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keto lemon poppy seed donuts
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Keto Lemon Chia Seed Donuts

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling Time15 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: keto chia seed lemon donuts, Keto Donuts, keto lemon chia seed muffins
Servings: 15 lemon chia seed donuts
Calories: 145kcal




  • 1/4 cup light cream 60ml (18% for Canadians, heavy cream will NOT work the same, you'll have to add more of it to get the same consistency)
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup powdered monkfruit/erythritol sweetener 150g
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds or poppy seeds 20g (see tips for using poppy seeds) 


  • Pre-heat oven to 350*F.
  • In a large bowl, add all of your dry ingredients including the lemon zest and sweetener and mix.
  • In a measuring cup, add your cream and lemon juice and set aside.
  • In another bowl, melt your butter and then add the 2 eggs and vanilla extract, whisk well with a fork.
  • Pour the butter mixture as well as your cream and lemon juice into the dry ingredients.
  • Mix until a thick batter forms.
  • Add your chia seeds and mix once more until combined.
  • Put this batter into a piping back with a large open end or a large ziplock and cut off the corner (alternatively you can scoop the batter into muffin tins now if you don't have a donut pan).
  • Grease your donut pan well with oil or butter and then begin piping your batter into the donut molds.
  • Bake for 18-22min or until donuts are lightly browned on top. (My oven cooks slower so maybe give them a check a few minutes early.
  • While the donuts are baking, make your glaze by whisking the above 3 ingredients in a bowl until smooth.
  • Let the donuts cool completely. Using a butter knife, go around the edges and then gently lift to remove the donuts from the pan.
  • Have a wire rack ready if you own one and place the donuts on it, then place the wire rack above a large tray or cookie sheet to catch the excess glaze.
  • Drizzle each donut generously with glaze. Repeat for all 15 donuts.
  • Once the glaze has hardened you can move them to a plate for serving OR store them in an airtight container on the counter between layers of wax paper (you can also freeze them this way to preserve them for longer). Enjoy your Keto Lemon Chia Seed Donuts!


Tips For Making Keto Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

  • Make sure to let the donuts FULLY cool before attempting to gently remove them from the pan. 
  • Glaze your donuts by drizzling the glaze on top of each one, don't try to dip them or they may fall apart. 
  • Feel free to use poppy seeds rather than chia seeds in this recipe, just reduce your cream by 2 tbsp if you do so.
  • Watch your oven when baking these. For me they took around 18-20min but my oven tends to bake more slowly than most. Don't worry if they brown a bit on the outsides, the centers will take longer to cook and will remain soft. Plus the glaze will cover any imperfections!
  • If you do not have a donut pan, you can also make these as muffins and glaze them that way!
  • Ultimately I would recommend making these as the recipe states..with almond flour, coconut flour and xanthan gum for the best possible texture BUT if you only have one type of flour…see my suggestions above in the blog post.
  • If you don't have xanthan gum, you can use try a tablespoon of vital wheat gluten (aka gluten flour) OR 1 tsp cornstarch OR 1 tsp ground psyllium husks. 
  • If you don't have any of these ingredients, you can still make the donuts! They just won't have a texture quite as “chewy”.


Serving: 1donut | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.2g | Protein: 3.6g | Fat: 11.9g | Fiber: 2.5g