Apple Cinnamon Donuts

vegan donut

I was just telling my roommate how I’m ready to go back to school and finish up my RD. In case you missed it: Last year around this time I decided to walk with (just) a Master’s degree in nutrition and bypass another year-and-a-half of work to become a Registered Dietitian. I’ll finish it at some point but ehhhh… organic chemistry, man.

So basically all that stands between me and RD are two MF chemistry classes that I’d like to take this summer.

Well. Two MF chemistry classes that I’d like to take this summer and the donut ice cream sandwiches I made today.


Kind of incongruent. This is how I feel about it:

i regret nothing

There is no truer sign you’ve given up on your day than when you’re like, “Welp. I’ll make some donuts at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.” It’s like a white flag of surrender into failure.

So I made the donuts.

In my defense I did buy new running shoes immediately thereafter. I will not even try to convince you the two events were not correlated.

I know everyone wants the recipe for these bad boys, but you also know that I don’t really like to measure things so I’m going to do my damnest to get this right. I started with the standard cake donut recipe that came on the packaging of my shiny new donut pan (call me, Saveur) and then took a hard right towards Veganville. I also decided to make them gluten-free. I also decided to make them apple cinnamon donuts. I also decided I do not know how to follow recipes without going completely out of control.

Here we go:

Apple Cinnamon Donuts
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Serves: 12

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup no-sugar-added apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Whisk together your dry ingredients (flour through salt)
  3. Pour in wet ingredients (apple sauce through coconut oil)
  4. Mix to combine
  5. Pour donut batter into donut pan (it’s like a muffin tin but better)
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until donuts spring back when poked
  7. Allow to cool before removing from the pan
  8. Meanwhile, combine your sugar and cinnamon for the topping and pour it on a plate
  9. Once cool, dip donuts one at a time into the extra melted coconut oil and then into the plated cinnamon-sugar mixture
  10. Eat.
  11. Feeling awesome? Make a donut ice cream sandwich.


So maybe I’ll go back to school this summer. (I cringe.)

But I kinda like the Dietetics School Dropout Turned Donut Ice Cream Sandwich Maker angle I have going here. You do, too; admit it.

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15 thoughts on “Apple Cinnamon Donuts

    • Nope, can’t do it without the chemistry. The cost was actually the primary deterrent in my decision last year. I don’t know how to work full-time for a year and not only not get paid, but pay for the program. There are some paid programs but I wasn’t looking to move out of the Carolinas.

  1. OK you’ve talked me into it. I will now buy a donut pan.

    I’m also sorely tempted by those donut makers that are basically a waffle maker but for donuts? But the pan seems more versatile and also like it would take up less of my increasingly precious storage space.

  2. Ugh. I am in Organic Chem right now. I had thought of going to Winthrop for their Nutrition program, but I decided to stay on with Biology. Organic Chemistry isn’t so bad as long as you have a good teacher (I have a terrible teacher). Most of our class is failing…but my adviser says that is the “norm” for that class. So….awesome! Way to get you ramped up, haha :) No, I’m sure you’ll be fine but I STRONGLY suggest buying a solutions manual for the textbook!

  3. Go back to school this summer. You are so close to being a RD. I am also going to be taking chemistry in the summer time. We can do it “together” :)

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