Watermelons are starting to pop their pretty little heads up in the grocery stores (yay for seasonal produce!) and it’s time to find as many creative ways to eat up this fruit before it leaves us at the end of the summer and we have to wait another year. And since no one (I know of) can turn down a donut, why not try to make them a little easier to make, a little prettier to look at, and a lotta healthier to eat when you turn them into Watermelon Donuts?!
The fun and healthy twist to these donuts (beside using fresh fruit) is the icing. Where the normal donut icing if full of sugar, butter, shortening, more sugar, and whatever else that makes it taste so darn good, these Watermelon Donuts are covered with: dairy free whipped cream. Coconut cream, to be exact, that has been chilled in the fridge overnight and whipped up with one teaspoon of vanilla extract and that is it! A delicious and healthy pairing with watermelon. And sprinkles too. Can’t forget the sprinkles.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: 1 dozen 1x
Keep the oven turned off and watch your watermelon go from fruit to donuts in almost an instant!
- 1 small watermelon, cut into 1 1/2″ slices
- 1 14 oz. can of coconut cream, chilled overnight
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- sprinkles or toppings of choice
- Round biscuit cutter (mine is 2 5/8″)
- Fondant mini circle cutter
- Using a biscuit cutter, make circles out of the watermelon slices. Using the fondant circle, make holes in the middle of each “donut.” See the video on how I did it.
- Place the chilled coconut cream (I use cream because it tends to be more stiff that coconut milk but you can use coconut milk that has been chilled instead if you’d like) into a bowl, separating the solid cream from the liquid. Discard the liquid.
- On medium speed, use an electric mixer for a couple of minutes until fluffy. Add vanilla extract and whip up another couple of seconds.
- Spoon the coconut cream onto the tops of the donuts. If you have extra coconut cream leftover, store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Garnish with sprinkles or whatever toppings you’d like.
- Serving Size: 1 donut
- Calories: 43
- Sugar: 1.3g
- Sodium: 3mg
- Fat: 5g
- Carbohydrates: 1.9g
- Protein: 0.5g
Check out my quick 60 second video tutorial on how I made these fun Watermelon Donuts:
With only THREE ingredients, these Watermelon Donuts are the perfect treat this summer for the kids. You just cut, ice, and sprinkle. That’s all you have to do for these sweet yet hydrating donuts.
Looking for more ideas using fresh fruit for a healthier snack? What about these:
Best donuts I’ve ever made! Very simple ingredients and perfect results each time! Thank you for sharing this cool idea!
Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky
This is absolutely magnificent, scrumptious, delicious, super yummy watermelon donuts. Beautiful photos, too. I look forward to trying this.
Hi how did you make the cream brown and pink?
A dab of cocoa powder for the brown color and a drop of red food coloring for the pink 🙂
Can’t to make these donuts with girls. Brilliant idea
I can’t wait to make this for my granddaughter.
These are super colorful, and what a unique idea!
We love donuts in our house. I must try these!
Christine (The Raw Project)
These look so fun and cute, great summer treat idea!
What a GREAT idea. 🙂 My kids are going to love these. 🙂
johnna | In Johnna's kitchen
So very clever AND adorable!!
Wow! This is such a wonderful idea, I’m always looking for new ways to get watermelon in my belly before summer ends.
What an easy , tasty, healthy treat! I can’t wait to try it this summer!
Alice G Patterson
These are adorable! So, I tried to make the watermelon cake last summer for a cookout I was going to. I saw the pictures and the procedure looked simple enough. Lets just say, my cake did not look like the one on Pinterest. It was delicious though! I love the idea of watermelon donuts! So much simpler! Maybe these will look good AND taste good when I make them
Haha, I so know what you mean! Cutting that darned thing is harder than it looks, not to mention getting an even cut. Thankfully these are much easier to manage 🙂
This is the cutest, coolest, most creative idea! I cannot wait to make these! I may have to wait all the way until July though..:/ Watermelon in Japan costs about $12 for a mini one. Something to look forward to returning to the states for!
Ooof, $12 is a lot! But maybe fun for a day of splurging 😉
These are so cool. What a clever idea 🙂
And super good too! xo
Your imagination is out of this world lol . Great idea
Thank you so much Tina, so nice!
Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship
These look so much nicer than ‘real’ donuts. And they don’t go brown like the apple variety…. We need to start a watermelon donut revolution!
Right?! Let’s make t-shirts 🙂
This is too cool. I can’t wait to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.
You got it Chemese, thank YOU for the comment!
Chris @ Celebrations At Home
This is insanely clever! Delicious too.
Hey hey Chris, thank you so much!
Natalie @ Feastingonfruit.com
When I saw the pic on IG I was expecting a watermelon-flavored donut, but these are a million times more awesome!!
I tricked you 😉 Love it!
Genius! Pure Genius! Can’t wait to give these a try 🙂
Aw man, thank you for that.
What a cute idea! Tell me, where are you sourcing sprinkles that aren’t made out of vile ingredients though?
I get the kosher sprinkles from Liebers. India Tree also has a good line of sprinkles and then there is always Let’s Go Organic’s Sprinklez.
What a fun and fresh idea! I’m definitely going to give this a try!
I would love to see pictures if you do! They are so fun 🙂
Clever girl that Cara. Great idea for fruit salads too instead of that sugary stuff people generally use. You sooooooooooooooooo smart. xoxo
Just channeling my inner Laurel 🙂
Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Awesome idea!!! Can’t wait to make these for my son – and me. Great idea for summer parties too! Love!!!
Let’s see if your son can pry them away from your fingers 😉
Oh wow!!! This idea is awesome!!
It’s a dessert you don’t feel bad about devouring while you are trying to make it, ha!
Sandra @ Heavenly deviled eggs
What a clever idea! Now you have me wondering what other fruits I can make to mimic fattening desserts. I love the idea of the coconut cream on top.
ALL desserts, Sandra 🙂
Holly N @ Spend With Pennies
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am in love with this recipe!! <3 I've made watermelon cake before, it's awesome.. this literally takes the cake though! Pinned!
Yay, love hearing that Holly! So glad you like them 🙂