Apple-Spiced Caramel-Dipped Doughnuts

This request came from my Facebook friend, Kelley Combs. With doughnuts, my mind goes to chocolate everytime and she suggested an apple version. I’m so glad she did!!




  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • 2 cups apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 5 large eggs
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup creamy almond butter

Caramel Dip:

  • 13.5 oz can of coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons ghee or organic butter
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon butter extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl, blend doughnut ingredients until well-blended (this will be a slightly chunky batter).  Fill the bottom half of the doughnut maker until level. Lower top half and cook for approximately 3-4 minutes until firm and slightly browned. Let cool on a cooling rack. Continue to cook until batter is gone. It makes about 20 mini doughnuts.
  2. For the caramel: Place ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Heat to a boiling for 4 minutes.  Continue to cook for approximately 30 minutes on low, stirring often.  The sauce will darken and thicken.  Cook until it thickly coats your spoon.
  3. Dip the tops of the doughnuts in the sauce and place on a cooling rack.  Refrigerate.
  4. For the extra caramel sauce (I don’t like to waste): I lined a baking dish with parchment paper and then poured in the caramel sauce (with added pecans).  Let cool and refrigerate and cut into squares for a “praline” experience! :-)
  5. Enjoy!

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  1. OMG those look amazing! I may have to try these out during the holidays. My husband's gonna LOVE these!

  2. Can you swap the coconut milk out for grass fed heavy cream instead?

  3. What is this donut maker you're referring to?

  4. Pingback: 106 Paleo Apple Recipes {all dairy free} - Feasting On Joy

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