What’s better than hot, fresh cider donuts dipped in cinnamon sugar ? Nothing, that’s what. But since they are deep fried and loaded with sugar, you can’t really indulge too often. So here is a healthier version! But a secret… there’s no cider in it. I know, don’t be upset. Cider is concentrated apples, meaning there’s no avoiding the calories & sugar. This recipe replaces the cider with unsweetened applesauce and I promise you still taste the subtle apple flavor! Recipe makes 3 large donuts. Double each ingredient to make yourself more!
1/2 cup flour (I use white flour but can sub other types)
1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein powder (I use Quest because it’s a whey/casein blend which is best for baking)
1/8 cup truvia (can use other low cal sweetener if preferred)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves (optional)
Dash of salt
1/4 cup (70g) unsweetened applesauce
1 tbsp (14g) light butter
Extra cinnamon & sugar for topping
⓵ Preheat oven to 375. In one bowl, mix up all the dry ingredients, and in a separate bowl whisk together your egg, applesauce and light butter. Combine everything together and mix well.
⓶ Spray a donut pan with nonstick butter spray and fill your molds halfway (they will rise, I promise). You’re going to want a donut pan because the batter is going to be very sticky and difficult to form. If you don’t have a pan, these can also be muffins!
⓷ Add to oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. While those are in the oven, mix some cinnamon & sugar together in a bowl for the topping. When your donuts come out and are still hot, give them a light spray with your butter spray and roll them around in your cinnamon sugar mixture (you don’t need to spray them, but it will stick way better with it)
⓸ Enjoy! These are best hot in my opinion, but you can allow them to cool if preferred.