When I was eating a New York Cheesecake donut from Kripsy Kreme (don't be jelly), I started to wonder about the way donuts are made. As it turns out, donuts from these popular donut shops fry their donuts using layers of batter coated over dough. Sadly, the best foods in life tend to be fatty, fried and sweet.

The good news is that your food love life is not all that bad. Although you may not be interested in a battered-smothered donut, you may be into some baked donuts.

Baked Donuts

One homemade baked donut has approximately 160 calories, with 2 grams of fat and 13 grams of sugar.

I know this may not feel reassuring, but I feel like no matter what we do to our favorite sugary, fatty foods, there's still going to be a con somewhere. You just have to pick your battles.

On Health.com, they're saying a baked buttermilk donut contains 140 calories.

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Now, let's cross our fingers and hope that we won't be disappointed by the well-known and highly favored fried, glazed donuts we love so much. 

Original Glazed Donuts

According to Dunkin' Donuts, one glazed donut contains 260 calories with 130 of those calories coming from fat. Overall, a glazed donut has 14 grams of fat and 12 grams of sugar.

Krispy Kreme glazed donuts have 190 calories with 100 coming from fat alone. It has 11 grams of trans fat and 10 grams of sugar.

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I hope this helped you to put some faith in baked donuts. The nutrition facts for the baked donuts are looking pretty promising right about now, even though, Krispy Kreme's nutrition facts aren't too far off from a baked donut.

By just comparing a homemade baked donut to a fried, glazed donut, we've discovered that a baked donut can be healthier. The amount of calories from fat in a Dunkin' Donuts glazed donut alone is practically the amount of total calories in a baked donut.

Something to also keep in mind is that fried donuts are made by being coated in batter and flour, then deep fried and coated in sugar. Whereas baked donuts consist of just the dough, and since they're baked in the oven flour isn't heavily used in making them.

Overall, baked donuts are real and you can make them from the comfort of your home just like you can make your own fried donuts. It may taste different, but it's worth the adventure, right?