Whole wheat apple spice donuts drizzled with sweet maple glaze and coated with crushed pecans. These healthier baked donuts are made with wholesome ingredients and are bursting with cozy Fall flavors. You know the one thing that has been on my Fall bucket list for like, a decade, that I can’t seem to cross off? Apple picking! I hear no apple tastes as good as the one you pick yourself, right from the source. Can anyone confirm this?
Since I don’t see myself making it out to the northeast or California in the next few months, I’m living out my apple fantasies with these donuts. It’s the least I could do to display my affection for the season’s beloved fruit.I’m currently winding down from a blissfully busy weekend spent with some of the people I love most in the entire universe. With my move to Birmingham on the horizon, I’m trying to soak in as much time with Adam, my close friends and family as possible. Tomorrow (Monday) is my last day of work at the hospital and I’m looking forward to having a few days to start packing up the apartment and getting my life together before we leave for Chicago on Friday.
Yep, in the midst of preparing for a move to another state in, oh, 10 days, Adam and I have a 4 day trip to Chicago planned this weekend! Timing isn’t ideal, but I’ve been looking to this trip for months and it’ll be nice to get away and get my mind off everything going on. A break from adulting, if you will. By the way, friends, I had my first pumpkin latte AND first pumpkin beer of the season this past weekend so it is officially Fall in my mind. The calendar and temperatures suggest otherwise, but my heart is pumping pumpkin and there’s no turning back now.
Though I can’t forget my other cherished fruit of the season, the almighty APPLE. In case you guys didn’t know, apples are nutritional powerhouses. They are rich in soluble fiber, immune-boosting Vitamin C and an array of antioxidants that can help combat inflammation. They have also been shown to help lower cholesterol and aid in blood sugar control when consumed on the reg.
I’m a diehard honeycrisp apple girl and could easily eat one every single day if they weren’t so dang pricey. Could any of my Minnesota readers hook a sister up?! 😉These donuts are supremely fluffy, moist and cake-like. Think pecan pie meets apple crumb cake meets maple cake donut. I die.
The maple glaze is made of three simple ingredients and adds the perfect coating of sticky sweetness for the crushed pecans to sink into. I love the crunchy texture and toasty taste the nutty topping adds. All together, these ingredients create the ultimate dream team and an explosive burst of Fall in yo’ mouth.
It’s like something straight out of my fruity, cinnamony, crunchy, sweet dreams. With over 3 grams of fiber per pop, these donuts can be part of a wholesome breakfast that tastes and feels good to eat. I like to nosh on my apple donuts alongside an egg white scramble or cup of Greek yogurt for an extra dose of protein. Paired with a hot mug of coffee or frothy almond milk latte, they will warm you up from the inside out.
These are an absolute MUST for your Fall baking and the tastiest way to kick off this beloved season. Cheers, friends!
- 1 egg
- ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- ¼ cup coconut sugar (sub for brown sugar)
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp apple pie spice (sub for ½ tsp cinnamon + ¼ tsp nutmeg + ¼ tsp allspice)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of sea salt (~1/8 tsp)
- **Maple Pecan Glaze**
- 3 tbsp powdered sugar
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- 3 tbsp crushed pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 6-slot donut pan with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine egg, apple sauce, coconut sugar, coconut oil and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, apple pie spice and baking powder. Mix to combine.
- Pour dry ingredients into wet and mix until just combined. Spoon evenly into donut slots, evening out the tops with the back of a greased teaspoon. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before removing from donut pan and placing on cooling rack.
- Once donuts have cooled, prepare glaze by combining powdered sugar, maple syrup and milk in a small bowl. Use a wire whisk to thoroughly mix until creamy. Dip the donut tops in glaze and place back on cooling rack. Top with crushed pecans and EAT!
What are you most excited about for the Fall season?!
Are you also gung-ho over pumpkin?