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Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts
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Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts

This recipe is an Autumn-inspired version of our Gluten Free Baked Old Fashioned Donuts. Instead of milk we're using Apple Cider that's been reduced by half so the flavor is super intense! We bump up the flavor even more by adding lots of fresh nutmeg and cinnamon before rolling the warm donuts in a cinnamon sugar mixture. In case you're unable to make it out to your local apple farm, we're bringing the flavor of traditional Apple Cider Donuts to your kitchen ... and your mouth! 🙂

This Apple Cider Donut recipe uses our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and the texture is so perfect! They are crispy and crunchy on the outside thanks to the cinnamon sugar mixture, and tender perfection on the inside. While testing the recipe I tried dunking one in my coffee and it was ... an excellent idea. I ate three in a row and then proceeded to make 4 more batches of donuts thanks to my combined sugar/caffeine high! Enough chatting, I know you're ready for the recipe!

Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons melted Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon (or try Pumpkin Pie Spice!)

Special Tools Needed:

  • Donut pan (we used one by Wilton)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a donut pan with oil.
  2. In a medium pot over medium-high heat, reduce 1 1/2 cups of Apple Cider down to 3/4 cup. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl cream together sugar and room temperature butter with electric mixer until light and creamy - about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add egg to sugar mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  6. Alternately add and mix the flour and cooled apple cider into the sugar mixture until thoroughly combined.
  7. Portion half of the donut mix into the prepared donut pan, filling molds 3/4 of the way.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. In separate bowls, melt butter and whisk together sugar and cinnamon.
  10. Remove donuts from pan and allow to cool slightly. Brush with melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Enjoy!

Yields 12 donuts

 

41 Comments

  1. Linda Donovan
    I've been using Bob's 1 to 1 flour and American Home Cooking's gluten free recipe books for several years. The flour is equal to the one they advocate mixing yourself, requiring a number of separate purchases. Your flour, NOT the one made from beans, is perfect and with it I make incredible chocolate cakes, white cakes and cupcakes, pancakes, and even English Muffins - thanks to them and you. I'll definitely try out this donut recipe because I haven't seen one that looks this good.
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  2. Katrina
    I loved these! They are prefect fresh out of the oven. However I find they get really dry even if stored in an air tight container for a day or two.
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    1. Edward
      I made a batch over the weekend and enjoyed a couple warm from the oven. The rest I froze in a ziplock bag. I’ve been enjoying them all week. Simply microwave one for 15-20 seconds and it tastes like it just came out of the oven.
      Reply
  3. Kathleen Gomperts
    Kathleen Gomperts
    An easier way to print this would be appreciated.
    Reply
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Kathleen - you can find a printable version here :) Enjoy!

