Baked Apple Donuts

I am making this apple week at la Casa Creighton- actually, the massive amount of apples my husband brought home has made this apple week at la Casa Creighton. Who can say no to free apples? Especially when so many of my favorite foods involve them….applesauce, apple butter, apple crisp, apple muffins….the options are endless. So when JD came home with almost 100 free apples I was one happy wife.

Although I have my usual apple recipes I always make I wanted to try something new first. And when I saw the recipe for baked apple donuts on Cooking with my kid I knew I had found what my tummy desired. One of my favorite pre-Celiac treats were apple fritters- little bites of doughy, fried apple deliciousness. And I am still tempted by them on a fairly regular basis as my co-workers and I make a Tim Horton’s run at least twice a day.  So when the description of this recipe likened them to a healthier apple fritter I was sold. And boy, did they deliver. They were every bit as delicious as I remember an apple fritter being and a much healthier option. A perfect pairing for my morning cup of java. I may or may not have been excited to wake up every morning just knowing this was going to be my breakfast.

Baked Apple Donuts (Gluten Free! makes 6 donuts)

  • 1 cup gluten free all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp  lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 apple (peeled & chopped)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Preheat oven to 400. In a small dish, mix together the chopped apple, sugar and cinnamon. Spritz a donut pan with some olive oil and arrange the apple mixture in the bottom. In a large bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients and pour this mixture on top of the apple mixture. Try to clean off the center of the donuts so you actually have a hole in the middle of the donuts (I failed here!) Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown and let cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring upside down onto a wire cooling rack.

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