Food and the City: 3 Ingredient (40 calories!) Cinnamon Apple Donuts Yum

November 30, 2017

3 Ingredient (40 calories!) Cinnamon Apple Donuts

Listen up. 

Holiday baking is in full force and I'm going to need you to make these donuts immediately. Immediately as in today. Immediately as in right now. What are you even doing still reading this?


I'm not even fucking around, these are actually incredible. They require just 3 ingredients and about zero % of your patience. Or rather, 15 minutes, but that's basically the same thing as zero.

When it comes to baking, any amount of time spent in the kitchen that takes under 30 minutes to make is almost as easy as just going to the store and buying something thats already been prepared.

And with ingredients that you most likely already have on hand, these will by far go down as one of the easiest desserts you've ever made. Also, if I'm being honest, these really only require two ingredients if you discount water. Which you should.

Water is not an ingredient.

As for flavor, well -- there's nothing basic about them. These mini donuts taste almost identical to Dunkin' Donuts munchkins, except with 1/2 the calories. 40 calories per donut to be exact.

Stay the hell home tonight and make these. I promise you won't be disappointed.

3 Ingredient Cinnamon Apple Donuts 

makes 70 mini donuts
1 box white cake mix (just the mix!)
2 4oz containers (or 1 cup) of unsweetened applesauce
1 cup water
2 tbs sugar
1 tbs cinnamon + an extra teaspoon
a few spritz of butter spray

Preheat oven to 325 and grease your mini muffin or donut pan. 
(my pan only yields 48 donuts, so I had to do this in two batches.)

In a large bowl, combined dry cake mix, applesauce, and water. Mix everything until it's well combined and batter is smooth. Fold in 1 teaspoon of cinnamon until incorporated.

Spoon batter into your pan and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them!

In a separate bowl, combined sugar and remaining cinnamon and stir together to create your cinnamon sugar topping. 

After donut holes have cooled, transfer to a bowl and give them a few spritz of butter spray (I use the yellow I can't Believe It's Not Butter bottle!) Sprinkle on your cinnamon sugar topping and toss to coat.


...and then enjoy some more, because I promise you'll be making these on a steady basis.