Sweet Potato Donuts

I was looking for a "healthy" donut recipe that used the deep-frying method, not the oven-baked method, since I just got a deep fryer. I couldn't find what I was looking for, so combined the Plain Cake Doughnut recipe, with another healthier recipe, then added a few extra touches with a friend one rainy day, and came up with this.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
12 donuts


  • 1 quart oil for frying, or as needed

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 dash ground nutmeg

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • ¼ cup mashed sweet potatoes

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ¼ cup applesauce

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Combine 2 cups plus 3 tablespoons flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Stir in melted butter until crumbly.

  3. Combine sweet potatoes, milk, applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Mix well.

  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and combine, kneading well.

  5. Turn out onto a well floured surface and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with a donut cutter.

  6. Slowly lower the doughnuts into the hot oil. Fry in batches, turning once, until golden, about 2 minutes.

Cook's Note:

We added some Monin(R) strawberry syrup for fun to 1/2 of the batch after the dough was kneaded. It just required a little additional flour to keep the consistency of the dough. You might also want to try berry-flavored applesauce.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
10g Fat
29g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 331mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 67mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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