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One of my best strategies for getting everyone up and out the door easily in the morning is to have a number of no-prep breakfasts ready and waiting for us in the kitchen. Some of the staples that I always have on hand are cereal and oatmeal, toast, yogurt, fruit, and a freezer full of muffins, pancakes, and waffles. That way, when everyone is hungry and ready to eat, all I have to do is pull out the proper serving (which usually takes less than 1 minute), and breakfast is served!

With the school year starting again soon, it’s going to be more important than ever for me to have plenty of morning options ready to grab and go when we need them. I wanted to come up with a new option, though…something healthy and fun to get the boys started on the right foot. These Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts are the perfect solution to our busiest Back-to-School fall mornings!

Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts

I’ve mentioned on the blog in the past how much I love my donut pan. After all, donuts have always been one of my favorite foods, and now I can bake them at home whenever I want, I can create any flavor combination that my heart desires, and I can even make them nutritious!

Prepared with whole wheat flour, fruit, and just a small amount of sugar and butter, these donuts provide healthy energy for you and your little ones. Best of all, they can be baked in advance and kept in your freezer until you need them. To defrost, just take a donut out of the freezer, put it on a plate, and microwave for 15-20 seconds. In less than a minute, you have a tasty, good-for-you, Grab-and-Go breakfast to fuel your day!

This recipe makes just 6 donuts, because that’s how many molds are in my donut pan. Feel free to double the recipe if you have a larger pan or if you want to make multiple batches!

Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts 2

Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts

4.75 from 4 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings 6



  • Preheat oven to 375 and spray donut pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add applesauce and melted butter and whisk until combined.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in grated apple.
  • The batter will be thick, which is fine!
  • Fill donut molds about 2/3 of the way full with batter. To make this step really easy, I like to put the batter in a large plastic zip-top bag. Snip a small corner off of the bottom of the bag and pipe the batter into the donut molds.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until donuts are lightly browned.
  • Allow donuts to cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar and cinnamon.
Author: The Seasoned Mom

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  1. 5 stars
    These Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts are a delicious reminder that fall is coming. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Hi, Bev! Thanks for visiting. Yes, you do!! 🙂 Although, you could probably make them with a regular muffin tin as well!

  2. We have a mini donut pan which I find to be a pain most of the time but these look delicious enough to try! I LOVE donuts but I just don’t have the time to make my quick 20 minute donut holes in the morning. These look perfect!

    ~Meaghan from DIYfaerie

  3. Adding this to my list of things to make! These donuts look like perfection…apples and cinnamon are a perfect way to greet the fall season 🙂

    Stopping by from SNF linkup.

  4. 5 stars
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  5. 5 stars
    YUM-O! What a great way to make a yummy treat that’s filled with wholesome ingredients. Looks like I may need to pick up a donut pan 🙂

    1. Hey, Kim! Yes, you definitely need to pick up a donut pan! Although, you could actually just make these in muffin tins (and maybe just adjust the baking time slightly)…

  6. These look really, really good. I love the apples and cinnamon together and in donuts that is a plus! 🙂 Love the fact that they are healthy too!

  7. 4 stars
    I just pinned this one … will be making this when we go apple picking (even if its picking at the grocery store!) Thanks for sharing

  8. I love baking donuts in my donut pan, as well. It is a tiny one, but that just means I can eat more donuts, right? Thanks so much for this yummy fall recipe, Blair, Pinning it now!

  9. These look amazing. We just went to the apple orchard today and picked 122 lbs of apples (we make applesauce to last the whole year). I’m thinking of making these in a muffin pan since I don’t own a donut pan.

    One question – how would it affect the donuts if you didn’t add the grated apple? I don’t mind cooking with fruit, but I don’t like chunks of fruit in things.

    1. Hey, Sarah! The grated apple adds moisture to the donuts (without the need for butter/oil), so if you want to leave that out, I would just increase the applesauce to 3/4 cup or add about 2 tablespoons – 1/4 cup of melted butter or canola oil. Let me know if you give that a try and tell me how it works!

      And WOW — that’s a lot of apples!! 🙂