Since my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, our family still enjoys the occasional outing to a donut shop to enjoy our favorite fried dough confection. But when we do, there is no denying that it typically results in erratic blood sugar. So we needed a healthier version to enjoy more often… Enter: yogurt-iced apple donuts.

One could argue that there are still carbs and sugar in apples and yogurt. But apple donuts have half the carbs of a normal donut, and I personally feel a lot better giving my kids whole fruit and protein-rich dairy (with mostly natural sugars) rather than a ton of added sugar and white flour. There’s no contest as to which will be friendlier to blood sugar, which is my ultimate goal.

Of course, when you’re making a swap for a well-loved treat, your alternative needs to live up to the original. Thankfully, with their bright colors and burst of delicious flavor, these apple donuts do just that.

Nutritional Information

Serves: 8

Serving Size: 1 apple slice topped with strawberries, yogurt, and granola (using other fruit will alter nutrition calculations slightly)

  • Calories: 56
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Total Fat: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 11g


  • 2 medium apples, cored and sliced crosswise into 4 discs each
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup granola
  • 2 teaspoons ground flax seed
  • ½ cup sliced strawberries (or fruit of choice)

How To Make It

  1. Lay apple slices on a flat surface.
  2. Spread 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon granola, ¼ teaspoon ground flax seed, and 1 tablespoon fruit onto each apple slice.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.