Good morning! How would you like to rise to the smell of baking donuts?

Well, if you had smell-o-screen, you could.

cinnamon muffins

I bookmarked a recipe for Muffins that Taste Like Donuts on Good Life Eats the other day (who found it on Pioneer Woman) and knew I had to make these.

There’s a reason the recipe ends with “you might want to double it”. They’re good.

Of course, I made my own changes, because I just can’t leave well enough alone.

Here’s the recipe I ended up with:

Donut Muffins

1 cup spelt flour

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup almond milk

1/3 cup applesauce (I used no sugar added cranberry raspberry fiber version)

1 flax egg (I used 1/2T flax meal and 2T water)

almond milk


Mix ingredients together and divide evenly between a 12 cup muffin pan.

stand mixer

muffin batter

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. While baking, mix together sugar & cinnamon in a shallow dish, and melt vegan butter in another. (I just eyeballed these.)

cinnamon sugar melted butter

When the muffins are finished baking, pop them out of the muffin pan while they’re still warm. Dip the tops in the melted butter, shaking off excess. Then dip into cinnamon sugar mixture and coat thoroughly.

donut muffins

I guess you should allow them to finish cooling, but finding them irresistible, I dug right on in. I’d already burned my finger on the pan, so I might as well burn my mouth too. Luckily, they were the perfect temperature for eating!

cinnamon sugar donut


Dense, moist, and cinnamon-sugary. I will be fighting the husband for these.

muffin donuts

“Donuts” and a mug of coffee? Why, yes, I think I will.

muffin bite

Now that’s a good morning. 🙂