Donut Hole Recipe {for One}

single-serving donut hole recipeToday is National Donut Day. Let’s celebrate with some portion control! Right?

Most donuts have about 400 calories, which is high, but the calories aren’t actually a deal breaker for me. In fact, 400 calories is a good breakfast calorie goal for most people. It’s all about the protein and fiber, which help you get and stay full, and this is where donuts are lacking. They don’t stick with you for long, so you want more of them. Then calories do matter: 2 donuts = 800 calories. 3 donuts = 1200 calories. The average woman would need to run 2 hours to burn off 3 donuts. Yeesh! 

Portion control is sounding a little better, yes?

Last year I walked into Dunkin and ordered one donut hole (just for a small treat to satisfy my sweet tooth). They wouldn’t do it! I don’t know if they literally won’t do it based on their sales/business structure or this particular employee couldn’t imagine such an order. So they stuffed four holes in a bag and wouldn’t let me pay. I’m pretty sure you know how this story ends. {Torey eating four donut holes}

Now, here’s a recipe {adapted from my cake pops} for just ONE donut hole, cake-style, in both vanilla and chocolate. Perfect if you want a small treat, hate being tempted by leftovers, live alone or love a lil party of one. Break out your teaspoons and enjoy! 

Donut Hole {Recipe for ONE}

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 1 donut hole

Calories per serving: 80 (vanilla); 97 (chocolate)

Donut Hole {Recipe for ONE}


  • For VANILLA donut hole:
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp skim milk
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • ...
  • For CHOCOLATE donut hole:
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp skim milk
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cocoa
  • 2 chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Melt butter (and chocolate chips, if making chocolate hole) in microwave. Add to medium-sized mixing bowl with all other ingredients and mix well.
  3. Coat both sides of a cake pop tin with cooking spray.
  4. Add dough to one cup of the tin and close the top.
  5. Bake for 17 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  6. To decorate vanilla donut hole, dunk in milk and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  7. To decorate chocolate donut hole, combine a small amount of powdered sugar with a couple drops of boiling water. Mix well and drizzle over top.

Single-serving donut hole recipe


June 2, 2016

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