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Vegan Baked Apple Cider Donuts

These Vegan Baked Apple Cider Donuts are the perfect celebration of fall! Coated in cinnamon sugar, they are a great pairing with coffee. They’re easily made in a muffin tin as well!

glass of apple cider next to baked apple cider donuts

I’m really excited to share today’s recipe! As we work our way into September, I’m starting to get all the seasonal recipe inspiration. I like to hold off on pumpkin treats until October, but apple picking time is definitely here! Drinking apple cider is one of the easiest ways to celebrate this. Eating apple cider (in the form of a baked donuts!) is a whole other level.

Tips for Making Baked Apple Cider Donuts at Home

  • Use an oven-safe donut pan, like this one. This will help you hold the perfect shape when baking. See tips below if you don’t have one or don’t feel like buying one!
  • Baking powder will create lift, so don’t shy away from the large amount listed in the recipe. 1/2 TBS sounds like a lot, but it’s what helps our donuts hold their shape without eggs (it reacts with the cider).
  • If you’d like to make this recipe gluten-free, substitute 1 1/4 cups of finely ground oat flour. The texture will be a bit different, but still tasty. Whole wheat flour absorbs a lot of liquid, so if you go the all purpose route you may want to try adding slightly less at first.

Can I fry this recipe?

Yes! I never want to deal with the mess of frying, but if you’d like to fry these, I suggest piping donut holes directly into hot oil (around 375 degrees F) for about 2-3 minutes (until golden brown).

Do not let the oil drop below 365 as this will cause the donuts to absorb too much oil (ew). Too hot (above 385) and they could burn. Roll in cinnamon sugar immediately after frying.

apples and glasses of cider on a wooden table

How to Make a Donut Recipe Without a Donut Pan

To make these apple cider donut without a pan, feel free to make them into muffins! For apple cider muffins, double this recipe and bake it in 12 cup muffin tin. It will need 20-28 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees F. To test when done, stick a toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean (no crumbs), the muffins are done.

If you also do not have a muffin tin, you could certainly bake these into bars in a cake pan or rectangular baking dish. The bake time would vary depending on the size of your container, but I recommend starting off using the base recipe with an 8×8 dish, baked for 35 minutes at 350 degrees F. They will be fairly cake-y though, and you may want to add some ground flax seed to help with binding.

More Autumnal Apple Recipes

Apple Cider Syrup

Apple Cider Sangria

Puff Pastry Apple Strudel

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Apple Hand Pies

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glass of apple cider next to baked apple cider donuts

Vegan Baked Apple Cider Donuts


  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 6 donuts 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These Vegan Baked Apple Cider Donuts are the perfect celebration of fall! Coated in cinnamon sugar, they are a great pairing with coffee. They’re easily made in a muffin tin as well!


Ingredients

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For donut base:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (or sub 1 1/4 cups finely ground oat flour for GF)
  • 1/2 TBS baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup apple cider, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil, or other neutral oil like canola
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For optional topping:

  • 4 TBS vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup Turbinado sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F and lightly oil one 6-compartment donut pan (see notes if you do not have a donut pan).
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, spices, and salt in a small bowl. In a large bowl, mix apple cider, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla extract
  3. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet, stirring to combine but trying to avoid over mixing. Spoon batter into donut pan evenly across the six shapes. Bake for 13-16 minutes, until donuts are springy and risen. Let cool on a wire rack.
  4. If coating in cinnamon sugar, melt butter in one small bowl with a wide rim. In another bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Place each cooled donut facedown in the butter then immediately remove and swirl in the cinnamon sugar mixture to fully coat. I find these are too sweet if both donut sides are coated, so feel free to decide your preference there.

Notes

Here is the donut pan I use (affiliate link).

For apple cider muffins: If you do not have a donut pan, I recommend doubling this recipe and baking it in 12 cup muffin tin. It will need 20-28 minutes in the oven. To test when done, stick a toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean (no crumbs), the muffins are done.

  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: One donut
  • Calories: 189.3 calories
  • Sugar: 9 grams
  • Sodium: 223.6 milligrams
  • Fat: 9.6 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8.5 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 24.6 grams
  • Fiber: 2.4 grams
  • Protein: 2.7 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

Keywords: apple, cider, fall

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Hi, I'm Emily! Garlic Head is a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets. My recipes focus on entertaining-style cuisine, perfect for celebrating all of life's little moments! Meet me here.

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