Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts

I have finally made Apple Cider Donuts that are good for you! No added sugar to the batter and I used white whole wheat flour. I love how big and fluffy they turned out, even without adding egg. Go ahead and have one, you deserve it!

I have been wanting to make these Apple Cider Donuts since summer when I first noticed them popping up on my Pinterest feed.

Yes, there are those people who love to tempt us with their Fall recipes in the summertime. Shame on you, you early birds!

I bet you’re the kind of person who wakes up singing as you get ready for work or to see your loved ones off in the morning.

And all this before you have your coffee, if you even drink coffee? {Looking at you with my squinty eye sideways glare}.

Shame, shame on you!

Grrr… {that’s my morning growl AFTER I have my coffee}.

So, I’ve been wanting to make these donuts since then and I’ve finally got around to making them.

Hey, it’s still Fall. I’m still in the season.

I wanted to make this a healthier donut. I didn’t add any sweetener to the batter because it gets its sweetness from the apple cider and the glaze on top.

I also made this donut egg-free. I was amazed at how big and fluffy they turned out. Especially since I’ve heard that not adding eggs will make your batter flat.

Not true here. Just look at them!

I actually made two batters of this donut, one with egg and this egg-free version.  Surprisingly, the egg batter turned out flat. You won’t be seeing them here.

Apple Cider Donuts

Now the apple cider I used is a boiled apple cider. I just took your regular apple cider that shows up in stores in the Fall and boiled it until it was half the amount of what I started with. Leaving me with an apple cider concentrate, much sweeter than it was before I boiled it.

Most of the other recipes I came across use butter to dip your donuts in before topping with a cinnamon sugar mix. I made a glaze with vanilla protein powder and my boiled apple cider with a sprinkling of coconut sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and apple pie spice mixture.

Literally, giving you more apple for your bite.

You’re welcome!

As always, if you do make these Apple Cider Donuts, please leave a comment below, or share it with me by tagging your Instagram with #sweetandspicymonkey, so I can see all the Fall goodness you create in your kitchen. Happy Eating!

Apple Cider Donuts
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 donuts

Apple Cider Donuts

These Apple Cider Donuts are not only delicious, but they're good for you too. Baked with white whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and flax seed these donuts are egg-free and refined sugar-free. So you can indulge yourself without the guilt.


  • 1 cup White Whole Wheat All-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ground flax seed
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon boiled Apple cider, warmed
    For the Glaze:
  • 4 Tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 4 Tablespoons boiled apple cider
    For the sugar mixture:
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of apple pie spice


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Lightly grease donut pan with coconut oil or non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Add dry ingredients (flour, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, apple pie spice, flax seed, and cinnamon) into a large mixing bowl and mix together with a fork or whisk.
  4. Stir in buttermilk, vanilla, apple sauce, and melted coconut oil with dry ingredients until all dry ingredients are combined.
  5. Drop batter into prepared donut pan.
  6. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until donuts spring back when touched.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before turning donut pan over onto a wire rack and removing donuts from pan. Let cool completely before putting on Apple cider glaze.
    To make Glaze:
  1. Mix protein powder and apple cider together in a small microwavable bowl with a spoon. It will look a little clumpy, but the clumps will disappear after warming.
  2. Place into microwave and heat for 10 seconds or until mixture is slightly warm. Mix together again. Clumps should disappear.
  3. After mixture is combined, spoon glaze over donuts, covering tops, outter sides, and inner part of the donut completely.
  4. Sprinkle with sugar mixture or sprinkles if desired. (*Recipe below*)
  5. Best served warm.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
    To make Sugar mixture:
  1. Add coconut sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and apple pie spice into a small bowl. Mix together and sprinkle over the tops of the donuts as desired.


- Make sure buttermilk, apple cider, and apple sauce are room temperature, otherwise coconut oil will clump together when added.

- You can always warm up wet ingredients in microwave for about 30 to 45 seconds to help bring it to room temperature

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