The Sort-of Low Calorie Donut Holes (I want to eat all of them....)

I was once again sucked into the realm of the Facebook reels where I end up watching endless videos of people skiing in Europe, doing hip flexibility exercises and stretches or watching people make healthy-ish recipes. So now you know now everything I think about.... I love and hate that Facebook knows what I want to see but such is the world we live in. 


Sometimes I save the recipe and exercise reels. I don't know why I bother with the exercise reels because I have no cell phone reception or WIFI at my gym so any exercise reels that I save to look at later are largely ignored.  I may glance at them at home but can't remember the exact technique later at the gym when I want to do them.


The skiing reels just make me sigh and wish I could ski in Europe, if only just to stand there on a quiet, snow-covered silent mountain and admire the scenery. I don't save those reels because there are always a lot to look at.


However, the cooking reels do get used.  And, alas, the man with annoying, nasal-y voice, who had an almond flour donut hole recipe, got some airtime in my kitchen yesterday. 


This recipe makes about 6 donut holes in less than 20 minutes. It uses an air fryer, however. 

Cinnamon Donut Holes:  Six servings at around 67-75 calories each.


1/2 Cup Almond flour

1/2 tsp Baking powder

2 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 Cup of Greek Yogurt (I used Two Good vanilla flavored)

1/4 Cup of Stevia granules or other granule type of sweetener

Post-cooking Coating:

2 Tbsp Butter (melted)

2 Tbsp Stevia granules

1/2 tsp of Cinnamon

Mix the dough ingredients together until a ball forms. It will be a bit sticky. Then separate the dough into six equal balls. Mine ended up being about 21-22 grams each. Spray each ball with cooking oil spray and put in the air fryer at 325F for 8-10 minutes. My air fryer has a bake setting so I used that for 9 minutes but ended up going another minute and a half as they were too soft when I first checked them.

After the donut holes are done, make the coating (which could be optional, I think). Mix the cinnamon and sweetener together in a bowl big enough to roll the donut hole in. Melt the butter and keep it separate from the coating. The recipe said to dunk the donut holes in the butter, but I used a pastry brush to brush butter on the holes and then rolled them in the cinnamon coating. I had left over coating and butter so that is why I have assigned a variable calorie count to the serving.  Without the coating they are around 67 calories each.


There were no mishaps in the making of these donut holes, unlike the those in the Greek yogurt brownie post:

Those Low-Calorie Greek Yogurt Brownies (Yep, I made them….)

That should tell you how easy they are to make.


Thoughts on this recipe:

I have no idea how long and at what temperature you would bake it for in a conventional oven.  If I was going to try it in an oven, I think I would put them in at 350F for at least ten minutes, but I'm not even the main cook in our household so that is just a guess.  If you try this recipe and use a conventional oven, please comment below about the time and temperature you used.


The calorie count will change depending on what sweetener you use and what yogurt you use. The Two Good yogurt I used has 80 calories in a single serving container, which is 1/2 cup. I used 1/4 cup, which is about 40 calories. 


You could make fewer donut holes with the understanding that each serving has more calories. The whole recipe is about 400 calories, so you could eat them all for breakfast if that was going to be your meal and it fell within your daily calorie count.


If you want just a 'bite' of something dessert-ish, (and I mean a tiny bite at six servings) this is it. It's probably smaller than a regular donut hole but it's under 75 calories.  The texture was a bit soft and not as 'cake-like' as the non-yeast donut option you can get in America. They definitely were a bit less sweet than regular donuts, but I like that about them. The coating was just like any other sugar type of coating as far as the texture went. It was just less sweet than actual sugar.  I honestly could have sat there and eaten all of them.  My husband tried one and he commented that they are more of the texture of bread than cake. He said they were sweet enough for him and he liked them. 


My goal is that he finishes them off, so I'm not tempted to consume the remaining three in the photo above. Yes, I know they don't look particularly appetizing, but they're good! It's the cinnamon, folks, seriously!


I did get an intense carb craving after eating one of them, which I didn't like. I later ate another, which I know I shouldn't have, and then after dinner, I had carb-like snack cravings all night after that. I ate peanut butter filled pretzel nubs. Not sure if that craving was a psychological thing or a physiological thing. Maybe a bit of both, as we had dinner with a person we were meeting for the first time, and I had some sort of stress about that. 


I have eaters' remorse now ha ha.


So, dieting or not, I think this could satisfy your donut craving without a trip to the donut shop or the store. They take very little time to prepare and require very few ingredients. It would certainly be healthier than any donut you would buy in a shop or a grocery store. 


For a dessert craving, however, I prefer the Greek Yogurt brownies. 





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7th Decade Redhead
7th Decade Redhead

I'm 60+ years old female retiree who is finally figuring out why she's been struggling with losing weight her whole life. I want to share the lessons I learned so others can help themselves with their own weight loss struggles earlier in their lives.

60 Pounds by 60 Years
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