Baked Apple Cider Donuts

The perfect fall treat, these healthier baked apple cider donuts are made with whole wheat pastry flour, coconut sugar, Greek yogurt, and coconut oil.

I don’t know about you, but when I think of fall I immediately think of apple picking. It’s something Isaac and I enjoy doing every year around September. There are a couple of orchards relatively close to Richmond, but the one we usually go to is called Carter Mountain. It’s just outside of Charlottesville and they have the best apple cider donuts. They’re particularly delicious when you get them fresh when they’re still warm!

Stack of baked apple cider donuts.

This year, I’m not sure if we’ll make it to Carter Mountain for apple picking so I decided to try my hand at making homemade baked donuts. And of course, in true EBF fashion, I worked to make them a bit healthier using real food ingredients like whole wheat pastry flour, apple sauce, coconut sugar, coconut oil, and Greek yogurt. A major upgrade from the traditional recipe that uses melted butter and brown sugar.

Cookie sheet with baked apple cider donuts on it.

Ingredients in Healthy Apple Cider Donuts

  • unfiltered apple cider – no, I don’t mean ACV, I mean apple cider! I prefer getting mine from a local orchard but a lot of local grocery stores carry it as well! 
  • unsweetened apple sauce – any kind works great and you can use cinnamon unsweetened apple sauce for more cinnamon flavor
  • whole-wheat pastry flour – more fiber, protein, and other nutrients than traditional white flour
  • coconut sugar – the less-processed upgrade for granulated sugar or brown sugar
  • Greek yogurt – adds protein and moisture to these donuts!
  • coconut oil – the perfect sub for butter

Side by side photos of piping donut batter into a donut baking pan, and the baked donut in the pan.

How to Make Baked Apple Cider Donuts

First things first, to make baked donuts you’re going to need a donut pan. Luckily, they’re really inexpensive! You can get a set of 2 non-stick, six cavity Wilton donut pans on Amazon for less than $15. Here’s the set I have.

It can also be handy to have a large icing piping tip for adding the donut batter into the pan, but it’s not 100% necessary. You can always spoon the batter into the pan and then shake it to make sure the batter is even.

Once you have your materials, you’re ready to get started and to be honest, making baked donuts is really similar to making muffins.

Hand dipping an apple cider donut into cinnamon sugar.

Mix your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt) together in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl, whisk the wet ingredients (the apple cider, apple sauce, sugar, yogurt, oil, and egg) until combined. Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and stir until everything is mixed together.

Prep your donut pans by spraying each cavity with cooking spray. Spoon the batter or use a piping bag to squeeze the batter evenly into the 12 cavities. Bake in a preheated oven for 6-8 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into to the center comes out clean. Invert the donuts on a wire rack to cool.

Stack of apple cider donuts.

To finish, brush each donut with coconut oil on both sides and dip into a cinnamon sugar topping to coat. They’re best served fresh, but you can store leftovers in an air-tight container for 2-3 days. I like to reheat them in the toaster oven so they get nice and crispy!

Apple cider donuts on a tray. One had a bit taken out of it, and a mason jar of cider is beside the donuts.

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A bunch of apple cider donuts with one having a bite taken out of it.

If you try this recipe for baked apple cider donuts, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out! Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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Stack of baked apple cider donuts on a tray.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Description

The perfect fall treat, these baked apple cider donuts are made a healthier with whole wheat pastry flour, coconut sugar, Greek yogurt and coconut oil.


Ingredients

  • ½  cup apple cider (not vinegar)
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce 
  • 1 ¾ cups whole-wheat pastry flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 egg

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir until combined. 
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together apple cider, apple sauce, sugar, yogurt, oil and egg until combined. 
  4. Add wet mixture to flour mixture, and stir until just combined.
  5. Spray two (6-cavity) donut pans with cooking spray. Spoon or pipe batter evenly into the 12 cavities. 
  6. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until donuts spring back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan for 2 minutes. Invert donuts onto a wire rack. 
  7. While donuts are baking, mix together sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. 
  8. Brush each donut with coconut oil on both sides and dip into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Repeat until all donuts are coated. Best enjoyed immediately but can be stored in an air-tight container for 2-3 days and reheated in the microwave or toaster oven.

Notes

  • I haven’t tested it yet, but I would assume you can use non-dairy yogurt and a flaxseed egg to make vegan apple cider donuts. Let me know if you decide to try it!
  • Recipe inspired and adapted from Cooking Light.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 donut
  • Calories: 186
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Sodium: 177mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3g

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    82 comments
    1. Cassidy
      February 28, 2021 AT 7:38 pm

      My mom introduced me to these donuts over the winter holidays, and I was obsessed! I made them for some friends a few weeks ago, and they absolutely loved them as well. I actually forgot the apple cider, so I just used water and they still turned out great. One of the easiest (and yet still delicious) donut recipes ever!

