Healthier Baked Cinnamon Spelt Doughnuts Recipe

When reader Meg wrote in asking if the substitution on the all purpose flour to spelt flour was one-to-one on my baked apple cider doughnuts, I was reminded that I haven’t baked with spelt flour in awhile. I definitely picked up a small bag the next time I was at the health food store for some baking projects. Spelt doughnuts sounded like a pretty good dessert for this past weekend, so I came up with a couple simple changes based on some of the other doughnut recipes here on The Chic Life to make a recipe specifically for spelt flour. I made a Healthier Baked Cinnamon Spelt Doughnuts Recipe.

(By the way, the substitution for all purpose to spelt is one-to-one in the other doughnut recipes – see links below)

Healthier Baked Cinnamon Spelt Doughnuts Recipe
Healthier Baked Cinnamon Spelt Doughnuts Recipe
Healthier Baked Cinnamon Spelt Doughnuts Recipe

This Healthier Baked Cinnamon Spelt Doughnuts Recipe is a little heartier than the other doughnut recipes I’ve made with all purpose flour thanks to the spelt flour. I still enjoy the texture and find these doughnuts to be slightly more fluffy and light than whole wheat. But, I love baking with spelt flour!

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Cinnamon spelt doughnuts

Healthier Baked Cinnamon Spelt Doughnuts {Recipe}

  • Author: Diana of
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 18 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


Spelt flour gives these doughnuts a heartier texture that is somewhere between what all purpose and whole wheat flours would yield. If you’ve never baked with spelt flour, this would be a great introductory recipe. Easy, fast, and satisfying, these doughnuts are a no brainer. You could add a simple glaze on top, but when I’m feeling lazy, a quick dip in cinnamon sugar adds pizzazz without much extra effort.
As with my other recipes, I call this “healthier” instead of “healthy” because I’m not sure what would make a dessert healthy unless it was comprised of fresh sliced fruit. So, let’s just agree this is a “healthier” than traditional fried doughnuts…and even lighter and less sweet than some baked versions!
*Vegetarian, Vegan options listed below*


  • 3/4 cup spelt flour (or sub all purpose flour if you’re not feeling the spelt flour)
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons (preferably raw sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon, plus 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons milk (or sub vegan milk substitute)
  • 1 large egg (or sub flaxseed egg)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Brush a 6-count doughnut pan lightly with melted butter (or spray with non-stick spray).
  2. In a medium-large bowl, add spelt flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In another medium-large bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk, egg, canola oil, and vanilla extract to combine.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined (careful to not over-mix).
  5. Evenly distribute in doughnut pan. Tap pan on counter to release air bubbles. Bake for 7-9 minutes, until doughnuts are cooked through (when a toothpick inserted into the doughnut comes out clean). (Mine were perfect at 8 minutes, but oven temperatures can vary, so check at 7 minutes)
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together (or stir with fork) 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon until cinnamon is evenly mixed in. When doughnuts are safe to touch, but while they’re still warm, dip each side into the cinnamon-sugar mixture, pressing and twisting to get good coverage.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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You may also like these other The Chic Life recipes:

And here are more great spelt recipes from around the web:

Healthier Baked Cinnamon Spelt Doughnuts Recipe

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15 thoughts on “Healthier Baked Cinnamon Spelt Doughnuts Recipe”

      • Hi Ana, yes definitely! You could use another neutral-flavored oil like avocado oil. I sometimes bake with extra virgin olive oil, and that works well too. You could also use butter or a vegan butter – melted and cooled. Hope this helps! 🙂

  1. Hi there, these look great …….I use spelt almost exclusively. I’m wondering if the dough is thick enough to pipe or roll out and cut with my vintage donut cutter as I don’t own a donut pan. Thank you!

    • Hi Kristi! It’s definitely too liquidy to roll out and cut. There’s a chance you could pipe it, but it’s not as thick as something like a churro, so I’m not sure if it would keep its shape. Let me know how it turns out if you try it. Alternatively, if you want to get a doughnut pan, you can get a 6-count one on Amazon for under $10. Kind of annoying to get a pan for one purpose…unless you make lots of doughnuts, I guess! Lol 🙂

  2. These were a real hit with my five year old. We have a range of food intolerances and I’ve been looking for some treats to make him as he misses out on so much.
    I made them with wholemeal spelt, oat milk, rice bran oil and maple sugar (1/8 cup) they turned out perfectly. Next time I’ll try with besan flour as an egg substitute.
    I bought a doughnut pan especially, it’ll be worth the investment as I think this will be a regular bake.
    I did find I needed to brush the doughnuts with a little rice bran oil to get the cinnamon sugar to stick to coat them.
    Thanks Diana for a great, healthier, yummy treat 🙂


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