Cinnamon & Sugar Baked “no-duts” {recipe}

cinnamon baked noduts

Who doesn’t love a batch of warm, fresh donuts? I know I do, but I DON’T love what they do to my thighs. As much as I love this delicious treat, I almost never eat them because of the guilt they leave me with…because of course I can never have just one! So you can only imagine my delight when I came across a delicious sounding better-for-you recipe for baked donuts!  The Mister is a big time donut lover, so I was excited to surprise him with this recipe (without telling him they were better-for-you of course!).  So I whipped these up one Saturday morning and waited anxiously for his reaction...”these are awesome” was his response!  Then I revealed the truth about them being baked and better for you, he was shocked! As a result, I’ve dubbed these baked “no-duts”…it only seemed natural since this treat is nowhere near as bad for you as their greasy, fried counterpart.  So dive in donut lover’s…introducing, the Cinnamon & Sugar Baked “No-Duts”!

Cinnamon & Sugar Baked No-Duts (baked donuts recipe)

Yeilds 18-20 mini donut holes

Adapted from Pinch of Yum


1 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 tsp. of cinnamon

1/2 tsp. of nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup applesauce

1 tbsp skim milk

2 tbsp coconut oil (can substitute for natural butter too)


2 tbsp. butter

1/4 cup sugar

2 tbsp. cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350.

Mix all dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt & sugar.

Whisk together milk, coconut oil, applesauce, and egg. Stir into dry mixture.

Pour batter into a greased mini cupcake tin (this will give you mini donut holes) , filling each space about half way.

Bake for about 7 minutes. Remove from oven and pop the donut holes out of the pan.

METHOD (for the topping)

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium dish.

Mix together the cinnamon and sugar.

Using a pastry brush, dust each donut hole with the melted butter, then quickly roll them in the cinnamon & sugar mixture.

Serve warm and enjoy!

3 responses to “Cinnamon & Sugar Baked “no-duts” {recipe}

  1. hi! I really want to bake this, however have slight issues! I don’t have applesauce, or a mini cupcake tin! Please do give me alternatives!? And I love your blog. I hope you never give up doing what you love =)

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