Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Nothing says Fall like Apple Cider Donuts! And these Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts taste like they are from a bakery! Soft & fluffy, moist, classic apple cider flavor and coated in cinnamon sugar! Small batch recipe doubles well.

Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts (Small Batch) easy recipe
Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Easy recipe for Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts!

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Nothing says Fall like Apple Cider Donuts!

And these Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts taste like they are straight from a bakery or farm stand!

Soft & fluffy, moist, classic apple cider flavor and coated in cinnamon sugar, they are amazing!

They are a quick + easy gluten-free recipe.

And … they are a small batch recipe so instead of 12-15 donuts you get 6-9 donuts (depending on your donut pan size) which is perfect for enjoying them but not having too many extra! And of course you can double the recipe if you want more!

Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts (Small Batch) easy recipe

Fall, Apples and Apple Cider Donuts

One of the things I love most about living in the Northeast is the change of seasons and the locally grown seasonal produce. While some things taste good all year long, in our opinion, some vegetables and fruits taste significantly fresher, juicier and crisper in season… things like tomatoes in the summer and apples in the fall!

And along with fall apples comes apple cider, and of course, Apple Cider Donuts!

Being a gluten-free family, we sometimes miss out on such bakery treats when visiting local farms but with this easy gluten-free recipe, we can now enjoy this fall classic!

The donuts get their iconic cider flavor from apple cider that is simmered so that it reduces to a syrupy apple cider that then gets added to the donut batter.

Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts (Small Batch) easy recipe

How to Make Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts

This recipe was inspired by and adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

You will need  13 ingredients in total:

apple cider

gluten-free all purpose flour (with xanthan gum) (we used GFJules, affiliate link)

baking powder

baking soda

salt

ground cinnamon

ground nutmeg

brown sugar

granulated sugar

butter or dairy-free butter (I tend to use salted butter)

egg

vanilla extract

milk or dairy-free milk of choice

Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts (Small Batch) easy recipe

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Back to the Gluten-free Baked Apple Cider Donuts…

Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts (Small Batch) easy recipe

They come together in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Make the gluten-free Apple Cider Donut batter
  2. Bake them
  3. Coat in cinnamon sugar

How to make the Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts

This too is a simple process requiring just a few steps.

  1. Reduce the apple cider. Simmer the apple cider so that it reduces in quantity to a more syrupy version that will flavor the donuts.  This process takes about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a large measuring cup, whisk the remaining ingredients: milk, melted butter, vanilla extract, egg, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
  4. Add the above liquid mix and the reduced apple cider to the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared donut pan.

Pro Tips for making the perfect donuts.

To look like a donut with a donut hole, be sure to fill the donut pan only about 1/2 – 2/3 full,  so that the center of the pan is uncovered.

If you overfill them, as I did when testing a new donut pan, you get big fluffy circles that look more like muffins as in the photo below right. They still taste great as my family and taste testers can attest to!

But since you are here for a donut recipe, fill below the donut hole as they will rise when baking.

 

How to Coat the Donuts in Cinnamon Sugar

This process is fun and quick!

  1. Mix your sugar and cinnamon in one bowl and melt butter in another.
  2. Dip the donut into the butter, letting any excess drip off, then dunk the donut into the cinnamon sugar so that the donut is covered on all sides.

That’s it!  You have perfect fluffy Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts!

And just look at this amazing texture?

It’s light and airy, and moist, just like a donut should be!

And in addition to being super fluffy, they have the best apple cider flavor and the cinnamon sugar is the best finishing touch!

Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts (Small Batch) easy recipe

Make ahead and Storing

The Gluten-free Apple Cider Donuts taste best fresh.

If you need to or want to make ahead, make the donuts but don’t coat them with cinnamon sugar until ready to serve and that will make them taste new and fresh!

If you aren’t eating the donuts right away or within a few days, then freeze them, dethaw and coat with cinnamon sugar when ready to enjoy.

Hope you love them as much as we do!

For more Apple Recipes, have you tried our:

Apple Crumble Bars

Apple Crisp

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple Coffee Cake

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Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts that taste like they are straight from a bakery! Soft & fluffy, moist, classic apple cider flavor and coated in cinnamon sugar. Note: They make a small batch and I give a range of 6-9 donuts because I have 2 donut pans and one is slightly larger and yields 6 donuts, the other yields 9. Recipe doubles well.
Prep Time35 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack, donuts
Cuisine: Nut-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Optional
Keyword: easy gluten-free baking recipe, gluten-free fall recipes, gluten-free baked apple cider donuts, small batch gluten-free donuts, gluten-free apple cider donut recipe
Servings: 6 -9 donuts depending on pan size
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Equipment

  • donut pan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum we use GFJules flour (affiliate link)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter or dairy-free butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup milk or dairy-free milk, room temperature

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter or dairy-free butter, melted

Instructions

Make the Apple Cider Donuts

  • Reduce the apple cider: Add apple cider to a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer on low medium heat and keep on a simmer until reduces to 1/4 cup apple cider. About 15-20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease donut pan. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, and combine using a pastry cutter or whisk.
  • In a large quick measuring cup, add milk, egg, brown sugar, granulated sugar, melted butter and vanilla extract and whisk until well combined. Add this mixture and the reduced apple cider to the dry ingredients and mix until combined and smooth. Batter will be somewhat thick.
  • Spoon batter evenly into donut pan, filing each donut form about 1/2 -2/3 way full, making sure not to cover the top of the donut hole. If you overfill the donut pans, the hole will close up when baking and they will look more like muffins, but will still taste great.
  • Bake 10-11 minutes or until golden and a tooth pick comes out of the center clean. Another test, is to poke the top of the donut with your finger and if the donut bounces back, they are done. If they are golden but the center isn't baked through, cover loosely with foil and bake an additional minute or two.
  • Remove from oven. Let sit 5 minutes, then invert donut pan to remove donuts and let cool on a wire rack.
  • Repeat baking donuts in donut pan until dough is used up, as needed.
  • TIP: if freezing some donuts, freeze before topping with cinnamon sugar. Defrost and top with cinnamon sugar when ready to serve.

Coat the Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar

  • Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. In another bowl add melted butter.
  • Once cooled enough to handle, dunk the donuts in the melted butter, letting any excess drip off, then dunk the donuts in the cinnamon sugar, making sure all sides are covered.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!
  • Any extras can be be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for 4 days.
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3 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts

  1. 5 stars
    My daughter made these and it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a cider donut in the fall. Delicious! Now…I miss chocolate frosted donuts. Do you have a recipe for that?

  2. Another amazing recipe! I have been watching my husband eating apple cider donuts for weeks and now I finally got to enjoy one! The flavor is great especially with the apple cider and nutmeg. I almost added a little more cinnamon to the topping but I made as is and the ratio was perfect! Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe!

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