      One of my friends was actually curious as to whether it would be possible to make a very similar gluten-free chocolate donut?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2021 AT 11:13 pm

        So glad you love these donuts, Cassidy! I’m sure it would be possible, I just haven’t tested a gluten-free version of these donuts. Maybe use gluten-free all-purpose flour mixed with cocoa powder? Let me know how they turn out if you guys test them!!

    2. Lisa
      February 13, 2021 AT 9:19 am

      So good!!! My kids and husband enjoyed these right out of the oven!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 13, 2021 AT 10:14 pm

        So glad these were a hit!! Thanks for the review, Lisa. I appreciate it!

    3. Janet
      February 10, 2021 AT 7:31 pm

      These are amazing healthy donuts!!
      Very easy to make too!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 11, 2021 AT 11:54 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved these donuts, Janet. I appreciate you coming back to leave a review. 🙂

    4. Charisse wall
      January 3, 2021 AT 1:02 am

      Could you make these in mini electric donuts maker?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 3, 2021 AT 1:00 pm

        Hi Charisse! I would assume so, but I haven’t tried it! Let me know if you try it!

    5. Linda
      November 20, 2020 AT 12:16 pm

      They may not look perfect but they are perfectly delicious! I used gluten free 1.1 flour and they turned out great!
      Thanks Brittany for another great recipe. My family thinks I’m a rock star in the kitchen.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 20, 2020 AT 12:44 pm

        Ahh love it!! I’m so glad these donuts were a hit with the fam, Linda. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    6. Tracy
      November 9, 2020 AT 1:26 pm

      I made these donuts using pumpkin spice apple cider and they came out amazing. The only problem I have is storing them they tend to get very moist or wet and the sugar coating on the outside absorbs into the donut I can’t seem to keep them stored dry unless I leave them on the counter uncovered. Any suggestions?

    7. Tiffany
      November 7, 2020 AT 9:24 am

      I absolutely loved these! I did swap coconut sugar for maple syrup and I simmered the apple cider to make it more flavorful, but these were incredible!!!

      1. Isabella Huner
        March 9, 2021 AT 10:11 am

        Tracy,
        How much maple syrup did you swap for the coconut sugar?

      2. Brittany Mullins
        November 7, 2020 AT 7:51 pm

        So glad you loved these donuts, Tiffany. I’m glad they turned out with coconut sugar instead of maple syrup. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review, I appreciate it. 🙂

    8. Tracy
      October 31, 2020 AT 10:32 pm

      Made this recipe a few times and used pumpkin spice apple cider. Love these donuts. Although my donuts tend to get moist once I store them. Any tricks on how to keep them ‘cakey’ where the sugar coating doesn’t eventually melt into the donuts?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 2, 2020 AT 12:14 am

        Hey Tracy – So glad you’re loving these donuts! How are you storing them – in the fridge or at room temp and what type of container are you storing them in?

        1. Tracy
          November 9, 2020 AT 1:35 pm

          Hi sorry I didn’t see your reply to my first inquiry so please disregard my second one today. I am storing the donuts in a Tupperware container which has an air vent in the lid.

          1. Brittany Mullins
            November 10, 2020 AT 5:30 pm

            No worries, Tracy!! Glad you’re loving the donuts. 🙂

    9. Lorna
      October 23, 2020 AT 9:53 am

      These were delicious, light and flavoursome, although I couldn’t taste the cider much. I think the cider made them very airy though.
      I used vegetable oil instead of coconut oil and fat free Greek yogurt instead of plain Greek yogurt.
      It made 9 doughnuts instead of twelve, but they were quite large.

    10. Julie Weldon
      October 23, 2020 AT 7:53 am

      Did you try it with a gluten free flour ???

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 24, 2020 AT 4:11 pm

        Hey Julie – I haven’t, but others have tried using a gluten-free all-purpose flour and said the donuts turned out just fine! Let me know if you end up trying them.

