Gluten-Free Recipes from Sift: Baked Apple Cider Donuts


Before living in the U.S., I had never heard of baked apple cider donuts. I grew up with crazy accessibility to donuts or “doughnuts” (thank you, Tim Hortons). I remember one of my neighbors mentioned them to me and I thought, “I love apple cider but it’s damn near impossible to find gluten-free donuts.” So, the quest to create an apple cider donut recipe began.

Turns out, baking is way easier than frying when it comes to making apple cider donuts. Typically, when we think of donuts, we think of the fried donut that has that shiny glaze on top. But these are not those types of donuts. The beauty of the apple cider donut is that by baking it, you are not missing out on anything — I think the opposite. You are allowing the donut to be more cake-like, a bit dense, and just packed full of flavor (without all the mess).

This recipe for gluten-free baked apple cider donuts is super easy, beyond delicious, and is ready in under 30 minutes! This how-to guide will show you step-by-step how to make this perfect seasonal treat.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 1.5 dozen

What About Using an Air Fryer?

Again, just bake them. It’s less mess, less fuss, and the results are super delicious.

The Mysterious Origins of Apple Cider Donuts?

First introduced by the Doughnut Corporation of America (DCA), apple cider donuts entered the mainstream donut world in the 1950s. The DCA was founded by Adolph Levitt, a Russian immigrant, in the 1920s. Apple cider donuts were considered a seasonal treat initially (as the cider was readily available in the fall) however, now with our grocery stores and cider being accessible all year long, they no longer have to remain a fall treat! You can enjoy them all year round.

Can You Use Apple Juice Instead of Apple Cider for Donuts? Are They Healthy?

Traditionally, you would want to use apple cider for these donuts but if you cannot get your hands on any, then yes, you can supplement with apple juice. You will just need to boil it down to help amp up the apple flavor (I will discuss this below.)

And, one perk to this being a baked apple cider donut recipe is that they are substantially healthier than any fried donut would be!

What You’ll Need to Make Baked Apple Cider Donuts:

  1. 2 cups of gluten free flour (I like King Arthur for this recipe)
  2. 1/2 cup white sugar
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 tsp baking soda
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 3 tbsp butter (melted)
  7. 1/2 cup milk
  8. 1 1/2 cups apple cider (you will boil this down to 1/2 cup)
  9. 1 egg
  10. 5 tbsp cinnamon
  11. 1 tsp vanilla

How to Make Them:

For the full recipe and instructions go to https://siftrva.com/2021/08/30/baked-apple-cider-donuts/.

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