Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Doughnuts

Today is one of my favorite holidays.  Unlike the millions of sugared up kids across the country, it's not about the candy- I love any excuse for a fun costume!  My kiddos are old enough now to really enjoy their costumes and I don't need them to know about the yucky candy side of this holiday.  Needless to say, we won't be partaking in the massive sugar rush this year.  We'll take the kids out for a walk up and down the street and then trade any treats in for a special non-food treat from the candy fairy.  Then we're going to let the littles hand out our treats to the neighbors.  Incase your wondering, I compromised on some Annie's Halloween Bunny Grahams.

So we won't be having candy today, but that doesn't mean we won't be enjoying a little treat.  While we were on vacation, we celebrated my husband's birthday.  If there's one thing you should know about my husband, it’s that he loves doughnuts. Ok, maybe that doesn't exactly define who he is, but he really, really loves doughnuts.

So guess what he got for his birthday? Yup, a doughnut pan.  Since then, I've been busy baking all types of doughnuts- chocolate, pumpkin, more chocolate… and now these.  I’m obsessed with fall flavors right now (Andy’s obsessed with chocolate) and I decided to take a small step away from the pumpkin.  But only for a minute! 

I realized that the poor apple is in season too- and being vastly overshadowed by its larger, very orange friend, Mr. Pumpkin.  So today, I’m giving the little guy some love.  These doughnuts are rich and yummy, and of course, gluten and dairy free.  They’re not the fluffy flaky kind of fried doughnut, but more like a traditional cake doughnut (which happen to be Andy’s favorite).

Since these aren't fried, you can feel good about starting your day with these treats! The almond flour and eggs pack each one of these doughnuts full of protein which will keep you full throughout the morning.  These are great with or without the glaze, but since my husband says it isn't a doughnut without frosting, I topped these with my glaze from my pumpkin scones.  It's quick, easy and makes you want to lick your fingers!

Cinnamon Apple Doughnuts with Maple Cinnamon glaze

Makes 12 doughnuts

2 1/4 cups almond flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cloves
3 eggs
1 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 apple, finely diced
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Maple Cinnamon Glaze
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/8 cup maple syrup
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease doughnut pan with coconut oil.

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cloves.

Mix well to remove lumps.

In a small bowl, combine eggs, apple sauce and honey.

Whisk together until mixture is smooth.

Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix to combine.

Gently fold  in apples and pecans.

Your mixture will be fairly thick.

Spoon mixture into pan.  

Bake for 20 minutes.

Carefully remove from pan and allow to cool on wire rack.

To make glaze, combine ingredients and beat on high with an electric mixer.

When fully cool, top with glaze.

And enjoy yet another taste of Fall!

Dakota was pretty excited about her doughnut.  We had these for our "second breakfast."

Aidric was excited too but couldn't finish a whole doughnut.

I guess we need a mini doughnut pan next!

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  1. I totally LOVE my donut pan and all recipes I find that use it, I'm totally into. Yay

    I saw this on Allergy Free Weds - if you're interested, I also shared my recipes on there: my banana bread muffins and mocha banana protein soft serve. Have a great evening :)

  2. doughnut pans are awesome, right? I am so excited to have mine! I just stopped by your blog- very cute!

  3. I've never tried almond flour as a GF alternative; that sounds like a really good idea! Where would be a good place to find almond flour?

    These doughnuts sound great! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Be sure to stop by on Sunday to vote for your favorite recipes!

  4. I LOVE almond flour- it's my favorite GF flour because it is so easy to use. The best thing to do is order it online since it can be expensive in the stores. I get mine from Honeyville but their are lots of places that sell it

  5. apple pecan doughnuts??? i think i'm in love!

    ...while pumpkin is good, as you say...we need more apple in our lives :) cakey apple is a good start for sure. :)

    thank you for sharing with the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! I looks forward to seeing you again this week with more wonderful seasonal & fresh/real food posts. xo, kristy.

  6. These look amazing! And I definitely need to invest in one of those donut pans. I found you over on Simple Lives Thursday and am your newest follower!

    Come say hi!

    1. Hey Eliza, thanks for following! I really do love the doughnut pan! I can't wait to check out your blog :)

  7. I like dough nuts a lot. But this is a new one. I haven’t tasted this. So this weekend I must try this with my sister. Good opportunity to show our cooking talents to our parents. Thanks for the detail recipe. For a girl like me this is really helpful.

  8. These look so yummy, I just pinned this so I can make them once I get some almond flour! I love to bake and have been trying to find some recipes that are GF to try out, we're not a GF household but I'm curious about baking with flours other than wheat.

    1. almond flour is a great GF flour to start with since it doesn't require any binders and is pretty forgiving! Also, order your almond flour online if you can- it'll be much cheaper!

  9. Right now I am so jealous your kids are eating those donughts and not me!!! Thanks for linking up with us at gf fridays:) So happy to have you!

  10. YUMMY YUMMY! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) We had 101 awesome recipes! What a great resource we are creating!! Cindy from

    The winner of the Domata prize pack will be announced Thursday at the party!

  11. I just stumbled across this recipe and it looks fantastic! I just have one problem with it - I cannot use nut flours :( I use a blend as my main flour (composed of brown rice, sorghum, chickpea, and oat).

    Do you think the recipe would still work if I used my flour blend instead? And I guess add in some guar gum?


    1. Hi Tiffany, I'm not sure how another flour will work as I've not tried it but it's worth a shot. The blend you're using sounds good and I would probably add a binder the first time just to make sure they don't fall apart. If you make them, let me know how they come out!