Easy Apple Doughnuts

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Apple Doughnutsa delicious treat for apple and donut lovers. They are perfect as an autumn dessert, as apples are in season. Kids and parents alike will love them, as they are a healthier replacement for all those nasty sugars out there. On top of that, this easy apple dessert recipe uses simple ingredients found easily in your cupboard. Give them a try and enjoy a bite of autumn in every doughnut!

A bowl of golden brown apple doughnuts generously coated with a delightful mix of cinnamon and sugar

Tasty Apple Doughnuts – a tasty fall dessert! A quick and easy delicious recipe, family-friendly and perfect for any occasion!


Why this recipe works 

These Apple Doughnuts offer comforting cinnamon flavours, combined with the natural sweetness of apples in one bite. It’s a seasonal treat that the whole family will enjoy! It uses simple ingredients that can be easily found at your local supermarket and it takes minutes to make. It will become a favourite once you make it! Plus, kids will enjoy being part of the baking process as well.

Ingredients to make Apple Doughnuts

You probably have most of the ingredients needed to make this family-friendly dessert. Here are the ingredients needed to make these warm and spiced homemade doughnuts:

Egg – It is the ingredient which holds everything together, and acts as a binding agent.

Salt – Enhances the taste of the doughnuts and adds a touch of flavour.

Sugar – Provides sweetness against the tartness of the apples- any type of sugar is as good.

Yoghurt – Contributes to the texture of the doughnuts and brings moisture to the recipe.

Orange zest – This adds a citrus aroma to the overall taste.

Vegetable oil – Contributes to the moisture of the doughnuts, making them soft and tender.

Apples – These are the star ingredient of the recipe, adding natural sweetness and fruity flavour.

Flour – Gives structure to the batter and helps in the rising process during frying or baking.

Baking powder – It is a raising agent, helping the doughnuts to puff up and become light and airy.


I often find myself wanting to make a certain recipe, but I soon realise that I don’t even have the necessary ingredients! It’s important to know which ones can be adapted to your pantry availability. So here are a few suggestions:

Sugar – If you don’t have white sugar, any sugar would work: coconut, brown, etc.

Yoghurt – I used Greek yoghurt, but any type of yoghurt is fine, even fat-free plain yoghurt or kefir.

Orange zest – Due to their similarities, you could substitute the orange zest with lemon zest, or you can even skip it as it is optional.

Vegetable oil – I used sunflower oil, but it can be replaced with melted butter or coconut oil.

Flour – Plain flour is good but you can substitute with gluten-free if you’d like.

Colourful Apples

How to make this recipe

Step 1 Combine the wet ingredients: Start by adding all wet ingredients to a bowl with the sugar, salt and orange zest (if used). Mix everything using a hand mixer or a balloon whisk, for about 2-3 minutes. Then, set it aside.

Step 2Combine the dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, add the flour and the baking powder and give them a stir so the baking powder is well combined with the flour. This helps the doughnuts become more fluffy and airy. Set aside.

Step 3Prepare the apples: Chop the apples into small pieces and add these apple bits to your batter. Incorporate to the mix of flour and baking powder, until a smooth dough forms.

Step 4Fry or bake: Fry or bake the apple doughnuts, give them a nice coating of cinnamon sugar and serve.


These homemade Apple Doughnuts will stay fresh very well in a bowl covered with cling film for up to 2 days at room temperature or you can refrigerate them, this way you’ll add more days to their lifespan.

Room temperature: You can keep them in your pantry, in a cool and dry place, or on the counter away from direct sunlight. They will stay fresh for up to two days.

In the Refrigerator: Store the remaining doughnuts in an airtight container and enjoy within a week. You can warm them up for a few seconds in the oven or microwave to revive them.

Recipe FAQs

Yes, you can use any variety of apples, although some are better than others. Choose from Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Gala or Golden Delicious to have the best results with your apple recipes.

Usually, doughnuts are fried most of the time but these days, the baked version is a much healthier option, so the choice is yours.

The type of oil most used for frying is vegetable oil, because of its neutral flavour. However, my go-to frying oil is sunflower oil.

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A bowl of golden brown apple doughnuts generously coated with a delightful mix of cinnamon and sugar.

Easy Apple Doughnuts

Enjoy tasty apple doughnuts – a yummy fall dessert! These kid-friendly treats are simple to make with few ingredients.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert, sweets, treats
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 265 kcal


  • 2 bowls
  • 1 hand mixer or balloon whisk
  • 1 deep pan frying or baking pan for baking


  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 125 g yogurt
  • Grated orange zest optional
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 or 2 apples
  • 250 g all purpose flour
  • 5 g baking powder
  • Vegetable oil to fry I used sunflower oil
  • Cinnamon sugar for garnish


  • Start by adding all wet ingredients to a bowl with the sugar, salt and orange zest if using. mix everything together using a hand mixer or using a balloon whisk, for about 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
  • I a separate bowl add the flour and baking powder and give a stir so the baking powder is well combined with the flour, this helps the doughnuts to be more fluffy and airy. Set aside.
  • Now take the apples, give them a rinse, remove the skin using a peeler or a knife and the core. Chop the apples into small pieces and add these apple bits to your batter.
  • Incorporate the mix of flour and baking powder, until a smooth dough forms.
  • Now, sprinkle some flour on your workspace or a chopping board, take a spoonful of mixture and roll it into the flour, until an oval shape forms. The flour is used so the batter doesn't stick to your hands.
  • At this stage, you have two options. You can either fry them or bake them.
  • If you choose to fry the doughnuts, then use a deep pan and sunflower oil and cook them on medium heat until golden brown. Remove when ready into a shallow bowl lined with paper kitchen towels, I use a double layer, so they can absorb the excess oil.
  • In case you choose the healthier version and you want to bake them, you can arrange the doughnuts on a large tray lined with parchment paper, leaving some space between them so they have enough space to rise and bake. Bake the doughnuts in a preheated oven at 180C, for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While the doughnuts are cooking, you can prepare the sugar mixed with cinnamon, so when the doughnuts are pipping hot you can give them a coating of the sugar mix.
  • They are amazingly delicious when freshly made, but also taste good the next day, if the last so long. 🙂
  • I hope you and your family enjoy these seasonal treats.


Step-by-Step Guide: You’ll find a helpful step-by-step guide to make this recipe on my blog. 
Substitutions & Twists: I’ve listed some great substitutions and variations in the post above, so you can customize the dish to your liking.
Storage: These apple doughnuts will stay fresh in a bowl covered with cling film or in an airtight container, for up to 2 days at room temperature. Prolong the lifespan of these treats by placing them in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 
Tip 1: Use vegetable oil when frying, preferably sunflower oil as this has a neutral flavour. 
Tip 2: Sprinkle flour on your workspace when shaping the doughnuts so they don’t stick to your hands. 
Tip 3Evenly Space on Baking Sheet – Arrange the doughnuts on a baking sheet with enough space between them to ensure they bake up evenly during baking. This tip is for the baking option instead of frying. 
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