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Apple Cider Donuts

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These moist apple cider donuts are baked to perfection, and are completely dairy free with the option to make them gluten free as well!


Apple Cider

  • 1 1/4 cup apple cider, reduced to 1/3 cup
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Apple Cider Donuts

  • 2 cups (262g) all purpose flour or gluten free flour*
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup (105g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (55g) melted coconut oil, or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) almond milk, or regular milk
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (use vegan butter for dairy free)
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon


Apple Cider

  1. Pour the apple cider into a saucepan with the cinnamon stick. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  2. Simmer until it reduces down to 1/3 cup. Pour into a measuring glass to ensure you have exactly 1/3 cup. If you’re just a hair short, top it off with a bit more fresh apple cider. Set aside.

Apple Cider Donuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and bring out your donut pans, enough to make 12 donuts.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, sugar, egg, vanilla, melted oil, and warm cider. The cider can be warm to the touch, but not hot. 
  4. Then whisk in the almond milk and apple sauce.
  5. Pour in the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. 
  6. Pour the batter into a piping bag, or a large zip lock bag, and snip off the tip or corner.
  7. Lightly spray the donut pans with nonstick spray and pipe the batter into each cavity, filling each about 3/4 full and using up all of the batter. 
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean with a few moist crumbs. 
  9. Allow the donuts to cool for about 10 minutes, then carefully remove them from the pan and place on to a cooling rack.
  10. For the coating, melt the butter in the microwave and combine the sugar and cinnamon in a separate dish.
  11. Coat the donuts by dunking in the butter, allowing any excess to drip off, and then toss in the cinnamon sugar.
  12. Now they’re ready to enjoy!


GLUTEN FREE FLOUR – I have tested this with gluten free flour as well and they turned out great! But I recommend weighing the flour rather than measure by cups, as it’s very easy to use too much when measuring. The flour I use is Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour.

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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