Place on prepared baking sheets. Turn off preheated oven and place all baking sheets in the oven to rise for about 30 minutes until they are doubled in size. Leave the oven door ajar.
- Remove baking sheets from the oven and preheat to 375°F (190°C). Brush tops lightly with melted butter. Bake one baking sheet after another for about 10-12 minutes until light golden brown. Let cool for about 30 minutes.
- Whisk coconut cream until smooth. Fold in whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes (read the post above, if you need to know how to toast coconut flakes). Transfer coconut cream to a pastry bag and fill donuts with the cream.
- In a medium-sized bowl stir sugar, coconut milk, and coconut oil to combine. Place coconut flakes in another bowl.
- Dip the tops of the donuts in the glaze and sprinkle or dip them in coconut flakes. If the glaze gets to firm in-between, microwave it for about 10-15 seconds that it gets liquid again. Let glaze dry for about 10 minutes. They are best eaten the same day. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge up to 1 day.