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apple cider donuts

I feel like it’s been a month since posting my last recipe.  In reality, it was on Monday.  Maybe it feels like an eternity, because my camera wasn’t taken out of it’s bag for 3 full days?  I don’t think that has happened once, in the past 2 years.  Since this trip is part work + part play, I haven’t had an abundance of time to get creative in the kitchen.  Instead, I’ve wanted to make tried + true recipes, I know the family will love. 

Tonight was cocoa chili in the crockpot.  Throw every ingredient in, set it on low, and let it go for 8hrs.  [The only change is to use 1c veggie broth instead of 1.5-2 – If it’s still not thick enough to your liking, stir in about 2T arrowroot starch mixed with 1T water, and let cook another 30min.]

Dessert however, was a new recipe.  The family has been requesting donuts, and you know I packed oat flour, sweet rice flour, and coconut flour in my suitcase!  What normal person wouldn’t?

This morning, I opened the fridge to find a carton of local apple cider staring me in the face.  Then I remembered back to your fall donut requests, an apple cider variety being one of them.

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I was nervous to see if the apple cider flavor would actually come through, or if it would just turn into a cinnamon donut.

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While I have an undying love for cinnamon, I didn’t want it to overpower the apple cider flavor.  1/2 teaspoon was all this batch needed, along with 1/8t nutmeg.

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The apple cider ended up working perfectly in place of almond milk.  They turned out to have the same distinct cake-donut texture as all the rest.  This might be my favorite variety, but it’s neck + neck with the cinnamon cake donuts.  While the two are similar, they are noticeably different.  Despite my skepticism, the apple cider flavor actually came through!

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I also have a new trick to share with you.

Instead of dipping the donut in melted butter + then dipping it in a sugary topping, I dunked it in the apple cider and then in the sugar!  This was not a means to save calories, it was a method to enhance the apple cider flavor. 

And it worked! 

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AJ, my 16yr old cousin, said, “Whoa.  The texture is really good!”  I was pretty excited that he mentioned the texture, because that is the biggest hurdle in gluten free baking.  And what 16yr old is actually paying attention to texture, not just scarfing down whatever is put in front of them?  High five, AJ!

We enjoyed the donuts alongside salted caramel gelato and a hot cup of coffee.  You better believe there was some dunk action happening.

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**donut pan users**  While baking these, I quickly realized, all donut pans are not the same size.  I’m not referring to the mini pans, but the pans that hold 6 donuts.  I can fill mine at home with this entire batch of batter, resulting in SIX donuts, but my mom’s Wilton brand pan, makes EIGHT!!  I just thought I would point this out.  Also, if yours fits more than 6, the baking time could slightly differ, as less batter is being used.   

Apple Cider Donuts

  • 1/2c oat flour [ground in a blender from certified gluten free oat groats or steel cut oats]
  • 1/2c sweet rice flour
  • 3T coconut flour
  • 4T sunflower oil
  • 1/3c sucanat
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2T unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2c apple cider
  • 1/2t ground cinnamon
  • 1/8t ground nutmeg
  • 1.5t vanilla
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1t baking powder
  1. Preheat your oven to 350* + grease your donut pan.
  2. In a medium sized bowl mix together the oat flour, sweet rice flour, coconut flour, sucanat, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg + baking powder.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, apple cider, vanilla, oil + applesauce.
  4. Stir wet into dry, until combined.  Do not over stir.  It will look slightly lumpy.
  5. With a spoon, spatula, or piping bag, transfer the batter to your greased pan, until almost flush with the top of the pan.
  6. Bake for 16-20min.
  7. Test with a toothpick for doneness.  You want a slightly moist toothpick.  Not gooey but not bone dry.  The tops of the donut should be golden brown and it will spring back when you press it lightly.
  8. Let them cool in the pan for 5min then turn out onto a cooling rack.
  9. Add toppings when cooled.

*For high altitude – oven 375*, 3/4t baking powder

*If you can’t find, or don’t want to buy coconut flour, I would add 1T extra oat flour and 2T extra of the sweet rice flour.

Apple Cider Sugar Topping

  • 1/4c sucanat [or pure cane sugar]
  • 1/4t ground cinnamon
  • 1/3c apple cider
  1. Pour cider into a bowl.
  2. Combine sucanat + cinnamon together in a another bowl.
  3. Dip half of the donut [or both sides] in the apple cider, then dunk into the bowl of sugar on 1 or both sides.

For a glazed donut – Mix 3T powdered sugar [or sucanat powdered sugar] with 2-3t apple cider, until smooth.  Dip the donuts and place on a cooling rack to set.

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Don’t forget!!  If you are without a donut pan, a muffin tin is completely acceptable.  They’ll take about 5-8min longer to bake, but will have the same thick, donut texture.

