Healthy Gingerbread Donuts

So the holiday season is officially here.  Let’s bring on the food!

These donuts are full of flavor, with none of the bad stuff.  My kids and husband could not stop eating them.

I know it is going to be a good recipe when Meadow is willing to lick the beater.  She insisted on wearing her Thanksgiving hat she made at school.  Even Olive had a taste.  I wasn’t able to get a picture of that, but here she is eating a cucumber.

Healthy Gingerbread Donuts

Healthy Gingerbread Donuts

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 15 min


  • 2 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup light oil (I used organic safflower)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg (I used a flax egg)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 T ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl.
  3. Mix wet into another.
  4. Add wet to dry slowly. Be careful not to over-mix.
  5. Spoon batter into greased donut pans.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Place on a wire rack to cool.


Recipe Notes

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22 thoughts to “Healthy Gingerbread Donuts”

  1. These are SO good! My 5 year olds tried the batter and weren't convinced but once they tried the donut, they gobbled it down! I am gluten free but I couldn't help but have a little try and I thought they were awesome too. I'll definitely be trying your other kinds as well, especially the gluten free one so I can really enjoy them. I am going to look for a mini donut pan so I can send these as a healthy snack to share at school. Thanks so much!
    1. You are so welcome Jill! I need to make these again. We eat very little gluten these days, so I will be trying a gluten free version soon. :)
  2. Hey Melissa, I'm working my way through your recipe index and my donut pans finally arrived today! My girls love donuts, but I know how unhealthy they usually are. We also now have to worry about a severe nut allergy so I'm excited to play around with them at home. I love your blog! I'm out of spelt flour would you sub Whole Wheat flour or Whole Wheat pastry flour? I
  3. These look delicious and I'm definitely making them tonight in honor of national donut day! How do you store these? Should they be stored in the refrigerator?
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