Easy Baked Cinnamon Donuts are a win-win-win! A doughy, cakey texture and taste, just like — dare I say — Hostess, but made with ingredients that nourish your body. And best of all: easy! One bowl for your wet ingredients, one bowl for your dry ingredients, mix them together and spoon into the pan. Ten minutes later you have gorgeous donuts staring back at you. If you can resist them long enough to let them cool off, I also have a couple of great topping suggestions.
If you’ve read my About page you know that I am no stranger to Hostess products. Don’t judge! There was a time in my life when the anticipation of opening a box of Hostess Assorted Donuts and a cup of coffee is what motivated me after several nights of three hours of sleep due to a newborn with very bad colic. I’m not proud of it, but we are a sum of all of our experiences, right?! Well, these gems are the sum of my weak Hostess moments.
While my Easy Baked Cinnamon Donuts offer up the same delicious flavor and texture, they do so without gluten, animal products or refined sugars. Because I combined some of the powerhouses of flour together, each donut will provide you with about five grams of plant-based protein. Hello, breakfast!!
I’ve been thinking donut-y thoughts for a while now but I had one major obstacle. No donut pan. Since adding this addition to my life, I honestly don’t know how I ever lived without it! They are very affordable. I would have paid $9.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond for the 6 cavity regular size donut pan, but since they still accept those expired 20% off coupons, I paid $7.99, woohoo, I love that! It is also currently available on Amazon for a little more.
This recipe is so simple to make. After combining the dry ingredients with the wet, simply spoon the batter into your greased donut tin.
Every time I make these donuts I have a couple of tablespoons of batter left over. You can choose to bake the remaining batter in the donut tin after the first six are done (make sure you put a little bit of water in each of the empty cavities) or make a bonus mug cake: Place the remaining amount in a greased ramekin and microwave on high power for about 1 and 1/2 minutes. Delish!
I won’t tell you how many times I had to make these donuts to still have six donuts remaining after the cooling process . . . details! So I have tried both the coconut palm sugar topping and the chocolate frosted topping several times and I really can’t pick a team. I love them both! What will you pick?!