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A quick note – 

To say I was shocked, floored, + honored, to have been nominated as Foodbuzz’s Best Photography Blog, is an understatement.  I cannot believe the path my life has taken in the past two years, but I honestly couldn’t be happier and more excited for the future.  I have ALL of YOU to thank, for coming here day in + day out, supporting my crazy ways. 



Voting is now open to the public, until Oct. 17th.  Good luck to all of the nominees!


Reader Comments (79)

Congrats on the nomination ashley! Your photography is one of the things that keeps me coming back day after day. (and the delicious recipes of course ;)) It's a much deserved nomination :)

ok i have a few hours before we leave for our trip and am going to buy apple cider RIGHT NOW to make these. i am already baking mini cinnamon ones (more!) as we speak. obsessed.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

HAhahahaa I freaking love you!!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you Gina. That means more than you know!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Congrats on the nomination Ash!! I don't have a donut pan (yet), but you can bet I'll be making the muffin version!

Congrats on the nomination!! It's definitely well-deserved (this post proves that!)

These look incredible. I need sweet rice flour!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

i'm specifically going out to buy cider just to make these..
congrats on the nomination!! you deserve it :)

I definitely want to make these! So far I've only made doughnuts in my doughnut pan once!
I'm not gluten free though. Can I just use regular all purpose flour one to one for the gluten free flours you used?

Also, congrats on the foodbuzz nomination!

Congrats on the nomination! Two questions about these donuts. First, can I use different flours, like ww pastry or ap flour? and do you think a flax eggs would work?


October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMina

your donut recipes are simply amazing!! we are hosting a halloween weekend brunch and i plan on featuring your many different varieties!

I'm confused about your substitution for coconut flour. You say, "I would add 1T extra oat flour add 2T extra of the sweet rice flour." Is that 1T of extra oat flour AND 2T extra of sweet rice flour, or OR? Thanks!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Oooh, nice catch!! That is supposed to say "and" not "add." :) You use the 1T oat plus the 2T sweet rice, to equal the 3T coconut flour.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That is so cool!!! Wish I could come!! ;)

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Mina! Since I bake gluten free, I am unable to say if whole wheat flour will definitely work. However, I believe you should be able to sub the oat flour for whole wheat pastry flour. To keep the very donut-like texture, I would still use the rice and coconut flour. Or possibly, use 1/2c wwpf + 1/2c and 3T sweet rice flour if you don't want to buy coconut. That should work. Also subbing in a flax egg is where things get tricky. I have made one gluten free and vegan version so far, but I don't recommend using an actual flax egg. I recommend adding in 1.5T ground flax and about 3-4T more cider. I'm not sure on the exact amount of cider to add, but the batter should be thick. Baking time will also increase by about 5-8min. You can check the pumpkin recipe to see the vegan version, although that was a bit different because of the pumpkin puree addition.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm pretty sure you should be able to sub in ww pastry flour instead of oat flour. You could also try using 1/2c plus 3T sweet rice flour if you don't want to buy coconut flour. I think it's the fine rice flour, that helps to give it that true cake-donut texture. Let me know if you give it a go! The liquid amount might vary a bit, as I haven't used wwpf in quite some time. It should be the consistency of typical muffin batter. Thick, but pour-able. Thanks so much about the nomination!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

So much to comment on this amazing post that I forgot half the things! Someone needs to create side bar notes. lol. Yes I just said that.

Your photography is truly STUNNING today Ash. It's amazing what a change of setting can do right? Sometimes I find that when I'm at another house my photography can look so different and I get inspired in different ways.

I love watching your life unfold and change in new ways! Following your photography dream is admirable. It's something Eric has thought about doing for a while now and I keep telling him about what you're doing!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela (Oh She Glows)

Apple Cider Donut + Salted Caramel Gelato + Hot Coffee?? I think I just shed a tear of joy. YUM.

These sound like a perfect Thanksgiving weekend treat...! (Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend~) I love pumpkin, but apples (and their derivatives, like apple cider, haha) need some loving, too. :) Thanks!

As for being nominated as the best photography blog. Pssh, I'm not surprised! You so deserve it! Your blog is just full of professional quality, colourful, beautiful photographs. (It's like eye candy. All of it. Food photographs or not.)

I voted for you of course!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I need to get a donut pan!! These look great :D

A dear friend and I used to get bags of apple cider donuts at a farmers' market just outside of NYC. They were heavenly. A doughnut pan and directing her to your recipe would be a great gift! Thanks for the recipe. Looks awesome.

These look amazing! I love that you used apple cider in them!
I'm going to make these for my friend's birthday since she can only eat gluten free!


