Apple donuts – raw, paleo, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free!

A few years ago, apple donuts became a craze in our house! I started out having them for breakfast when I was trying to lay off the grains, and before long the kids were eating apple donuts of their own. Back then, our apple donuts were nothing more than apple rounds covered in peanut butter, but as the kids have gotten older and realised that real donuts exist and they’re prettier than apple smothered in peanut butter, I decided to jazz ours up a little bit!

Raw apple donuts with icing and sprinkles
These raw apple donuts can be made as fancy or as simply as you like!

How to make apple donuts

Making apple donuts is really simple, but having the right equipment makes the job fast. No, you don’t need a Thermomix. đŸ˜‰ An apple corer is ideal, but a mini circle cookie cutter will work too. If you’re using a cookie cutter instead of an apple corer, skip straight to step 2 and then use the cookie cutter to remove the core from each slice.

Step 1.

Use an apple corner to remove the core from an apple. Do as many as you like! 1 apple makes approx. 6 donuts.

Step 2.

Turn the apple on its side and use a sharp knife to slice the apple into even slices. They should be about 1cm thick.

Step 3.

Spread your apple donuts with whatever spread(s) you’re using. See below for suggestions.

Step 4. (optional)

Arrange your toppings on top of the spread. Get creative and try and decorate them like a real donut! See below for topping suggestions.

Sliced apple donuts, raw and healthy!
The topping options are really endless!

Icing options for apple donuts

You can use whatever your child’s favourite spread is, but if you’re after ideas, try something from this list:

  • Peanut butter
  • Almond butter
  • Sunbutter (nut-free)
  • Pure Harvest Coco2 spread
  • Cream cheese – on its own or mixed with a touch of honey, Acai+berries powder, raw cacao, maple syrup, cinnamon, or vanilla powder
  • Greek yoghurt – on its own or with one of the above options
  • Mashed banana
  • Coconut butter
  • Tahini
  • Chia jam

Topping and sprinkle options for apple donuts

Use a variety of your child’s favourite fresh fruits to top the ‘icing’ and then take it to the next level with a sprinkle of coconut or dark chocolate chips! Here are some great options for toppings and sprinkles:

  • Sultanas
  • Chopped nuts
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Coconut – desiccated or flaked
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Oats
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Ground pistachios
  • Pommegranate
  • Kiwi
  • Melon balls
  • Cinnamon
  • Banana slices
  • Chopped dried currants
  • Crushed pretzels
  • Chia seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Lemon, orange or lime rind
  • Popcorn
  • Puffed rice
  • Grated carrot
  • Walnuts
  • Puffed quinoa or quinoa flakes
  • Dried apricot
  • Flaked almonds
  • Dried cranberries
  • Mint
  • Pepitas
  • Granola

Want to make them even more fun?

Try using food items to colour any white ‘icings’! If you’d prefer to use food colouring, try Hopper Foods all-natural food colourings.

  • Yellow – turmeric powder
  • Pink – blend with raspberries or cooked beetroot, use Acai+berries or pitaya powder
  • Blue – blue spirulina powder
  • Orange – pumpkin puree (I always have some in the freezer)
  • Green – a supermarket greens powder

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