Maple, Walnut, and Flaxseed Pancake Doughnuts

by Erin

I discovered something magnificent. You can pour pancake (or waffle) batter into a doughnut pan and make pancake-doughnuts! The world of doughnut-making possibilities just expanded right in front of your eyes, didn’t it? Pancakes now can be baked into the shape of doughnuts. Heart-shaped ones in this case thanks to the post-Valentine’s Day sale at Target.

These pancake-doughnuts are even good for you. A healthy doughnut – the world just paused for a second in disbelief. Full of whole wheat and flaxseed they are a great way to start your day. And I really enjoyed the tiny crunches of walnut pieces.

For a moment I contemplated making a maple syrup-glaze to enhance their doughnut-likeness but decided to stick to pouring regular syrup over the top and eating with a fork. And don’t forget the berries!

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Serves 4-5 (makes approximately 18-20)


1/2 cup cake flour*

1/2 cup 100% whole wheat flour*

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped

1-1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1-1/4 cups reduced-fat buttermilk

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 large egg

*Or use 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease doughnut pan; set aside.
  2. Whisk flour, flaxseed meal, walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Whisk buttermilk, 1/4 cup maple syrup, and egg in another medium bowl. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and whisk just until incorporated.
  3. Pour scant 1/4 cupfuls into the prepared doughnut pans**. Bake for 6 minutes. Allow to cool for a minute before inverting the pans to release doughnuts. Serve with syrup and raspberries.

**Batter can also be cooked pancake or waffle-style.

Source: Adapted slightly from Prevention RD, originally from Bon Appetit.

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Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian April 16, 2012 - 11:49 am

What a fantastic idea! Love it!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. March 6, 2012 - 9:57 pm

Pancake doughnuts! What a great idea! Really like these! :)

Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen March 6, 2012 - 9:13 pm

OH cute are these! I really need to get a doughnut pan! :)

Maggie @ Vittles and Bits March 6, 2012 - 8:21 pm

Pancake donuts oh my goodness, how fun!! What a great combo :)

Jennifer | Mother Thyme March 5, 2012 - 8:32 pm

What a clever idea! We love our pancakes, so now I’ll have to give them a try as doughnuts! I know a batch of these won’t last long around here! :)

Tina@flourtrader March 5, 2012 - 8:06 pm

I really like the presentation on these, awesome! Regarding the recipe, I am glad to find a donut recipe that has some grain in it as well as nuts. Very creative and no doubt delicious. Well done.

Lacy @ NYCityEats March 5, 2012 - 5:36 pm

Aw love these! So cute with the berries in the middle! This sounds like a healthy, delicious way to start the day! Especially days when you really don’t want to be at work – who am I kidding, that’s always – yummm! :)

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 5, 2012 - 5:23 pm

Clever! I love this! You know me and pancakes! I’m going to try this out on Saturday! Great idea!!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 5, 2012 - 4:26 pm

So NEED a donut pan!!

Shannon March 5, 2012 - 2:05 pm

These look delicious and healthy, always a good combo!

amy @ fearless homemaker March 5, 2012 - 2:03 pm

what a smart idea! + they look absolutely delicious!

Tracey March 5, 2012 - 12:50 pm

What a neat find!! I always feel a bit guilty about how little I use my doughnut pans, so this is awesome. I’m all over this flavor combo, minus the walnuts :)

Michelle March 5, 2012 - 12:47 pm

Yum yum! These look wonderful!

Cassie March 5, 2012 - 11:03 am

These sound so healthy, yet very flavorful! I’m a fan!

Kara March 5, 2012 - 10:12 am

Pancake Donuts? How have I never heard of this before? Sounds wonderful!

Steve @ the black peppercorn March 5, 2012 - 8:58 am

Great idea! These look awesome. I need to get me a doughnut pan.

Maureen March 5, 2012 - 7:29 am

You are so clever! These look really cute.


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