Skinny Bakery Style Donut Holes

These are the bomb, guys.

More like the mini bomb, but you get the idea.

Fluffy pillowy balls covered in powdered sugar and then glazed in cheesecake vanilla sauce.

If you think you couldn’t have fallen harder for these, go ahead and scroll down to see the nutritional info.

22 kcals each.

Wanna marry these now?



I do, but hey, what’s new? You know that I’m bound to be obsessed with anything covered in magic fairy dust powdered sugar… and these little guys are no exception. I kinda ruined the skinny factor since I ate like three dozens of these, but who cares anyway. These are so good that you wouldn’t even feel guilty if you ate the whole batch (and it makes from 170-200!)… but mostly because you’d have fallen into a sugar powdered coma by then.

The best kind of coma, anyway.



Good news that these, despite being baked not fried, aren’t cakey at all. You guys I like cake, and by “like” I mean “cake is my life”, but I’m not one to stand cakey stuff that isn’t actually cake. Holla cookies and donuts I’m talking to you!

Don’t worry my friends. These taste like something you’d get in a fancy bakery, but healthier and cheaper. Just imagine buying 200 donut holes from one of those sophisticated pattissieres… you’d be so broke afterwards. How would you even pay for the psycological help you’d need after eating them all? 

See my point? Baking them at home is the answer. Better for your waistlines, your bank account AND your mental health. 



There’s a couple of things you want to know if you’re going to make these, but nothing too complicated, trust me. 

First of all, the extra yeast is what makes them super fluffy. So much that a decent sized ball weights just 9 grams and therefore has 22kcals. The ball is big, but it’s super light, hence the skinny. That being said, do not try to use less than the stated amout of yeast because you think it’s “””too much”””. Nope, no such thing as too much here. You want fluffy, puffy balls, not dense rocks, so go and buy extra yeast!

This recipe makes as much as 200 donut holes, so:

a) You’d better have tons of friends to share this with. And a kind soul too. You’ll need it to give these away.

b) You might want to make some donuts with these dough too. I did so because I didn’t really feel like rolling those many balls into powdered sugar. Which I did was cut the risen dough into 4 equal parts (which I weighed) and then saw that I’d get about 50 balls from each part. Do the math and you’ll get 200 holes for the whole batch. Awesome as it sounds, I think it’s better if you get some donuts.

You can bake those too and they are still fluffy and bakery-like. Or you can fry them, of course. I did that too for the sake of recipe testing (oh well, more like because my brother told me so) and yeah, the fried version is awesome as well… But I honestly think that the baked one is just as good, so I’d totally go for that one next time.

c) You can halve the recipe, yes. But c’mon… do you really not want to eat as much of these as possible? I don’t know, man. It might be just me, but I don’t trust people who can say no to donuts… nothing personal.



Most important part here: MAKE TINY HOLES and I mean tiny here, ok? If you make the balls as big as the one in my pictures, you’ll end up with burger buns once they’re baked. Not that it has happened to me or something.


These guys are real risers. They grow so darn much in the oven that you really want to make super small holes before the second rise, ok? Burgers are good, but not as amazing as these donut holes, so make TINY balls of dough ok? Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

 I’ll stop now. Because you shouldn’t be wasting your precious time reading this post, but making the donuts and then popping them into your mouth like it’s your job. 



