My daughter and I have a special game day routine that involves doughnuts. We start out morning with a round of doughnut; sprinkles for her and a glazed for me. In an effort to improve out sugary habit I thought I would jump on the baked doughnut train; starting with these Churro Doughnuts. It involves a doughnut pan and comes together as easy as pancake batter!
Did you ever think you would discover something so heavenly as a churro doughnut?
First things first, you’re going to need a doughnut pan.
Well I’m here to rock your world with this one. I made a few swaps to make the recipe a little healthier but not alter the taste. They are soft, sweet, warm, and coated in sugar and cinnamon. I used apple sauce for a portion of the butter, and decreased the amount of sugar in the batter considering we are rolling them in sugar at the end. If you like jitters (i’m kidding) just add 1 more tbsp of sugar and if you don’t have applesauce on hand just use another 1/4 C of butter in addition to what’s already listed.
Baked Churro Doughnuts
Yield 12 doughnuts
Tasty baked doughnuts with a light cake-like texture tossed with tons of cinnamon sugar.
- 1/4 C butter, melted
- 1/4 C applesauce
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1/3 C brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 2/3 C flour
- 1 C milk
Cinnamon Sugar Coating
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 c sugar
- 3 tbsp butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Combine the butter, apple sauce, sugar and brown sugar in a bowl. Mix until well combined- mixture should be relatively smooth.
- Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Barely stir in the 1 C milk. If lumps remain, it’s ok.
- Prepare the doughnut pan with nonstick spray.
- Pour the mixture in a large plastic bag (a makeshift piping bag). Carefully pipe the batter into the doughnut pan.
- Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing doughnuts from the pan.
- Preparing Cinnamon Sugar Coating: In a plastic bag, add the cinnamon and sugar. Place the melted butter in a shallow medium bowl.
- When ready to coat the doughnuts, lightly dip both sides in the melted butter and place in the sugar+ cinnamon plastic bag. Gently roll around till doughnut is fully coated.