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Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Ginger Glaze

Learn how to make these sweet and savory Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Ginger Glaze that will have everyone talking!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Rise Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 440kcal


For the Doughnuts:

  • 2 cups of mashed cooked and sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 ounces of melted unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup of whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon of instant yeast
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 cups of Bob’s Red Mill Whole Organic Whole Wheat Flour

For the Glaze:

  • 2 cups of sifted powdered sugar
  • ¼ to 1/3 cup of whole milk
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon of ground ginger


  • For the doughnuts: heat the milk in a pot until it reaches 110° to 115° and add it to a mixer with the whisk attachment. Add in the yeast, sugars, cinnamon and vanilla and mix for 2 minutes on medium speed. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes until it begins to foam.
  • Next, add in the sweet potato and melted butter and mix until combined.
  • Mix in 1 egg and egg yolk at a time until completely combined.
  • At this point swap out the whisk for the hook attachment and on low speed add in the whole wheat flour 1 cup at a time until the everything pulls to the center and forms to the hook while mixing. This takes about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the mixer and it to a cut board covered in towels for 90 minutes. The dough will increase in size over time.
  • Next, place the dough on a dry surface sprinkled with whole wheat flour and roll out until it is ½” inch to ¾” inches thick.
  • Using a 4 inch circle cutter, cut through the dough to make a 4 inch circle. Next use a 1 inch circle cutter and push it right into the center of the 4 inch dough circle to make a dough nut. Repeat this process until the dough has been completely used up.
  • Place the cut doughnuts on parchment paper sprinkled with whole wheat flour and cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 90 more minutes.
  • To cook the doughnuts, fry them in canola oil on 350° for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until they are lightly browned and cooked in the middle.
  • Let the fried doughnuts rest on a paper towel and let them dry completely.
  • For the Glaze: Simply whisk together all ingredients. Drizzle the glaze over the dry doughnuts.


Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 3325IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1.9mg