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These Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donut Holes are the perfect fall treat made in just one bowl. They’re grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.

Apple Cider Donut Holes

Easy Gluten Free Apple Cider Donut Recipe

‘Tis the season for apple cider donuts! For many, it’s a fall right of passage to go apple picking. For me, it’s a fall right of passage to be baking up a batch of these Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donut Holes. 

This gluten-free donut recipe is so easy to make. Simply whisk the batter together in one bowl, then bake the donut holes up in the oven. Once they come out of the oven, give them a quick dip in butter or coconut oil and a mixture of coconut sugar and cinnamon, then dig in.

Why is it Called an Apple Cider Donut?

Because it’s infused with actual apple cider! The apple cider adds tons of moisture and gives the donut holes a deliciously sweet, apple-y flavor. 

Ingredients Needed:

This donut holes recipe is made with super simple ingredients, and just the right amount of apple cider flavor! 

  • Apple Cider: fresh apple cider adds moisture and gives the gluten free donut dough the best fall flavor.
  • Eggs: bind the dough together so the apple cider donuts can hold their shape.
  • Sweetener: either maple syrup or honey are great natural sweeteners.
  • Vanilla Extract: adds flavor depth and an extra touch of sweetness.
  • Flour: we’re keeping this apple cider donut recipe gluten-free with a combination of almond flour and coconut flour.
  • Spices: a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt enhances the flavor of the apple cider perfectly.
  • Baking Soda and Baking Powder: keeps the texture light and fluffy.
  • Sugar Coating: we’re coating the outside of the finished donut holes with coconut oil or butter, coconut palm sugar, and cinnamon.

How to Make Gluten-Free Donut Holes

This gluten-free donut recipe takes just 10 minutes to prep! 

  1. Make the batter: In a bowl, mix together cider, eggs, sweetener, and vanilla. Mix to combine, then add flours, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk until fully combined.
  2. Portion it out: Portion the batter out into a greased donut hole pan. Use a tablespoon of batter for each hole.
  3. Bake: Bake the donuts at 350ºF until a toothpick comes out clean, then cool them on a baking rack for 10 minutes.
  4. Dip and serve: Dip the donut holes into the melted oil or butter, then dip them into a mix of cinnamon and sugar. 
Apple Cider Donut Holes

What if I Don’t Have a Donut Pan?

You can make these 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.

No donut pan? No problem at all! Feel free to bake the batter in a regular donut pan. It will make 6 donuts. 

Another option is to turn them into apple cider mini muffins. Line a mini muffin tin with parchment or silicone liners, then bake them. Once they’re cooked, coat the top in the butter, cinnamon, and sugar mixture.

Tips and Notes

  • Grease the pan. Lightly grease the pan before you add the donut hole batter. This makes it so much easier to remove the apple cider donuts when they’re done baking.
  • Don’t swap the flours. This recipe is the perfect ratio of almond flour and coconut flour to wet ingredients. Coconut flour in particular is way more absorbent than other types of flours. So, leave the flours and measurements as-is. Switching anything around will mess with the texture of your gluten-free donut batter.
  • Measure the flour correctly. To make sure you’re getting just the right amount of flour, I recommend weighing it. This will be the most accurate. Alternatively, spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off gently with your finger to prevent it from getting too packed in. 
  • Check for doneness. To make sure the donuts are done, insert a toothpick into the center of one of the donut holes. If it comes out clean, they’re good to go.
A handful of Apple Cider Donut Holes

How to Store

These gluten-free donut holes are best right away, but leftovers will last in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 day.

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Gluten Free Apple Cider Donut Holes

4.34 from 3 votes
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.
Servings 20 donut holes or 6 donuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


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


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a donut hole pan (or donut pan).
  • 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.
  • Drop a tablespoon of batter into each hole (or if using a donut pan divide the batter to make 6 donuts).
  • 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. 
  • Meanwhile place melted butter (or coconut oil) in a shallow bowl. Place coconut sugar and cinnamon in another shallow bowl and mix well.
  • Dip donut holes into butter followed by dipping them into the cinnamon sugar.
  • Serve immediately or keep covered for up to 1 day at room temperature.


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.


Serving: 2donut holesCalories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 30mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 4g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Paleo
Author: Lexi

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  1. 3 stars
    I would love help correcting this if you know of anything I can try. I followed everything exactly and used a small donut pan. It made 10 (equiv to 2 holes) They are very good but completely crumbled. I can’t butter/sugar or pick them up enough to bite them. Can you think of anything I can do to bind them?

    1. Happy to help troubleshoot – are you sure you didn’t miss an ingredient? I haven’t heard of anyone having this issue!

    2. Did you figure it out? I’ve also found different types of coconut and almond flours can create different results.

  2. 5 stars
    Love these– quick and easy to make, and toddler loves them. We make them without the sugar coating and they are still delicious. Great morning treat /snack.

  3. These were good, not too sweet. But I felt the apple flavor was very minimal. Wish was more apple-y. Going to try to shred some fresh in next time and reduce liquid content some and see.