Gluten-Free Applesauce Doughnuts

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This year we have a bumper crop off apples. Which is nice since last year I think we had 2. As in 2 apples. This year, the kids & I collected about 100 lbs of apples from the ground. Most of them ended up as pig food, but we did get a good batch for cooking. So far I’ve made caramel apple pies, applesauce, apple butter and even pork with apples & squash in the slow cooker. When this batch is used up, I’ll climb the ladder & start plucking the hundreds of apples still attached to the tree.

I was looking through Grandma’s recipe box for apple recipes when I found this.

apple doughnut reccipes

I went with the recipe in the middle because, well, it made the smallest batch. When experimenting with a new recipe or attempting a gluten-free translation, I like to make a small batch. If the recipe sucks, I’ve wasted fewer ingredients. The first time I made these doughnuts, they were tasty, but dry. I adjusted the flours & the second batch was perfect. I’m not sure how many little doughnuts I made, the kids ate them faster than I could count. I’d say at least a couple dozen. My daughter did hide a few in her lunch box.

doughnut maker

My mother-in-law bought us this mini doughnut maker for Christmas. I’ve used it a few times, but since we’ve discovered this recipe, it hasn’t left the counter top. It keeps the popcorn maker company. (That’s doughnut flour on the top. Trust me, this little machine can’t rest long enough to gather dust.)

If I had more, I would have used more coconut and less rice flour. One tablespoon is all I had left in the bottom of the bag. Such is life. No worries, the doughnuts are still amazing.

Enjoy.

ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup applesauce (I put cinnamon in my applesauce. If you use plain applesauce, just add a dash of cinnamon to the batter.)
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup brown rice flour
  • ¾ cup millet flour
  • ¼ cup walnuts, ground fine
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon Bob’s flaked coconut, ground fine
  • ½ teaspoon soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

If using a mini doughnut maker, plug it in. If you don’t have one, I bet they would make great mini muffins.

Sift the dry ingredients and set aside. Hell, make a few batches & store in a zip-top bag. Come Monday morning, you can surprise the kids with doughnuts for breakfast!

In a large bowl, blend the butter and sugar.

Mix in applesauce and egg.

Stir in dry ingredients.

The batter should stay on the spoon when you scoop it, but not as stiff as a cookie dough. If it runs off the spoon, add a bit more tapioca starch. If your batter is too dry, try adding another spoonful of applesauce.

The directions say to roll & cut, but you don’t need to do that with a doughnut maker. I just dropped spoonfuls of batter onto the doughnut maker, shut the lid & waited for the dummy-light to tell me they were done.

If your kids are old enough, mix up the batter, hand them the scooper & go back to bed.

(update: My daughter just came home from school & told me her friends ate all her doughnuts & begged her to bring more tomorrow. I guess they passed the taste test!)

Gluten Free Applesauce Doughnuts
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  2. ¾ cup brown sugar
  3. ½ cup applesauce (I put cinnamon in my applesauce. If you use plain applesauce, just add a dash of cinnamon to the batter.)
  4. 1 egg, at room temperature
  5. ¾ cup brown rice flour
  6. ¾ cup millet flour
  7. ¼ cup walnuts, ground fine
  8. 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  9. 1 tablespoon Bob’s flaked coconut, ground fine
  10. ½ teaspoon soda
  11. ¼ teaspoon salt
  12. ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Instructions
  1. If using a mini doughnut maker, plug it in. If you don’t have one, I bet they would make great mini muffins.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients and set aside. Hell, make a few batches & store in a zip-top bag. Come Monday morning, you can surprise the kids with doughnuts for breakfast!
  3. In a large bowl, blend the butter and sugar.
  4. Mix in applesauce and egg.
  5. Stir in dry ingredients.
  6. The batter should stay on the spoon when you scoop it, but not as stiff as a cookie dough. If it runs off the spoon, add a bit more tapioca starch. If your batter is too dry, try adding another spoonful of applesauce.
  7. The directions say to roll & cut, but you don’t need to do that with a doughnut maker. I just dropped spoonfuls of batter onto the doughnut maker, shut the lid & waited for the dummy-light to tell me they were done.
  8. If your kids are old enough, mix up the batter, hand them the scooper & go back to bed.
  9. (update: My daughter just came home from school & told me her friends ate all her doughnuts & begged her to bring more tomorrow. I guess they passed the taste test!)
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