Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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These light and fluffy baked apple cider donuts are full of apple spice flavor without any of the heavy grease you find in a traditional fried donut with a brown sugar topping.

Picking up a baked apple cider donut.

Confession? I’ve never been a huge fan of fried donuts. I didn’t grow up eating fried foods, and as a result they pretty much always give me a stomach ache about 30 minutes post-consumption. If you’re like me, but still want to indulge in the delicacies of fall flavors, worry not! These Baked Apple Cider Donuts are fluffy and moist with the perfect amount of cinnamon and spices. Instead of a glaze, the brown sugar topping adds a subtle crunchy texture and a bit of added sweetness so that you (or your kids) don’t realize you’re eating something that’s actually pretty healthy. You’re welcome.


  • Whole wheat pastry flour: Whole grains for added fiber and nutrients.
  • Brown sugar: Makes the donut sweeter as well as the topping.
  • White sugar: Also used to sweeten the donut.
  • Flax seed meal: Tasteless, but adds important omega 3 fatty acids as well as other vitamins.
  • Wheat germ: I use a honey crunch toasted wheat germ to a bit of flavor along with a bevy of nutrients.
  • Baking powder and baking soda: Helps the donuts to rise and leaven.
  • Salt: Balances out the flavors and enhances the natural taste.
  • Warm spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger give these donuts that signature warm taste of fall.
  • Apple cider: Adds that signature sweet and tart apple flavor.
  • Egg: Acts as a binding agent in the donut.
  • Yogurt: The acidity of yogurt helps with the leavening, as well as adds moisture to the dough.
  • Coconut oil: A healthier oil choice that adds moisture to the batter.
  • Vanilla: Sweetens and flavors the donuts.

How to Make Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Adding flour to bowl

Start your Baked Apple Cider Donuts by mixing your dry ingredients in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.

Adding flax seed meal to bowl

Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, flax seed meal, and wheat germ to the bowl.

Adding sugar to bowl

Followed by both types of sugar.

Adding warm spices to bowl

And finish with the cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, and salt.

Whisking dry ingredients

Whisk the dry ingredients until evenly mixed.

Adding liquid to bowl

Then in a separate bowl, add the apple cider vinegar.

Adding yogurt to bowl

Then add the egg and yogurt.

Adding vanilla to bowl

Followed by the coconut oil and vanilla extract. Whisk until mixed.

Mixing donut batter

Then add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until fully combined into a thick dough like batter.

Filling donut pan

Then fill your prepared donut pan with the dough and bake at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Laying donuts on cooling rack

Once baked, remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.

Making brown sugar topping

While cake donuts cool, make your topping by mixing the brown sugar, wheat germ, and cinnamon.

Topping donuts with brown sugar topping

When donuts are cool enough to grab in your hands, but still slightly warm, take them and dip them in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Baked apple cider donuts.

Serve and enjoy your Baked Apple Cider Donuts!

Frequently Asked Questions

Should donuts be baked or fried?

Donuts can be both fried and baked! But if you’re talking classic, old-fashioned donuts, they were always fried. These days, most cake donuts are baked.

How long do apple cider donuts stay fresh?

Kept in an airtight container at room temperature, your donuts will stay fresh for a couple of days. A bit longer in the fridge. Just zap in the microwave to warm them up a bit before eating!

Do apple donuts need to be refrigerated?

They don’t need to be kept in the fridge, but if you want them to keep longer or you live somewhere warmer, it’s probably better to keep them in the refrigerator.

Breaking apart a baked apple cider donut.

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Liz eating baked apple cider donuts.

A sweet taste of fall that sneaks in some nutrients, these Baked Apple Cider Donuts will be a hit with your whole family.

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Baked apple cider donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

4.67 stars average
These light and fluffy baked donuts are full of apple spice flavor without any of the heavy grease you find in a traditional fried donut.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes


Brown Sugar Topping


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and spray donut pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: whole wheat pastry flour through ground ginger.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients: apple cider through vanilla. Slowly incorporate wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined, careful not to over-mix.
  • Fill donut pan 1/4 cup at a time using a measuring cup or ice cream scoop.
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let donuts cool on rack for 10 minutes.
  • While donuts are cooling, mix together brown sugar topping. After donuts have cooled for 10 minutes, remove from pan and dip in the brown sugar topping. It’s important to do this while donuts are still slightly warm.
  • Serve donuts warm or at room temperature.

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If you don’t have flax seed meal or toasted wheat germ, replace with same quantity in whole wheat pastry flour for the donut batter.
If you are looking to replace the toasted wheat germ in the brown sugar topping, just replace with additional cinnamon and sugar.


Calories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 21.6gProtein: 2.6gFat: 4.2gSaturated Fat: 2.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 95mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12.6g
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49 responses to “Baked Apple Cider Donuts”

  1. Kim Avatar

    OMG I can’t believe I waited this long to make these. They were wonderful. Thanks for another great recipe.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you liked them!!!

  2. Solidworks Avatar

    I tried this one Oh so Good ! Ty

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Deeksha Avatar

    Is there a way to make this eggless? I’d love to try the healthier version but I am a vegetarian.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You could try using a flax egg but I’ve never tried it before so I can’t vouch for how well it would work. Let me know if it does work!

  4. Jess Kelley Avatar
    Jess Kelley

    These donuts look wonderful AND their healthy! I love everything about them! From the coconut oil to the flax seeds, I can’t help but get excited! This wouldn’t be the healthiest option but I bet they’d be good with cinnamon glaze!

  5. Martha@ Simple Nourished Living Avatar
    Martha@ Simple Nourished Living

    I grew up in apple country too and love apple cider doughnuts. Can’t wait to give these lighter, healthier, baked donuts a try.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh good I hope you love them!

  6. Apu Avatar

    These look so tempting!! I love fresh apple cider donuts and usually buy them at the local apple orchard!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      These are perfect for that exact craving!! Minus the guilt :)