If you are looking for a simple, fall treat to make with your kiddos, give these Apple Cider Donut Muffins a go! They are super easy to throw together (you don’t even need a mixer) and taste so much like Apple Cider Donuts, you’ll think you’re eating the real thing…sans all the added sugar.
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This muffin recipe is another great one to do with the kiddos. While I don’t have any pics of my daughter making these, trust me…she practically made them herself!
She loved squeezing the secret ingredient into the batter (more on that below), measuring, mixing and getting those muffin tins lined with liners. She always ditches me when it’s time to clean but…you know. That’s the price you pay when you’re baking with a 5 year old!
No apple cider needed
While these are called Apple Cider Donut Muffins, there is absolutely no cider in this recipe. Apple cider is filled with sugar (around 24 grams per cup without added sugar) and most traditional apple cider donut recipes call for at least two cups. Because the hubs and I wanted to enjoy these too, I had to get creative in developing that rich apple flavor without all the extra sugar and carbs.
Applesauce is the secret
The (not so) secret ingredient in these apple cider donut muffins is the applesauce. I almost always have squeezy pouches on hand and this recipe calls for just two pouches of applesauce (totaling 26 grams of sugar spread out over 12 muffins).
Just make sure it is completely unsweetened (these ones are great). I used unsweetened apple cinnamon pouches because that’s what I have, but regular ol’ apple sauce will do since you’re adding cinnamon anyway!
Are apples keto-friendly?
Fruit is not completely out if you’re on a keto diet (berries are okay in moderation because they are super low carb!). But apples fall into a questionable category because they are super high in carbs. Like anything, whatever you eat is your choice, but if you are eating keto and want to enjoy one of these muffins, you can take into account that 1 cup of applesauce is spread over 12 muffins.
So, each muffin is only 5.6 net carbs. Now, if you’re strict at 20 net carbs per day, these would take up a quarter of your carbs for the day. But, if you’re not strict to 20 net (many of us stay in ketosis at under 50 net carbs per day), these are the perfect Fall treat.
These muffins are delish without any “extras”. But, if you want to feel like you’re eating an apple cider donut, you’ve gotta add a little cinnamon sugar topping. I whipped up a mixture of cinnamon and sugar substitute and melted a little butter. Using a basting brush (because brushing butter on food is fun…amiright?) I topped the muffin with a little butter and dipped it into the cinnamon “sugar”. OMG. I wish I was eating one of these right now!!
Apple cider donut muffin recipe below
The recipe for these delicious, no-sugar-added muffins is below. They take a bit longer if you are baking them with your kiddos, but if you do them yourself while the kiddos are at school? Fifteen minutes prep time…tops.
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