Baked Applesauce Donuts with Maple Glaze

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We slept with the window open, woke to cool crisp weather, and I swear I could smell fall! That smell quickly faded into a humid 80-degree late summer day, but that didn’t keep me from wanting to bake a fall-like treat.

Each fall I make loads of applesauce that I freeze. Since apple season is around the corner, we have to use up our few remaining quarts. In comes the donuts! About a year ago, my Nana gave me a donut pan that has been sitting in a drawer, losing hope of ever being used. Fear not little pan!! Now that I know the goodness that pan can create, it will be well-loved for years to come!

These donuts are so easy. You need a few staple ingredients from your cabinet, plus a bowl and whisk. In a few minutes, voila! Amazing applesauce donuts with virtually no sugar. Top them with a simple maple glaze and you’ve got a great sweet fall treat!

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Applesauce Donuts with Maple Glaze

1 cup milk

1 egg

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

2 tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

Maple Glaze

2 tbsp butter

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 cup confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a donut pan. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, vanilla, and applesauce. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth. Fill the pan 3/4 full with the batter and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let the donuts sit in the pan for 5 minutes before removing them to cool on a parchment lined cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining batter. There should be enough for 12 donuts.

While the donuts are cooling. Melt the butter in a saucepan with the maple syrup. Once the butter is melted, remove from heat and whisk in the confectioners sugar. Continue to mix until smooth. Dip one side of the donut into the pan and put back onto the cooling-rack to set.IMG_3285

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