Lemon & Banana Chocolate Fonuts


Donuts… Homer Simpson isn’t the only one who drools at the thought of them. But there is always that guilty little voice whispering around the gorgeous taste of a donut saying “saturated fats”.  The voice gets louder when I have the donuts’ evil twin “Cronuts” (croissant-doughnut hybrid) which is over double the unhealthy fats. I’m happy to say that I have found a silencer to the voice in the form of the “Fonut”.

[Fō•nut] n. – A doughnut that is baked and/or steamed, never fried.

Fonut creators, L.A. pastry chef Waylynn Lucas, and gluten-free baking wiz Nancy Truman created these tasty treats as a healthy alternative to fried donuts. They have a shop in West Los Angeles that offers traditional, vegan & gluten-free fonuts. If you can’t get to their shop, try making your own.

Today’s Lemon Fonut recipe contains less than 2 grams saturated fat, with the extra bonus of being vegan and wheat/gluten free.

Rona, my culinary school partner in crime, introduced me to fonuts. We haven’t cooked in the same kitchen together since our training at New School of Cooking and we decided to remedy that by making fonuts together. We found recipes on the Internet from the fonut creators themselves.rona-and-bob-red-mill-rice-flour

Rona decided to make the Banana Chocolate Fonuts and I took on the Vegan Lemon Fonuts. Both recipes are called for almond meal and rice flour to replace the usual all-purpose flour. It was my first time baking with rice flour, which turned out to be a good experience as the taste was good with only a slightly different texture.


We were pleased with the results of these simple recipes. The Banana Chocolate Fonuts were like your Grandmother’s banana bread if it was made at Dunkin Donuts by Willy Wonka. For the recipe click here.


The Lemon Fonuts were lighter and more cake-like than the banana chocolate one. You could eat quite a few of these and still not feel full. I am not sure that is a good thing.

Lemon-Fonuts recipe

Lemon Fonuts
These tasty Lemon Fonuts are vegan and wheat/gluten free. If you don't have a donut pan, you can use a muffin pan.
  • 1 cup white rice flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 cup almond meal (fine almond flour preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice (or as needed to make thick glaze)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients including lemon zest and set aside.
  3. Mix all wet ingredients except vanilla in a Kitchen Aid mixer.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet mix.
  5. Add vanilla after mixing dry ingredients. Mix well.
  6. Lightly grease a doughnut pan and fill molds ¾ full.
  7. Bake at 350F degrees in doughnut pans for 12-15 minutes or until light and fluffy to the touch. Place fonuts on a cooling rack.
Glaze Instructions:
  1. Whisk together powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice, adding more juice if necessary.
  2. Spoon glaze on top of fonuts.
  3. Optional: top with lemon zest
Makes 9 fonuts in a regular sized donut pan.

If you want to see the fonut creators Waylynn and Nancy in action, they will be doing a cooking demo next weekend in Culver City, CA. You will will be able to sample the fonuts and try the appliances they are using, with a chance to win Best Buy gift cards or breakfast at Fonuts.

What: Baking demonstration with Pastry Chef, Waylynn Lucas and gluten-free, baking whiz Nancy Truman of Fonuts

When: Saturday, October 5th, 1:00-4:00pm

Where: Best Buy, 10799 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CAshepaused4thought_line-NEW
If you don’t have a donut pan, why not make Dofomuffins?

dofomuffins - Cathy nelson arkle

I think I am going to submit that word to Webster. 🙂
…and then, she paused for thought.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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28 Responses to Lemon & Banana Chocolate Fonuts

  1. Christina @ChristinasCucina September 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Dofomuffins! That’s hilarious! So those are some super healthy treats! They both look lovely, Cathy! I’m not surprised that they turned out so well-I think you have a magic kitchen! 😉

    • Cathy September 29, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      Thanks Christina, you will have to come cook with me sometime.

  2. Leslie Macchiarella September 29, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Oh nom & double nom! I actually have a donut pan to try your lovely nummies. I’m glad you straightened out the do, fo, cro & mo of it. I’m going in for the fo, coffee in hand! 🙂

    • Cathy September 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      LOL Leslie. Have you ever baked a gluten free cake? I know they didn’t do that back in the day, but just wondering if you encounter that at the office when you bake cakes.

  3. Rona Lewis September 29, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    So if you have these with coffee, would that be called cof-fo-donuts? They were tasty, whatever you call them!

    • Cathy September 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      That is right Rona, and since I am having them with tea, they are now tea-dofumuffins. 🙂

  4. Pamela September 29, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    How funny! I have to try the Lemon fonuts for sure!!! You can have a lot of fun with these…….

    • Cathy September 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      Thanks Pamela! I we had a lot of fun making these and naming the muffins! Hope you try them.

  5. Lentil Breakdown September 29, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Wow, this makes a great base, and I could see using coconut oil and other combos instead of lemon if I want. But after I binge on them, I might call you a mo-fo. 😛

    • ShePaused4Thought September 29, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

      Bwaah ha ha Adair! Don’t hate me because they are good. 🙂

  6. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious September 29, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Da lemon, dam lemon…they have my name on ’em.

    • Cathy September 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

      Dorothy, they are shockingly delicious for being extra healthy!

  7. Fresh Food in a Flash September 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Your photos are always so beautiful. The fonuts look delicious!

    • Cathy October 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      Thanks Patricia, I hope you try the fonuts. 🙂

  8. Lail | With A Spin October 1, 2013 at 1:36 am #

    Healthy and delicious!

    • Cathy October 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      Thanks Lail for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the fonuts!

  9. nusrat2010 October 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Never heard of Fonuts! Thanks for introducing me to those guilt-free sexy little thangs! Loved the simplicity in the recipe and sheer cuteness in the look of the compelling Fonuts 🙂

    Nice, thoroughly enjoyable, informative post, as always.


    • Cathy October 5, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      Hi Nusrat, thank you for always being your encouraging and beautiful self.

  10. Simone October 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    Haha…. Love those fonuts…:) And yes I love donuts too, still got to try the cronut though, but the fat content is not really something you really want. This does look like a great alternative!

    • Cathy October 5, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      Thanks Simone. It is always nice to have options when we want to eat healthier.

  11. Lynne @ CookandBeMerry October 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

    Dofomuffins!! Jeez, you make me laugh out loud…

    • Cathy October 7, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      LOL Lynne! They made us laugh coming up with the name.

  12. Adri October 9, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    Fonuts! I love it! These look great!

  13. cheri Newell October 20, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    FONUTS… WOW… I may actually have to get into the kitchen after a long hiatus! These look yummy and respectably healthy!

    • Cathy October 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      Thanks Cheri. If this is what is takes to get you back in the kitchen YIPPEE! 🙂


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