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Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts

The gluten free apple cider donuts are fluffy, soft and coated in cinnamon sugar. They are so easy to make and packed full of apple flavor.

GF Apple Cider Donuts

Easy Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts

I know I just posted a donut recipe last week. But DONUTS. Fall just seems like the perfect time of year to eat a donut. Especially gluten free apple cider donuts. They’re absolutely a must-have fall-food.

Adam and I used to get them from our favorite orchard when we would go apple orchard to go picking our favorite apples. They were a fried donut, not baked and they were fabulous. So good. But now that Adam doesn’t eat gluten, we haven’t had any apple cider donuts in a long time. We missed them.

Kitchen equipment needed to make Baked Apple Cider Donuts Gluten Free

Ingredients for this recipe

For the donuts:

  • 1 1/4 C apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 C gluten-free all-purpose flour*
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C whole milk room temperature
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the cinnamon/sugar-coating:

  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp butter melted
Stack of gluten free apple cider donuts

How to make Simple GF Apple Cider Donuts

  1. Firstly, add cinnamon sticks and apple cider to a small pot. Bring to a boil and simmer on low until reduced, about 15-20 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks and measure out 1/2 cup of the apple cider. Refrigerate to cool.
  2. Then, Combine milk and vinegar, stir and let sit 5 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray donut pan with non-stick spray.
  4. In the meantime, while the cider is cooling, sift flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a large bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons melted butter and the vanilla extract in a large bowl. Also, whisk in milk/vinegar and the cooled 1/2 cup of apple cider.
  6. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. DO NOT over mix. Batter will be slightly lumpy.
  7. Pour batter into donut pan and fill about 3/4 of the way full. Don’t over fill! Bake (in batches if necessary) for 10 minutes. Remove donuts from donut pan and cool slightly on a wire rack.
  8. While the donuts are baking/cooling, combine sugar and cinnamon for the topping in a shallow bowl wide enough to dip the donuts in and melt the 4 tablespoons butter.
  9. Lightly dip slightly cooled donuts in the butter and then immediately dip them in the cinnamon/sugar. Turn in sugar until completely coated and place on a wire rack. Repeat with each donut. Enjoy warm or at room temperature!
simple gf apple cider donuts

Ingredient Substitutions for Simple Homemade Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts

Sugar substitution

You could try using coconut sugar instead of brown sugar and also the granulated in a 1:1 ratio. I haven’t yet tested it in my recipe, but let me know in the comments if you have!

Gluten Free Dairy Free Apple Cider Donuts

Instead of dairy milk, you could try unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk. To replace the butter, you can try using your favorite brand of vegan butter as well.

Using apple juice in place of apple cider.

You can try swapping out apple juice for the apple cider. It probably won’t be as flavorful but you could add spices such as cinnamon to make it stand out!

The Best Gluten Free Apple Cider Donut Recipe

You will not be missing out any longer! Get yourself some fresh apple cider, make these fab gluten free baked apple cider donuts and enjoy. You’re welcome, Adam! And since September is my apple month, I wanted to make sure I got another apple recipe in before my pumpkin season starts in a few days. Can you believe it’s almost October?! What the what?

Delicious homemade gluten free apple cider donut recipe

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Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts

4.84 from 12 ratings
Baked apple cider donuts with a cinnamon sugar-coating. You can enjoy these with your coffee or with a cup of warm apple cider. It’s the perfect fall breakfast.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 14
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Ingredients

For the donuts:

  • 1 1/4 C apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 C gluten-free all-purpose flour*
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C whole milk room temperature
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the cinnamon/sugar-coating:

  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp butter melted

Instructions

  • Add cinnamon sticks and apple cider to a small pot. Bring to a boil and simmer on low until reduced, about 15-20 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks and measure out 1/2 cup of the apple cider. Refrigerate to cool.
  • Combine milk and vinegar, stir and let sit 5 minutes.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray donut pan with non-stick spray.
  • While the cider is cooling, sift flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a large bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons melted butter and the vanilla extract in a large bowl. Whisk in milk/vinegar and the cooled 1/2 cup of apple cider.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. DO NOT over mix. Batter will be slightly lumpy.
  • Pour batter into donut pan and fill about 3/4 of the way full. Don’t over fill! Bake (in batches if necessary) for 10 minutes. Remove donuts from donut pan and cool slightly on a wire rack.
  • While the donuts are baking/cooling, combine sugar and cinnamon for the topping in a shallow bowl wide enough to dip the donuts in and melt the 4 tablespoons butter.
  • Lightly dip slightly cooled donuts in the butter and then immediately dip them in the cinnamon/sugar. Turn in sugar until completely coated and place on a wire rack. Repeat with each donut. Enjoy warm or at room temperature!

Notes

*Regular flour can be used in place of the gluten-free flour. Just be sure to omit the xanthan gum.When following a gluten-free diet, be sure to use gluten-free ingredients.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg

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Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren’t always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs.

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Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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  1. Laurel Harper says:

    Shay, do you use your nightshade flour blend for these?

  2. Sandra Erdman says:

    These are out of this world. I put some in the freezer as its just hubby and I and they are great COLD. my question is what do you do with the approx 1/2 c. Apple cider that us left over. Seems wasteful to heat 1 1/4 cups to just use 1/2 cup. Thanks a bunch. I made another batch today.