baked apple donuts on white plate

Baked Apple Donuts

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 14
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Made with minimal added sweeteners and fresh apple flavor, these baked donuts are a nutritious breakfast or snack to share.



  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and grease a standard donut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Add the egg, milk, butter, applesauce, vanilla, and maple syrup to a medium bowl. Stir well to combine. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and spoon into prepared donut pan, filling each full.
  3. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly. Let cool in pan for about 2 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Serve warm with a mixture of cinnamon and granulated sugar or drizzle peanut or Sunbutter over top.
  4. These are best eaten on the day they are made, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat briefly before serving after the first day if desired.


If you don’t have a donut pan, you can bake these in a mini muffin tin, filling to the edge, and baking at the same temperature and timing. 

To make these gluten-free, use rolled oats, ground finely in the food processor or blenderAdd 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed. You can also try this recipe with a cup for cup gluten free flour.

These baked donuts are really yummy served warm out of the oven.

We love them a “frosting” of nut butter mixed with honey or a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar.

Use smooth applesauce for a consistency close to cake donuts. (Chunky applesauce will have chunks of apples which the kids may or may not mind!)

Use oat flour to make these donuts gluten-free.

You can make these dairy-free by using a neutral oil like canola and nondairy plain unsweetened milk.

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