Apple Donuts: The Perfect Family Snack

Do you love donuts, but hate to look like you love donuts? I've got the perfect recipe for you! Watch as I show you how to make my amazing apple donuts.

Do you love donuts, but hate to look like you love donuts? I’ve got the perfect recipe for you! These healthified “apple donuts” may taste like a guilty treat, but they’re simply fresh apple slices topped with a little sweetened up peanut butter and dark chocolate. Add some sprinkles, gluten-free cookie crumbs, nuts, or toasted coconut for an extra kick.

This sweet treat is both parent and kid-approved. Watch the video below as my kids and I whip up a batch:

Apple Donuts


  • 2 Large apples
  • 1/2 Cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Pack high-quality dark chocolate chips
  • Cookie crumbs, sprinkles, nuts, or toasted coconut, for topping


  1. Cut apples into 1/4" rounds. 

  2. Using a biscuit cutter, cut each apple round into a perfectly-shaped circle.

  3. Using a small round cookie cutter, cut the center out of each apple round. This will leave you with a donut shape. Set apple slices aside.

  4. Mix together peanut butter, maple syrup, and salt. 

  5. Using your hands, mound about a teaspoon of the sweetened up peanut butter mixture onto each apple slice. Set aside. 

  6. Melt one bag of dark chocolate chips in a double boiler and then dip each peanut butter-coated apple round in the chocolate.

  7. Before the chocolate hardens, add desired toppings. 

  8. Lay each apple donut on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate to set.