Recipe Files: Apple Cinnamon Doughnuts

homemade baked donutsWho doesn’t love a doughnut?! Here’s a great recipe to add to your weekend breakfast repertoire. These apple cinnamon doughnuts have a great flavor and aren’t fried, so you can definitely justify making some of these soon. This recipe makes about a dozen.

To begin, you’ll need

  • 2 med. sized apples, chopped
  • 12 oz. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 and 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • and for the topping:  1 t. cinnamon and 1/4 c. white sugar

Begin by mixing the apples, applesauce, egg, oil, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add in the flours, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and 1 and 1/2 t. of cinnamon. Mix until moistened. Spray a doughnut mold with nonstick spray and pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.  Fill each doughnut ring about 3/4 full and then bake for about 10 minutes.  Note- if you have a doughnut mold that only holds 6 at a time, like me, be sure to re-spray your mold with nonstick spray in between batches or else the doughnuts will stick.

Once the doughnuts are out of the oven, empty them onto a cooling rack. Prepare the topping by mixing the remaining cinnamon and white sugar in a small bowl. Spray each doughnut top with nonstick spray and then dip the top into the topping mixture. Then– enjoy!

*This recipe was adapted from the original at PreventionRD.

*Shared with the Creative Me group at The Southern Institute.

semi-homemade apple steusel muffins

Here’s a great way to spice up a muffin mix that will leave everyone craving more! Sorry, I don’t have a good pic of these, but they look like regular muffins, ha. They taste great and are really moist!

what you’ll need:

  • 1 (12 oz.) package of apple cinnamon muffin mix (plus what may be called for to add to the mix)
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 3 T. brown sugar
  • 4 and 1/2 t. flour
  • 1 T. melted butter

Perpare the muffin mix as directed on the package.  After mixing all ingredients, stir in the apple. Either line a muffin tin with muffin cups or grease well with a non-stick cooking spray. Fill cups about 3/4 full. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the muffins. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cool the muffins for about 5 minutes before removing from pan.

-recipe will make about 16 muffins

*adapted from a Quick Cooking version