October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa@HealthyDiaries

ok i made them with apple pie spice and then also made an apple cider glaze. i seriously might die. i can't believe how good they are.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Every donut you make takes the food to a whole new level. This left me with my stomach growling and my mouth watering. It's fun to cook for family! And I'm not surprised at all that you were nominated for best photography blog -- your photos are amazing! Congrats!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlauren @ spiced plate

Thanks Lisa! Check to see if your friend needs certified gluten free oats to make the oat flour. If she can, you can use GF rolled oats to make the flour too. Some gluten free people can't tolerate oats at all, even if certified GF. If that is the case, you can sub in raw buckwheat flour, ground from raw buckwheat groats in your blender. I'm sure you already know this, but just wanted to be safe and point it out about the oat flour. :)

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Apples definitely need some loving! I am obsessed with them lately! Thank you so much for your kind words about my photography. It really means a lot!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you SO very much, Ang. There are so many more options in my parents house for taking photos! I miss my side light! :) I hope Eric is able to pursue photography at some point too.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I bet you never knew gluten free baking could be so delicious!! ;) And uhhhh...I never knew there was apple pie spice!!!!! Awesome!! I made apple cider glaze for half of the donuts as well! mmmmm

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

These look delicious, apple cider donuts are easily one of my favorite parts of fall. I love that you can make these as muffins too - I might try them both ways!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTaryn

Awesome, just in time! I JUST bought apple cider and the ingrdients for your cinnamon donuts, and was going to try and concoct my own version this weekend. Now I don't have to, you did it for me!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Congratulations on the nominations! Every one of your posts makes me salivate - a definite sign that you're a worthy candidate! This post is no exception, and apple cider donuts have forever been one of my favorite things about fall. The orchards back home would serve them so soft and warm that they would practically melt in your mouth. I'm so anxious to try out this healthier recipe.


October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky @ Skinnyfat Girls

I need to buy sweet rice flour and coconut flour STAT!!!! These look so yummy :) I love the idea to dunk in apple cider and then the sugar, I'm sure they are delicious!

Congratulations on the nomination! Your photography is stunning.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeva @ deva by definition

I neeed a donut pan! I have all of these flours at home!!

CONGRATS! amazing accomplishment and your hard work is so apparent through the blog. You deserve that nomination! And yayyy I think I requested apple cider and these look fantastic!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

I heart apple cider donuts! I'll take a dozen please :)

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

I definitely want to veganize these, apple cider are my boyfriend's favorite!

Congrats on the nomination, you're such an inspiration to me. To know you are self-taught and take such amazing photos is great motivation for me!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles

These look delish, Ashley. Apple cider is such a great flavor and thanks for the donut pan/muffin pan info.

When I saw your name in the photography category, I was soooo happy for you! Congrats and that is such a great nomination and you deserve every ounce of it. Case in point, I tell you almost every comment I leave for you 'great pics'..and today is no exception :)

I love the second photo in the this post! Totally something I would frame in my kitchen or dining room!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranne

As much as I love pumpkin, apples are my absolute favorite fall food and flavor. I can't wait to try these this weekend. They'll be perfect after visiting the pumpkin patch and putting up all of our Halloween decorations.
Your photos are always gorgeous, and are particularly so in this post. You definitely have my vote. Congrats on the nomination!

These look amazing, you make donuts look awesome Ashley!

Voted for :)

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I'm going to Sur la Table to buy donut pans right now. This will either be a terrible idea or a wonderful one... I'll let you know after I'm able to stop eating them...

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecki @ Bites 'n Brews

I am not surprised at your nomination! Congrats and fingers crossed!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKel@The Kel Show

Congrats girl!!! and hand me those donuts. Michelle and I tried to attempt making apple cider gluten free vegan donuts a few years ago when we sold at local farmers markets, and they did not turn our the best. and ever since then we have not tried them again, now seeing yours makes us what to give it a try again ;) we shall see if we can be successful at it this time around.


October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw twins

I've been a sneaky reader for ages - first comment! Massive congrats on the nomination, I've put my vote in for you already - you totally deserve it, your photos (and recipes) are fantastic. Well done!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLou

Congratulations on the well deserved nomination! You definitely have my vote - your photography is always so beautiful! These donuts look great too. I've never had an apple cider donut, so I'm really looking forward to trying these.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

Congrats on the nomination! :) Your donuts always look so good!

October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ Abz 'n' Oats

These look so tasty... these might just go down this weekend!! Congrats on the nomination!! Voted ;)

October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Congratulations on the nomination!
And may I just say, those look delicious and your photos are gorgeous :-)

October 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn

update: i made a double batch of these yesterday (friday) with the glaze. my family went crazy over them. 24 hours later, there is literally one donut left. they were shocked that they're gluten free :) delicious!!

I need to make these today!!

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