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Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat Apple Cider Baked Donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat!

Apple Cider Baked Donuts ~ these delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

This past Saturday, the middle child celebrated his birthday. He and his big brother both had flag football games that morning, but the birthday boy was apparently experiencing a touch of Lucky Number 7 magic as he proceeded to score half a dozen touchdowns. Granted, we’re talking about 1st grade teams here, and that means that a given flag football game is often more akin to a track meet.

Apple Cider Baked Donuts ~ these delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

But regardless, the newly-minted 7-year-old was quite proud of himself, and rightfully so. When asked what healthy, nutrient-dense breakfast I must have fed him that morning, I had to reluctantly answer *doughnuts*. And I’m talking about the sugary, fried, frosting-covered, birthday-celebratory kind…not the whole wheat, baked beauties you see here today.

Apple Cider Baked Donuts ~ these delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

Despite the fact that they’re more wholesome than their traditional donut shop counterparts, these Apple Cider Baked Donuts are still very much a delightful breakfast treat. I basically took my popular Lemon Sugar Baked Donut recipe and gave it a fall twist. I substituted apple cider for some of the buttermilk, which resulted in a subtle apple undertone, I replaced granulated sugar with brown sugar, and I added cinnamon and nutmeg for a touch of warm spice.

Apple Cider Baked Donuts ~ these delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

I also decided that apple + cinnamon could stand up to whole wheat — as already proven by my ever-so-yummy Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins and Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Waffles — so I swapped out all-purpose flour for whole wheat pastry flour (the pastry part is important, as whole wheat pastry flour has a lighter flavor and texture — more comparable to white flour than regular whole wheat flour — but still retains the wholesome nutritional benefits of 100% whole wheat).

Apple Cider Baked Donuts ~ these delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

Finally, I love me a good sugar coating on a baked donut, since the crunchy texture is a beautiful contrast to the soft, tender interior. So I decided to forgo frosting or glaze on these donuts and stick with a melted butter dunk followed by a shower of cinnamon sugar. It may be predictable, but c’mon…it’s a classic. In fact, it’s almost like apple cake meets Snickerdoodle, and there can’t possibly be anything wrong with that scenario.

Apple Cider Baked Donuts ~ these delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

As a result, these Apple Cider Baked Donuts are a bit less guilt-inducing than regular ol’ donuts. They’d be a special treat on a weekday morning, a delectable breakfast on a brisk fall weekend, a lovely addition to a brunch buffet or autumn party spread, or a welcome surprise to package up and send to you favorite school teacher!

Or — if your 1st grader is jonesing for a repeat performance of his career-high birthday touchdown record — skip the donut shop and make these instead. They may not be Wheaties, but at least you can say they’re chock full of whole wheat. 😉

Apple Cider Baked Donuts ~ these delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat! | FiveHeartHome.com

Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Yield: 12 donuts

Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat Apple Cider Baked Donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat!

Ingredients

  • 1¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup apple cider (or apple juice)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (or milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • FOR THE COATING:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven racks to center position and preheat oven to 425°F. Spray two 6-cavity donut pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together whole wheat pastry flour and cornstarch. Whisk in brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice until well blended. Stir in apple cider, buttermilk, eggs, butter, and vanilla until batter is smooth and combined, but do not over-mix. Evenly divide the batter between the prepared donut pans.
  3. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes until the edges of the donuts begin to turn a light golden brown and the tops of the donuts spring back when lightly touched. Allow donuts to cool for 5 minutes in pans before turning them out onto a cooling rack.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Place the melted butter in a shallow bowl. Dip one side of each donut in the butter, and then press into the cinnamon sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

The cornstarch lightens up the texture of the donuts, akin to using cake flour. If you prefer, you may omit the cornstarch and increase the flour to 2 cups.

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