Skinny Bakery Style Donut Holes
Yields 170
Fluffy and puffy donut holes. Baked instead of fried so you get to eat more!
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  1. 6 + 1/2 cups white unbleached flour
  2. 2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
  3. 1/4 cup butter
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  6. 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. 1/4 cup water
  8. 50 grams fresh yeast
  9. 1 + 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
To cover
  1. 120 grams powdered sugar
  2. 1/2 cup skim milk
Sticky vanilla glaze
  1. 8 oz. light cream cheese
  2. 1/3 cup skim milk
  3. 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons truvia
  5. 1 tablespoon light butter
  1. Disolve yeast in warm water. You may add a bit of sugar at this point so it gets bubbly faster. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Add warm buttermilk, melted butter, whisked eggs to a bowl and whisk until mixed. Add flour (start with 6 cups and see if you need more!), vital wheat gluten, salt and the water mixture once it is foamy.
  3. Mix with a wooden spoon until you form a weird ball. It will be sticky.
  4. Dump ball into a floured surface and knead for 15 minutes. You may add more flour if you need so, but I wouldn't add more than 7 cups total.
  5. If you see that the ball is hard to knead, stop and let the gluten relax. Wet your hands lighty and go on kneading until you form a smooth ball. Make sure it is really smooth and not tough before you place it into the ball to rest.
  6. If it's too sticky, add a bit more flour and keep on kneading. If it's tough, wet your hands and knead for longer until smooth.
  7. Place ball into a greased bowl. Grease ball. Cover with a damp towel and let it rise in a warm, draft free place for 1 + 1:30 hour or until it has doubled its volume. It depends on how warm your house is.
  8. Once it has doubled its volume, turn to a kitchen counter, divide it into 2 and roll each part into a thick rectangle.
  9. Cut tiny holes (really small ones, please, they get so big when they're baked!) or the whole donut if you wish.
  10. Place into a baking tray lined with baking paper and let them rise for 30 minutes covered.
  11. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and bake for 8 minutes once they're doubled their volume. You'll need about 11 minutes if you're making donuts.
  12. While they're still warm, dip into warm milk and then roll in sugar (powdered or normal).
  13. For the glaze, nuke cream cheese until soft, mix in milk, sugar and sweeteners and whisk until smooth. If it is too thick, warm it before pouring it on the donuts.
  14. Enjoy warm, they're so good that way!
  1. Nutritional info includes glaze too.
I've written more about the topic above (you want to read it if you're making the donuts!) but to sum up
  1. -Cut tiny holes.
  2. -Don't use less yeast than stated. You can use 2 packets of active dry yeast instead of fresh, but fresh is better if you can get it!
  3. You can use 3 tbsp. sugar instead of the 2tbsp. truvia in the glaze.
  4. Vital wheat gluten can be found in KAF and health stores.
  5. By buttermilk I mean real buttermilk. I'll be posting a tutorial on how to make your own this week, but if you can't find it and need it before I publish my tutorial, you can use whole milk instead (not the vinegar + milk combo!).
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I hope you guys have a lovely week! Mine will be on the hectic side, so excuse me if I’m not commenting on blogs as much as I usually do! 

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  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl February 3, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Yes, I want to marry these donut holes right now. I cherish to hold them and love them and all that jazz, but I’m totally going to eat them too!

  • Reply spoonfulflavor February 3, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Did you say skinny and donut in the same sentence? Yes, please!!

  • Reply Lilli @ Sugar and Cinnamon February 3, 2014 at 2:41 am

    These look absolutely INCREDIBLE! I want to eat my screen right now.

  • Reply Monica February 3, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Fluffy and pillowy is the perfect description when I look at these. I can’t believe these could be skinny. It’s awesome!

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven February 3, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Can I just marry you and you can make these for me instead?!?! WOW. Thank you.

  • Reply Siv/MoonLight @ AWorldInMyOven February 3, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Ooh, I love donuts! With cinnamon sugar and your vanilla glaze? YES! I love how you baked them as well – I hate working with oil. I want I want I want!!!

  • Reply Joanne February 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Wowza. I can’t believe these are so light and yet NOT cakey…there is no way I’d be able to resist popping at least 10 of them into my mouth.

  • Reply Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness February 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Waitwaitwait 22 CALORIES! I need these in my life. Ya, I too would also abolish the “skinny factor” as I would eat all the donut holes.
    I’m ok with that.
    I’ll just wear leggings forever and lay my skinny jeans to rest.

  • Reply Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour February 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Yay for skinny donuts! I could definitely pop quite a few of these into my mouth- yum!

  • Reply Carmel Moments February 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I’m totally craving donut holes now. Geez…they look good!

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments February 3, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    These look so delicious and pop-able! Great idea, Consuelo!

  • Reply Gintare @Gourmantine February 3, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Unbelievable!… Seriously unbelievable!

  • Reply Natalie @ Tastes Lovely February 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Holy moly! Only 22 calories each? My skinny jeans thank you!

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} February 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    You are a genius Consuelo! These sound beyond amazing 🙂
    I know it is quite a common word, but I love the word “donut holes”. Haha, it sounds so funny 😉
    And what beautiful pictures too! Pinning!!!!

  • Reply Mary Frances February 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Only 22 calories??? Wait, but it makes 170!?!?!? Let’s just talk about the first number, okay? 🙂 These truly are the mini bomb – and I love that term by the way:) – and are so cute!

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes February 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I love powdered sugar too, I enjoy it way more (and on way more inappropriate things) then anyone ever should. but if I can still have my powdered sugar AND only suffer 22 cals?! well then I might as well have 10 million of these 🙂

  • Reply Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen February 3, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    These look so amazing! Pinning now!

  • Reply Amy February 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    These look PHENOMENAL Consuelo!! It’d be so dangerous for me to bake them, unless I made about 1/4 of the recipe… I’d want to eat them all myself and not share! Donut holes are so easy to snack on, and they were one of my favorite treats as a kid. Already pinned! 🙂

  • Reply Laurel y Menta February 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Qué delicias Consuelo. pero lo que más nos gusta son las 22 calorías de cada una!!!
    Y la glasa de vainilla y queso, maravillosa.
    Un besito.

  • Reply Shannon February 3, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Yum! These look so delicious. I need more yeasty sweets in my life. I am too busy baking cupcakes & cookies for everyone else to take time to make the desserts I want!

