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Cinnamon Apple Donuts {Whole Wheat Donuts}

These Cinnamon Apple Donuts are the best homemade donuts you’ll ever eat! Soft and pillowy and sprinkled with crunchy cinnamon sugar, you will love these perfect bites of baked apple donuts. They are so good you’ll never realize these are actually whole wheat donuts! 

3 cinnamon apple donuts stacked up with apples and a bottle of milk

If you’ve never had a fresh apple cider donut from an apple orchard, you’re missing out. Thankfully, you can make your own baked apple donuts at home!

These baked cake donuts will put a smile on your face. They’ll make you feel like fall, and pair well with homemade apple cider or a mug of coffee. From what I understand, they taste best in cozy pants and a fleece.

I’m not sure. I’m not a doctor.

Wait, so these donuts aren’t fried?

Nope, they’re baked apple cider donuts. The texture is more like a cake donut, or an amazing muffin. Since they aren’t fried, they’re easier to make, a lot less messy, and a slightly healthier form of donuts.

This dough is not suitable for frying as the consistency is not firm enough to roll and cut. I used a donut pan to get that classic donut shape.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Apple Donuts

This is one of those recipes that seems like it has a lot of components, but each one is very likely already in your kitchen.

  • The dry stuff: whole wheat white pastry flour, bread flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg
  • The sweet stuff: brown sugar, regular sugar (or coconut sugar), maple syrup, applesauce or apple butter, apple cider
  • The other stuff: egg, butter, greek yogurt, pure vanilla extract, coconut oil

To make these baked apple donuts even more special, I used homemade vanilla extract and homemade brown sugar. For a fun flavor for the topping, use Vanilla Sugar instead of plain sugar.

The base recipe calls for applesauce (related: Canning Applesauce), but if you want to take it level WHOA, use apple butter (related: Canning Apple Butter).

Use plain Greek yogurt or mix it up a bit and use vanilla greek yogurt. Related: Easy Instant Pot Yogurt

If you want your cinnamon donuts to have some apple texture, follow the directions from my Healthy Cinnamon Apples post. Incorporate into the batter in step 4 in the recipe card below.

A note for my overseas friends – apple cider is NOT the same as apple cider vinegar or alcohol apple-based cider (called “hard cider” in the US). Apple cider is a thick version of apple juice that is made from fresh apples and it tastes like heaven.

If you’re not in love with the idea of having to boil the apple cider down, they do make apple cider concentrate that you can purchase.

3 photos showing how to make baked donuts

How Long to Baked Donuts Last?

These sat in an air-tight container on our counter for three days. They’re definitely better the first day, but my ten year old continued to rave about them each time he had one.

Me? I was on a self-imposed sugar fast so after my “testing them for the blog” bites, I had to stop. Whaaaaaa!!

unbaked donuts in a pan and cinnamon donuts on a baking rack

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes for Cinnamon Apple Donuts

  • If you like a super neat baking experience, pipe your cinnamon apple donut batter into the donut pan. They all look the same once they’re baked though. 🙂
  • Want to freeze these donuts for later? Great idea! Freeze them baked but BEFORE you brush butter on them and dip them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Thaw, then follow step 8 in the printable recipe card below.
  • No donut pan? No problem. Use a regular muffin tin to make cinnamon apple donut muffins or a mini muffin tin to make apple cider donut “holes”.
  • You can sub in all-purpose flour for the whole wheat.
  • To reduce single-use products, I used this silicone bag for coating the donuts in cinnamon and sugar.

cinnamon apple donuts on a wooden board with apples and milk

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3 cinnamon apple donuts stacked up with apples and a bottle of milk
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5 from 11 votes
Cinnamon Apple Donuts {Whole Wheat Donuts}
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
38 mins
 

Cinnamon Apple Donuts are the best homemade donuts you'll ever eat! Soft and sprinkled with crunchy cinnamon sugar, you'll love these baked apple donuts.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider donuts, homemade donuts, whole wheat donuts
Servings: 12
Calories: 402 kcal
Ingredients
Donuts
Topping
Instructions
  1. In a small pan over medium-high heat, bring the apple cider to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and cook until the cider is reduced to 1/3 cup (about 15 minutes). Allow cider to cool to room temperature.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray the donut pan with cooking spray.

