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Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Cider Donuts

These fluffy little gluten-free Apple Cider Donuts are a delicious Fall treat to enjoy with your morning coffee or a tall glass of plant based milk! Just because you eat well doesn’t mean you can’t eat WELL. 

Making our favorite Holiday delights out of whole foods ingredients has become a bit of a passion of mine. When my daughter was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2016 I began to clean up our diets. Resulting in a decrease of inflammation for her and a loss of 125 pounds for me.

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I was a serial dieter who had the hardest time sticking to an eating plan. Until I decided to throw all the plans out the window. I decided to just eat real food in more modest portion sizes. I stopped restricting and started living and have never felt better. 

Just because you’re trying to lose weight doesn’t mean you can’t still have a donut, pizza or a burger and fries. The key is paying attention to nutritional value of your food. Keep it simple, keep it real, and keep it yummy! 

This holiday season I hope you are able to replace a few of your old favorite treats with some healthier new ones! You might also like my Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie, No-refined Sugar Sugar Cookies, and my Gluten-Free Banana Streusel Muffins!  

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For a variety of other amazing recipes, pick up a copy of one of my cookbooks at your local bookseller! The Instant Loss Cookbook tells the story of how I lost 125 pounds in one year, just eating real food at home! Our second cookbook, Instant Loss Eat Real, Lose Weight hit stores December 2019 and is a National Best Seller! It focuses on how to ditch the diet mindset, heal unhealthy habits, and repair your relationship with food! To finish off the trilogy check out Instant Loss on a Budget for crowd-pleasing meals that are as as friendly for your wallet as they are for your waistline! Featuring 125 NEW recipes that all cost less than $10 to make (most can be made for less than $5) Instant Loss on a Budget is proof that wholesome food doesn’t have to be expensive.

5 from 3 votes

Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Cider Donuts

Makes 9 Donuts
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  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 medium to large gala apple, cored and quartered
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed superfine blanched almond flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raw cane sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a standard donut pan with cooking oil spray.
  • In a high-powdered blender, combine the eggs, maple syrup, applesauce, vanilla extract, vinegar, apple, oats, almond flour, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Blend on high until well combined, about 60 seconds.
  • Carefully spoon the mixture into the prepared donut pan, filling the cups three-quarters of the way full.
  • Bake for 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the donuts comes out clean. Set the donut pan on a wire rack and let the donuts cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing.
  • In a small-wide mouth bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and sugar. One at a time, place each donut in the bowl and rotate until all of the sides are coated in cinnamon sugar. Serve.
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  1. 5 stars
    Love these! Texture is similar to a muffin. Very easy to make. I did have trouble getting the cinnamon sugar to stick to the outside. Not sure how to fix that. But will definitely make these again.

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