Gluten-free apple cider donuts are baked with fresh apple cider, then dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar coating! You won’t be able to resist this amazing fall treat!

I tested and retested this recipe to make donuts with the best flavor/texture. I hope you love them too!

Gluten-free apple cider donuts stacked on a wooden board


 

Freshly made apple cider donuts are the ultimate way to celebrate fall. And even if you don’t make it to the apple orchard this year for apple picking, you can get the same delicious flavors at home with these gluten-free apple cider doughnuts!

I love that these donuts are baked instead of fried. This means they’re a bit healthier than the average fried donut. And they’re easier to make, too! ( Say goodbye to the messy hot oil!)

To make these donuts, you reduce down real apple cider until it is concentrated to the most vibrant apple flavor. After baking, you dip them into melted butter and cinnamon sugar coating.

The result is an amazing dessert full of delicious apple cider flavor!

You can use a silicone donut pan or metal donut pan to get the perfect shape for these donuts. If you don’t have a donut pan, try a muffin tin or mini muffin pan!

No matter how you make these, they’re sure to be some of the best apple cider donuts you’ve ever had!

Table of Contents

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Bursting with apple flavor
  • Perfect fall treat
  • Baked, not fried
  • Great for fall parties

For more gluten-free apple recipes, try this gluten-free apple crumble recipe, gluten-free apple cake, gluten-free apple muffins, gluten-free applesauce cake and gluten-free apple pie recipe.

You also might like these baked apples or this apple compote.

Ingredients You’ll Need

For the Wet Ingredients

Apple cider donut ingredients on a countertop
  • White and brown sugar: A combination of brown and white granulated sugar helps create a deliciously sweet baked donut.
  • Almond milk: I like to use unsweetened almond milk for these donuts, but any type of milk will work.
  • Oil: I use vegetable or grapeseed oil for these donuts.
  • Eggs: For best results, use large, room-temperature eggs.
  • Vanilla: I always prefer real vanilla extract to imitation vanilla.
  • Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice is best!

For the Dry Ingredients

Apple cider donut dry ingredients on a countertop
  • Gluten-free flour: I recommend using a high-quality gluten-free flour blend with xanthan gum. It creates a better texture and makes all the difference in the end result! I like King Arthur or Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour.
  • Spices: Warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom give these donuts great fall flavors!
  • Baking powder: Baking powder is essential for helping this donut batter rise and become light and fluffy in texture.
  • Salt: I like to use fine sea salt for this donut batter.

How to Make Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts

Reduce the Apple Cider

Cider in a sauce pan
  • In a small saucepan, bring apple cider to a gentle boil and let simmer over medium heat until thick and reduced to about 1/3 cup (80 ml), 15-25 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Make the Donuts

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease two 6-cavity donut pans with cooking spray.
Dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
Wet ingredients combined in a mixing bowl
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients until well combined.
Wet and dry ingredients combined in a bowl
  • Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients, along with the cooled/reduced apple cider, and whisk until evenly combined.
Apple cider donut batter in a donut pan
  • Pour the donut batter into a large ziploc bag. Cut a 1-inch hole in the corner of the bag and pipe the donut batter into the prepared doughnut pan.
  • Bake the gluten free donuts for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool. 

Make the Topping

  • In a medium bowl mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
An apple cider donut in a bowl of cider
  • Once the gluten free donuts are cool enough to handle (cool for 5-10 minutes), dip each donut on both sides in melted butter and then generously dip into the cinnamon sugar mixture. 
  • These are best eaten right away – enjoy!

Storage Instructions

I don’t recommend storing these apple cider donuts. They’re best enjoyed immediately after preparing, when they’re warm and toasty! If you do want to store them, keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

FAQs

What does apple cider vinegar do in gluten free baking?

Apple cider is a leavening agent that helps to create a light, tender crumb in gluten-free baked goods. When combined with baking soda, it reacts to create an airy texture. It also adds subtle depth of flavor!

Is there gluten in apple cider?

