Apple Doughnut Holes

For the first day of the “An Apple A Day” challenge I was craving something sweet. My first inclination was to fry up some tried and true apple fritters, but then the experiment-loving science side of me decided to just wing it and come up with my own little recipe. My favorite sweets to come out of autumn are apple cider doughnuts. But do you know what’s even better than an apple cider doughnut? A perfectly snack-sized apple doughnut hole! I’ve never made doughnuts before, but I recently acquired a super awesome and convenient air fryer so I thought, what could be more perfect? The answer of course is, absolutely nothing. Nothing could be more perfect. After a bit of research I found that doughnut dough is made with yeast and I currently have no yeast in my cupboard, so I used baking powder instead. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I definitely didn’t miss the mark. When these little doughnuts came out of the fryer I was pleasantly surprised to find they were tasty and enjoyable to eat. A total success! I will definitely be playing around with the recipe going forward to find the best combination of ingredients, but for a first run I am very happy with how they turned out. If you try them out please share your creations with me and let me know what you think.


– 1 egg

– 3 TBSP melted butter

–3 TBSP maple syrup

– 1/4 cup almond milk

–1 TSP vanilla

– 2 cups flour

– 1 TBSP nutmeg

–1/4 TSP salt

–2 tsp baking powder

– sugar

– cinammon

– melted coconut oil

– 1 apple


  1. In a large bowl, mix together egg, melted butter, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla.
  2. Add flour, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder to wet ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Once the texture firms, finish mixing with your hands.
  3. Form 3inch dough disks.
  4. Dice apple and place 3-4 cubes on each dough disk.
  5. Sprinkle cinnamon on the apples.
  6. Wrap the dough around the apples and form into a ball.
  7. In a small bowl mix together sugar and cinnamon.
  8. In a second bowl melt some coconut oil.
  9. Roll the apple doughnut holes in the coconut oil and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar.
  10. Set aside and preheat the air fryer to 350ºF.
  11. When fryer is ready place the apple doughnut holes in for 3 minutes and then flip them to fry for another 3 minutes.
  12. Carefully remove the apple doughnut holes from the air fryer and allow a couple minutes to cool.
  13. Enjoy!

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