Thursday, October 27, 2011

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

This has been one of my favorite baked donut recipes so far, and wouldn't you know it - the battery was dead on my camera.  So, all I have are cell phone pics which are not going to convey the yumminess that are these donuts!  And they are mini you can eat a bunch without feeling guilty!!  (Great logic don't you think?)
Guess where I first saw them?  Did you guess Pinterest?  If so, you get a gold star for today.  I have over a thousand pins, a majority of them food - it's getting ridiculous.  Yet, I can't stop.  Anyway, before you organize an intervention, let's get to the recipe!

Baked Mini Apple Cider Doughnuts 
slightly adapted from Healthy Food for Living

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp apple pie spice **I used pumpkin pie spice b/c that's what I had on hand
"flax egg" (1 T. milled flax seed mixed w/3 T. warm water - let sit for 10 mins) *or one egg
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple butter (can also use applesauce)
2 T. maple syrup
3 T. apple cider (I used Gerber Apple Juice :D. It's what I had!)
3 T. nonfat plain yogurt
1 1/2 T. olive oil

*Preheat oven to 350 F.
*Lightly coat donut pan with cooking spray.
*In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, spice; set aside.
*In large bowl, whisk together flax egg, brown sugar, apple butter, maple syrup, apple juice, yogurt and oil.
*Add dry ingredients to wet, stir just until moistened.  Fill pan 1/2-3/4 full.
*Bake until the tops spring back when touched lightly, abt 5-7 mins.  Remove donuts from pan and let cool on wire rack. *This is also a good time to dip them in a little cinnamon sugar if desired! It sticks nicely to warm donuts, so no butter is needed (unless you want it).

I've read that some people have a hard time getting the batter into the mini donut pan and try to pipe it in, etc. My advice - just dump it in there.  Dump some batter in your sprayed pan, uncover the piece in the middle that will make the donut hole, and stick it in the oven.
You're gonna flip them over anyway, and the other side will be a perfect donut!  (Just don't overfill the pan so that it rises above the middle piece and therefore covering up your hole.) Yeah, I just typed 'covering up your hole.'  That just seems....weird.

If you don't have a cute little donut pan, I'm sure these could be made as very delicious mini-muffins as well.  And you should totally add it to your Christmas list.  Along with this.

By the way - not only did I think these were delicious, the kids LOVED them.  The first batch was gone before the second ever came out of the oven!  Definitely a keeper!

I'm linking this up with It's a Keeper, Feeding Four, Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Life as Mom, A Little Nosh, Eat at Home


  1. Super excited to try these. My girls love anything shaped like a donut. I wish I could make broccoli look like a donut :}

  2. This looks wonderful! I'd like to invite you to link up at Tastetastic Thursday!

  3. finally got a mini baked doughnut pan...and I love cider doughnuts...I am def going to give these a go...I even have all the ingredients! Yay!

  4. These look yummy! I'm on a mini baked donut kick right now, and I definitely justify that I can eat more since they're miniature :)

  5. I'm going to try these in a muffin pan, thanks. I made promises to make doughnuts this fall before I considered the fact that I don't have a doughnut pan.

  6. you are so impressive- these look fantastic!

  7. Sound fabulous! I'm putting a donut pan on my Christmas list.

  8. I think the cell phone did better than you think! Those look marvelous. I"m asking santa for a donut pan for Christmas. Hopefully I've been good this year. :P

  9. I just love this recipe and would really enjoy that wonderful pan that you have. I need to put that on my list. Even without the pan I will sure try these treats, very soon! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  11. I use the same logic with mini food - I figure I can eat a bunch of them and it doesn't matter because they're small. That might be why it's hard to zip my pants up some mornings ;-)



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