"duffins" (Donut Muffins)

"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!"
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Ready In:
24 muffins




  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Line 2 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. Spray lightly with non-stick spray.
  • Combine butter and applesauce.
  • Add sugar and beat for 1-2 minutes, until fully incorporated.
  • Beat in egg whites and whole egg for another 2 minutes.
  • Mix in vanilla and buttermilk.
  • 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.
  • Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins, about two thirds full.
  • Bake muffins for 13-15 minutes, or until batter starts to pull away from the liners and tops spring back when poked.
  • While muffins are baking, mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle tops of muffins with cinnamon sugar right after removing them from the oven.
  • Cool for 2 minutes in pan, then remove to cooling rack.
  • Refrigerate.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. These are excellent. They're dense but light, and they're satisfying in a few bites. They're awesome!


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