One bite of these fluffy Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts, and you will want to make them over and over again. They are full of delicious apple cider flavors. These are the most delicious baked donuts; you can make them in under 30 minutes.

A stack of three gluten free apple cider donuts on a small pedestal.

Guys, this is my new favorite recipe. These donuts are so fluffy and full of apple cider flavor—like your favorite fall flavors in a fluffy doughnut! I have been working on this recipe for a few weeks on and off, and I am really glad I have finally nailed it! Let me know what you think!!

If you love donuts, check out all of my delicious Gluten Free Donuts Recipes.

Why we love these gluten-free apple cider donuts:

  1. They are packed with apple cider flavor, and you do not have to cook and reduce the cider!
  2. These gluten free apple cider donuts are full of fall flavors, but you can enjoy them all year long!
  3. I bake these donuts in the oven instead of frying them, so they are lower in calories!
  4. You can make these in a donut mold, donut pan, or a little donut maker like Babycakes Donut Maker. (I use this donut maker in most of my donut recipes.) I recommend the silicone donut mold I link above. Getting the donuts to release onto the cooling rack is easy.

I just made your apple cider donuts. Absolutely amazing!!”

debbie h., blog comment

Allergen Information:

These homemade donuts are gluten-free, oat-free, nut-free, and soy-free. Plant-based butter makes them dairy-free.

You may also want to try my Gluten Free Apple Cider Cake. It is the perfect snack cake for fall!

Photos of the apple cider donuts ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe using King Arthur Measure For Measure. That doesn’t mean others will not work; I have not tested other flours, and I can not guarantee the recipe will work if you use other mixes.
  • Xanthan Gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add one teaspoon.
  • Baking Powder – I highly recommend using aluminum-free baking powder.
  • Baking Soda – Any brand should work as long as it is gluten free.
  • Sugar – Use regular white sugar and not powdered sugar.
  • Ground Cinnamon – I like McCormick and Penzey’s brands because they are gluten free.
  • Apple Cider – Use a good apple cider. It will bring a lot of flavor to these gluten free apple cider donuts. You can use apple juice, but the flavor will not be quite the same.
  • Eggs – Size Large.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter.
  • Milk – I used almond milk, but any non-dairy or regular milk will work.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350º F. Be sure the oven rack is in the middle position.

Photos of steps 1 and 2.

Step 1: Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend them.

Step 2: In a medium-sized bowl, add the wet ingredients. (I melt the butter until it is soft but not too hot.) Whisk the wet ingredients.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together gently. Do not overmix the batter. Overmixing = dense donuts!

📢 Sandi says: Every gluten-free flour blend has a different starch-to-grain ratio. The brand of gluten-free flour you use will affect the moisture of the batter. If your cake batter is too runny, add more flour, and if it is too thick, add more liquids.
Read Why Gluten-Free Flour Blends Vary to learn more about this.

Photos of steps 3 and 4.

Step 3: If you use a silicone donut mold, fill it with the apple cider donut batter. If you use a donut pan, spray it with coconut oil to prevent sticking. Fill each cavity with donut batter.

Step 4: Bake the donuts for 20-22 minutes. The actual time may vary depending on the size and depth of your donut pan. When they are finished baking, place the donuts on a wire rack to cool.

If you are using a donut maker, add the batter to the donut maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions for cooking time.

Photos of steps 5 and 6.

Step 5: Add the sugar and ground cinnamon to a bowl and stir them together.

Step 6: Melt one tablespoon of unsalted butter in a microwave-safe dish.

Dipping a donut in the cinnamon sugar.

Step 7: Brush a donut lightly with the melted butter. This is the best way to get the cinnamon sugar to stick. Next, dip into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Be sure to coat the whole donut.

A photo of two donuts on a plate. One is missing a bite.

If you love baking with apples, check out all of my incredible Gluten Free Apple Recipes. I have so many favorites like these Gluten Free Apple Fritters.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you fry these donuts in oil?

If you want to try these in oil, you need to add more flour to make the batter firmer. As written, the donut batter is too soft to hold its shape to fry in oil.

Can you make these gluten free apple cider donuts dairy-free?

You can make these apple cider donuts dairy-free using a dairy-free butter like Smart Balance.

How do you store apple cider donuts?

Store these apple cider donuts in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep fresh for up to 3 days. If you want them to last longer, I recommend freezing them. See below for instructions.

Can you freeze these donuts?

Yes, these donuts can be frozen. Place cooled donuts into a freezer bag and squeeze the excess air out. They will keep fresh for up to 4 months.

If you love apples, be sure to try these Gluten Free Caramel Apple Donuts too!

Apple cider donuts on a rack.

Made them they are delicious and easy to make.”

Kerry W.

More Gluten Free Donut Recipes:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

apple cider donuts on a rack.

The Best Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts

Sandi Gaertner
These fluffy baked gluten free apple cider donuts are packed full of fall flavors.
4.90 from 19 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes, Gluten Free Donut Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 donuts
Calories 244 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • ½ cup white sugar use regular sugar, not coarse sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder aluminum-free
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt sea salt is also okay
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg OPTIONAL
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk or non-dairy milk

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. If you are using a donut maker, preheat the donut maker according to the manufacturer's directions.
  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients (the first eight ingredients) and use a whisk to blend them.
  • In a medium bowl, soften the butter and add the rest of the wet ingredients. Whisk to blend.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix gently. Do not over-mix the batter, or your donuts will turn out dense.
  • Add the gluten free donut batter to a prepared donut pan or your donut maker. If baking the donuts, bake them for 15-20 minutes. The actual baking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the donuts.
  • Remove the donuts from the pan to a cooling rack and let them cool.
  • Melt the additional butter and use a pastry brush to lightly coat the donuts with butter.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar and coat each donut with the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work. I just have not tested other flours.
  2. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add one teaspoon.
  3. Store the donuts in an airtight container in your refrigerator. They will keep fresh for up to 3 days. Freeze them in a freezer bag for up to 4 months.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1donutCalories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 168mgPotassium: 124mgFiber: 2gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 293IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 1mg
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24 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made these today with King Arthur measure for measure gf flour. I don’t have a donut pan so made 12 muffins in my cupcake pan plus 3 mini loaves. The muffins baked 18 min and the mini loaves 21 min. These were so moist, fluffy and absolutely delicious!! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I only had 1 donut pan. So I made 6 donuts and 2 mini loaves.
    I used King Arthur GF flour and spiced cider, deeelicious!!!and so easy!
    Will definitely be making again!Next I want to experiment with a cinnamon glaze

    1. The recipe is brand new today, so I am not sure anyone has tried it. This dough is probably not firm enough for an air fryer unless it is cooked on parchment paper so it doesn’t run down the holes.

      1. I don’t have a donut pan, would these work as muffins – rolling the tops in the sugar coating? Or what else would you suggest?

    1. I bet these would work great with monk fruit sweetener. I am going to try these this weekend with the Monk fruit and I will get back to you.