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Apple Cider Donuts (vegan and gluten-free)

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Apple cider donuts are fluffy, moist, tender and super flavorful. These are the best baked apple cider donuts, and they’re so easy to make! Their sugary spiced coating makes them irresistible that you’ll keep reaching for more!

Apple cider donuts are fluffy, moist, tender and super flavorful. These are the best baked apple cider donuts, and they're so easy to make! Their sugary spiced coating makes them irresistible that you'll keep reaching for more!

If you’d like for your home to smell like Fall, then you’ll love this recipe. These donuts are full of flavor and they are the fluffiest, most tender donuts I’ve ever had. Apple cider donuts are vegan and made with gluten-free flour making them acceptable to be enjoyed by most!

The donuts have a dense crumb similar to muffins, but they are moist and tender. I love their texture almost as much as I love their flavor. Although they are baked and not fried, they taste just like the donuts you’d buy fresh from a bakery shop, only more flavorful.

Ingredient list to make baked apple cider donuts

  • Gluten-free flour
  • Organic white sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Apple pie spice
  • Ground Flax
  • Apple cider
  • Apple sauce
  • Coconut oil

For the gluten-free flour, I like to use Bob’s Red Mill blend. It’s a 1:1 swap with regular flour and it always makes my baked goods fluffy, moist and delicious. Since it’s a 1:1 swap, you can use whole-wheat flour or regular flour instead.

For the organic white sugar, I love to use Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Cane Sugar. Wholesome Sweeteners products are all Fair Trade and made from certified organic sugar cane grown in South America. The cane juice, rich in molasses, vitamins and minerals, is squeezed from fresh sugar cane, evaporated and crystallized. It’s a product that I stand behind and love to use!

For the Apple cider, make sure you are using apple cider and not apple juice. I found mine at Trader Joe’s.

Apple cider donuts are fluffy, moist, tender and super flavorful. These are the best baked apple cider donuts, and they're so easy to make! Their sugary spiced coating makes them irresistible that you'll keep reaching for more!

How to make apple cider donuts

To make this recipe you will need two mixing bowl, measuring cups and all the ingredients listed above.

Apple cider donuts are easy and hassle free. To start, preheat the oven to 400F and spray a donut pan with non-stick spray.

In a small mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients:

  • Gluten-free flour
  • Organic white sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Apple pie spice
  • Ground Flax

Then, in a separate large mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients:

  • Apple cider
  • Apple sauce
  • Coconut oil

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix the batter. Allow it to set for 3 minutes. This allows the baking powder to get to work and will make for a fluffier donut.

Apple cider donuts are fluffy, moist, tender and super flavorful. These are the best baked apple cider donuts, and they're so easy to make! Their sugary spiced coating makes them irresistible that you'll keep reaching for more!

Then, you will fill each donut cavity with the batter. You want to fill them up to the top.

Bake the donuts in the oven for 14 minutes at 375F. Allow them to cool for 5 minutes before removing.

Move them to a cooling rack and then make your cinnamon and sugar coating in a small bowl. To do this, simply combine cinnamon, sugar and apple pie spice. Then, dip each side of the donut in the mixture and set aside. Enjoy warm or store in the fridge up to 4 days.

Apple cider donuts are fluffy, moist, tender and super flavorful. These are the best baked apple cider donuts, and they're so easy to make! Their sugary spiced coating makes them irresistible that you'll keep reaching for more!

Apple Cider Donuts (vegan and gluten-free)

Recipe by Hannah KlingCourse: BreakfastDifficulty: Beginner
Servings

12

donuts
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes

Apple cider donuts are fluffy, moist, tender and super flavorful. These are the best baked apple cider donuts, and they’re so easy to make! Their sugary spiced coating makes them irresistible that you’ll keep reaching for more!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of gluten-free flour

  • 1/3 cup organic white sugar

  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • 3 Tbsp ground flaxseed

  • 1 tsp apple pie spice

  • 1 1/3 cup apple cider

  • 1/3 cup apple sauce

  • 1/4 cup liquid coconut oil

  • Coating
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp apple pie spice

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375F and prepare a donut pan by spraying it with non-stick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground flax and apple pie spice.
  • Then, in a separate bowl combine wet ingredients: apple cider, apple sauce, coconut oil.
  • Add dry mixture to wet and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix. Allow the mixture to set for 3 minutes.
  • Then, pour batter into donut pan. I like to use a cookie scoop and usually do 3 scoops. However, you can use a pipping bag, plastic baggie or spoon.
  • Fill the donut cavities to the top. There should be enough batter for 12 donuts.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the donut pan to a cooling rack.
  • In the meantime, create your coating mixture by mixing sugar, cinnamon and apple pie spice in a small bowl. Then dip each side of the donut in the mixture until each donut is well coated.
  • Enjoy warm, or store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Notes

  • Did you make this recipe? Don’t forget to tag @lovelydelites on Instagram! #lovelydelites

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