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These Baked Cinnamon Apple Doughnuts are a much healthier cousin to traditional doughnuts but are still a favorite with the kids and moms.
Living in the south was quite the adventure for our little family. Perhaps my favorite store there was Publix. I subscribed to one of their magazines and quickly fell in love with their recipes. Lots of delicious looking and sounding meals, healthy alternatives to favorite foods, definitely my kind of store!
This recipe is awesome and was a fast favorite for my little ones. They get excited because they are eating doughnuts and I am excited because they are getting something much healthier.
My husband likes these but dislikes them being called a doughnut. He calls them muffins in a doughnut pan. Oh well, you can’t win every battle but it doesn’t stop him from eating them.
Baked doughnuts tips and tricks
These doughnuts have little apple bites in them. The only difficulty is that those little bites can make it hard to pipe them doughnuts into the pan.
Chop the apple pieces pretty small and then skip a normal piping bag and use a ziploc bag instead. Fill a ziploc bag with the batter and snip off a corner about 3/4 inch wide. If you find the hole is still too small, just cut it a little bit more to allow for a little extra room for those apples to pipe easily.
I made these with the gorgeous Envy apples. They are really great for these doughnuts because the doughnuts themselves are not very sweet so the sweetness from the Envy apples helps a lot.
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Baked Cinnamon Apple Doughnuts
Baked Apple Cinnamon Doughnuts
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp apple pie spice
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 Tbsp butter chilled
- 1/3 cup butter milk
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt I use fat free greek yogurt
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- 1 Envy apple cored and finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp apple cider
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine the flour ground flaxseed meal, sugar, apple pie spice, baking powder, salt and baking soda. With a pastry blender or fork cut in the butter until mixture resembles a fine meal.
- In a small bowl whisk together the buttermilk, yogurt and egg until well combined. Add mixture to dry ingredients and stir until just combined, being careful to not overmix. Gently fold in apple.
- Spoon batter into a ziploc bag and snip off the corner, the hole should be about 3/4 inch. Pipe into a doughnut pan.
- Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown and doughnuts spring back when pressed gently with your finger. Cool doughnuts in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully invert pan to remove doughnuts.
To make apple glaze:
- Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Add additional apple cider if needed to reach a drizzling consistency.
- Drizzle warm doughnuts with some of the apple glaze. Serve warm.
Recipe slightly adapted from Publix “Family Style” magazine, Fall, 2011, p. 20
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