Apple Cider Donuts

Okay first let me say that if you don’t go apple picking mostly for the cider donuts you’re missing out on arguably the best part of the event. However, I can (almost) never justify indulging in that much fat and sugar. Even if it is a once-ish a season treat. Now that my daughter basically wants everything I’m eating I’d prefer to let her indulge in the healthier stuff sans all the refined sugar. So, I was so excited when I tested out these baked apple cider donuts and they turned out well, perfect!

This baked version made with almond flour and sweetened with maple syrup and a touch of date sugar is loaded with chopped apples and a splash of apple cider vinegar which adds some extra health benefits, too! Each delicious donut has only 180 calories, 13g carbs, 8 sugars, and 6g protein! So no need to feel guilty about celebrating Fall in the best way possible. You can even use up those picked apples in the process!

Why I used…

  • Date sugar- made entirely from dehydrated dates so you actually get all of the same health benefits as eating a date! Some of nutrients include potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium, antioxidants, and fiber. There’s only 3g natural sugar per teaspoon!
  • Almond four almond flour is a healthy alternative to grain-based flours. Though naturally denser, when combined with the proper amount of moisture almond flour can produce moist, fluffy baked goods. It also contains a higher protein content than many other grain-based flours.
  • Apple cider vinegar- the Heath benefits to ACV are endless and include being able to improve digestion, lower blood sugar, has antiseptic properties, and is full of antioxidants. It’s also a great addition to baking as it helps muffins, cakes, donuts, etc. to rise.
  • Maple syrup- I LOVE baking with maple syrup. Not only does it add just the right amount of sweetness but it does so naturally. Since it’s a liquid sweetener it also adds a touch of moisture (great when using denser flours like almond!).

Here’s the awesome donut pan I used!

Apple Cider Donuts

Author: The Hungry Happy Mama


Yields: 6 donuts

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 15 minutes


  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 c almond flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 apple, peeled and chopped small
  • Topping: 1 tbsp date sugar + 1 tbsp melted ghee


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Lightly spray a donut pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients except the apples and topping. Mix well to combine.
  3. Fold in the apples.
  4. Spoon the mixture evenly into the prepared donut pan and spread out the batter to fill each cavity.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow the donuts to cool before removing from the pan.
  7. When ready to coat with the sugar topping, melt the ghee. Pour into a shallow bowl. Add the sugar to a separate shallow bowl.
  8. Dip the top of a donut into the ghee then into the sugar to coat. Lay sugar side up onto a serving dish. Repeat for the remaining donuts.

Storing: donuts will keep best for up to 5 days in the fridge.