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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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One of the best parts about going to a local farm to go apple or pumpkin picking is the apple cider donuts they often sell at the snack stand. I am a summer girl, but I am trying to embrace fall as best I can, so when I saw apple cider in the store the other day, I got a teensy bit excited and put the jug in my cart. All week long, every time I opened the fridge and saw the apple cider, it kept making me think about those apple cider donuts, so I decided to try to come up with my own recipe for apple cider donuts. But- I wanted mine to be a bit healthier, so these have no oil or eggs, and are made with Greek yogurt instead. The result is a delicious cake-y donut that immediately brings me back to days spent apple picking in the crisp fall air.

I topped mine with a bit of apple cider glaze (recipe below) but you could also roll them in some cinnamon sugar as well. They’re even good plain!

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Which one do you prefer? I can tell you that the dozen mini donuts I made were gone in less than 24 hours and that’s with only 2 people living in the house! We’re not picky about how they’re topped :)  Don’t judge.  They’re made with Greek yogurt, remember? They must be healthy!

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Baked Apple Cider Donut Recipe:
Makes about 12 mini donuts (I used the Babycakes Mini Doughnut Maker)

Ingredients:
1/2c flour
1/2t baking soda
1/2t baking powder
pinch of salt
3oz plain Greek yogurt
1T maple syrup- optional (go with “pure” maple syrup for the best flavor!)
1t cinnamon
1/4c apple cider

Directions:
Pre-heat your donut maker.
Mix all dry ingredients together until well-blended. Add in the Greek yogurt and the apple cider and mix again. Do not over mix as it will make the donuts tough. You may need a bit more apple cider until your dough is the consistency of pancake batter. Spoon 2-3 teaspoons of batter into each well of the (pre-heated) donut maker and bake for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and place on drying rack. If you are coating them in cinnamon sugar, do so immediately. If glazing, allow to cool for a few minutes before dipping in the glaze.

Glaze:
Pour about 1/3 cup of powdered sugar into a shallow bowl. Add 1t of cinnamon sugar and mix. Pour apple cider in 1t at a time and mix until the glaze is well mixed. You will probably need 2-3t of apple cider for the right consistency (not too runny!). When the donuts are cool enough to touch, dip into the glaze and place back on the drying rack. I dipped mine twice, allowing it to dry for a few minutes before drying again.

Click on the Magic button below to see my recipe on My Recipe Magic and to find out the nutritional information (I think you might be surprised to find how many of these you can eat for very few calories!)

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This was featured on Living Better Together and Wait Til Your Father Gets Home!


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Nutty Apple Dip {Recipe}

A few weeks ago we went to a friends house for game night (it was actually the night before my 30th birthday, so I can proudly say that I spent my last minutes in my 20’s playing Cranium!). One of our friends brought a bowl of deliciousness that she called apple dip. There were no apples in this dip, but she did bring a bag full of them to be dipped in this bowl of deliciousness. Before we left, I asked her for her recipe, which was simple- a block of cream cheese, a cup of sugar and some chopped peanuts. My arteries pretty much closed up at the thought of all that fat, but it was so good that I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I decided to try to recreate her recipe and make it a bit more health conscious.
Now, I’m not saying that this is the most healthy thing out there, but I did tweak it and cut down on the fat and calories by a considerable amount, and I even added in some Greek Yogurt because hey- who doesn’t love a recipe that has Greek yogurt in it?
Nutty Apple Dip
Apple Dip
Ingredients:
1/2 c. peanuts (I used honey roasted for extra flavor)
1 (8oz) package of Neufchâtel cream cheese (it is the 1/3 fat cream cheese), softened
1 (6oz) container of plain Greek yogurt
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
cinnamon – {optional} to taste

Directions:
Chop the 1/2 cup of peanuts until they are in tiny chunks (you could hand chop them, but I just pulsed them in my mini food processor for a few seconds) They should look like this:
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In a large bowl, cream together the softened cream cheese and sugar until well blended using a hand mixer. Add the Greek yogurt and brown sugar and continue to blend until fully mixed and no large lumps remain. Pour the chopped nuts into the bowl and stir by hand. Optional- if you really want this to taste like apple pie, sprinkle a teaspoon or so of cinnamon over top before serving. It’s like fall in a bowl!
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Serve with cut up fruit or cookies to dip– we like it best with apple slices or graham crackers, but the possibilities are endless! I’m sure strawberries, pineapple, pears or any other fruit would taste amazing dipped in this!

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Click the “Magic” button below to see the recipe on My Recipe Magic and to find out the nutritional information!

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