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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


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!


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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


  1. Preheat oven 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.


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


  • 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