If you love donuts but want a healthier “no-guilt” version that doesn’t give up flavor, these apple cinnamon almond flour donuts are worth making! These little donuts are full of juicy apples and lots of cinnamon flavor.
My kids are so excited we are breaking the rules today. Breakfast must be fun, but my biggest rule is that breakfast must have protein and not too much sugar. Nothing is worse than sitting through your first class, and your tummy starts to rumble.
I love that these paleo apple donuts are made with all the healthy stuff….almond flour, cassava flour, egg, almond milk, and no-refined sugars. It makes these fall under the no-guilt; yes, you can have another donut category :-).
As a mom, I love that these include high-protein almond flour to prevent sugar buzzes!
Why This Recipe Is Great:
- These baked almond flour donuts are full of flavor and are so easy to make.
- They tick off all of the checkboxes I have for breakfast rules. Healthy, protein, fruit, and low in sugar.
- You will LOVE this recipe if you are strict about what your family has for breakfast, like I am.
- You can make them in a donut maker or bake them in a donut pan! And aren’t these gluten free donuts worth it?
This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. Note that this recipe contains nuts and eggs.
There are several gluten free almond flour brands. I really love Anthony's because they blanch their almonds first. This means no peels and less grit texture. The price is also great for four pounds!
- Almond Flour – I highly suggest using almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your donuts grainy.
- Cassava Flour – You can also use tapioca starch or arrowroot starch.
- Baking Soda
- Apples – I prefer tart apples, but you can use any variety.
- Coconut Oil – I love the flavor coconut oil brings to these cinnamon apple donuts. You can use another light oil if you prefer.
- Almond Milk – I used almond milk but other dairy-free milk will work. I do not recommend canned coconut milk. Regular milk will also work.
- Eggs – Use size large.
- Honey – Use an inexpensive variety of honey. Do not use corn syrup imitation honey.
- Vanilla Extract – Use pure vanilla extract.
How To Make Almond Flour Donuts:
Step 1: Add the dry ingredients to a large
Step 2: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and add the apple chunks. Mix until just barely mixed. (This will help the donuts bake up fluffier.)
Step 3: The batter should be a little thick, but not too thick. See all of the delicious apple chunks? They are the highlight of this donut recipe!
🔑 Sandi says: Let the batter rest for 15 minutes if you have the time. Almond flour is grainy, but resting the batter can soften it a bit, so you have less gritty donuts.
Step 4: There are two ways you can cook these donuts.
- My favorite way to make donuts is in a BabyCakes Donut Maker. They taste fried, but these are just as healthy as baked donuts. You can also use a donut pan and bake these, they will taste just as good :-).
- Bake them in a donut pan at 350º F. Be sure to grease it before adding the batter.
TIP: If you use a donut pan, spray coconut oil in the pan, and it will help give a little crispness to your donuts.
If you use a donut maker, the donuts are ready in 5-7 minutes. If you are baking your paleo donuts in a donut pan, it will take 22 minutes.
I like to use apples that are on the tart side for baking. My favorites Granny Smith, Pink Lady, and Jonagold. They are more sweet-tart and really taste delicious in this gluten free apple donuts recipe.
I used almond milk, but other dairy-free kinds of milk will work, but I do not recommend canned coconut milk. Regular milk is also fine if you are not dairy-free
I highly suggest using almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your donuts grainy.
Store these donuts in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also freeze them in a freezer-safe zip bag for up to 4 months in the freezer.
More Delicious Donut Recipes To Try:
Paleo Apple Cinnamon Donuts with Honey Nectar
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- Preheat the BabyCakes Donut maker, or your oven to 350º F.
- In a small bowl, whisk all wet ingredients together.
- Take a large bowl, add all dry ingredients. Whisk to blend.
- Pour the web ingredients into the dry ingredients and add apple.
- Mix well.
- Add to sections of the donut maker or pan and cook 4 minutes in the donut maker, or until done in the oven. (*Please note, I am not listing cook time for using the oven. Many people have a mini donut pan, but most use a large donut pan and the cooking times vary between donut size.)
- I highly suggest using almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your donuts grainy.
- You can use cassava flour, tapioca starch, or arrowroot starch.
- I used almond milk but other dairy-free kinds of milk will work but I do not recommend canned coconut milk.
- Let the donut batter sit for 10 minutes before adding to the donut maker. This will help the consistency of the donuts.
- These donuts will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
- Drizzle with honey :-).
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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