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Easy Gluten Free Apple Cider Donut Recipe

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Make these Gluten Free Apple Cider Doughnuts for a sweet, after-school fall treat. Your family will love you for it. They are light, fluffy, and full of fall apple cider flavor. You’ll never know they are gluten-free! Fall is here and it’s time for trips to the apple orchard.

We love baking up a batch of these easy Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts on the weekends and munching on them all week long. They are full of cinnamon sugar and apple cider flavor. Eat them for breakfast or dessert. © Provided by ChaChingQueen

If you are gluten-free like me then you will love all the delicious and easy-to-make gluten-free doughnut recipes I have. Try out my Gluten Free Doughnuts (Krispy Kreme Copycat) and my Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts.

These are surprisingly easy to make because I use Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour. No need to mix together your own gluten-free flour mixture. I am a huge fan of all of his products and this particular flour has changed my gluten-free baking. It is the closest taste you can get to regular flour and it’s full of good-for-you ingredients.

Feel free to substitute an all-purpose flour that you feel comfortable with but I have only tested this with Bob’s Red Mill. © Provided by ChaChingQueen

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts

  • Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour – As I said before this is my go-to. I buy it on Amazon with the subscribe and save feature. I love that all my essentials just show up at my door!
  • Baking Soda and Baking Powder – Make sure they are not stale.
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Cinnamon – All that warm fall flavor!
  • Salt – I use Kosher salt.
  • Sugar – I use granulated sugar but you can substitute coconut sugar or brown sugar if you prefer. It will give these gluten-free doughnuts more of a deep caramel flavor.
  • Butter – I use unsalted butter.  I have reader’s who have substituted vegan butter with no problem but we have not tried coconut oil. 
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Eggs – Room temperature eggs work best when baking.
  • Apple Cider – Fresh, unfiltered is best for awesome apple flavor.
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Pure Maple Syrup – This adds so much flavor to the glaze.
  • Milk – You only need a little for the glaze. You can use any type of dairy or non-dairy milk. © Provided by ChaChingQueen

Instructions for Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray your donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and sugar.
  3. In a separate small bowl whisk together the wet ingredients: melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and apple cider.
  4. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
  5. Transfer the mixture into a zip-top bag and cut a small hole in the corner. This will help you pipe the mixture into the donut pan. This is optional and you can just carefully spoon it into the donut pan.
  6. Fill each well about half full. If you fill it to the top it will bake as a circle and you will not have a hole in the middle of your donut.
  7. Cook for about 8-10 minutes then let cool completely before topping with icing.
  8. Mix all icing ingredients in a small bowl. Once the donuts are completely cool you can drizzle with glaze or turn them upside down and dip them in the glaze. Turn them onto a wire rack with parchment paper underneath to catch drips.

I used Wilton Donut Pans for these but you can also make mini donuts with the Babycakes Mini Donut Maker. Either way, your kids will love you for it.

There is something extra special about donuts at home. Make them for breakfast or put them in lunchboxes for dessert. Just be careful having them around the house, because they are dangerously good.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts

  1. What’s the difference between apple cider and apple juice?  Apple cider is fresh unfiltered and unpasteurized and does not last as long while apple juice is filtered and will last longer.
  2. How do I store leftover gluten-free donuts?  These donuts are best eaten on the first day. If you do have leftovers I would store them in an airtight container for up to two days or up to four in the refrigerator.  You can warm them for 10-15 seconds in the microwave if needed.  I have also had readers who have frozen them with success.  
  3. Can I fry these gluten-free donuts?  I don’t think so.  I have not tried but these are baked donuts and the batter is not a yeast dough, it’s a thin batter.  If you want fried donuts you’ll need a yeast dough

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