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!).
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
- Preheat your oven to 350F. Lightly spray a donut pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients except the apples and topping. Mix well to combine.
- Fold in the apples.
- Spoon the mixture evenly into the prepared donut pan and spread out the batter to fill each cavity.
- Bake for 15 minutes until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow the donuts to cool before removing from the pan.
- When ready to coat with the sugar topping, melt the ghee. Pour into a shallow bowl. Add the sugar to a separate shallow bowl.
- 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.