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2 Ingredient Apple Donuts (No Yeast, Butter, or Eggs)

Fluffy apple flavored donuts that are just 2 ingredients. These donuts don’t require any yeast, butter, or eggs. All you need to mix the dough is a spoon. You can have fresh, homemade donuts in less than 15 minutes.
overhead shot of a pile of donut holes.

Apple season is here and I’m excited for all the upcoming apple varieties. You don’t have to wait for apple season to make these donuts though. They can be made all year long. The donut dough takes about 2 minutes to mix together and then the dough is ready to be cooked.

Ingredients

  • Applesauce
  • Self-Rising Flour (you can also make your own with flour, baking powder and salt)

The donut dough is just 2 ingredients. The two ingredients are mixed together until a dough forms and then it’s ready to be cooked. The donuts can be eaten plain or coated in sugar or a glaze. I coated mine with cinnamon sugar.

Substitutions

  • I have not tested this recipe with any flour alternatives.
  • If you are looking for a substitute for applesauce, I have also made a banana version.

Fried, Air Fried or Baked

These donuts are best fried. When fried, the donuts come out very light and fluffy and taste like regular donuts.

If you do not wish to fry the donuts, the next best method is cooking them in the air fryer. The donuts do not come out as light and airy but they are still very tasty, especially after they are rolled in cinnamon sugar (or glaze). These taste more like a healthier baked version of donuts.

If you don’t own an air fryer, you can try baking them. This was my least favorite version. The donuts come out more dense and bready when baked.
close-up shot of the apple donuts.

Variations

  • These donuts have a mild apple flavor. If you want to enhance the apple flavor, you can add some chopped apple pieces into the batter.
  • You can also add cinnamon or nutmeg to flavor the batter. Both flavors pair well with apples.

Toppings

I rolled my donuts in a cinnamon sugar mixture. Other topping ideas:

  • powdered sugar
  • caramel sauce
  • vanilla glaze

a pile of apple donut holes.

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2 Ingredient Apple Donuts

Servings: 16 donuts
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Fluffy apple flavored donuts that don't require any yeast, butter or eggs. This donut dough is just 2 ingredients and comes together in minutes.
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup (162.5 g) self-rising flour
  • 2/3 cup (167 g) applesauce
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  • If you are frying the donuts: Add 1 inch of oil to a medium saucepan. Bring to medium heat (about 350°F).
  • Combine flour and applesauce into a large bowl. Mix with a spoon until applesauce is completely incorporated into the flour and a sticky dough forms.
  • Use a 2 tsp cookie scoop to scoop dough. Gently release the dough ball directly into the heated oil. (This is usually the small size cookie scoop. If you don't own a 2 tsp cookie scoop, you can also use measure out a heaping 1/2 tbsp of dough with a measuring spoon and use another spoon to help you form a ball and release it into the oil. ) Add in half of the dough balls or however many your saucepan has room for. I fried my donuts in two batches. Fry the donuts until the bottoms are golden brown, then flip them and fry a few more minutes until the other side is also golden brown. Remove donuts from oil and place onto a plate lined with a paper towel (to soak up excess oil) to cool.
  • To air fry the donuts, set your air fryer to 375°F, no preheat. Cook donuts for about 6 minutes or until cooked through. Cooking time can vary depending on the size of your donuts and your air fryer, so I recommend testing one out before adding the remaining. To bake the donuts (not recommended as the donuts come out bready), preheat oven to 375°F. Bake for about 9-12 minutes or until done.
  • When donuts are no longer too hot to touch, coat them with your favorite topping. I mixed 2 tbsp sugar + 1/2 tsp cinnamon and put it into a ziploc bag. I then put the donut holes in the bag and shook them until they were coated in cinnamon sugar. Donuts are best enjoyed soon after they are cooked.

Notes

  • To make your own self-rising flour, add 2 cups all purpose flour, 3 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt to a bowl. Whisk to combine. Measure out the amount needed for the recipe.
  • Fried donuts are best enjoyed the same day they are made. They do not store well. Air fried donuts taste best while warm and soon after they are cooked.
  • You can use sweetened or unsweetened applesauce. I used unsweetened.
  • The donuts have a mild apple flavor. If you wish to add more apple flavor, you can fold in finely chopped apples into the donut dough. 
  • If you don't plan on adding toppings, you can add cinnamon or other spices to the dough to add more flavor to the dough.
  • These donuts come out the same size as regular donut holes. A smaller cookie scoop is used because the dough will puff up during cooking.
  • I used this 2 tsp cookie scoop.*
  • *This product link is an affiliate link. This means I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.
  • Nutrition estimate is for the dough only and does not include toppings or oil absorbed if the donuts are fried. Nutrition estimate is calculated using unsweetened applesauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1donut, Calories: 35kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 109mg, Potassium: 7mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, NET CARBS: 7g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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18 comments on “2 Ingredient Apple Donuts (No Yeast, Butter, or Eggs)”

  1. I wonder if you could use dry cake mix with the applesauce? I have 12 boxes of Jiffy yellow cake mix I’d like to use up. I also LOVE Donuts.

  2. Looks delicious without all the sugar and calories.

  3. Will try the apple donuts thanks

  4. My partner said they were the best donuts he’s ever eaten.

  5. while not a bad idea in theory this turns out more like bread with a hint of apple flavor – it’s an attempt at what apple donuts want to be, but with some alterations you may get more of the texture and flavor you’re aiming for.

    as is, at least with the air fryer method, it makes for apple bread bites. not horrible, but not recommended without substituting and adding more ingredients than 2.

    • Hi, it is bready if you use the air fryer method but not if you fry them. If you fry them, they will taste like traditional donuts and are very fluffy. I discuss this in the post. Unfortunately, it’s not quite the same using the air fryer but I still think they are tasty and I wanted to share the air fryer method because I know many people will want to know if they can be made in an air fryer.

  6. Do you mean 2 teaspoons or 2 tablespoons for each donut cause you start out saying teaspoons then say if you don’t have a cookie scoop to measure out 2 tablespoons of dough…

    • it is 2 tsp. I think your misread what I wrote. I do not state using 2 tbsp of dough. I wrote that if you don’t own a 2 tsp cookie scoop you can measure out a heaping 1/2 tbsp. I say this because measuring spoons usually do not include a 2 tsp spoon. 1/2 tbsp is the closest to 2 tsp and if you make it a heaping 1/2 tbsp, it will be very close to 2 tsp of dough.

  7. The little apple ? donuts were just perfect for my husband’s afternoon snack. They whipped up in no time, fried up quickly and after I dropped them into a paper bag with cinnamon sugar and shook em up they were just right! Another great recipe from creative Kirbie!!

  8. Looks amazing! I’m wondering if you could use mashed banana instead of applesauce? Or apple butter? Or maybe even pumpkin puree?

  9. That sounds so good and easy to make. I am a newbie with using my air fryer…only used it once to make pork chops. If I make these donuts in the air fryer do I still need to use the oil? Thanks

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