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Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Cider Donuts

These gluten-free vegan apple cider donuts taste just like fall! They're coated in cinnamon sugar right after baking for an easy and delicious treat!
4.34 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 donuts
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Megan


For the donuts:

  • 1 1/2 cup apple cider (reduced to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour (I like Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 baking flour)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • Add the apple cider to a small saucepan. Reduce the apple cider over medium heat for about 15 minutes until it reaches 3/4 cup. Set aside to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a donut pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the gluten-free flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and whisk together.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the reduced apple cider, melted vegan butter, unsweetened applesauce, apple cider vinegar and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Spoon the batter into the donut pan wells or pipe it with a pastry bag.
  • Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the donut comes out clean.
  • To make the topping, whisk together 1/4 cup of granulated sugar with 1 tsp of cinnamon.
  • While the donuts are still somewhat warm, press them in the cinnamon sugar mixture or spoon it over the top of the donuts to cover them in the mixture. Set aside to cool.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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