Apple Sauce Donuts and 170 Miles

We had a wonderful, relaxing weekend!  Usually I spend lots of time in my kitchen, doing laundry, cleaning etc.  I did do some cooking to start off Tony’s birthday on Saturday morning.

I had an idea to make donuts – I’ve been seeing pumpkin donuts everywhere lately, but I have yet to stock my fall/winter pantry with canned pumpkin.  FYI, Aldi has the cheapest canned pumpkin – every day price is .69 cents by me!   So I decided to see if I could sub in apple sauce for the pumpkin.

I also liked that linked pumpkin donut recipe because you could just mix, roll, punch out the donuts and fry – literally you can have donuts ready in about 15 minutes, which is about how long it takes our deep fryer to come to temperature.

Apple Sauce Glazed Donuts

  • makes 18 donuts and holes – each one:  209 calories, .8 fat, 46 carbs, 1 fiber and 3.7 protein


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1.25 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

For the glaze:

  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar free pancake syrup (or maple syrup)

I put all the dry ingredients into a big bowl, then whisked to combine.  And because I am a lazy baker, I just added everything else to the flour mixture, and mixed until combined.  It’s going to be a kind of loose dough, put the dough on your floured counter and add enough so that you can cut out the donuts – I used about 1/3 cup of flour. 

I used a biscuit cutter for the donut, then a shot glass for the middle.  Deep fry for 1-2 minutes per side.  Mix the powdered sugar, milk and syrup together, and after the donuts cool for a minute, dip each one in the glaze.  I ended up tossing the holes in a cinnamon/sugar mixture.

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Here is what I learned though.  I cut out half the donuts and then plugged in my deep fryer.  It took about 10 minutes to come to temperature.  By then, the liquid in the applesauce kind of leaked through, and I had to start all over – I couldn’t even get them off the counter!  It was quick work, and worth it.  I would consider this more of a cake donut, but really delicious.  I ended up cooking up some breakfast link sausage on the side – and that was breakfast!  Turns out I heart donuts! (and find them insulin worthy!!)

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But because we ate so late (around 10:30) by the time lunch came around, Tony wasn’t hungry for lunch – we had planned on going out for sushi, but found out that our favorite place closes at 2:00 on Saturdays for lunch.  So we ended up hitting up the grocery store to get a steak for dinner and snacks for football Sunday.

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We split this steak (still had about 1/3 of it leftover!) and had baked potatoes and zucchini on the side.  I made a compound butter with fresh rosemary and baked fresh garlic – um, the rosemary butter was amazeballs on both the steak and the baked potato!

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And per his request, I made my carrot cake with cinnamon cheese cream frosting.  I normally make this in a 9×13 pan, but decided to make a two layer cake.   Tony declared it the best carrot cake he’s ever had!  For good reason – 1. there is 1.5 cups of oil that emulsified with the carrots, and 2. there isn’t a lot of frosting so the cake really stands out. 

Again, not going to win any blue ribbons with my cake frosting skills, but this was delicious.

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And our recent Sunday tradition where Tony makes me breakfast was alive and well yesterday – creamy eggs, hashbrowns and toast – thanks Tony!

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Tony requested Hooters wings and shrimp for his football food yesterday.  Our local Hooters actually just turned into a Chik-fil-A.  It’s been opened a month and its always swamped so we haven’t tried it yet – not sure I’ve ever had Chik-fil-A before!

Here is the recipe for the copy cat Hooters Chicken wings.   I didn’t take any pictures of the wings because I did the shrimp first since they don’t take long at all – I used the same flour mixture from the Hooters wings – there was plenty.

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And so far, I am in the lead for our football pics this week!  I plan to gloat about it all week. Open-mouthed smile

So my blog friend and friend in real life Jacky (she always runs into my sister, but I do plan on a meet up this fall!) is running the New York marathon!   She’s six weeks away from the big race, and she still has 170 miles on her training schedule before then.

Remember when I wanted to move 100 miles for my August challenge?  Well, bronchitis kicked me in the balls and that challenge never came to fruition.  Six weeks takes me all the way through Halloween!  So to give my friend Jacky support, I plan on moving 170 miles in the next six weeks – it breaks it down to just over 28 miles a week.  So I definitely see some long bike rides in my future.  I know you’ll do great Jacky!

Does anyone else want to join me in this challenge?  Just leave me a comment below or send me an email at – I’ll see if my friends at Chobani will offer up another gift box for everyone who meets their six week challenge.

Alright, I have to scoot – I finally am going to see my plastic surgeon at lunch for my “abnormal” mole removal.  I never thought I’d step foot in a plastic surgeons office in my life!  I am assuming the removal is going to be out patient, and today is just our initial consult – wish me luck!

Make it a great day!


64 thoughts on “Apple Sauce Donuts and 170 Miles

  1. OMG The donuts look incredible! Glad you had a relaxing weekend! Those are the best kinds of weekends to have!

  2. Good luck with the doctor’s visit – I always say I’ll never do anything with cosmetic surgery, but I wonder if, once I was there for a legitimate reason (like with your mole), if I’d be all “hey, as long as I’m here, could you take care of…” and come out looking like a movie star – HA!

    • I had a friend once who said she had to have a nose job because of a deviated septum (sp?!) and the when I saw her after surgery she had her chin and eyebrows done and when I asked her about it she said “I only had my nose done and that makes my whole face look different.” Huh?

  3. You are killing me here….I’m starving and you show me fried donuts, grilled steak, buffalo shrimp. Drool, drool, drool! And chick-fil-a is THE BOMB 🙂

  4. Lots of deliciousness at your house this weekend! Those donuts look great (and I am not normally a donut girl at all). And I want the hooters shrimp. Chickfila rocks. There are tons of them down here.