      Recipe: Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts
      Reply
  4. Noah
    I was really hoping for an alternate way to make these vegan as g/f and vegan are a bit tricky together.
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    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Noah, you can easily make this Gluten Free and Vegan. I would recommend subbing in a non-dairy butter like Earth Balance in the batter and cinnamon sugar topping. For the egg, you could replace with a flax egg or our Gluten Free Egg Replacer. Let us know how it turns out! :)
      Reply
  5. Laurel Paulson-Pierce
    Laurel Paulson-Pierce
    What if you do not have a donut pan? Can you pipe the dough in circles on a cookie sheet? How about using a muffin pan? (they will not have holes in the center) or do you have any other method of baking these you can suggest? (I have a ceramic pan with heart shaped muffin type cups....I wonder how that would work?)
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    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Laurel! I would recommend a muffin or even mini-muffin pan (then they'd be like donut holes!) Enjoy :)
      Reply
  6. Rosemary
    How about GF and sugar free baking?
    Reply
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Rosemary - this recipe is already gluten free. We don't have a sugar free version - might be tricky with donuts. If that's something you try we'd love to hear your results!
      Reply
  7. Amcgon
    This recipe works great with Bob's paleo flour blend as well.
    The second time I made them I used maple sugar in place of the white sugar in the cinnamon topping, it was even better
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    1. Whitney Barnes
      Yum! That sounds great - thanks for the feedback.
      Reply
  8. Lori Salem
    Is your flour bromated?
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    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Lori - all of our flours are unbleached and unbromated.
      Reply
  9. Ernie
    These look amazing and perfect for Fall. Does the flavor turn out tangy at all? Tangy and sweet is a great combination.
    Reply
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Ernie - no, these donuts do not have any tangy flavor. Note we're using sweetened Apple Cider here, not apple cider vinegar.
      Reply
  10. Eileen Monreal
    Can you make this with out sugar?
    Reply
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Eileen, that's not something we've tried - might be tricky with a donut recipe!
      Reply
  11. Tina Dorpinghaus
    Looks good can't wait to use this recipe
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  12. Stacy
    How long does it take for the apple cider to boil down?
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    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Stacy - it takes about 10-15 minutes at a boil.
      Reply
  13. Suhail
    Easy to make! But they get way to hard and dry They might need some kind of milk or plant based milk
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  14. Lisa
    I followed the recipe exactly. Fresh out of the oven they didn't have much flavor. As they cooled you could taste the cider, but once they were fully cool, they were just dry and dense.
    Reply
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Lisa! Sorry for the trouble with the recipe. If you make it again I'd recommend making sure you fully whip together the butter and sugar until it's lightened in color and voluminous - this step is where most of the lift/light texture comes from. Since you found them dry, you could also try reducing the bake time by a minute or two as all ovens behave a bit differently. Enjoy!
      Reply
  15. Christina
    I'm so upset
    I seen tablespoon of baking powder instead of teaspoon.
    They taste amazing except for that huge error!
    Reply
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Oh no! Glad they still turned out :)
      Reply
  16. Janet
    Can you substitute Apple cider vinegar for the Apple cider in this recipe?
    Reply
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Janet - No, that substitution would not work out well. In this recipe you want to use the concentrated sweetness/flavor/spices in the reduced Apple Cider to flavor the donuts. Apple Cider Vinegar would not yield the taste you're looking for in this recipe.
      Reply
  17. Lindsey
    I made these vegan with earth balance for the butter and 1/4 cup applesauce for the egg. They turned out so great!!
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  18. Jasmin
    Can you substitute almond flour or something like that instead of the Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour??
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    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hm, I'd recommend substituting no more than 50% of the Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour for Almond Flour. I think the Almond Flour would give a wonderful flavor to the donuts, but it will also make them more delicate which may, in turn, result in donuts that are difficult to remove from the pan. If you try it, make sure to grease the donut pan well and definitely let us know how it turns out!

      You can leave an official recipe review here: Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts
      Reply
  19. Jackie
    These sound great, but I don't need to make my baked goods gluten free. Can I use whole wheat pastry flour instead?
    Reply
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Yes, absolutely. Enjoy!
      Reply
  20. Brandon
    Can I fry these.
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    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Brandon - We haven't tried that yet. If you do, let us know how they turn out.
      Reply
  21. Christine Wilhelm
    Christine Wilhelm
    Holy moly were these ever good! I made them since my dad missed them this season since all fall festivities were cancelled. He was very skeptical of me making them as he knew they'd be gluten free. I made a batch and they were all eaten in a matter of hours. He asked me to make another batch just for him so I'm getting ready to start them again. Cake like donuts, will not miss them being fried at all. The sugar and cinnamon on the outside is just icing on the donut!
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  22. Suzanne Gardner
    Could these be mixed up the night before?
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    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Suzanne! I wouldn't recommend mixing up the batter the night before as the baking powder might lose some of its potency. But if you're looking to shorten the prep time, you can reduce the apple cider the night before and store the reduction in the refrigerator so it's ready to go in the morning. That will definitely save some time. Happy baking! :)
      Reply
  23. Michelle Wilson
    My friend made these and they came out perfectly! My family does not need to be gluten free, however. Could AP flour be used? Or would pastry flour be better?
    Reply
    1. Whitney Barnes
      All Purpose Flour would work great here!
      Reply

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