"duffins" (Donut Muffins)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe is a cross between a donut and a muffin. Baked, not fried, using wholesome ingredients, it is actually a smart start to your day!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line 2 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. Spray lightly with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine butter and applesauce.
  4. Add sugar and beat for 1-2 minutes, until fully incorporated.
  5. Beat in egg whites and whole egg for another 2 minutes.
  6. Mix in vanilla and buttermilk.
  7. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and baking soda until combined. Be careful not to overmix when adding the dry ingredients or muffins will be tough.
  8. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins, about two thirds full.
  9. Bake muffins for 13-15 minutes, or until batter starts to pull away from the liners and tops spring back when poked.
  10. While muffins are baking, mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon.
  11. Sprinkle tops of muffins with cinnamon sugar right after removing them from the oven.
  12. Cool for 2 minutes in pan, then remove to cooling rack.
  13. Refrigerate.
Most Helpful

Wow! We really enjoyed these. Does it negate the health benefits if DH eats 6 of them LOL? I used half white wheat and half oat flour, which I find always makes for a tender muffin. The nutmeg is really an unsung hero in this recipe; I was tempted to add cinnamon to the batter but I'm rather glad I didn't. I used plain fat free yogurt instead of buttermilk just because I had it on hand. Thanks so much for posting! I think these are going directly into my Best of 2011 cookbook! Made for Zaar Cookbook Tag.

smellyvegetarian April 02, 2011

I had high hopes for this Duffin recipe. I was comparing it to a Duffin recipe of a local bakery and this one just paled in comparison. The texture was very nice and light and wonderful but I feel the recipe fell short with taste. It just was blahsville with a slightly baking soda taste. I used all the specified ingredients but made a half recipe. I typically do this to test a recipe for the 1st time. I am glad that I did as it just didn't do it for me. I did make some mini-muffins with small muffin wrappers which is a nice way to enjoy a bite of a duffin. I'll experiment with some other duffin recipes to see if I can find one that is more tasty. I took the mini-duffins out of the wrapper and tossed them into a bag with the cinnamon sugar mixture to hopefully coat them with a little more flavor. That helped a bit.

cloverseed2 December 11, 2013

These are excellent. They're dense but light, and they're satisfying in a few bites. They're awesome!

LadyMandyisms May 18, 2013