Vegan Apple Cider Donuts with Caramel Glaze
Vegan Apple Cider Donuts with Caramel Glaze- a simple mix of almond and oat flour gives these baked donuts a delicious cake-like texture. Topped with a refined sugar-free caramel glaze, they’re irresistible! (vegan + gluten-free)
Last month on our way to Asheville Brandon and I stopped off at one of the most peaceful apple orchards in the western North Carolina mountains. We were hoping to do some apple picking (which would have been a first for the both of us) but unfortunately the trees were bare with nothing left to pick.
While that part turned out to be a bit of a fail, Lucy made friends with the orchard dog and it was so fun to watch them play as we took in the beautiful scenery. I also came really close to getting a fresh apple cider donut but it’s been so long since I’ve had dairy and as much as I love me some donuts, knowing there was milk in them killed it for me.
So I did the next best thing. I took home a jug of their homemade apple cider and got to work on a vegan donut recipe!
I made the first batch with spelt flour and then realized that I should check-in with you guys to see if you rather have a gluten-free version. According to my Instagram poll, 70% of you requested gluten-free! I think that settles it.
So we have my usual go-to gluten-free baking mix of almond and oat flour along with some spices, coconut sugar, applesauce and of course, apple cider.
For the glaze, I whipped up a very similar version of the Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce from Angela’s lovely cookbook, Oh She Glows Everyday by replacing the peanut butter with almond butter and adding a touch of cinnamon. I stuck true to her recipe by using coconut nectar but I know that’s a unique ingredient to have on hand so you could probably get away without it. The glaze might not be as caramel-like but it will certainly taste good.
While they’re much softer than a traditional fried apple cider donut, they’re full of flavor and are a great way to satisfy a craving. You can also make them in a muffin pan if you don’t have a donut pan. Enjoy!
Vegan Apple Cider Donuts
Yield: 6 donuts
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 15
Total Time: 30
For the Donuts
- 2 tablespoons ground flax + 3 tablespoons water
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
For the Caramel Glaze
- 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut nectar*
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Preheat the oven to 350°F then lightly grease a donut pan (or muffin pan for 6 muffins).
In a small bowl, whisk the flax and water together then set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
In a measuring cup, combine the cider, apple sauce and vanilla. Pour into to the bowl with the dry ingredients, along with coconut oil and flax egg. Stir until evenly combined.
Divide the batter between the 6 donut wells so that each is about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the doughnuts have puffed up and the tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and after a few minutes, place the doughnuts on a cooling rack.
To make the caramel glaze: in a food processor, combine 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, 2 tablespoons almond butter, 2 tablespoons raw coconut nectar , 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a jar, seal, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Once the doughnuts are completely cooled, drizzle with caramel sauce, serve immediately and enjoy! (It’s best to drizzle with caramel as you’re ready to eat since the donuts will absorb the glaze if left for a long period of time. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)
*If you don’t have coconut nectar, brown rice syrup will also work. Otherwise you can leave it out.
Did you try this recipe? Please let me know how it turned out by leaving a comment below or sharing a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #makingthymeforhealth. I love hearing your feedback!
I’m not normally a donut person, but apple cider donuts sound amazing! I’ve never been apple picking, either. I have a feeling it would take a LOT of convincing to get Riley to do that with me, haha.
Mmm these scream fall. Love the flavors of apple cider. Thanks for sharing!
I don’t have coconut sugar…would maple syrup or honey work? Love this…I grew up in New England and have been missing cider donuts!
That will work but you might have to adjust the overall liquid and use less applesauce or cider.
How many “eggs” does this call for?
If you’re using chicken eggs I would only use one. :)
Yummmmm! Every time I see a donut recipe I think about buying a pan! But I think I’ll just make them as the muffins instead – I have no room left in my kitchen! haha These sound awesome!!
I saw these on IG this morning and was craving this stack with a cup of coffee! These look amazing Sarah and I love that the ingredients are pretty much always in my pantry. I can’t wait to try these!
Apple cider donuts sound SO amazing right about now! Love all the ingredients you used in these— definitely pinning!
These donuts look heavenly! Would you believe that I don’t own a donut pan? Making apple donuts has been on my autumn bucket list – I need to buy a donut pan & make these stat!
Hi! Super excited to try this recipe! Is there a substitute for the oil? Would it ruin it to just leave it out? Thanks!
Hi Sandra! Unfortunately I haven’t tested this recipe without the oil so I can advise you and assure good results. I usually sub oil with nut butter or coconut butter but I’m not sure how that would work with this particular recipe. It would require some experimenting. Sorry I can’t be of more help!
Can I make this with Earth Balance Vegan Butter? I want to lower the saturated fat content, as it seems very high. Do you think it might work?
If you’re referring to substituting the coconut oil in the donuts with Earth Balance, that should work! Just make sure it’s melted before you measure out 1 tablespoon. As far as the glaze goes, I believe that would work as well. Let me know how it turns out if you give it a try!
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