Whole Grain Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts {Guest Post}

I have this maybe sometimes not so secret obsession with a really amazing donut… or doughnut depending on who you are or where you live. The always sweet and very talented Caroline of Chocolate and Carrots is sharing a healthified sweet apple donut recipe with us today. I was totally excited when I found out she’d be whipping up donuts as she’s made a bunch and they’ve all turned out amazing! I love how moist these look and that cinnamon-sugar topping is just perfect! 

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Hey there! My name is Caroline and I bake and blog over at Chocolate & Carrots. I’m so glad Rachel asked me to fix up an apple treat, considering my husband and I are apple crazy. We are quite particular about the kind of apple, though. We always like them sweet, juicy, and crisp. This usually ends up being the Gala, Fuji, or Lady apples. But, to decide that those were our favorite kinds, we had to date around.

It was kind of like a bad episode of The Bachelorette but hosted on Food Network, ‘The Apple Picker’. Picture it, the bachelors were all different shapes, sizes, and flavors. Just like the show, you have to try all different kinds before settling on the perfect ‘big, juicy, and pump’ apple of your dreams. Get it, ‘tall, dark, and handsome’ in apple form! ;-)

Oy…I’m too much.

Whole Grain Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts by Chocolate and Carrots - bakedbyrachel.com

Anyway. We love apples.

My husband likes to eat them plain, but I’m more of a with-peanut-butter-gal, myself. In this case, I like them baked and coated with cinnamon sugar.

Ahh, warm apple donuts.

Whole Grain Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts by Chocolate and Carrots - bakedbyrachel.com

Everything about these donuts, reminds me of fall, which happens to be my favorite season. The smell of them baking in the oven makes you want to slip on a scarf and sip some hot cider. Mmm!

Whole Grain Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts by Chocolate and Carrots - bakedbyrachel.com

Besides the best part about them being the lovely light apple flavor, the cinnamon sugar coating is an added bonus! It brings back memories of going to the state fair on a chilly fall evening and digging into a warm elephant ear. Seriously. They are delicious!

Baked donuts are so quick to whip up and they are the perfect size for your next fall breakfast.

Whole Grain Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts by Chocolate and Carrots - bakedbyrachel.com

Whole Grain Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Donut
Servings: 6



  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 C low-fat milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 apple grated and squeezed


  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Spray the donut pan with canola oil spray. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  • In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients through apple.
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Either spoon the batter into the pan or put the batter into a large ziplock (or pastry) bag and squeeze into the pan.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom.
  • Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for about 3 minutes before emptying out onto a cooling rack.
  • Brush with the melted butter.
  • Dip into the cinnamon sugar.

You can find Caroline on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out a few more recipes by Caroline: Cantaloupe popsicles, Whole wheat chocolate raspberry baked donuts and Cowboy quiche.

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11 Responses to “Whole Grain Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts {Guest Post}”

  1. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — September 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

    definitely need to pull out my donut pan and give these a try!

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    dixya — September 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    omg, I cant wait to try these..looks heavenly!

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    Kathryn — September 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    These look just wonderful, so light and fluffy but filled with lots of delicious fall flavours!

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    Tracey — September 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Caroline is totally the queen of baked donuts! I love the variety of recipes she’s shared, definitely hope to try this one this fall.

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    Carlas Confections — September 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I am definitely a baked donut fan! These look like a great one to add to the bunch :)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    These look amazing!! And I love the apple choices, all 3 of those are my favorites too!

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    Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More — September 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Rachel! just found you via chocolate and carrots. Cant wait to see the line up of apple goodies!

    These look sooo amazing!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — September 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    They look so fat! I love when donuts come out like that. And they’re so pretty. :)

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    Elizabeth @Food Ramblings — September 30, 2012 at 10:21 am

    whole grain donuts! that makes me feel better about eating a donut!

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — October 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

    love donuts like this covered in cinnamon and sugar. amazing!

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    laura — October 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Looks great! I’m gonna make this next weekend. :)

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