Baked Apple Butter Donuts (100% whole grain, dairy-free)

These moist and delicious baked apple butter donuts are made healthier with whole grains and are also dairy-free! Can also be made as muffins.

Baked Apple Butter Donuts – 100% whole grain and dairy-free, but these taste just as amazing as a regular baked donut! |

So, I made these apple butter donuts on Saturday and after eating 4 of them as soon as the picture-taking was done, I haven’t had sugar since. Not even fruit! I’ve been fine so far – just incredibly hungry and sad that I can’t have sweets until Saturday. But come Saturday morning, I’m going right to the freezer and pulling out the remaining donuts! These are so incredibly good.

This would be a great recipe for people trying to get their kids to like whole grains or who are just starting whole grain baking themselves. All you taste is fall-y goodness. No “yucky” whole grain taste here!

And don’t worry if you don’t have a donut pan – you can use a mini muffin pan or a regular muffin pan. Just bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. I’m guessing about 12 – 16 minutes for regular sized muffins.

These 100% whole grain baked apple butter donuts taste incredibly delicious and are also dairy-free! |

The ingredient list is a little long, but honestly, these donuts are worth it! If you have apple pie spice, feel free to sub that in for the four spices. That cuts down on the list. A little. :) And there’s only 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil for 6 donuts, making these pretty low fat!

This recipe only makes 6 donuts but doubles easily. Since I only had a few hours to eat up these truly glorious apple butter donuts, I just didn’t need 12.

Baked Apple Butter Donuts – 100% whole grain and dairy-free, these taste incredible! |

A few people asked in my last post about apple butter what apple butter was exactly. It’s like apple sauce, but spiced and cooked longer, so that it’s thicker. You can eat it on bread or bake with it.

You probably don’t need that lovely little glaze but it makes these donuts so much more fun and donut-y! I rarely use butter but it was SO good here. And one tablespoon for 6 donuts, that’s not so bad, is it? ;)

If you haven’t had any fall-like weather yet, at least you can pretend. Make these apple butter donuts. If you need a gluten-free version, try these Gluten Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts! And for another fruity donut, try these Banana Donuts!

Baked Apple Butter Donuts (100% whole grain, dairy-free)

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  • Yield: 6 donuts



  • 1 cup whole wheat or whole spelt flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon1
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup apple butter
  • 3 tablespoons unrefined sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider or apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk, milk or almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil or melted coconut oil (refined for no coconut taste)
  • Glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil for dairy-free (refined for no coconut taste)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2-4 teaspoons apple juice


    For the donuts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Spray a 6 mold donut pan very well with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour through ginger).
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the remaining donut ingredients.
  4. Add the dry mix to the wet mix and stir just until combined. Do not over mix!
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 9 – 12 minutes or until the donuts are firm to the touch.
  6. Immediately remove the donuts from the pan and onto a wire rack to cool.
  7. While the donuts are cooling, prepare the glaze.
  8. For the glaze:

  9. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and gradually whisk in the powdered sugar.
  10. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg and stir.
  11. Add enough apple juice so that the glaze is the desired consistency.
  12. Dip the mostly cooled donuts in the glaze or drizzle the glaze over the donuts.
  13. Store the donuts in an airtight container for up to 2 days and refrigerate after that.


  1. Instead of using cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger, you can use 2 1/4 teaspoons of apple pie spice.

Adapted from Apple Cider Doughnuts

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20 comments on “Baked Apple Butter Donuts (100% whole grain, dairy-free)” — Add one!

  • Karen says
    August 21, 2018 @ 8:21 pm

    Can these be made gluten free? Any suggestions on a way to do so?

    • Erin replies to Karen
      August 21, 2018 @ 9:49 pm

      A 1:1 GF baking mix that’s used as a sub for all-purpose flour might work but I haven’t tried it. Sorry I can’t give you a better answer!

  • ashley - baker by nature says
    September 23, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    Erin!!! Oh my gosh, girl… these doughnuts own my <3!

  • Marly says
    September 22, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    I like your all or nothing approach to sugar. Go crazy one day, and “cleanse” the next. I have a tendency to do the all out and forget the cleanse part. Tomorrow always seems like my favorite day for a cleanse…especially if I had these amazing donuts around. Yum!!

    • Erin replies to Marly
      September 25, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

      Nah, I just normally cut down on sugar. I only went sugar-free for a week because the doctor made me. ;)

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says
    September 22, 2013 @ 2:08 am

    I just used by donut pan for the first time. Second time will be to make these. Love them!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
    September 20, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

    What cute donuts, i love the fall flavors!

  • Shashi @ http:/ says
    September 20, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Oh wow – these must have smelt so wonderful! Love these healthy donuts!

  • Erin says
    September 20, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    I don’t have a donut pan (although I think I need to add one to my Christmas list!) but I love the idea of making these as mini muffins.

    • Erin replies to Erin
      September 26, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

      Yeah! Or even regular muffins. It’s all good. :)

  • Tracey says
    September 19, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

    These sound so wonderfully seasonal, Erin! I love the way you are able to health-ify my favorite desserts :)

    • Erin replies to Tracey
      September 26, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

      Thanks, Tracey! And these are indeed quite fall-y. Wonderfully so! :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    September 19, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

    These look SO good. I love appley things this time of year, and these look right up my alley. YUM!

  • Anna (Hidden Ponies) says
    September 19, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    Further proof that I need to get a donut pan. Love these, Erin!


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