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How many calories in a donut? Less if it’s miniature!

The best donut sprinkles

How many calories in a donut? Less if it’s miniature! 54 to be exact.

The next 10 days are bound to be filled with sweets and goodies everywhere we look. Yet many New Years resolutions are still hanging on, hoping you’ll turn down the next fried circle of goodness. Let’s cure our sweet tooths by making the donuts in miniature form.

How many calories in a donut. Our sweet treats have 54 calories each, minus the sprinkles (of course:). Make a whole batch to share with friends and enjoy celebrating the sweet things in life this next week.

How many calories in a donut? 54 in these ones!!!

Donut sprinkles

Make the miniature donuts special for Valentine’s Day or any day by adding in gorgeous and tasty sprinkles. It’s the quickest way to turn 54 calories into a party ready, swoon worthy treat – that won’t break the calorie bank.

My favorite selection of donut sprinkles includes; glitter dust (homemade sugar glitter layer cake), jimmies (make your own peppermint sprinkles), chocolate chips, jelly beans (try the jelly bean layer cake, too), and sprinkle balls.

Miniature Donuts

Make your own miniature donuts

Make this recipe and always be able to answer that important ” how many calories in a donut ” question. You’ll need; a mini donut pan for baking, 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. baking soda, 1/8 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 cup buttermilk, 1/4 + 3 Tbs cup whole milk, 6 Tbs. unsalted butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 2 cups confectioners sugar.

To make the 54 calorie miniature donuts start by preheating the oven to 350°F.

Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a bowl and stir together with a fork. In a measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk and 1/4 cup whole milk.

In a large bowl beat together the butter, granulated sugar and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping the sides as you go. Add the egg and beat until combined.

Reduce the speed to low. Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the bowl in 3 equal additions. Beat until just blended.

Grease miniature donut baking pan and add the dough about 3/4 of the way up each section. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.

Make a donut glaze by placing the confectioners sugar and 3 tps milk in a small bowl and whisk until combined. Let the donuts cool completely, then dip them, top side down, into the glaze. Allow to cool and dry on parchment paper.

Miniature donuts

mini donuts

So how many calories in a donut? You might stand at the latest donut chain frying up portions as big as your head and wonder this all day. Or you could make batches of these goodies and know that your donut craving sweet tooth can definitely be cured, in only 54 calories!

We’ve started a Sunday donut tradition at home. Every Sunday after church we enjoy a fresh batch of donuts – it’s an easy way to invite friends over. I hope sweet traditions like this will help our family to not just do life together, but to enjoy revelry together often.

Do you have any donut traditions at home?

PS. Raw fruit layer cake and a watermelon cake.

(Recipe adapted from Williams Sanoma, it’s one we’ve used often. Photography © Kristy Begg/Stocksy International).

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