No, apple cider is naturally gluten-free. It’s typically made from the juice of pressed apples. Some variations contain spices like cinnamon and cloves. Hard cider is also gluten-free and is made from fermented apple juice.

Does Krispy Kreme make apple cider donuts?

Yes, apple cider donuts are a seasonal offering at Krispy Kreme. Availability varies depending on the location and time of year. For more information, contact your local Krispy Kreme.

Expert Tips & Tricks

  • I use vegetable or grapeseed oil for these donuts. You also might like this recipe for baked gluten-free donuts or these gluten-free pumpkin donuts!
  • These gluten free apple cider donuts are best eaten right away. I don’t recommend storing them, since the texture and flavor change as they cool.
  • I recommend using a high-quality gluten-free flour blend with xanthan gum. It creates a better texture and makes all the difference in the end result! I like King Arthur or Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour.
  • If you don’t have a donut pan, try a muffin tin or mini muffin pan! You’ll get the same delicious apple pie spice flavor!
Gluten-free apple cider donuts stacked on a wooden board with parchment paper underneath

MORE GLUTEN-FREE RECIPES

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you try these gluten-free apple cider donuts, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you! 

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5 from 7 votes

Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts (Easy Baked Recipe!)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 donuts
Gluten-free apple cider donuts are baked with fresh apple cider, then dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar coating! You won't be able to resist this amazing fall treat!

Ingredients

Apple Cider

  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) apple cider

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups (250 g) gluten-free measure-for-measure baking flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup (65 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (65 g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) oil of choice
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) almond milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

For the Topping

  • 8 tablespoons (113 g) butter, melted
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions 

Reduce the Apple Cider

  • In a small saucepan, bring apple cider to a gentle boil and let simmer over medium heat until thick and reduced to about 1/3 cup (80 ml), 15-25 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Make the Donuts

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease two 6-cavity donut pans with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients until well combined.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients, along with the cooled/reduced apple cider, and whisk until evenly combined.
  • Pour the donut batter into a large ziploc bag. Cut a 1-inch hole in the corner of the bag and pipe the donut batter into the prepared pans.
  • Bake the donuts for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a cooling rack.

Make the Topping

  • In a medium bowl mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Once the donuts are cool enough to handle (cool for 5-10 minutes), dip each donut on both sides in melted butter and then generously dip into the sugar mixture.
  • These are best eaten right away – enjoy!

Notes

RECIPE NOTES
  • I use vegetable or grapeseed oil for these donuts. 
  • These donuts are best eaten right away. I don’t recommend storing them, since the texture and flavor change as they cool.
  • I recommend using a high-quality gluten-free flour blend with xanthan gum. It creates a better texture and makes all the difference in the end result! I like King Arthur or Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour.
  • If you don’t have a donut pan, try a muffin tin or mini muffin pan! You’ll get the same delicious apple pie spice flavor!

Nutrition

Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. Loved these easy donuts and I’ve shared with many GF bakers!
    I’m wondering if anyone has tried substituting the cider for another liquid. I don’t always have cider on hand.

  2. 5 stars
    I have made these twice and they are fantastic! Terrific recipe, not difficult, everyone loves them at our house. The only changes made were I added 1 Tablespoon Psyllium husk powder for more mechanical strength and used 2% milk instead of almond milk.

  3. 5 stars
    These donuts are definitely a winner! Kids are also addicted to it! They were bursting with flavors and the texture is remarkable!

  4. 5 stars
    These make the whole house smell so good!! I love that they are gluten free & you can’t even tell. They taste amazing!!

    1. These are truly delicious. We are a little higher elevation and gluten free baking can be challenging but for these I decided to air fry for 3 additional minutes after baking and it was perfect. That really quashed the denseness and mush that tends to exist in GF baked goods.

      Yummy yummy. We’re a big hit with the kids. We did colored sugar and made it fun.

  5. 5 stars
    Doughnuts are my weakness and since I have been going more gluten-free, this is game changing! thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe!

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