Applesauce Donuts

Applesauce Donuts
In partnership with Alexis Kristiana (@alexiskristiana).

These healthy donuts replace sugar with lightly sweetened, homemade applesauce. They're the perfect treat for the whole family!

Best For: Breakfast, Dessert, Snacking
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 35-40 minutes
Yield: ~6 donuts




    • 1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and chopped into bite-sized pieces (we recommend Cortland, Macoun, Red Delicious, and McIntosh)
    • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1-1½ Tbsp water
    • ½ tsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
    • Optional: ½ tsp maple syrup


    • ½ cup homemade applesauce
    • 1 Tbsp flax meal
    • 2½ Tbsp warm water
    • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 cup unbleached flour
    • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
    • ½ cup plant-based milk of choice



      1. Add applesauce ingredients to a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until mixture simmers.
      2. Reduce heat to low and cook until the apples are tender and caramelized, about 15-20 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
      3. Blend sauce in a food processor or mash for a chunkier texture. Let cool at room temperature or in the fridge.


      1. Preheat oven to 400º F. Coat a donut tray with non-stick spray.
      2. Whisk together flax meal and warm water to make flax egg. Set aside until a gel-like consistency forms.
      3. Combine donut ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until incorporated. The batter will be slightly lumpy.
      4. Using a piping bag or spoon, fill each donut mold about ¾ of the way full. 
      5. Bake for 14-16 minutes. Toss in cinnamon sugar if desired before serving warm.

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