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Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts

Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts are fluffy, soft and tender. This recipe will instantly make your house smell like fall with cinnamon, nutmeg and apple cider baked right into the donuts.

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a plate of gluten free apple cider donuts stacked on top of each other with an apple in the back and linen towel under the plate.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts are soft, tender and chewy.
  • This recipe comes together in roughly 20 minutes.
  • They are coated with cinnamon and sugar, giving them the perfect amount of sweetness.
  • As written, these donuts are gluten free, grain free and dairy free.
  • Can also be made with all purpose flour.
  • This recipe can also be made vegan and plant-based with the use of apple sauce instead of eggs.
  • Instantly make your house smell like fall.
  • Apple cider donuts are baked and not fried, making them a much healthier alternative.
  • Check out my gluten free apple bread for another great fall recipe.
all the ingredients that you need to make these apple cider donuts in a marble counter placed in individual bowls.

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

To keep this recipe gluten free, use a certified gluten free flour blend such as Red Bob’s Mill or King Arthurs. If not gluten free, you can also use all purpose flour in replace.

To sweeten the batter up, use white cane sugar, brown sugar or coconut sugar.

Use a certified gluten free baking powder if needed, otherwise regular baking powder will work.

Salt helps balance out all the flavors.

Cinnamon and nutmeg add a lovely fall aroma and flavor.

Ground flax adds a great texture to these donuts and also add a great source of fiber. You can omit if you don’t have any on hand.

Apple pie spice really helps bring out those apple flavors and it highly recommended. If you can’t find it or don’t have it on hand, you can leave it out.

Use an Apple cider that doesn’t have a ton of added ingredients. I usually pick up a bottle from Trader Joe’s which tastes amazing in this recipe.

A touch of vanilla extract adds a ton of flavor or any baked good!

To make this recipe vegan, use apple sauce. Otherwise, you can use eggs instead.

Coconut oil adds a subtle sweet flavor, but you can also use butter, ghee, Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Avocado oil.

How To Make

ONE: Start by combining gluten free flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground flax and apple pie spice together in a medium bowl.

a medium bowl with all the dry ingredients added inside.

TWO: Then, in a separate larger bowl, combine the apple cider, vanilla extract, eggs or apple sauce, and melted coconut oil until well combined.

all the wet ingredients mixed together in a medium bowl.

THREE: Add the dry mixture to the wet and whisk until just combined. Do not over-mix. Allow the mixture to set for 3 minutes.

the dry ingredients added to the wet ingredients and mixed together to make a thick donut batter.

FOUR: Then, pour batter into the greased 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.

the batter added to the greased donut pans.

FIVE: Bake at 375F for 12-15 minutes and let cool for about 5 minutes before removing from the donut pan. In the meantime, combine the cinnamon and sugar for the coating in a separate bowl.

SIX: Lightly coat the tops and bottoms of the donuts with coconut oil spray and coat each donut in the sugar mixture and enjoy!

the baked donuts after being coated with the cinnamon and sugar mixture on a rack.

Tips And Tricks

Mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately before combining the two.

If your apple cider is cold, bring it to room temperature before adding in the coconut oil, otherwise the melted coconut oil will firm up once it hits the cold apple cider.

Use a cookie scoop to add in the batter to the donut pans quickly and easily.

To help the cinnamon and sugar stick to the donuts, lightly coat them with oil spray.

How To Serve And Store

Serve these apple cider donuts warm and with a cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy as a quick, sweet breakfast or dessert.

Store donuts in an airtight container on the counter and enjoy within 3 days, or in the fridge and enjoy within 5 days.

Taste And Texture

These Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts are perfectly sweet and full of fall flavors. Each bite is filled with apple flavors and warm cinnamon and sugar taste.

The texture is soft, chewy and tender.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use all purpose flour instead of gluten free?

Yes, if you aren’t gluten free, all purpose flour will work just fine!

How can I make these donuts vegan?

Use apple sauce instead of eggs, see notes below.

Can I make these into muffins instead of donuts?

Yes totally! Adjust the baking time to 18-20 minutes and just check with a toothpick to ensure they are done. Place the toothpick in the center of one of the muffins, if it comes out clean it’s done, if it comes out with batter on it, add on an additional 3-5 minutes.

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Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts

Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts are fluffy, soft and tender. This recipe will instantly make your house smell like fall with cinnamon, nutmeg and apple cider baked right into the donuts.
PIN RECIPE
PREP TIME:
10 minutes
COOK TIME:
15 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
25 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

Apple Cider Donuts
  • 2 cups of gluten-free flour blend such as Bob's Red Mill (see notes above)
  • 1/3 cup organic white sugar, can sub brown or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 3 Tbsp ground flax
  • 1 1/3 cup apple cider at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce, or 2 eggs 
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Cinnamon + Sugar Coating
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp apple pie spice

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

12 Donuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and prepare a donut pan by spraying it with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine gluten free flour blend, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground flax and apple pie spice.
  3. Then, in a separate bowl whisk together the room temperature apple cider, eggs or apple sauce, room temperature melted coconut oil and vanilla extract. 
  4. Add dry mixture to wet and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix. Allow the mixture to set for 3 minutes.
  5. Then, pour the batter into the greased 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.
  6. Fill the donut cavities to the top. There should be enough batter for 12 donuts and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  7. Allow the donuts to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.
  8. In the meantime, create the cinnamon and sugar mixture by combining the sugar, cinnamon and apple pie spice in a small bowl. 
  9. Lightly coat the tops and bottoms of the baked donuts with cooking spray and then dip each side of the donut in the mixture until all sides are well coated.
  10. Enjoy! 

Notes

  • Mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately before combining the two.
  • If your apple cider is cold, bring it to room temperature before adding in the coconut oil, otherwise the melted coconut oil will firm up once it hits the cold apple cider.
  • Use a cookie scoop to add in the batter to the donut pans quickly and easily.
  • To help the cinnamon and sugar stick to the donuts, lightly coat them with oil spray.

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