Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

I’ve mentioned a few times here on the blog that I have been super busy lately and haven’t really had time to do the “normal” things that I take care of around the house.  Cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry…all my normal chores, have been getting done whenever I can squeeze them in.

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Luckily, I have a fantastic husband who has offered to help out with some of those thing.  Last week, Chris took on the grocery shopping.  Chris hates grocery shopping.  Whenever we go to the store together, I can always find him in the magazine section after about 10 minutes.  I got no short of 3 texts and 2 phone calls during his trip last week about where things were, or what kind of meat pot roast is.  Needless to say, he still hates grocery shopping.

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So, what did my lovely husband come home with after his solo trip to the grocery store?  Here is just a sampling of the list:

  • A big package of chicken
  • a big package of steak (which I never buy because I don’t eat it)
  • a pack of hot dogs (we already had 2 packs in the freezer)
  • Pot Roast
  • Chips
  • bread and mayonnaise (“For sandwiches”…we already had 2 jars of mayo…and a loaf of bread.)
  • Apple Cider

Lots of meat, and lots of duplicates of things we already had and a few impulse purchases along the way!

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The only thing that really interested me on that list was the apple cider…and not even to drink!  To make donuts with!  Every year when we go pick pumpkins we always buy a few apple cider donuts to really complete the whole experience.  This year, we can skip buying them, because I made them from scratch.  And my version is baked and nearly completely fat free!  Not healthy, by any means, but not a deep friend donut either.

The apple flavor really pops in these soft donuts, and the sugary glaze takes it over the top!  They are a sweet fall treat that are perfect for breakfast or a quick snack.  And they pair wonderfully with a strong cup of coffee.  Everything a donut should be, without the fat of a traditional apple cider donut.

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(Nearly) Fat Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts

adapted from this recipe

Makes 12 donuts

Print this recipe!


For Donuts:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt

For Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine remaining donut ingredients.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  Do not over mix.
  5. Spray 2 donut pans with non-stick spray (*If you do not have donut pans, you can use a muffin tin to make muffins instead.  If you only have one muffin pan, bake in two batches.)
  6. Transfer batter into a large zip top bag.  Snip off the end and use the bag to squeeze the batter into the donut pans.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until donuts are lightly golden brown and cooked through.  (If using a muffin tin, you may need to add a few extra minutes to baking time.)
  8. Remove donuts from the pan and cool completely.
  9. Meanwhile, combine the powdered sugar and apple cider to make a glaze.
  10. Dip cooled donuts into glaze and turn to coat.  Place donuts on a cooking rack and let the excess glaze drip off.
  11. Let the glaze set for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

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