  3. In a bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together brown sugar, applesauce, maple syrup, apple cider, yogurt, egg, and coconut oil.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix until just combined. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes.

  6. Divide the batter into the donut pan, filling the cavities only halfway. Bake for 13 minutes.
  7. While the donuts are in the oven, mix 1/3 cup sugar and the 2 tsp cinnamon in a ziploc bag. Shake a few times to combine.
  8. When the donuts come out of the oven, brush both sides with melted butter. Put 2 donuts at a time in the ziploc, seal, and shake.

Recipe Notes

Store donuts in an air-tight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.l

 

You can sub in all-purpose flour for the whole wheat.

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Apple Donuts {Whole Wheat Donuts}
Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
Calories 402 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 477mg21%
Potassium 293mg8%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 121mg12%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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23 comments on “Cinnamon Apple Donuts {Whole Wheat Donuts}”

  1. yummy!

  2. you had me at donut 🙂

  3. Can I use apple cider instead of juice?

  4. Oh I wish I had a donut pan so I can make these right now

  5. what is ” vital wheat gluten” and how important is it? I have everything except that, including two sizes of donut baking pans.

  6. Where do you find the time to prepare all these home made items? I mean homemade brown sugar, applesauce, apple juice, yogurt and vanilla??? Whats your secret?

    • Well a lot of those things are pretty hands off, so once you get it started, you’re done. The vanilla and brown sugar are like that – you only spend about 5 minutes “doing” it and then it’s done and you can move on to something else!

  7. Where do you find the time to prepare all these home made items? I mean homemade brown sugar, applesauce, apple juice, yogurt and vanilla??? Whats your secret?

  8. Super yummy sounding recipe and I added the doughnut pan to my wish list awhile ago and they seem to have been really popular but I still don’t have one!!! Maybe Santa will bring one this year 🙂 I made easy doughnuts and used cinnamon powdered sugar. I highly recommend trying that because I love the powdered sugar goodness!!!

  9. I have found your website so wonderful and have tried a few of your recipes. I was wondering how to get ahold of you to ask a few questions. The email link that is set up on your website won’t let me send an email or show the address. I would be very happy to know your email address to send you an email 🙂 Thank you very much, Cortney

  10. I am going to try these tonight! I am from Northern California, and in the fall I spend most weekends at Apple Hill eating these bad boys. Now I live in the middle of nowhere in West Texas. Land of no water, no trees, and shit loads of pump jacks. I miss my September – November dates with warm apple cider, doughnuts, and apple pie. Sarah, you just made my month! Thank you!!! Oh and I love your blog!!!

    • Oh that sounds miserable! I know when we lived in LA, I craved green and seasons. I feel your pain.

      Please let me know how the donuts worked out for you!

  11. Erica, I’ve been thinking about a chocolate glazed, but am still hunting for the perfect recipe.

    Practical, maybe I need a post on how to clean drool off of laptops? ;-D

    I haven’t read that blog, but will check it out this weekend; thanks for the suggestion!

  12. Confession: I tried to eat a donut from my laptop screen. Now, my screen is all gooey with slobber.

    You two are so money smart. Do you ever read the blog–Don’t Read this; It’s Boring? If you don’t,it’s in my blogroll. She is older than you, but she keeps things to the penny and prepares for everything.

  13. Want! (Especially chocolate glazed….)

  14. This “Anne” you speak of sounds seriously awesome. Also, she wants a donut!

  15. I found one of these pans (brand new, still wrapped) at a consignment store for a dollar. Sadly, I’ve never used it. I need to change that. 🙂

  16. Laura and All About Us – let me know how it turns out if you make the recipe!

    Anne – she is awesome. And hot. And all the boys love her.

  17. Hooray! I received donut pans for Christmas and have been searching for a baked donut recipe to christen them. These are going on my to-do list for today!