Coconut Lime Doughnuts

These Coconut Lime Doughnuts are the perfect reminder that warm weather is soon on its way if it hasn’t made its way to you already!

Coconut Lime Doughnuts - perfect way to start your day and to remind yourself that warm weather is on the way!!

It’s finally here! Budding trees lining every street. Daffodils popping up from the ground. Rays of sunshine beating down on the back of your neck.

Okay okay, so maybe not quite. Yes, yesterday officially marked the first day of spring on the calendar, and although our weather here in Utah has been beautiful and mild, I know there are still some cold days ahead. Or maybe you even still saw snow in your neck of the woods yesterday!

Regardless of the weather situation in your area, I decided to make you a treat that would make you think of warm weather no matter what.

One of my favorite flavor combinations is coconut and lime. Actually now that I think about it, coconut and anything is my favorite. Coconut + Coffee. Coconut + Chocolate. Coconut + Any liquor of any kind. You just can’t go wrong.

Anyway, back to the coconut and lime combo. It all just takes me back to childhood roadtrips. The ones where we’d listen to my parents’ “Golden Oldies” cd’s. I vividly remember the laughter we shared while all singing “You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up.” There was just something about that song that stuck with me as a part of my childhood memories.

So the song, along with the flavors mentioned in the song, and paired with the memory of a warm spring or summer roadtrip. It’s a given that I’ve just got to share a Coconut Lime recipe with you as we turn the corner into warmer weather.

I’ve only made a handful of donuts before, and they never turn out quite perfect. Either the icing/glaze is off or the consistency of the donut is weird. I’ve never been completely satisfied.
Coconut Lime Doughtnuts - the perfect reminder that warm weather is soon on its way!

Until now.

Everything about these donuts is perfect. The light and springy cake consistency. The sweet icing. And of course the garnish of shredded coconut and lime zest.

Oh, and for the record – it’s a beautiful 65+ degrees here in Salt Lake City today, and I am loving it!
Coconut Lime Doughtnuts - the perfect reminder that warm weather is soon on its way!

Coconut Lime Doughnuts
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon butter , melted
For Icing
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
For Garnish
  • zest of 1 lime
  • shredded coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a doughnut pan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine sugar and lime zest, pressing with the back of a spoon to release the oils from the zest so the flavor incorporates throughout the sugar.
  3. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar & lime mixture, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine in milk, lime juice, eggs, vanilla and melted butter. Beat together until well blended.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, and stir until completely combined.
  6. Use a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip (or a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off) to pipe the batter into a 6-doughnut pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until doughnuts spring back when touched. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan.
  7. To prepare icing, combine all icing ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until well incorporated.
  8. Once doughnuts have cooled, dip them into icing or spoon icing over the doughnuts. Top with lime zest and shredded coconut.


Coconut Lime Doughtnuts - the perfect reminder that warm weather is soon on its way!

So I want to know what some of your favorite childhood warm-weather memories are!


    • Holly Waterfall says

      Thank you Janelle! Isn’t coconut & lime just amazing? You have got to go buy a donut pan for these!!

  1. says

    Hopping over from Strut your Stuff link party… I just got my Wilton donut pans a couple of months ago and I’m obsessed. Can’t believe I didn’t have them before now. I love the combo of lime and coconut, so I’m going to try these. Pinned!

    • Holly Waterfall says

      You are going to love them! Being able to bake donuts instead of frying them is such an great alternative, and they taste delicious too!

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