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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.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 121 kcal
Author Jereann Zann - Celiac Mama


  • 1.5 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil pre-heated
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 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!!
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 112mg 5%
Potassium 73mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.4%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 4%
Iron 4.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.