What’s that? A HEALTHY donut!? You bet! These healthy apple cider donuts with a tahini maple glaze were a recipe that caught my eye while flipping through a magazine and then one I HAD to make after our family visit to the apple orchard.
Last year, we started the tradition of going with Ben to the apple orchard (I made slow cooker apple butter after returning home).
This year, we let Ben do some of the apple picking. It was so cute, he realized he could bite INTO the apples, and loved it.
Upon checking out and paying for our apples, I saw apple cider in a cooler, and bought some. It made me think back to when I was flipping through the fall issue of a Better Homes and Garden and came across this recipe for apple cider donut with a tahini maple glaze.
I am always looking for sneaky ways to make foods I love even a tad bit healthier, so I made the donuts and fell in love!
These are the quintessential fall donut!
How do you make a donut healthy?
It’s simple, bake it instead of frying it! And ok, it’s not exactly a salad, but it’s the healthiest way to enjoy this treat!
To bake donuts, you simply make the batter, and then pour it into a donut pan and bake away! I’ve made this recipe to fill a 6 donut pan, if you have a 12 donut pan, just double the recipe.
The tahini maple glaze is the perfect topping for these donuts. It’s made with tahini (sesame paste) and maple syrup. It has a slightly sweet nutty flavor that goes so well with the donuts.
Have you ever use tahini in a recipe? Let me know in the comments below!
Other recipes you might enjoy:
Healthy Apple Cider Donuts with a Tahini Maple Glaze
- 1/3 cup unflitered apple cider
- 1 medium apple cored and diced about 1 cup
- 3 oz. whole wheat pastry flour about 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons whole-milk Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 large egg white
- Cooking spray
- For the glaze:
- 1 tablespoon tahini sesame seed paste
- 1 tablespoon dark maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine apple cider and apples in a saucepan over medium-high heat; cover and cook 10 minutes. Uncover and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes. Pour apple mixture into a blender; process until smooth.
- Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl; stir with a whisk.
- Combine apple mixture, sugar, yogurt, oil and egg white in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Add yogurt mixture to flour mixture and stir until combined
- Coat a 6 cavity donut pan with cooking spray. Spoon batter evenly into 12 cavities. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes, or until donuts spring back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan for 2 minutes. Invert donuts onto wire rack. Cool completely
- Combine tahini and maple syrup stirring with a whisk. Add water; whisk until smooth.
- Spread glaze over tops of donuts. Let stand until glaze is set, then enjoy.