Apple Crumble Donuts

Quick question: do you prefer “donuts” or “doughnuts”?

The other day it occurred to me that I had no idea which variation was correct. What Google revealed proved extraordinary. How did people live prior to the age of Internet search engines?

Apparently, both spellings are acceptable. In this country, “donut” holds preference. Perhaps because Americans are too lazy to add all those extra letters? The original “doughnut” was first used in the early 1800’s, particularly in Washington Irving’s History of New York. The shortened spelling came about much later that century, primarily as a contraction. It did not immediate catch on, until of course the 1950 opening of “Dunkin’ Donuts.” Included below is a neat graph I found about the subject:

X-axis = years, y-axis = percentage increase in popularity

Are you asleep yet? SORRY but I can’t resist the chance to include a graph! What can I say: I am an Economics girl at heart.

Anyway, there you have it. This article concludes that both spellings are acceptable, but consistency is key. So we’re sticking with the shortened version!

*God Bless America plays in background*

These apple crumble donuts are chock full of juicy apple chunks and are topped with a warm, sweet crumble. Ideally paired with a cup of strong coffee and a warm blanket.

If you’re looking for more fall-inspired donut flavors, test out my chai latte and pumpkin variations!

This recipe serves 6 donuts and is inspired by Connoisseurus Veg.



For the crumble:

  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 TBS brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 TBS melted coconut oil

For the donuts:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp each powdered ginger, nutmeg, and salt
  • Pinch of cloves
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 3 TBS oil of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 small apple, diced

For the frosting:

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 TBS almond milk
  • Splash of vanilla extract


  1. Mix all crumble ingredients together in a small bowl. Place bowl in fridge while assembling rest of recipe.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and light oil your donut pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine applesauce, almond milk, oil, and oil.
  5. Gently add wet to dry, taking care not to over-mix. Fold in apples.
  6. Pour donut batter into prepared pan, sprinkling the now-cool crumble mixture on top.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until tops of donuts spring back slightly when prodded.
  8. Combine frosting ingredients. Once donuts cool, drizzle glaze in a zig-zag motion.

Please let me know if you test out this recipe, I so enjoy reading your comments and feedback!


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