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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Soft and fluffy Baked Apple Cider Donuts made with NO oil, NO eggs, and NO dairy. You won't believe how good these are!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 6 donuts
Calories: 121kcal

Ingredients

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • A few tablespoons organic cane sugar mixed with ¼-1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly spray a 6-cavity donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • In a large measuring cup, whisk together the apple cider, coconut milk, applesauce, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. The batter might seem a bit wet, but don't worry - this is going to keep the donuts soft and moist.
  • Pipe the mixture into the prepared donut pan using a pastry bag (or just use a spoon). Fill each cavity just to the top, but don't overfill.
  • Bake the donuts for 11 to 13 minutes until the donuts are firm. The batter will have pulled away from the sides of the pan and when gently pressed will "bounce" back.
  • While the donuts are baking, mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping and set aside.
  • When the donuts are done, let them cool in the pan on a wire rack for just about a minute or two - until you can handle them without burning yourself. They should slide easily out of the pan. Immediately dip each one into the cinnamon sugar mixture while they are still quite warm and return to the wire rack to continue cooling.
  • These delicious donuts are best served warm. Try not to eat them all in one sitting. I dare you. :)

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Notes

*Be sure to use apple cider, not apple juice! Apple cider is much more complex in flavor. Apple juice is very bland in comparison.
*Canned coconut milk tends to separate in the can. Shake the can vigorously before opening to mix it up well. If it still looks a little separated upon opening the can, pour it into a blender and give it a whiz for a few seconds to fully combine before measuring out what you need for this recipe.
*While not a necessity, a pastry bag and tip will help you fill the cavities in the donut pan quickly, evenly, and mess-free.
*Give the donuts a dunk in the cinnamon sugar mixture while they are still warm. This will allow the sugar to stick without using melted butter like in traditional recipes.
*These are really best eaten the day of. If you must keep leftovers, store them in an airtight container and warm in the microwave for about 10 seconds when ready to eat. Or freeze them in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg