Pipe out your own doughnuts for a fun Fourth of July treat with fewer calories and grams of fat than any traditional variety. We're using the trendy tie-dye glaze to add a fun patriotic touch to these fluffy bites, but you could keep it simple with a few sprinkles on the glaze.

By Rachel Johnson
June 29, 2016
Rachel Johnson

What is more American than donuts? In the spirit of America and progress, we give you this new take on a whole-grain donut—baked (not fried) and made with white whole-wheat flour. The fun "tie-dye" glazing technique is easier than it seems. Simply make a glaze, drop some natural food dye into the mix, swirl with a toothpick, and drizzle onto baked treats. The ribbons of color will create a rippled, tie-dye effect for your modernly patriotic get-together!

Red, White & Blueberry Donuts with Tie Dye Glaze

Makes: 10 donuts

2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon light sour cream, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5.6 ounces whole-wheat pastry flour (about 1 1/4 cups)|
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup blueberries
Baking spray with flour
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
Red and blue natural food colors


1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Place brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add egg, beating well. Beat in 1/2 cup sour cream and vanilla. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and sprinkle in blueberries; beat at low speed just until combined.

3. Spoon batter into a large zip-top plastic bag. Snip a hole in the bottom corner of bag; pipe batter evenly into 10 doughnut cups coated with baking spray, filling about two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 14 to 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

4. Combine powdered sugar and remaining 1 tablespoon sour cream in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Divide glaze in two bowls. By the drop, add 2 drops of red food coloring to the glaze. Take a toothpick and make a few colored swirls in the glaze, but do not overmix. Using a spoon, drizzle glaze into "stripes" over doughnuts. The streaks of color will create a "tie-dye" effect. Repeat process with blue, designating the top left corner as the stars on an American flag. Let glaze set and serve.

*Recipe adapted from Sour Cream Donuts