  5. Such mouthwatering meals! Good luck at the plastic surgeon!

  6. Happy belated birthday to Tony. We had a football weekend away. Those buffalo shrimp looks AWESOME! Want some now. Thanks for the support on my training, sounds like a lot of miles when I read it here! This week is my 18, wish me luck. Have a great week. And yes, once this marathon is done we need to meet up.

  7. omg, carrot cake is my absolute favorite cake ever (had it for my wedding cake, even!). Very impressive!

  8. We’d love to offer up gift boxes! You know where to reach us. 🙂


  9. I will join you in a challenge but I don’t thikn I can do 28 miles a week (I don’t have a bike and 28 miles on foot would be crazy). I will commit to yoga 3x a week (even if it’s 20 minutes, which it probably will be bc I’m going on vacation and won’t be at my studio) + no late-night snacking 5x a week (I would say every night, but then if I mess up I won’t just give up). Good luck! And good luck at the dr’s appt.

  10. You might be surprised and find that the PS will just remove the mole today. Sounds like you had a great time celebrating Tony’s birthday!

  11. mmm…carrot cake

    Six week challenge…I’m in again! This time I want to aim to lose 4 lbs. I failed in my August challenge, but I’ve lost 6.6 lbs in the last 3 weeks.

  12. Wish you all the best at your Dr’s appointment!
    Those donuts do look good.
    I’m loving everything pumpkin 🙂

  13. I love a good cake donut. I have had a hankering for them this fall. You are right – the recipes are everywhere! I hoard pumpkin all year, so I always have at least a few cans in my pantry 😀

    I lost the football picks this week. Booo…. and the Broncos lost again. Double boo…

  14. Good luck at the derm! I’ll be thinking of you!

  15. OMG, homemade donuts are the jam. I’ve only made baked ones before, though. These look DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!

  16. Your rosemary and garlic butter sounds divine! Carrot cake is one of the few that I make (and even eat), my son loves it. The buffalo shrimp look totally awesome, I’m going to have to try that one for sure. Glad Tony had a good birthday even without his sushi. I agree with Helen, he may just remove the mole in his office.

  17. Sounds like an amazing weekend Biz!

  18. Those donuts are so cute! The shot glass idea is brilliant 😉

  19. Totally loving those doughnuts…applesauce doughnuts sound even better to me than pumpkin doughnuts, yum!!

    Awesome 6-week plan…definitely a challenge but I know you can do it!! Unfortunately I’m still recovering from pneumonia…it’s taking a lot longer than I had hoped to get back to 100%. 😦 However, I really want to start building up my strength again…my 6-week challenge for myself is to get to the gym 4 days during the week for yoga or pilates class. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. I’m in for the challenge. I can’t really walk (don’t have the safety of doing it at home, we live near a busy street, and our parking lot at work is way too busy), but I do have an elliptical, and I know that I was in for the August challenge until school started LOL. Since we have since settled into a routine, I’m going to strive for at least 10 minutes on the elliptical every day. I want to get healthier and for my clothes to fit better, and I know the elliptical gets me to sweating way more than I’d like to admit! 🙂 I also commit to tracking what I eat daily. Good, bad and ugly lol

  21. 28 miles a week is totally doable. I get how you feel though. It sucks when things get in the way of our plans!

  22. i want one of those donuts so bad right now! it looks amazing. and great tip about the pumpkin. i’m glad you had such a lovely weekend!

  23. Wonderfully good, different not sure I fully understand but glad I found this site. I have just started to study in the England. My name, Anuta is identical in English and Russian. I am a little lonely so I am googling the internet; decorating cakes and doing Zumba lessons to make new friends in online.

  24. All the best at the doctors, I hope it goes well. the donuts remind me of the apple cider donuts we would get in Amish country in PA- so yummy!

  25. My goal is to workout 5 days a week. I had a hip injury and had to slow down, which meant I quit for many weeks. I miss the sanity exercise brings me and want to get back into a routine. This is perfect timing for me.

    • Woop! Welcome aboard Kim! I walked my dog for 15 minutes, then did a 30 minute DVD after dinner – I don’t recommend eating dinner first before working out though!

  26. Hi Biz! You’re like a food magician, with donuts like that coming out of your home. I love shopping at Aldi too. What a great store.

    🙂 Marion

  27. As always the food you make looks wonderful. I am amazed how all that goodness can stay under 1500 calories a day.

    Count me in on the 170 in 6 weeks challenge, what is the starting date and ending date? I kind of sloughed off this past week cause I was putting so much time in preparing for the garage sale. by the time the day ended I was too pooped to pop!!!

    But I did notice my energy level was better, not to mention the sugar levels too, when I biked my 5 miles every day. So maybe it is time to get back into the routine that I so easily got out of.

    • The challenge will run from September 24 to November 2. I have no doubt you’ll be able to do this since you did the 100 miles in August with no problem! Thanks for joining again Louise!

  28. Your donuts look real good! I tried baking bread myself the other night and the dough refused to rise – so all I got was this flat dense thing from my oven…

    Hope the consult goes well for you..

  29. […] 165.8 miles left in 170 mile challenge […]

  30. I love your challenges Biz. I’m in! I’m training for the Philly marathon on 11/18 so my mileage is going to be at its highest over the next month. I’m so psyched for Jacky. NY will be awesome. I would love to run it someday along with Chicago.

    I’m glad you’re getting that mole removed. Thanks for reminding me to call my dermatologist. I have one mole in particular that I’d like to have checked.

  31. I had a chick fil a sandwich once, nothing that exciting in my opinion. Your steak, however, has me drooling…yum!

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