Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts

Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts make a delicious dessert or breakfast treat that’s perfect for Fall or any time of year.


I’ve always been intrigued at the idea of making gluten free apple cider donuts. They’re served at almost every Fall festival we attend and most of the pumpkin patches too, and boy do they smell and look amazing. Yesterday, when I dropped my daughter off at school her teacher told me that they were having an apple tasting celebration at school the next day to celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday and that the children would be taste testing a variety of apple based foods.

Getting apple cider and apple sauce for two of the taste tests was easy, but I knew I’d need to come up with a recipe for a donut and pie and time was definitely not on my side since it was for the next day. So I went to the store and picked up some apple cider and decided to work with the ingredients I already had at home.


I decided not to make a traditional pie since I was crunched for time and instead sliced some apples into a small baking dish and sprinkled the top with a combination of coconut oil, brown sugar and almond meal. Then I baked it for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees, and while it looked nothing like a pie it actually tasted pretty similar. We liked it so much that I’ll definitely be turning this quick fix into a more robust recipe soon, so stay tuned!

My daughter and I made the Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts together, and they taste terrific! This is a kid-friendly recipe, and it’s a lot of fun to make so keep it in mind next time you’re looking to get your kids in the kitchen. The recipe only contains 9 ingredients and is simple to prepare. The donuts work well as a dessert and also as a breakfast, which pairs nicely with coffee or tea for the adult donut enthusiasts!

Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts


This recipe is gluten free and dairy free. It makes 12 donuts.


  1. 1.5 cups gluten free flour
  2. 1 cup apple cider
  3. 1/3 cup agave nectar
  4. 1 egg
  5. 2 tbsp coconut oil, pre-heated
  6. 1 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. 1 tsp cinnamon
  9. 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  1. 1 tsp cinnamon
  2. 1/4 cup brown sugar


  1. Pour the apple cider into a sauce pan and cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes. The cider should reduce to 1/2 cup.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees once the cider has been cooking for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the gluten free flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg into a bowl and mix.
  4. When the cider is finished reducing, add the egg, agave nectar, and coconut oil and whisk together.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl and use a hand mixer to combine until smooth.
  6. Brush the donut pan with a little bit of coconut oil to prevent sticking and pour the batter into the pan, filling until 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes.
  8. While the donuts are baking, prepare the cinnamon sugar topping by mixing the cinnamon and brown sugar in a shallow bowl.
  9. When the donuts come out of the oven, lightly brush the tops of them with coconut oil and then dip them in the cinnamon sugar topping. I like to turn them in a half circle twice to make sure they’re evenly coated.
  10. Place on cooling rack and serve warm or cool.
  11. Enjoy!!


  • spabettie

    it is definitely the time of year for cider donuts, and these look great – you have me craving them now! šŸ™‚

    • Thanks! Fall is officially here and this is such a fun way to celebrate it.

  • Sarah Schaap

    These look scrumptious!! My family would gobble these up, I haven’t made cider donuts since last fall!

    • Then I’d say it’s time to make some more and I hope you give our recipe a try.

  • I have a cider donut too that our family just loves. It’s just such a great recipe to have around!

    • We don’t get the changing leaves where we live so it’s nice to celebrate Fall in other ways like baking.

  • Alisa Fleming

    Now those are donuts! Delicious flavor for fall indeed. I’ll have to make these for my husband.

    • Oh good! Hope he enjoys them as much as we did.

  • Lindsey Willson

    This is an amazing recipe! Those donuts are the perfect shapes! My kids would jump for joy over these

    • Thanks, Lindsey! They definitely didn’t last long šŸ™‚

  • GlutenFreeWithEmily

    I have never made Apple cider donuts, but I want to now! I love how simple these ingredients are, and cinnamon + sugar has always been my favorite combo!!

    • They really are so simple to make, and the flavors are so delicious. Let me know if you try them.

  • My family LOVES apple cider donuts!

    • Such a fun Fall treat and love that they’re simple enough for my kiddos to make.