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Paleo Caramel Apple Mini Donuts

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The great apple hunt of 2018, well that’s what we called it this year lol! It was as if I was constantly on the search for the best local apples I could find this time around and I stumbled upon some beauties! Most especially these Arkansas Black Heirloom Apples I had been eyeing for the past few years. I felt like a pirate with her booty when I finally found them and it felt oh so good! I really wanted to create something special this time around for fall and these Paleo Caramel Apple Mini Donuts seemed like the perfect fit!

I decided to add some sautéed apples to the donut mix itself instead of using apple cider or just adding them to the top of the donuts. My husband really adores apple fritters, but since we don’t eat those anymore, this seemed like a healthier compromise on that treat! I also wanted to add caramel into the recipe without making it too difficult. Using dates to make a healthier no-cook caramel frosting made it so there was no waiting and worrying if the perfect burnt sugar magical concoction would turn out or not. Just pop those soaked dates into your blender with some coconut cream for a yummy and fast caramel frosting!

You can add toasted pecans or whatever else you’d like on top! These cute mini donuts make it fun for little hands and would be a great treat for a Halloween party or just to make and enjoy as a treat for you and your family! I created this delicious recipe with my friends over at Vitacost. They made this recipe come together even easier since most of the ingredients I found on their website and they showed up on my door step 2 days after I ordered them! I hope you decide to give them a try, I know you will fall head over heels for them like we did!

Paleo Caramel Apple Mini Donuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Category: Dessert

Paleo Caramel Apple Mini Donuts


    Donut Mix:
  • 2.5 cups super-fine almond flour
  • 1 cup coconut Sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp ghee/coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt
    Apple Mixture:
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1 tbsp coconut Sugar
  • 2 tsp ghee/coconut oil
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
    Caramel Frosting:
  • 16 Deglet Noor Dates, soaked
  • 3 tbsp coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • a few pinches of sea salt


    For The Donuts:
  1. -Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan.
  2. -Add diced apple to the pan along with coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  3. -Cook 5 mins or until soft & fragrant and set aside to cool.
  4. -Add dates to a bowl with hot water, set aside and let soak for 15 mins. while you mix the donut dough.
  5. -Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
  6. -Add all wet ingredients together in a medium bowl and whisk together.
  7. -Incorporate the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well, then fold in the apple mixture.
  8. -Add dough to a large ziplock bag with one corner snipped off.
  9. -Pipe dough into your greased mini electric donut maker or mini donut pan, about 2/3 full, and cook according to donut maker or pan directions.
  10. -Mine took about 2 mins in electric donut maker (flip if needed, cooking for 1 more min.) and 10-12 mins. in a mini donut pan or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  11. -Set donuts on a wire rack to cool while you make the caramel.
  12. -May have to cook a few batches depending on the size of your donut maker/pan, makes aprox. 24 mini donuts.
    For The Caramel:
  1. -Drain soaked dates and add to food processor or a high speed blender.
  2. -Add in your coconut cream, maple syrup, vanilla and salt.
  3. -Pulse or blend until creamy and dates are fully incorporated.
  4. -Transfer to a bowl and dip donuts into the mixture to coat one at a time.
  5. -Place frosted donuts into the fridge for 10-15 mins. to dry a bit, chilling the extra caramel frosting at the same time.
  6. -Remove both from fridge and dip the donuts a second time in the caramel frosting.
  7. -Sprinkle with toasted pecans or crushed apple chips & serve.
  8. Can refrigerate for the next day but the frosting will soak into the donut the longer it sits.


Note use a wooden skewer to make it easy to flip and remove donuts. Poke into the donut and gently flip to keep hands safe from burns.

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