    11. Claire
      October 18, 2020 AT 9:51 am

      Absolutely delicious and the vegan modifications worked great!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 19, 2020 AT 12:45 pm

        Yay! That makes me happy to hear, Claire. Thanks for trying these donuts. I appreciate it. 🙂

    12. Danielle Guzman
      October 17, 2020 AT 11:31 pm

      Wow these are so good! And so easy to make. So light and fluffy, incredibly moist and the cinnamon sugar is the perfect finish. So worth buying donut pans because this recipe will become a family tradition now every Fall. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 19, 2020 AT 12:47 pm

        So glad you enjoyed these donuts, Danielle! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    13. FranceS
      October 16, 2020 AT 9:22 am

      These turned out wonderfully. I have a silicon doughnut make six at a time and it made 12. I did need to bake them 16 minutes rather then 8. For those who like to know if subs work–it did for me and I used fage nonfat Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup homemade unsweetened applesauce that I increased to 1/2 cup and I skipped the oil altogether. I used swerve sugar replacement. I did use Pensey regular sugar and cinnamon mix on top and light Brummel and brown Yogurt spread melted. We loved them and will make them again. Nice Fall treat. And they look like your picture as they came out

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 17, 2020 AT 3:15 pm

        So glad these donuts turned out for you! Thanks so much for coming back to share the subs you made and for leaving a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    14. Tosh
      October 12, 2020 AT 2:53 pm

      Do you think these could be made with coconut milk yogurt? We’re dairy free and I do not keep greek yogurt on hand. <3

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 12, 2020 AT 10:53 pm

        Yes, that should work just fine! 🙂 Let me know how these turn out for you if you end up making them!

    15. Dg
      October 11, 2020 AT 12:33 pm

      Not super “apple-ly”….any tips to make taste come through more?
      Otherwise delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 12, 2020 AT 12:37 am

        Did you change anything about the recipe? They’re definitely supposed to be more apple cider tasting versus just apple.

    16. Jess
      October 10, 2020 AT 12:30 pm

      These are so good! I used regular whole wheat flour and made them vegan with a flax egg and homemade soy yogurt. I baked them for 10 minutes, and they turned out light and fluffy and delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 10, 2020 AT 7:34 pm

        Yay!! So glad these donuts turned out for you, Jess. Thanks for sharing the subs you made and for leaving a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    17. Heather
      October 8, 2020 AT 6:46 pm

      Hello – i really want to try and make these but I am lactose intolerant and was curious what you would sub out the Greek yogurt for?

      Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 9, 2020 AT 1:21 am

        Hey Heather – you can use a dairy-free yogurt.

    18. Katherine
      October 4, 2020 AT 6:10 pm

      I made these over the weekend!! They are absolutely amazing!! Such a treat!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 4, 2020 AT 7:39 pm

        Yay! So glad you loved these donuts, Katherine. Thanks so much for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    19. Sana
      September 30, 2020 AT 2:40 am

      I doubled the recipe and baked it in a honeycomb pull apart pan. The cake turned out better than I expected especially because I substituted sugar with monk fruit sugar and used only half of the amount called for. The family loved it. Thank you

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 30, 2020 AT 5:31 pm

        Oh yay!! So glad this turned out for you, Sana! Thanks for sharing the subs you made and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it.

    20. Hannah P
      September 29, 2020 AT 10:24 pm

      These are AMAZING! I used all purpose flour and they came out delicious! So easy too! Highly recommend

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 30, 2020 AT 5:33 pm

        Yay! So glad these donuts turned out for you, Hannah! Thanks for sharing what sub you made on the flour. It’s super helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it. 🙂

    21. Jessica
      September 27, 2020 AT 10:06 am

      Oh my goodness!!! You’ve done it again! Made a family staple, turned it healthy but also made sure it tastes delicious. Not easy to do! Those are the types of recipes we loooove. Thank you

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 28, 2020 AT 2:52 pm

        Ahh yay, I’m so pumped these donuts were a hit with your family! Thanks for making these and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it, Jessica. 🙂

    22. Heather
      September 26, 2020 AT 7:23 pm

      These are amazing and so easy to make! I made several batches – all with dairy free yogurt and some with a gluten free all purpose flour and all batches turned out wonderfully!

    23. Jenifer
      September 26, 2020 AT 9:30 am

      Can you Make these with Regular yogurt vs greek ? The Greek yogurt gives bagels and all that butter taste .

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 28, 2020 AT 3:01 pm

        Hey Jenifer – You can definitely use another type of yogurt if you prefer.

    24. Erin
      September 26, 2020 AT 9:06 am

      Would it work to use gluten free flour instead of whole wheat?

      Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 28, 2020 AT 3:02 pm

        Hey Erin – these should be fine if you subbed in gluten-free 1:1 flour. Let me know how they turn out if you try them!

    25. Jennifer B.
      September 20, 2020 AT 10:03 pm

      From upstairs I heard the “WOW!!!” and knew these donuts were a mega-hit. With GF 1:1 baking mix! Husb had three donuts today & I had fun making donuts for the first time. Thanks so much for such a scrumptious, easy treat! Donuts are FUN!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 23, 2020 AT 1:53 am

        Ahh I love hearing that!! So glad these donuts were a hit. As always, I appreciate you coming back to leave a comment + star rating, Jennifer. <3

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