I came across a recipe for Applesauce Bread yesterday from one of my favorite bloggers: Annemarie at Real Food. Real Deals. It looked so delicious and moist! I pinned it for later and even shared it on my Facebook page, thinking that I would try it ‘at some point.’ But then after I got home and started thinking about lunch, all I could think about was making that bread!! So I did! 🙂 However, I didn’t make bread… I had planned to make the recipe completely ‘as-is’ and not change anything, but at the very last second I pulled out my donut pans and decided to make ‘baked applesauce donuts’ instead! The one thing I really like about donuts (other than the obvious) is that I can eat one and then easily freeze the rest for another day…pulling out just one or two at time. It helps me not feel obligated to eat them all within a day or two! (Because I know we could!) Anyway, they were very, very good! And my kids really liked them as well. Looks like we have another great breakfast option to add into the rotation. 🙂
Baked Applesauce Donuts
(Recipe Source/Inspiration: Real Food. Real Deals.)
- 1 2/3 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 egg (local, free-range is ideal)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 3/4 cup applesauce (only ingredient should be ‘organic apples’) (I used homemade)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree* (or another pureed orange veggie like squash or carrots)
In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients and then combine the two. Grease donut pans with an olive oil sprayer. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean). Enjoy!
This recipe made 10 donuts. (Of course, you can also make it in a bread loaf pan like the original recipe indicates.) I recommend freezing what you don’t plan to eat within 1-2 days or else they will go stale. Remember, real food doesn’t contain all of those yucky artificial preservatives like their store-bought counterparts, so it’s always a good idea to freeze foods if you know you won’t be eating them right away. Definitely don’t want any good food going to waste!! We ate 3 donuts yesterday and froze 7 for later. When it’s time to thaw them out, I’ll just warm them up in the microwave at 50% power.
*If you don’t have pumpkin puree, you can sub it out for additional applesauce. Use a total of 1 1/4 cups applesauce and reduce the maple syrup to just 1/4 cup. A reader tried this and said it worked great for her!
I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I ate one of these donuts for lunch. I made it a ‘complete meal’ by also making a smoothie (spinach, splash of milk, frozen blueberries, a banana, frozen pomegranate juice, and Greek yogurt). It made for a yummy lunch! Check out one of my cute kiddos drinking some of my smoothie. 🙂
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