These blueberry baked donuts with naturally-colored blueberry glaze make for a healthy homemade snack or dessert sure to impress family and friends!
This month’s Recipe Redux Challenge is all about making flavorful food without the artificial colorings that often dominate during the holidays:
Holiday feast season is upon us. But there’s lots of room on the table for brightly-colored, nutritious foods. Show us your sweet or savory, naturally-dyed holiday fare.
While cookies are the go-to treat in my family during the holidays, donuts and cinnamon rolls also come to mind as my mom would usually buy one (or both) for my brother, cousins, and me to enjoy in the morning. I would have loved to have made some red velvet cinnamon rolls using beets (hopefully next year!), with the new job and being gone so often on the weekends lately, cinnamon rolls just weren’t going to happen. But baked donuts are another matter as they require no yeast or rising time – they’re as easy and quick to make as muffins or other quick breads.
You will need a donut pan for these; however, if you aren’t in love with the idea of a donut, you could experiment with baking them in a muffin tin for a donut-muffin hybrid.
The donut batter is very simple and made in just one bowl to help cut down on the dishes, especially as your dishwashing arm will get it’s workout cleaning up after the glaze. I used fresh blueberries in my donuts as they were on sale and I didn’t want to risk the blueberries bleeding into the batter. However, if frozen blueberries are all you have you can definitely use them, just know that your donuts will likely have more of a blueberry swirl pattern – which actually might be really pretty. Once baked, you can eat them straight away, but it is the holidays after all so I recommend dipping them in a beautiful, naturally-colored blueberry glaze!
The glaze is a bit more involved as you need to simmer the blueberries with lemon juice and water, blend, then stir in powdered sugar. As with all glazes, add the powdered sugar slowly, about ¼ cup at a time until the mixture is just slightly thick – it will be just a tad thinner than normal icing. Once the donuts have cooled, you can dip the tops into the glaze and allow the glaze to set on the donuts, or eat straight away like Bry and I did 😉
Be sure to check out other Recipe Redux members’ naturally-dyed recipes by clicking on the link below the recipe!
So here’s a toast to beautiful blueberry donuts!
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Drooling over your photos! You glazed these perfectly!
Thanks Karman! Luckily the glaze was just the right consistency to coat evenly.
These are absolutely gorgeous!!!
Thank you Chelsey!
I second Laura – these look amazing!
Thanks Colleen 🙂
These look amazing… and that blueberry glaze! Yum. So colourful and appealing.
Thanks Laura! They are such a simple yet eye-catching treat 🙂