Jump Directly to Recipe
Share this post:
Ready in 20 minutes
Jump Directly to Recipe
Am I going to get voted off the foodie island if I tell you that I don’t really like donuts? I don’t think they are gross or anything, but there are about 4,000 different foods I’d rather eat before donuts.
I know this isn’t a popular opinion. You folks love your donuts! My husband is totally donut obsessed, too. You should see his eyes light up whenever we drive past our local bakery.
I think what turns me off about donuts is that they are so flippin’ sweet. I love sweet treats, I really do, but donuts are just too much for me. Which is crazy considering how much I love rich, decadent foods (um, hello bourbon blondies).
You’d think with my aversion to donuts, I wouldn’t own a donut pan—but I do! Why? Because I love making my own donuts at home! I can control the sweetness and make them absolutely perfect for me. Homemade donuts are donuts I can get behind!
I tend to make my homemade donuts more like a cake donut (although, I like to keep them moist—almost like a brownie), and not as sweet as the stuff you’d get from your local bakery. They are still sweet and delicious, but not quite the same as having dessert for breakfast.
The key to keeping these donuts all tender and moist comes from two apple-based ingredients—unsweetened applesauce and Musselman’s Apple Butter. They both add flavor, sweetness and a ton of moisture. These apple butter donuts are so tender that they almost fall apart when you pick them up (almost, but not actually). I’m only a little ashamed to admit that these donuts didn’t even last a single day in our household—they are so addictive!
The donuts are good on their own, but because they are just lightly sweet, I like to dip them in a maple-flavored glaze that adds a good bit of sweetness to the finished donut. There are two ways to go about glazing them, you can either dip them when they are warm and let the glaze soak into the donut—think a poke cake or tres leche cake. Or you can let the donuts cool completely and then dip them for a beautiful, solid glaze on top. Both are delicious! Enjoy.
These Baked Whole Wheat Apple Butter Donuts are a sweet treat that is healthier than your run-of-the-mill glazed donut.
Don’t have a donut pan? No problem! Pour the batter into a floured Bundt pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely, invert over a plate and remove from the pan. Then drizzle with the maple glaze.
Made with American-grown apples, Musselman’s Apple Butter is more than just a spread! Apple butter is a versatile ingredient that can enhance your favorite sweet and savory recipes.
Thanks to Musselman’s Apple Butter for making this post possible. All content and opinions are my own.
Learn about my sponsored post policy in the bylaws. Want to be a sponsor? Let’s work together!
Subscribers get first access to new content, exclusive recipes, giveaways, tons of freebies, behind-the-scenes updates, and a totally free eBook just for signing up!
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
i love donuts in general, but not the cakey ones. last fall i made apple butter in a slowcooker, it was indeed pretty delicious. i love the pretty glaze on these donuts.
Haha I think Tim Hortons (essentially synonymous with doughnuts) has a special place in the heart of any Canadian :) But I’ve got to say, yours look significantly better than any Tim’s donut!
There aren’t many donuts I can get behind, but the chocolate glazed cake TimBits are my JAM. SO GOOD.
Haha yup, Tim Hortons apple fritters are my favourite donut of all time! Their gingerbread ones are a close runner up.
My dad loves apple fritters. I might have to make him these ones, I’m sure he’d love them.
Just found your site; lovin’ it! Perhaps I’ve totally missed it; you mention applesauce early on, but I don’t see it in the recipe itself. That’s the only ingredient I don’t have on hand, and was thinking of making these tonight for Hubby. :) Thanks in advance.
At Wholefully, we believe
vibrant, glowing health
is your birthright.
The free Living Wholefully Starter Guide is packed full of tips, tricks, recipes, and a 14-day meal plan to get you started on the road to vibrant health.
Welcome to Wholefully! Our goal is to empower you to take control of your own health. Let us show you the holistic wellness tools you need to nourish your body and uplift your mind.
In this totally free (yup!) digital book, I share with you everything you need to get started living the Wholefully life—clean eating, green beauty, natural home, self-care, mental health—we cover it all!
Many outgoing links on Wholefully are affiliate links. If you purchase a product after clicking an affiliate link, I receive a small percentage of the sale for referring you, at no extra cost to you. Wholefully/Back to Her Roots, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
Any specific health claim or nutritional claims or information provided on the website are for informational purposes only. Nothing on the website is offered is intended to be a substitute for professional medical, health, or nutritional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See full disclosures »
We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our website.
You can find out more about which cookies we are using or switch them off in settings.
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.