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Lemon Donuts

Lemon Donuts

Published on: May 16, 2019

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A moist, grain-free sponge topped with cream cheese frosting makes these citrusy donuts a cross between donuts and cheesecake. The tangy lemon flavors also pair perfectly with the mild sweetness of erythritol. The donuts store well too, so feel free to make more batches to enjoy for a couple of days.

Lemon Donuts

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 12




  • 2 ½ cups almond flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup powdered erythritol
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 3 medium eggs, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

Cream frosting:

  • 3oz. cream cheese
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp powdered eyrthritol
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  • fresh berries, for decoration



  • 1Preheat oven to 375F.
  • 2Start making the donuts by coating a 12-hole donut pan with cooking spray.
  • 3In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, baking powder, and erythritol.
  • 4Fold in coconut oil, eggs, milk, vanilla, and lemon zest.
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  • 5Stir until smooth and spoon the batter into the greased donut pan.
  • 6Put the pan in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • 7Cool the donuts on a wire rack before removing from pan.
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  • 8In the meantime, make the frosting by beating together the cream cheese, heavy cream, and erythritol in a large bowl.
  • 9Fold in vanilla and lemon juice.
  • 10Beat again until light and fluffy.
  • 11Spread the frosting over the cooled donuts.
  • 12Decorate with fresh berries before serving.

NOTE: you can make the donuts in a mini donut pan to get small, cute donuts.


Alternative Flavorings

You can substitute the lemon zest in this recipe with other flavorings like cinnamon, pumpkin spice, orange zest, and even cacao powder. You can skip flavoring the sponge altogether and top it with chocolate lava after baking. The sponge recipe for these donuts pairs well with many other ingredients and toppings, so feel free to experiments if you want.

Nutrition Benefits

One donut provides only 114 calories and 1.1g net carbs, so feel free to enjoy two or three in a single sitting. At 10g of fat and 3.3.g of protein, these donuts can definitely make for a satisfying and filling breakfast or snack. You will also get plenty of vitamin E, fiber, and magnesium from the almond flour as well as choline from eggs.