  • Reply Kelly February 4, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Oh my goodness, these look incredible Consuelo! I would totally marry these at only 22 calories each! It would be hard not to eat at least a dozen of these babies in one sitting, they sound so good especially with the powdered sugar and vanilla glaze:)

  • Reply Jessiker Bakes February 4, 2014 at 2:25 am

    22 kcal…this isn’t fair. I don’t understand how you made these and didn’t send a pack my way!! How am I supposed to enjoy them IMMEDIATELY? But really, wow that sounds great! And these look DELICIOUS! I’ve been known to devour a box of doughnut holes… 🙁 . But I wouldn’t feel anywhere near guilty eating these. One problem; where do I place the engagement ring??

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen February 4, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Yes, I’d like to marry these now. 🙂

  • Reply Ashley February 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Cheesecake vanilla sauce??? Sign me up! I love that these are baked and not fried – my kind of donut hole! I wish I had some for an after-breakfast snack now : )

  • Reply Johlene February 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Oh wow Consuelo you never cease to amaze me.. skinny donuts?!? you got to be kidding me.. I love it!! xoxo

  • Reply Samina | The Cupcake Confession February 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    OMG!!!! As if the donuts holes were not amazing enough, you’ve also added the cheesecake vanilla sauce!!!! This is just absolutely picture perfect!!! 200 donut holes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT THEM ALL! I don’t care about the sugar coma! I ABSOLUTELY DON’T ! Loveeeeee it!!!!! PS: that is such a cuteeeeeeeee signature at the bottom of the post!!!! Loveeeeee it!

  • Reply anecdotesandapples February 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Skinny donuts! We need you! These look heavenly…although I would probably want to eat all 200 of them 😉

  • Reply ashley February 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I love that these are baked and guilt-free!! Yay!!

  • Reply Jo @ The Contented Baker February 4, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    You clever, clever lady!! These are amazing 🙂

  • Reply mayihavethatrecipe February 5, 2014 at 4:33 am

    I can’t believe they are only 22 calories each. They look soooo good!

  • Reply Alyssa @ My Sequined Life February 5, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Wait, you’re telling me I can make 200 donut holes that look like they’re straight from the bakery and they’re only 22 calories each?! Un-be-lievable, Consuelo! 🙂 Pinning this ASAP.

  • Reply Amy @swiss miss in the kitchen February 5, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Oh Consuelo these look just amazing!! And 22 calories each?? Awesome!!
    xox Amy

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner February 5, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Lol…I love that you’re addicted to powdered sugar like me! I need these donut holes in my life. No ifs, ands, or butts!

  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment February 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Oh my heck, girl, you had me at cheesecake vanilla sauce! LOVE! I’ve never seen a baked yeast donut before, gotta try!

  • Reply Cindy February 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make donuts for days, this posting is gonna push me over the top. I need donuts!! These look delicious Consuelo!

  • Reply Nora (Buttercream Fanatic) February 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I’ve never tried to make yeasted doughnuts before, but I think you’ve convinced me!

  • Reply blahnikbaker February 5, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    22 calories? I second someone above. Let me marry you you and bring you home!!! So you can make this for me everyday. Love the sauce on top 🙂

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen February 6, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I just love you Consuelo!!! I was reading along (loving this recipe) and laughed out loud at this –> “…and then glazed in cheesecake vanilla sauce.” Of course they are!!!! One of our favorite things!!! No wonder they are fabulous. I have to tell you – these look amazing – they are going on my PINNED list, because I must make them ASAP!!!

  • Reply shashi @ February 6, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Consuelo – these look divine!

  • Reply sprinklesandsauce February 6, 2014 at 2:44 am

    these are dangerous! i cant totally eat a dozen! 😉

  • Reply makingthymeforhealth February 6, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Uh yeah. I would have to be feeling really kind to give any of these away! Especially if they’re only 22 calories each. Allll miiiiiine….mwuahahaha. 😉

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou February 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I’m not a big fan of donuts (or donut holes) but yours looks just too good to pass up. And just 22 calories each? Score!

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  • Reply Yeste Lima February 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    De éstas me puedo comer al menos dos…¡¡¡yuhuuuuu!!!!

    Besos apretaitos, Consuelo, sigue bajando calorías, porfi.

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen February 8, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Oh my! Consuelo, these donut holes must be the most wicked known to man. Seriously. That added gluten truly contributes to the sublime texture. OMG…I’m dying for a plate of these right now! Wish my system could tolerate gluten. I really miss these kinds of baked goods. Love your photography here, too. Thanks for sharing, my friend! Pinning!

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  • Reply anya clark May 20, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    What can you replace the vital wheat gluten with?

    • Reply Consuelo May 20, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      It’s an essential ingredient so I’m afraid it cannot be replaced 🙁 xx

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