Baked Apple and Cinnamon Donuts.

When I was little, my mom used to bring home donuts every Saturday morning. At that time, I didn’t worry about health or nutrition, I just knew my weekend was not complete without a maple cream filled donut. Holy yum. 

 I had ulterior motives for picking out that particular donut. You see, living in a house with 6 other people (three of them brothers), I only had one shot at eating ANYTHING my mom brought home. So I had to be clever. I could either pick out something they didn’t like or hide what they did. The hiding thing never worked though because in MY house, we had to share everything; even Halloween candy was combined in to one gigantic bowl (truly devastating).

Around the age of 11 or 12, I stopped eating the donuts my mom brought home because I began reading health magazines and decided that donuts were unhealthy. I didn’t know much else about nutrition, but I did know donuts weren’t exactly a main portion of the food guide pyramid. I don’t think I touched a donut (more than a donut hole) until I graduated from college, even when I was at my heaviest.

But then I married Brandon. Brandon loves donuts and although his palate has grown and healthy foods are a mainstay, donuts are still the apple of his eye. So every now and then I’ll pick up a couple donuts at the local bakery and we’ll BOTH enjoy them. However, since they aren’t something you should eat every day or even every week, I was on the lookout for a healthier alternative…what about a baked donut?

 Enter: Baked apple and cinnamon donuts. (Brandon also loves all things apple). While they do not completely replace an actual, deep fried, fluffy donut, they LOOK like a donut and taste very similar to a cake donut or a muffin! These baked donuts make an excellent dessert! Get creative with the toppings! I chose a cinnamon and sugar topping, but ideas are limit-less! Get baking!

They taste the best straight from the oven!

BAKED APPLE CINNAMON DONUTS.

courtesy of And Her Little Dog Too.

Makes ~12 donuts

  • 12 oz unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites (I used one whole egg)
  • 1 T oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup NuNaturals Stevia Baking Blend (or 1/4 c. more of brown sugar)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Combine applesauce, egg, oil, and sugar in to a large bowl and mix well. Slowly incorporate the rest of the ingredients, mix well, but be sure not to over mix. Place ~1/4 cup of batter in to each donut mold (see below) and bake at 425 degrees for ~ 10 minutes.

You'll need one of these!

Toppings: homemade glaze, sprinkles, cinnamon/sugar, chocolate, frosting, etc

I spread the tops with a teensy bit of melted butter and dipped in a cinnamon/sugar mixture. Delicious!

Nutritional profile (without toppings): 117 calories, 0.3 g fat (0.1 g sat.), 0 mg cholesterol, 198 mg sodium, 66 mg potassium, 29 g carbohydrate, 2.8 g fiber, 9.3 g sugars

QUESTION: What is your favorite kind of donut (and if you don’t like donuts, make something up!!)

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