How to make healthy donut apples for kids recipe

donut apples

Low-sugar snacking

These healthy donuts may look like the real thing, but the toppings sit on a ring of apple. Genius! The recipes suggest a layer of protein and fruit, so each serving is healthy, nutritious and delivers 2 of your child's 5-a-day.
  • 5-10 minutes
  • Apples, a sharp knife, protein-based spread and the toppings of your choice
  • 3+

The trick to making these donuts look and taste great is to combine the fruit with a soft spread and an exciting bit of crunch. You can experiment with different flavours. Number 3 is our “naughtier but nice” favourite – yes, we made it chocolatey! These would also be great served at a children’s party.

How to prepare the apple for the donuts: slice it into rounds. Then, carefully cut out the apple core to make a circle with a knife. You’ll need to use a sharp knife so it’s best to do this first. Your child can help you to add toppings after.

apple rings
Making apple donuts: rings of apple ready to be topped

1. Grape and granola donut

You’ll need:

  • apple rings (see ‘how to prepare the apple for the donuts’ above)
  • grapes
  • cream cheese 
  • granola

What to do:

  1. Slice the grapes thin. 
  2. Spread cream cheese on to the apple, completely covering one side.
  3. Add the grape slices to one half and sprinkle granola on to the other. 
donut apple with cream cheese
donut apple with strawberries

2. PB and strawberry donut

You’ll need:
  • apple rings (see ‘how to prepare the apple for the donuts’ above)
  • strawberries
  • peanut butter
  • chocolate chips
What to do:
  1. Slice the strawberries.
  2. Spread peanut butter on to the apple, completely covering one side. (If your child has a nut allergy, you could use cream cheese or chocolate spread instead).
  3. Add the strawberry slices to one half. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips onto the other half.

3. Rasberry chocolate crunch donut

You’ll need:
  • apple rings (see ‘how to prepare the apple for the donuts’ above)
  • chocolate spread
  • raspberries
  • pretzel sticks
What to do:
  1. Spread chocolate spread on to the apple, completely covering one side.
  2. Add raspberries to one half.
  3. Break up the pretzel sticks into small pieces and sprinkle on to the other half.
chocolate donut apple