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DIY Paleo Donuts

DIY Paleo Donuts

Healthy donuts? Count me in!

By Grace Groff | The Gracious Kitchen

One of my favorite childhood memories is getting all bundled up and going to a fall apple festival in upstate New York. We picked apples all day and ended the day with a warm apple cider doughnut and hot cider. My husband and I have continued the tradition. Each year, we take our kids to Grandad’s Apple Orchard in North Carolina to celebrate the fall season by picking apples and enjoying a warm apple cider doughnut.


I enjoy the challenge of taking classic comfort food and putting a healthy twist on it. Recently, I have been inspired to make homemade, healthy doughnuts from this amazing cookbook: The Whole Food Doughnut by Kezia Arbuthnot Neusch. I decided to try and recreate my childhood favorite apple doughnuts, but these are with a dairy-free, gluten-free and processed-sugar-free option. These are the kind of doughnuts you can feel good about giving your kiddos and not feel guilty after eating! These doughnuts are moist, sweet and packed with cinnamon spice flavor. So without further adieu…enjoy a little taste of fall!

Paleo Baked Apple Doughnuts


Adapted from The Whole Food Doughnut by Kezia Arbuthnot Neusch Makes 6 doughnuts

Equipment You Will Need

  • Doughnut pan
  • Sifter
  • Coffee grinder, food processor, or high powered blender
  • Cooling rack



Doughnuts: 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce 2 tbsp honey ¼ cup coconut sugar 2 eggs at room temperature 2 tsp vanilla 1 cup almond flour 4 tbsp coconut flour 3 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp nutmeg ½ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt

Glaze: ¼ cup maple syrup ½ cup powdered coconut sugar (Note: make powdered coconut sugar by grinding regular coconut sugar in a high powered blender, food processor, or spice grinder until it is light in color and finely ground.)







Make the glaze first so that it can sit while you make the doughnuts. 

  1. In a bowl just larger than doughnut size, mix the maple syrup into the powdered sugar until fully combined and completely smooth. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the applesauce, honey, and sugar until the mixture is well combined.
  4. Beat the eggs into the batter one at a time until fully incorporated
  5. Add the vanilla.
  6. Sift the coconut flour into a small bowl to remove any lumps, and then add the remaining dry ingredients. Mix them together. Then using a spoon, fold the dry ingredients into the wet batter until they are evenly combined.
  7. Grease your doughnut pan really well. Spoon the batter neatly and evenly into the doughnut pan.
  8. Bake doughnuts in the preheated oven for about 11-12 minutes or until they are springy
  9.  Turn out to cool on a wire rack.
  10. As the doughnuts are cooling, place the wire rack they are on over a pan or piece of parchment paper. When they are completely cool, dunk them halfway into the glaze and then return to the wire rack to set.

Enjoy without guilt!

About the author:


My name is Grace Elizabeth, and I am the author of the food and lifestyle My childhood as one of eleven was full of wonder and excitement, and I hope to pass that along to my two children! I am married to the most amazing man alive, my love: David and have two incredible children: Analyn Joy and Benjamin David! I am a stay at home mama who has loved God for as long as I can remember! I also love all things food! My passion is bringing people together centered around nourishing, nutritious, satisfyingly scrumptious food. I am a firm believer in “whole body health”: mind, body, soul, and spirit.