Baked Blueberry Ricotta Donuts

Blueberry Ricotta Donuts

I’m so proud of myself.

I thought after sharing my Gingerbread Donut recipe during the holidays I would have bombarded you with at least a hundred different donut recipes by now.

I love making donuts especially baked and eliminating the frying.  Baked donuts taste just as good as the fried donuts with a little less guilt.

Baked Blueberry Ricotta Donuts

For this delicious batch I substituted all-purpose or cake flour which I typically use in my donut recipes for whole wheat white flour.  The flavor is fantastic and the combination of ricotta cheese in the mixture makes these donuts soft and delicate.  I top these donuts with a Lemon Vanilla Bean Glaze.  I love the combination of ricotta with lemon and blueberries.  It makes for the perfect topping with just a hint of lemon.     
I love bringing the donut shop right into my kitchen.  No need to drive to pick up a dozen donuts that could have been sitting out for a while.  Whipping up a fresh batch of tasty donuts and brewing a fresh cup of coffee makes for a delicious treat.   These freeze well too so if you make a batch pop some in the freezer to grab and go during the week.  


Blueberry Ricotta Donuts

Baked Blueberry Ricotta Donuts

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat white flour (all-purpose flour can be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cup ricotta cheese (whole or part skim)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean (optional)
  • Lemon Vanilla Bean Glaze
  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease donut pan that accommodates 6 average size donuts and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in dry ingredients and add in eggs, ricotta cheese, milk, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds and blend with a hand mixer or with large spoon until combined. Gently fold in blueberries.
  3. Spoon batter in batter in donut pan 1/2 full. Bake in preheated oven for 8-11 minutes until lightly brown and firm. Cool on wire rack.
  4. Lemon Vanilla Bean Glaze
  5. In a medium bowl combined confectioners sugar, lemon juice, milk, lemon zest and vanilla bean seeds and stir until creamy and smooth. Dip tops of donuts into glaze and set on wire rack until glaze sets.

Use fresh blueberries. If you use frozen and thawed blueberries your batter will become purple unless you drain the blueberries well.

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Blueberry Ricotta Donuts

Blueberry Ricotta Donuts


  1. Oh wow these look so good! And I just so happen to have some ricotta looking for a purpose :-)

  2. I have some blueberries and some ricotta in my fridge… hmmm…

  3. Oh my heavenly goodness. These look so good. I have never made donuts but I think it’s time I start. With these. They rock. As do you! xx

  4. Wow–These look amazing. I can’t wait to try!

  5. You are killing me Jennifer!! These sound AMAZING!! And your pictures are fantastic! LOVE!

  6. Gor-geous, Jennifer! These colors make me want to eat one of these through the screen. YUM!!

  7. I can attest to how good these are!! Yummy …. how many did I eat?!! (shared with the babies haha!) Thanks~:)

  8. What the what!!?? These look sooo good and are just another reminder that I NEED to buy a donut pan!

  9. Oh gosh these look fantastic :) and love how you’ve made these donuts so healthy hehe with the blueberries and baking them.

    Hope you share more donut recipes ~

  10. I LOVE your recipe! Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY and share this yummy recipe with us?
    I hope to see you there!

  11. Yum! I have yet to buy a donut pan..but this is helping me!

  12. These look WONDERFUL! I really want to go out and buy a donut pan so I can make them…

  13. Those blueberry donuts look so good! And they are baked!

  14. Jim Krasas says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Enjoy your website. On your recipe for Baked Blueberry Ricotta Donuts, the following sentence is a bit confusing:

    “Spoon batter in batter in donut pan 1/2 full.”

    Do you only spoon batter in the donut cavities half way or fill the entire cavity?

    Also, do you have a pan recommendation?


  15. Hi Jennifer!!
    GREAT recipe and GREAT blog! I love baking and trying new healthy recipes.
    I want to make those donuts for my dad’s Bday, and I was wondering if you could tell me the nutrition facts for 1 serving/1 donut? He is on a diet and I KNOW he’d appreciate knowing that they’re not so bad ;-)

    Thank you! :)

  16. Do you happen to have the nutritional info on this recipe?

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