I was so excited when my bag of matcha powder was delivered at my doorstep. These doughnuts are just the beginning.
The whole matcha craze really hit hard, but I’m not complaining. That Japanese green tea goodness can be applied to essentially any dessert. My first matcha experience, believe it or not, was actually creme brulee in NYC before I moved here about 5 years ago. I remember how unique I thought it was at the moment. Time sure does fly. Also, I should definitely recreate that dessert one day.
Back to these doughnuts. Not only are they delicious and a fun, crazy green color, but they’re also low fat! Only 6 grams each! That’s not so bad.
I can’t take all the credit here though. My doughnut recipe was adapted from the amazing The Little Epicurean blog and the glaze was adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine. To make the recipe my own, I created a thinner batter (more sour cream and milk), switched up the leaveners, and added vanilla extract plus more matcha and salt. I also added vanilla and up’ed the salt in the glaze. I’m certain the original doughnut recipe is awesome (and am so curious to try it that way too!), but I was very happy with my results. The density, moistness and texture of these doughnuts remind me so much of cake doughnuts! It’s kinda crazy. I’m not into “healthy” or “low fat” desserts by principal, but if it’s good, it’s good. After this experiment, I am certainly going to make use out of my doughnut pans.
Baked Matcha Glazed Doughnuts
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 12 doughnuts 1x
Baked matcha doughnuts with matcha glaze really pack a green tea punch! These are baked, not fried, so they’re not only easier to eat, but they’re also easier on your waistline.
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 ½ tbsp matcha green tea powder
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- ¾ cup whole milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1 large egg white
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp matcha green tea powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- Dash of vanilla extract
- 2–3 tablespoon water, or as needed
- Heat oven & prep pan: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a standard doughnut pan.
- Mix dry ingredients: Combine dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a large bowl.
- Mix in wet ingredients: In a small bowl, whisk together egg, sour cream, milk and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Stir in melted butter.
- Bake: Transfer ingredients to a piping bag and pipe into molds, filling ¾ of the way up. Baked on the center rack of the oven for 10-14 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.
- Make glaze: For the glaze, whisk together egg white through vanilla. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of water and continue to add 1 teaspoon of water at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
- Dip & serve: When the doughnuts are completely cool, dip the top half into the glaze and return them to the rack until the glaze sets. This recipe makes more than enough glaze, so I double-dipped my doughnuts for a nice, thick coating. As always, enjoy.
The doughnut recipe was inspired/adapted from The Little Epicurean.
The glaze was adapted from Bon Appetit.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: Asian
- Serving Size: 1 doughnuts
- Calories: 262
- Sugar: 32g
- Sodium: 196mg
- Fat: 6g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 37g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 5g
Keywords: doughnuts, donuts, matcha
Bonnie Claiborne says
Oh my goodness I love this recipe tks for the diffrent break downs taking on vacation this week Blessing
Sabrina Russo says
Thank you, Bonnie! I hope you enjoyed them 🙂
Hi , what kind of flour do you use for this recipe? Can I exchange it for almond flour? How much would I use? Thank you!
Sabrina Russo says
Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been sick. I used all purpose flour in this recipe. Maybe an all purpose gluten free blend would be better than straight almond flour. I can’t ensure how they would come out, as I’d probably entirely reformulate the recipe if I used a different flour. Good luck!
Taline Boyadzhyan says
OMG.. I made these and modified the recipe just a little to make it Gluten Free!
Thank you!!! They are amazingggggg!!!!!
That’s awesome!! I’m so glad you were able to come up with a great gluten free version 🙂
Jae | Dreaming of Leaving says
I absolutely love this recipe, so much so I included it in my Ultimate Homemade Donut Recipes Roundup! Great post, have a great day xo
Thanks so much, Jae! Your website looks awesome 🙂
Shikha la mode says
Baked doughnuts, yes! I love anything matcha too.
Sabrina!! Came across these beautiful matcha donuts on Tastespotting and just wanted to say that your photography is exceptional and I’m TOTALLYY falling for these matcha donuts! (Matcha is my weak spot…) First I just need to get myself one of those donut pans but I’m pinning this for sure!! Love it L)
Thank you so much! That’s very sweet, Joleen 🙂
Hi Sabria! Looks beautiful! I was thinking a Macha Tres Leches cake would also be awesome if you wanted another idea to experiment with your matcha powder! 😉
Thanks! Great idea 🙂
Greet idea! ????
Burp! Appetit says
Oh my oh my! I love green tea and these are just too good. Love the shots! Absolutely smashing 🙂
Thanks so much!
Love the colors! 🙂
Thank you, Sophia!
Miss Dinie says
Yess!! Someone else whose creative with food!!
Ai Ping | Curious Nut says
These are too gorgeous too eat. I’ll just look at them… for now. :p
Thank you so much, Ai 🙂
Yum! I love that matcha flavor, and they look so cool!
Thanks so much, Pat!
I love the colour combinations and the photos are awesome!
Thank you, Liz!
Roxanne | The Lemon And Jar says
Sabrina, these look so good! I wish I had these right now with my cup of tea. It would the perfect little treat!
Amazing pictures by the way! Xx
Roxanne | The Lemon And Jar says
Also, I love that you were a dietitian! Totally identify with you even more 🙂
Thank you so much, Roxanne!
Lynn | The Road to Honey says
What?! You mean I can indulge in doughnuts Sabrina!? And not worry about my waistline!? Well. . .in that case. . . I’m definitely in. And you know that I’m a complete tea totalor so these matcha beauties are right up my alley.
You can!! Haha. And thank you 🙂
Anna @ shenANNAgans says
These are beautiful! And what a clever way to use matcha. Your pictures are gorgeous, screen licking delicious. 🙂
Thank you so much!!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
I love the whole matcha craze too! But I have to say I never have tried matcha doughnuts before… these look great.
Thank you, Thalia! You should definitely try them one day 🙂
Jasmine S. says
My mind is blown. What a great idea! And as always, your photography is wonderful!
Thank you, Jasmine! They’re super tasty 🙂
OMG!! These are Insanely Awesome!!!