Baked Vegan Apple Cider Donuts | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #donuts #apples #cider #fall #recipe

Baked Vegan Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Vegan Apple Cider Donuts | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #donuts #apples #cider #fall #recipe

In addition to recently celebrating six years of blogging, the first week of October marked another big milestone: Aaron and my six year wedding anniversary! 2011 was a very good year for us and it really set the stage for so much of how our lives look today. There was once a time where I was all “Pshhhh, I don’t need to get married…” (channeling Oprah, of course) but I’m so glad we took the leap. Six years later, it still feels new and exciting, and that’s saying something because we dated for, oh, eleven years prior to that. Crazy!

One of the things Aaron and I have been working towards is establishing more yearly traditions to both give us something to look forward to and to help us mark the time because it goes by so quickly. Apple picking has become our anniversary tradition, and we’ve been going to a quaint orchard in Groton, MA for the last few years. It’s row upon row of different apple trees—no petting zoo or gift shop—just the way we like it. We always go on a weekday to avoid the crowds, and for the last couple of visits it’s just been us, the owner, and a friendly worker or two picking apples. Last year was tough for them because of the drought, but this year seems better because there’s more demand for cider apples by the local breweries. As soon as I learned this, my mind immediately went to making vegan apple cider donuts (because donuts > hard cider in my book).  We bought nearly fifteen pounds of apples, a gallon of cider, and I promptly got to work making donuts.

Baked Vegan Apple Cider Donuts | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #donuts #apples #cider #fall #recipe

These donuts are adapted from my favorite pumpkin spice donuts from way back when Pickles & Honey was just a babe. They’re only 10 ingredients, baked not fried, and they take just 20 minutes to make. They’re perfectly cider-y and sweet all on their own, but we like them best topped with a little coconut oil and dipped in crunchy cinnamon sugar topping. I also dip mine in hot apple cider (think: coffee + donut vibes), while Aaron dips his in actual coffee. Either way, they’re so delicious that we’ve decided to add a batch to our yearly anniversary tradition.

Baked Vegan Apple Cider Donuts | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #donuts #apples #cider #fall #recipe

Baked Vegan Apple Cider Donuts | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #donuts #apples #cider #fall #recipe

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Baked Vegan Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Vegan Apple Cider Donuts | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #donuts #apples #cider #fall #recipe

Baked Vegan Apple Cider Donuts

Vegan,

Serves: 12 small donuts


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

10 ingredient baked vegan apple cider donuts covered in crunchy cinnamon sugar topping. Quintessentially fall and only 20 minutes to make!

Baked Vegan Apple Cider Donuts | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #donuts #apples #cider #fall #recipe

Baked Vegan Apple Cider Donuts

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Ingredients

For the donuts:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar
  • ⅓ cup plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil, plus extra for greasing the pan

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup organic granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

Cuisine: Vegan Servings: 12 small donuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes

10 ingredient baked vegan apple cider donuts covered in crunchy cinnamon sugar topping. Quintessentially fall and only 20 minutes to make!

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a donut pan with coconut oil.
  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and salt. Add the apple cider, coconut sugar, yogurt, and vanilla. Stir a few times to just barely incorporate, then pour in the melted coconut oil and stir until combined, being careful not to over-mix. (Adding the coconut oil last will help prevent it from becoming solid and clumping.)
  • Spoon or pipe the batter into the prepared donut pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the donuts comes out clean. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • While the donuts cool, prepare the topping: In a wide, shallow bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Brush the top of a donut with a small amount of coconut oil and dip each into the cinnamon sugar. Repeat for the remaining donuts and serve.

Notes [4]

For the yogurt, I recommend my homemade cashew yogurt recipe. It’s super easy and low in sugar.

I use a Wilton donut pan. This recipe makes 12 small donuts with that pan; however, donut pans can vary a lot in size, so donut yield may vary. You might need to adjust your baking time accordingly.

The donuts can be stored at room temperature for a couple of days, or in the fridge for up to a week.

Recipe lightly adapted from my Pumpkin Spice Donuts.

Copyright © 2019 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Cara says

    My boyfriend and I just went apple picking last weekend! I love your idea to make it a tradition along with these cider doughnuts. I keep seeing them at Whole Foods but I really want to try making my own. Thanks for the easy recipe! They look phenomenal.

  2. Bethany says

    I love baked donuts! These look delicious!

  3. Sasha says

    I made your doughnuts over the weekend for a girls brunch and my friends all loved them! They are perfect and I wouldn’t have changed a thing! No leftovers either. lol

  4. Kate says

    One of the best baked goods to come out of my kitchen ever! Seriously, I coulnd’t get over how easy these were to make and they really only took 20 minutes. I’m going to make these every week for as long as it’s apple cider season.

    1. That is so awesome to hear, Kate! Cheers to apple cider season and all the donuts!

  5. Diane Andrews says

    Can you give us some nuitrional information on them?

    1. I don’t have nutritional info, but I think you should be able to copy/paste the ingredients into a free online nutritional tool if you’d like specifics.

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