Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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Let’s start a whole week of enjoying our favorite apple recipes with a classic: vegan apple cider donuts coated in cinnamon sugar. These treats are so delicious; you might find it hard to resist making them this week! (By the way, they’re baked, not fried, and can be made gluten-free too).

These fluffy and light baked vegan apple cider donuts are covered in a crispy cinnamon sugar coating. You’ll definitely want more than one! They’re simple to make and a perfect fall dessert. (Check the notes for a gluten-free option).

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12



  • 1 ½ cups apple cider
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons melted vegan butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • cup nondairy milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • Nonstick spray or melted vegan butter


  • Preheat the oven to 350˚F/175˚C.
  • Reduce cider: Simmer cider in a small saucepan for 15-20 minutes until it reduces to ½ cup.
  • Mix dry ingredients: Whisk together all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Mix wet ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter, applesauce, milk, both sugars, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, and the reduced apple cider.
  • Combine: Gently stir wet ingredients into dry until just combined. Avoid overmixing.
  • Pipe into pan: Grease a donut pan and pipe the batter about ¾ of the way into each cavity.
  • Bake: Bake for 10-11 minutes until the tops are lightly golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Cinnamon sugar coating: Mix cinnamon and sugar in a shallow bowl. Coat donuts by spraying with nonstick baking spray or brushing/dipping in melted butter, then rolling in cinnamon sugar. The oil/butter helps the coating stick. Enjoy while hot!


  • *For gluten-free, use 1 ½ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour and ½ cup oat flour.
  • Don’t skip the apple cider vinegar; it reacts with baking soda to give a lift to vegan baked goods.

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