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  • Writer's pictureColleen Clesen

Apple Cider Donuts

I love when the seasons change and I can go stroll through Trader Joe's and see what fun new items they have out. My most recent find was their Apple Cider Fruit Spread, and it is AMAZING. We also went to the apple farm and my husband got to enjoy some apple cider donuts, which smelled so good, but with having celiac disease I always have to miss out on those type of treats and while it sucks, I'm used to it after 11 years of being diagnosed.

So instead I decided I was going to make my own apple cider donuts at home, and naturally they're a healthier choice. I used To Your Health's sprouted gluten free flour in this recipe. I LOVE to bake with this brand because the flours are dried and sprouted so their nutrients and enzymes stay in tact leaving them more nutritious and easier to digest. You could also use the gluten free flour mix from Costco or grind up sprouted oats to make an oat flour.

If you don't have a Trader Joe's near you I also added in a little substitute you can do for apple cider jam just using fresh apple cider and apples. Now these donuts are baked and not fried, but there are tons of fun donut style baking pans out there that you could play around with. They have regular size donuts, mini donuts and even donut hole pans.


  • 3/4 cup of Trader Joe's Apple Cider Fruit Spread ( you can sub with 1 cup of apple cider reduced and 1 cup of finely chopped apples)

  • 1/3 cup of coconut sugar

  • 1/3 cup of coconut flour

  • 1 cup of gf flour ( I used a sprouted gf flour blend)

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp ginger powder

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • dash of salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 TBS melted coconut oil

Cinnamon Sugar Dusting

  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 2 TBS melted grass-fed butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the fruit spread, sugar, eggs, vanilla and melted coconut oil.

  3. In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda (pour the apple cider vinegar directly on top of the baking soda so it bubbles), and salt.

  4. Next you can add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until it is all combined.

  5. I used trader joe's coconut oil cooking spray to grease my mini donut pan I used, you can use a larger donut pan or even a donut hole pan if you have one. Roughly a tablespoon or so of batter fit into each donut mold.

  6. Bake in the oven for roughly 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  7. You'll need two small bowls for the cinnamon sugar dusting. In one bowl you can melt the butter and in the other mix the sugar and cinnamon.

  8. Take one donut at a time and dip in the butter followed by the cinnamon sugar and enjoy!

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