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We love these baked donuts all year round, but they're especially fun to make when candy canes hit store shelves. Thanks to applesauce and pure maple syrup, they're lower in added sugar than your typical frosted donut, but still have all the nostalgic flavor you crave from one. Sweet memories are guaranteed if you let the kids help make the chocolate batter and crush the candy canes!
Please note that if you use sunflower seed butter, it will be noticible in the flavor of the donuts. For a more neutral flavor, try almond butter.
To bake as mini muffins, use a mini muffin pan and bake for the same amount of time.
Crushing the candy canes is a great step for kids to help with! Place unwrapped candy canes into a zip top storage bag and let your kids have at it with a measuring cup or play hammer.
You can store these donuts for 3-5 days unfrosted in an airtight container in the fridge. They are fine to store frosted for up to 2 days, though the icing and candy canes are both more pronounced when added right before serving.
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These are great! I made them plain and then some with vanilla glaze and rainbow sprinkles. BIG HIT! Love that they are dairy free and gluten free and easily nut free (sunbutter) if desired. Baked for 18 minutes. My batch made 16. Will definitely make again (like tomorrow). Thanks for a great recipe!
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