Baked Apple Cider Donuts
These healthy Baked Apple Cider Donuts are the best homemade donuts you’ll ever eat! Soft, fluffy, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, you will love these perfect bites.
I have a friend. Let’s call her Anne. Anne is one of Jack’s godmothers, and one of the best people you don’t know. She lives in Denver. Too far from Washington. She is also a tricky little vixen and loves to send random presents that she thinks will make you smile. One day, years ago, a donut pan appeared on my front porch. Well, I mean it was in an Amazon box. UPS didn’t just drop a donut pan on my welcome mat, knock the door, and then peace out. Gross.
I searched for the perfect recipe to use for the maiden voyage of the donut pan. There are a lot of recipes out there for opening a can of ready-made biscuits, punching a hole in the middle, and calling it a donut. You do you, but when I want homemade donuts, I want those suckers to start from scratch.
The recipe I finally found is from Tasty Kitchen, but adapted to my preferences/tastes. Please don’t fool yourself into thinking that these taste like the fried donuts you find at a bakery – they’re not. But they are amazing and perfect.
They’re delicious cake donuts that will put a smile on your face, make you feel like fall, and pair well with homemade apple cider. From what I understand, they taste best in cozy pants and a fleece. I’m not sure. I’m not a doctor.
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These healthy baked Apple Cider Donuts are the best homemade donuts you'll ever eat! Soft, fluffy, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, you will love these perfect bites.
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour I used King Arthur bread flour
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1.5 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp vital wheat gluten
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup brown sugar try homemade
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup apple juice
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
- 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract try homemade
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Brush the donut pan with melted butter and sprinkle a little of sugar (evaporated cane juice) over the butter.
- In a bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- In a separate bowl, mix together brown sugar, applesauce, maple syrup, apple cider, yogurt, egg, and coconut oil.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix until just combined.
- Divide the batter into the donut pan, filling the cavities only halfway. Bake for 13 minutes.
- While the donuts are in the oven, mix 1/3 cup sugar and the 2 tsp cinnamon in a ziploc bag. Shake a few times to combine.
- When the donuts come out of the oven, brush both sides with melted butter. Put 2 donuts at a time in the Ziploc, seal, and shake. Should there actually be any leftover, store in an air-tight container
Homemade vanilla extract is easy to make and makes homemade goodies taste next-level amazing.
Homemade brown sugar only takes five minutes and two ingredients.
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