Orange Julius Donuts

Wake up in the morning with a glass of orange juice and a few of these Orange Julius Donuts.  They are made with juice and vanilla yogurt, so I like to think they are on the healthy side of things.

These soft orange vanilla donuts are topped with an orange glaze.  So perfect for breakfast!

I have been hearing voices lately.

Donut pan voices from my kitchen cabinet saying how much they miss me.  Now I could go dust, or answer emails, or heaven forbid…I could even go exercise instead of answering those little voices.    Naaaaa!  Instead I pulled out my Donut Pan and then looked through my kitchen to see what kind of donuts we could create.

These soft orange vanilla donuts are topped with an orange glaze.  So perfect for breakfast!

After a quick search of the kitchen, I came up with oranges, orange juice, and vanilla yogurt.  Immediately I thought that combining the three things with the donut basics would make a great Orange Julius Donut.  You will be happy to know that these donuts have a great orange flavor.  I think baking the donuts with orange juice, fresh orange pieces, and then coating them in an orange glaze helps the orange flavor shine through.

These soft orange vanilla donuts are topped with an orange glaze.  So perfect for breakfast!

I love to bake with yogurt too.  It gives your baked goods such a soft texture.  Plus, then I can say I had my dairy for the day.  So far these donuts are shaping up to be pretty healthy.  Fruit, dairy, and can we call the flour a grain?  Total health food right? :-)  Anyone else following my train of thought?  Please say yes, please say yes!!!!

Well, even if you don’t agree with me on the health food factor, at least you can agree that these are delicious.  I recommend making a batch to have on hand for the weekend.

These soft orange vanilla donuts are topped with an orange glaze.  So perfect for breakfast!


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Orange Julius Donuts

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 18 donuts

Orange Julius Donuts

Donuts made with vanilla yogurt and orange juice and orange pieces have a fun Orange Julius taste.


For the Donuts
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2/3 cup vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup orange juice
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup orange pieces (about 6 cuties)
For the Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup white sanding sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Add the vanilla, egg, and yogurt and mix until creamy. Sift together the baking powder, baking soda, flour, salt, and cinnamon. Add to the butter mixture alternately with the orange juice. Do not over mix. Stir in the orange pieces.
  2. Spoon the batter into a large ziploc bag and cut the tip off one corner. Make sure it is large enough for the orange pieces to come out. Spray your donut pan with non stick spray. Fill the donut cavities about 2/3 full. Bake at 375* for 12 minutes. Cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes. Gently remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Stir together the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup orange juice. Dip the tops of the cooled donuts in the glaze and sprinkle with the sanding sugar. Let set completely. Store in a loosely sealed container on the counter. Makes 18 donuts.


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  1. says

    There can be no debate that these doughnuts would contribute to a healthy, happy state of mind and spirit! An orange scented doughnut, a cup of coffee, and the weekend newspaper sounds like a spiritual retreat to me. :) Also, Jocelyn, if you ever run out of yogurt infused doughnuts and are worried about getting your daily dose of dairy, milk chocolate does it for me. :)
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