It’s apple season.You know what that means?


Donuts. Cider Donuts.

If you live anywhere near an apple orchard, then you are bound to know what a “cider donut” is.  For those not familiar with the awesomeness of a cider donut, basically it’s a fried donut dunked in sugar.

You might be saying, “whats the big deal? I can get that at any donut shop”.

The big deal is that these donuts have magic inside them.  Ok fine, not magic, but apple cider {or at the very least cinnamon and spices}. The moment these cider donut comes out of the fryer, they are immersed in sugar. Coated. Fully loaded with sparkly goodness.  These donuts are one of the reasons my family likes to go to the apple orchard so much, just so they can bring some of these home.

Being Gluten Free though, you tend to miss out on these yummies.

Not any more, I say.

Not. Any. More.

These donuts are baked, not fried, but still pack the same delicious donut taste with each bite.

Recipe: Apple Cider Donuts {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}



  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons boiled cider*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 2 2/3 cup All Purpose GF flour {I use a superfine brown rice flour mix}
  • 1 cup Dairy Free milk
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon sugar {optional}
  • 3 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan buttery spread, melted {optional}

*Boiled Cider can be bought from King Arthur Flour {} or can be made yourself at home. Simmer a gallon of apple cider in a pot until there is a thick concentrate left. This will take a while, but it is worth it. Store in the fridge.


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Grease donut baking pans with cooking spray {find them here, or here}
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the Buttery Spread with both sugars.
  3. Add in the oil and mix until combined.
  4. Add the eggs and boiled cider to the mixing bowl and mix well.
  5. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and xanthan gum.
  6. Add the flour to the mixing bowl and beginning mixing slowly. While the mixer is still on, slowly pour the milk into the mixer and continue to mix slowly.  Mix well until fully combined and batter looks smooth.
  7. Spoon the batter into the prepared pans and bake the donuts for 10-12 mins.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  9. Optional: If desired, spread melted butter over top of each donut, then sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. {Or dip donuts in a bowl with the melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar}.

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