National Donut Day: Recipes for a Healthier Donut

National Donut Day

Today, Friday June 7th is National Donut Day. A once a year celebration will definitely not be overly detrimental to your diet. But if you plan to extend your celebration beyond today, you may want to try one of these healthier doughnut recipes.

National Donut Day started back in the 1930’s as a Salvation Army fundraiser to honor soldiers during World War I. It always falls on the first Friday of June. Today, many retail franchises, including the popular Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme, are offering free donuts to customers across the country.

Today, if you’d like to splurge just a little on a freebie donut, here are Shape Magazine’s listing of the “Best Bets” at America’s Favorite Doughnut shops:
• Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donut (190 calories) – or if you aren’t a fan of glazed, the Traditional Cake Donut also has only 190 calories.
• Winchell’s Donuts: Plain Chocolate Cake Donut (170 calories)
• Dunkin’ Donuts: Sugared Cocoa Donut (200 calories)

Here are a few donuts to steer clear of, especially if you are watching calories:
Dunkin’ Donuts: Apple Crumb Donut (490 calories, 18 grams of fat, Chocolate Coconut Cake Donut (550 calories, 18 grams of fat), and the Red Velvet Donut (430 calories, 25 grams of fat). For a complete nutrition guide to Dunkin’ Donut offerings, visit their website at
Krispy Kreme: Chocolate Iced Glazed Hearts with Strawberry Kreme filling (360 calories, 20 grams of fat), New York Cheesecake (350 calories, 21 grams of fat) and Powdered Blueberry Filled (300 calories, 17 grams of fat). Krispy Kreme nutritional information can be found at


Of course, celebrating National Donut Day does not mean you have to go out. You can celebrate on your own with one of these tasty – and healthier – recipes collected by

Whole-Wheat Honey-Glazed Donuts
Jami at the blog LuluMom has created a donut that is actually fried, but is made with whole-wheat, yogurt and coconut oil. They are then topped with a honey cinnamon glaze that makes these donuts a decadent treat.

Pecan Pumpkin Baked Donut
These delicious donuts are actually gluten-free and vegan! Made with brown rice flower, pumpkin (an excellent source of beta-caroten), and coconut oil, they are baked and then topped with a cinnamon sugar glaze and pecans.

Paleo Donuts
Following the Paleo diet? You can, and still have donuts too. Paleoly offers a recipe using bananas, applesauce, coconut flour, eggs, and almond meal in their easy-to-make healthy donut.

These are only three of the 29 recipes offered by Celebrate any day of the year as National Donut Day without breaking your diet, or the bank!

Resources: Healthier Donut Recipes
Shape Magazine: Best Bets at America's Favorite Doughnut Shops