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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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These baked apple cider donuts are moist and full of fall flavors. They’re not fried, so they’re super easy to whip up!

Enjoy the delicious fall flavors of baked cider donuts without the hassle of frying with this baked apple cider donut recipe. 

These apple cider baked donuts are moist and packed with cozy, warm spices. They have a dense crumb that will remind you of muffins, deliciously complementing the crunchy cinnamon sugar coating. 

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These baked donuts are the perfect excuse to have donuts for breakfast! They’ll make a fantastic brunch feast alongside whole wheat vegan pancakes and vegan waffles.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts Recipe

Frying donuts can be a lot of work. Save yourself the time and effort in preparation and clean-up with these apple cider baked donuts.

This easy recipe uses baking powder and baking soda, so there’s no rising time and kneading to make the delicious donuts. 

They’re as scrumptious as apple cider muffins without milk and eggs!

apple cider donuts

Why You’ll Love These Baked Apple Cider Donuts

  • Because they’re baked, making these cider donuts is quick and mess-free! Not frying them in oil also means less calories.
  • If you’re into donuts that have a dense crumb and are muffin-like, you’ll love these baked apple cider donuts. The moist and tender donuts are also rolled in cinnamon sugar for the perfect texture in every bite. 
  • These apple cider donuts can be made ahead! Make breakfasts and brunches a breeze by preparing the batter the night before. 
apple cider baked donuts

Ingredients And Substitutions For Baked Apple Cider Donuts

  • All-purpose flourYou can also use whole wheat pastry flour for a fiber boost.
  • Sugar – To sweeten the apple cider donuts. If you’re looking for a substitute, coconut sugar also works! 
  • Apple pie spiceThis spice blend gives the baked donuts warm and comforting fall flavors. 
  • Baking powder – Helps the baked apple cider donuts rise.
  • Baking sodaAnother leavening agent to help the yeast-free donuts rise.
  • Salt – Balances the sweetness of the homemade apple cider donuts.
  • Unsweetened applesauce – Applesauce is our egg substitute for these apple cider donuts. It also adds moisture to the donuts. 
  • Apple cider vinegar Adds a delicious tart apple flavor to the baked cider donuts. You can also use white vinegar. The vinegar reacts with baking soda, resulting in fluffy donuts.
  • Vegan butter – These amazing apple cider donuts are dairy-free, so don’t forget to use high-quality plant-based butter! 
  • Plant-based yogurt – Another ingredient that contributes to the moisture of the delicious apple cider donut.
  • Ground cinnamonWe’ll finish the moist, muffin-like baked donuts by rolling them in a cinnamon sugar mixture. 
  • Non-stick cooking sprayFor greasing the donut baking pan. 

Is cinnamon sugar coating not your thing? Combine a cup of powdered sugar, two tablespoons of vanilla almond milk, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract for a quick vanilla icing!

baked donuts

Tips For Making Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Make Your Own Apple Pie Spice

If you don’t have apple pie spice, just combine 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon of allspice or cardamom.

Use Gluten-Free Flour

You can make these baked apple cider donuts gluten-free! Swap the all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour.

Do Not Overmix

Do not overmix the batter, or the donuts will be tough.

Make the Batter in Advance

You can make the batter up to 24 hours ahead.

Use a Piping Bag

Another way to fill the donut pan is with a piping bag. This method is quicker and less messy than pouring the batter into the donut pan.

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Apple Cider Donut Recipe FAQs

Are apple cider donuts baked or fried?

Classic apple cider donuts are fried, but you can also bake them. Baked apple cider donuts are typically dense, similar to muffins. 

How long do apple cider donuts last? 

If frozen, apple cider donuts can last up to a month. If left at room temperature in an airtight container, they should stay fresh for 2 to 3 days. 

How to store apple cider donuts in the fridge?

You can wrap apple cider donuts individually in foil, then store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 to 6 days. 

Can you freeze apple cider donuts?

Yup. You can freeze your apple cider donuts for a month or two, but do so before rolling them in the crunchy cinnamon sugar coating. To serve, thaw at room temperature, then roll in cinnamon sugar.

What do apple cider donuts taste like?

Apple cider donuts taste like baked cinnamon sugar donuts with a subtle apple flavor from the apple cider vinegar and applesauce. 

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

stack of baked apple cider donuts
These baked apple cider donuts are moist and full of fall flavors. They're not fried, so they're super easy to whip up!
Lyza
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes

Equipment

Instructions

  • Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix. Set aside.
    step 1 baked apple cider donuts
  • In another mixing bowl, add the applesauce, apple cider vinegar, vegan butter, and plant-based yogurt. Mix with a hand mixer.
    step 2 apple cider donuts
  • Slowly fold in the wet ingredients to the flour mixture. Do not overmix.
    step 3 baked cider donuts
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease your donut baking pan.
  • Fill each ring with the donut batter. Do not go over the edges.
    step 6 apple cider baked donuts
  • Bake the apple cider donuts for 15 minutes.
    step 7 baked applesauce donuts
  • Allow the donuts to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the sugar and cinnamon for the topping.
  • Place the baked apple cider donuts upside down in the cinnamon mixture. Serve and enjoy!
    step 10 applesauce donuts

Notes

  • If you don’t have apple pie spice, just combine 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon of allspice or cardamom.
  • You can make these baked apple cider donuts gluten-free! Swap the all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour.
  • Do not overmix the batter, or the donuts will be tough.
  • You can make the batter up to 24 hours ahead.
  • Another way to fill the donut pan is with a piping bag. This method is quicker and less messy than pouring the batter into the donut pan.

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