Ohana Donuts: A taste of Aloha in the City

Being healthy is all about balance. I mean, I love my green smoothies as much as the next healthy-ish gal, but I’m also a foodie who’s gotta try new spots!

After yoga tonight, a friend and I decided spontaneously to check out Ohana Donuterie. I saw their food truck this past summer in Old Strathcona, but not really being a ‘donut person’, I passed it by. Until tonight! I’m not sure if it was the intensely hot yoga class, or the bright neon sign in the distance that read ‘OHANA’, the Hawaiian themed shop stood out in my memory, and we decided to check it out.

Just a few blocks south of Whyte Ave on Gateway Avenue, Ohana is easy to find and has free parking out front. After a chilly weekend in Edmonton, it was refreshing walking into the shop’s breezy, island-inspired concept. Their staff was very friendly, and offered to walk us through the menu. You can choose from one of 3 toppings (cinnamon & sugar, chocolate or vanilla dip) and from one of 5 fillings (coconut, vanilla or chocolate cream, or chocolate or vanilla custard) priced at $2.75 a donut. They were also offering feature flavours that change every couple weeks.

We decided to mix up the citrus feature flavour, swapping out the vanilla cream for coconut. It wasn’t long before our name was called, and we made our first impressions: delicious smell, perfect size for sharing, and served warm! The dough was light and fluffy, with just the right amount of coconut whipped cream filling. We both agreed the citrus glaze and coconut cream combination took us right back to being on the island. The look and texture also reminded me of a European-style donut called ‘paczki’, and turns out the idea for Ohana came after the owners tasted Portuguese-style donuts in Hawaii.

We love the friendly staff, aloha vibes and made-to-order fresh donuts. We’re also so excited when we meet owners who are so passionate about their business, and engage with customers. We learned that they are in the midst of installing indoor bike racks, and couldn’t be more thrilled!

If you’re in Edmonton, it’s definitely worth a visit! Even more so if you’re craving a little aloha in the city this winter! My fave donut pick in yeg so far!

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