Spiced Apple Cider Donuts Recipe

Spiced Apple Cider Donuts Recipe
Photo by Carmen Sturdy

If you went apple picking or visited a pumpkin patch recently, chances are you’ve come across the delicious aroma of apple cider donuts. The warming spices and crunchy glaze make it the perfect fall treat. Unfortunately, the average treat is deep fried and loaded with sugar, putting it on the “dough not go” list. But alas, this healthy recipe makes them a guilt-free alternative to a Krispy crème, saving you eight grams of fat and seven grams of sugar. We swapped refined sugar for apple cider and used applesauce as a natural sweetener and nonfat Greek yogurt to make them deliciously moist.

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Spiced Apple Cider Donuts Recipe

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes



2 cups apple cider
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
2 tablespoons apple sauce
2 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
Cooking spray

Optional coatings:
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon or 2 tablespoons icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place the apple cider in a pot on the stove over high heat and boil until the liquid has been reduced to 1/4 cup.
  3. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients including the reduced apple cider. Stir everything together until well combined. Pour the batter into the greased donut pan and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Allow the donuts to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan.
  5. The donuts can be served plain, topped with icing sugar or dipped in melted coconut oil and then rolled in sugar and cinnamon.
Spiced Apple Cider Donuts Recipe
Photo: Carmen Sturdy

Want more recipe inspiration for your apple picking? Check out these 14 Amazing Apple Recipes for Fall.

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