Gluten Free Apple Cider Donut Holes

Who doesn’t love a good munchkin? These Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts are grain-free, dairy-free, and free of refined sugar! The batter is made in one bowl and easily baked up in the oven for the perfect fall treat.

gluten free apple cider donuts in a bowlGluten Free Apple Cider Donuts

‘Tis the season for Apple Cider Donuts! For many it’s a fall right of passage to go apple picking, and what is apple picking without those amazing apple cider donuts? Well, obviously most farms are not frying up gluten-free versions, so we knew this is just the time to whip up a batch of these gluten free Apple Cider Donut Holes! They are SO EASY to make, simply whisk together in one bowl, and then bake up in the oven. You can make them in a mini donut hole pan like we did, or in a regular donut pan. Once they’ve come out of the oven they get a quick dip in butter or coconut oil and a mixture of coconut sugar and cinnamon. They’re free from refined sugars, dairy-free and SO GOOD.

paleo apple cider donut batter going into a panGluten Free Apple Cider Donut Ingredients

  • Fresh apple cider
  • Eggs
  • Maple Syrup or Honey
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Almond Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Coconut Sugar

Can These be Made into Regular Baked Donuts?

Yes! This recipe makes 20 donut holes or it can be baked in a regular donut pan to make 6 donuts.

Don’t Have a Donut Pan?

Make these in a mini muffin pan and turn them into apple cider mini muffins. Line the muffin tin with parchment or silicone liners, and once cooked you can coat the top in the butter and sugar mixture.

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Gluten Free Apple Cider Donut Holes

These Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts are grain-free, dairy-free, and free of refined sugar! The batter is made in one bowl and easily baked up in the oven for the perfect fall treat. They can be made as donut holes or as regular donuts.

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 20 donut holes or 6 donuts 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Gluten-free, Paleo, Dairy-free

Ingredients

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For Donuts:

  • 1/3 cup fresh apple cider
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (96g) almond flour
  • 2 tablespoon (14g) coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch salt

For Sugar Coating:

  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil (or grass fed butter), melted
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a donut hole pan (or donut pan).
  2. Make the donut batter: Add cider, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla to a medium bowl and whisk together to combine. To the bowl, add the almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Whisk until the batter is fully combine with no lumps.
  3. Drop a tablespoon of batter into each hole (or if using a donut pan divide the batter to make 6 donuts).
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the donuts from the pan and let them cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack. 
  5. Meanwhile place melted butter (or coconut oil) in a shallow bowl. Place coconut sugar and cinnamon in another shallow bowl and mix well.
  6. Dip donut holes into butter followed by dipping them into the cinnamon sugar.
  7. Serve immediately or keep covered for up to 1 day at room temperature.

Notes

Alternatively, you can bake these in a mini muffin pan and turn them into apple cider mini muffins. Line the muffin tin with parchment or silicone liners, and once cooked you can coat the top in the butter / sugar mixture.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 donut holes
  • Calories: 84
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 30mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 33mg

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September 30, 2019

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36 Responses

  1. Would it be okay to use a cake pop tray and where can you find apple pie spice, I couldn’t find it at whole foods last time I looked..? Thanks!

  2. Oh wow these look delicious! I’m still in a pumpkin daze….I love fall just for the pumpkin recipes! These look fantastic…I bet you could even bake them in a muffin tin to make them muffins if you wanted.

  3. I’ve always said that donuts are the way to my heart – I just love them! So excited to see a clean recipe for them – thanks for sharing!

  4. Great fall recipe! The key is definitely the dipping in the coconut sugar – yummy! BTW, I did use a cake pop pan and it turned out great. They are tasty little treats! Definitely a keeper. Thanks Lexi.

  5. Can I use almond flour in instead of almond meal in your recipes. Or only when you say both? What about an all-purpose gluten free flour? (like better batters?)

    I am soooo glad I stumbled onto you! I have tried a few recipes and I LOVE them! You are so talented. Thank you for this!

  6. made these in a mini muffin pan and def think i need to upgrade to a donut hole pan. they were completely muffin consistency, still tasted good!

    1. We haven’t tested it, but you can try oat flour. We can’t make any promises as we haven’t personally tried that during testing.

  7. Did you make the Apple cider or is it something I can buy at the store? (Never made it or bought it before) . These look amazing – can’t wait to make them!!

  8. Just stumbled onto your website. Love donuts, but do not cook fried foods. So I would like to try your recipe. Can I use regular flour to make these donuts?

    1. Hi Rhonda–We haven’t tested all purpose flour with this recipe, and can’t advise if it would work or not. But typically all purpose flour does not work as a 1-1 swap with the gluten free flours we use here. Sorry I can’t help! -Kelli

  9. These are AMAZING. Even my non paleo friends and family members love them!! I do not have a donut pan so I’ve only made them as muffins. I bake them a little longer than called for and they are perfect. Thanks for the recipe!!

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