WEIGHT WATCHERS BAKED APPLE SPICE DOUGHNUTS

Weight Watchers friendly baked doughnuts have become a new obsession. I've always loved doughnuts, but not the way they leave me feeling. Baked doughnuts are so much better. Since you make them at home you can control what's in them. They satisfy my sweet tooth without resulting in a sugar high/crash! Much lower in fat/sugar than bakeshop, donut shop, grocery store doughnuts.

Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living

Recipe type: Weight Watchers Recipes with Points Plus: Breakfast


Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (I used white whole wheat flour)
¾ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
½ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup milk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon canolaoil
½ teaspoon vanilla


INSTRUCTIONS

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, spice(s) and salt.
In another bowl whisk together the sugar, applesauce, milk, egg, oil and vanilla.
Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the applesauce mixture. Using a spoon mix until just combined. Do not overmix or the doughnuts will be tough. Use a pastry bag or large plastic bag to pipe the mixture into the donut pan. Alternatively, you can spoon the batter into the molds, but the finished doughnuts may not appear as even.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tops spring back when pressed gently around the edges. Place the pan on a wire rack and let the doughnuts cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the inside of the molds to release the doughnuts. Invert the donuts on the rack and cool completely, or enjoy warm.

The doughnuts can be eaten as is, sprinkled with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar or decorated with your favorite icing and chopped nuts and/or candy sprinkles. I sprinkled mine with a little cinnamon and sugar and drizzled them with icing I made by stirring together 2 heaping tablespoons of confectioners' sugar with 1-2 teaspoons of apple juice (water or milk would work too) to achieve a drizzling consistency.

COOK'S NOTES
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1 doughnut): 148 calories, 2 grams of fat, 29 g carbs, and 1 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein and *4 Points Plus


Variation: Substitute applesauce for pumpkin for healthy baked applesauce doughnuts


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