These homemade Spiced Apple Cider Vegan, Gluten Free Doughnuts are a delicious treat-perfect for a lazy weekend baking session!

Hola! OlΓ‘! Hello! I’m fresh back from Spain and Portugal and can’t wait to share all my photos and adventures with you, but bear with me a little while longer since I’ve got some major photo editing to do.

In the mean time, I went through a little baked good withdrawal while I was traveling, not for lack of bakery windows filled with gorgeous Spanish pastries, stacks of fresh baked croissants, and loaves of ginormous country baked bread, mind you…

Windows filled with mouth watering bread and pastries are on almost every street in Spain and Portugal.

No. Just for a lack of gluten-free options, outside of the delicious Tarta de Santiago (Almond Cake), which I managed to inhale for breakfast one two mornings along with the, hands down, best coffee in the world, Cafe con Leche.

Amazing stuff that European coffee. Have you tried it?


I’ve been making up for my 2 weeks of (delicious) low-carb eating these past couple of days, by doing a little baking, and yesterday, before the kids’ soccer and basketball games, we fueled up with our family favorite Pear Dutch Baby Pancake

Then today, we moved on to these super yummy Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts which I shared on Instagram and got several requests to share them with you, so here’s the recipe so you can whip up a batch and enjoy them too!

Spiced gluten free apple doughnut on a colorful plate.

Spiced Apple Cider Doughnuts ~ Gluten-Free & Vegan

There’s no better way to spend a lazy fall weekend morning, than baking (and eating!) a batch of Spiced Apple Cinder Doughnuts!
4.60 from 5 votes
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 doughnuts


  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour*
  • 1/2 cup potato starch*
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup Spiced Apple Cider**, i.e. Trader Joes brand
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy milk, i.e. unsweetened soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk, etc.
  • 3 tablespoons liquid virgin coconut oil, plus extra for greasing doughnut pan
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Optional, granulated cane sugar and ground cinnamon for sprinkling on top of doughnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Grease a 6-count standard doughnut pan with coconut oil and set aside.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl, and stir well with a fork until well combined.
  • Add liquid ingredients to flour mixture, and stir well with a fork or whisk, until all ingredients are well combined. (Batter will be somewhat thick.)
  • Spoon batter in to greased doughnut pan, and bake for 15-20 minutes or until baked through and light golden brown on top. Allow doughnuts to cool for 5 minutes, then carefully remove from pan. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon if desired.


*Feel free to use your favorite gluten-free flour in place of the brown rice flour, or a gluten-free flour blend in place of the brown rice flour AND potato starch, or try using all-purpose or whole wheat flour for a non gluten-free version.
**You may use plain apple cider in place of the spicy apple cider, and add additional ground spices to taste including cloves, allspice, and extra cinnamon.


Serving: 1doughnut | Calories: 204.01kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.42g | Protein: 2.63g | Fat: 8.04g | Saturated Fat: 6.5g | Sodium: 119.94mg | Potassium: 399.82mg | Fiber: 2.49g | Sugar: 7.6g | Vitamin A: 51.53IU | Vitamin C: 1.69mg | Calcium: 111.93mg | Iron: 0.74mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword baked doughnut recipe, gluten free doughnuts
Add to Recipe Collection
Like this recipe?Sign up for my newsletter & get new recipes and nutrition tips delivered straight to your inbox. SIGN UP!

These gluten free doughnuts were so delicious and easy to make, I hope you’ll give them a try too!

And, before I go, here’s a sneak peek at one of my favorite photos from the last morning on my mini Pilgramage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Enjoy!

Sunrise on the road to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a lazy fall, weekend morning? What’s the last thing you baked? What have you been up to lately? Bake a batch of these doughnuts, pour yourself a cup of coffee (or tea) and let’s chat!!

4.60 from 5 votes (5 ratings without comment)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. I have a gluten free flour blend but it doesn’t contain xanthan gum. Is that necessary?

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Hi Summer! Nope-no need to add any xanthan gum πŸ™‚ Enjoy!!

  2. Heather Mason says:

    These look amazing. Man, that must have been rough to see all those beautiful pastries and not have gluten free options.

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much! And, yes, it was pretty rough to forgo all those yummy pastries, but I was strong πŸ™‚ So glad you stopped by Heather!

  3. I’m excited to make these but I don’t have a donut pan and not sure about getting one right away but I have all the ingredients on hand. My question is, do u think I could just make these into donut holes? I’d pretty much just have to roll ’em into balls, yeah? Thanks in advance for your input!

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Hi Gina! Great question, and the answer is, I’m not sure. The dough is thick, but not thick enough to knead. So, you could drop them on to a baking sheet like cookies, but don’t think you could form them in to balls. Maybe you could try a muffin pan if you have one. Let me know what you end up doing-would love to know how they turn out!

  4. these look so good! love that they are healthy too!

  5. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) says:

    Ahhh – I am so glad I “invested’ in that $10 Wilton baked donut pan last year – on the baking this for this weekend πŸ™‚

  6. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says:

    Welcome back! I can’t wait to see your vacation pics! As for these donuts, I’d love one please – haven’t had a donut in so long!

  7. Welcome back, EA! Oh how I can’t wait to see those pictures!! I have not tried European coffee but I hear it’s quite an experience! I haven’t stepped foot in Europe, but I do go back to Korea quite often..and yes, it’s the land of carbs and bakeries there as well. These doughnuts sound like a perfect way to satisfy your carb cravings ;). Pinning!

  8. Arman @ thebigmansworld says:

    Wow. Being in Australia, I’ve read so many blogs of people going to apple farms and eating apple cider doughnuts…now I’m not missing out.

  9. Kim - Liv Life says:

    I can’t wait to see more of your travel photos! I enjoyed following along as you were on the trip, and I’m loving your pasty and coffee shots here. I’m so glad you had such a wonderful time, but welcome home!
    And what a way to come home?? These donuts look fabulous. I’ve not really ventured into gluten free, but I’ve been trying. Pinned and printed to give these a go!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      The pastries were EVERYWHERE Kim! Truly tempting, but I never tried any outside of the Tarta de Santiago which is naturally gluten-free. Hope you give the doughnuts a try, especially now that it seems a LITTLE more like fall here πŸ™‚

  10. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats says:

    I have never made homemade donuts! What’s wrong with me? I need the pan first but this recipe looks perfecto! I can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Yes, what IS wrong with you Melanie?! Ha, ha πŸ™‚ I bought my pan last year, and although I don’t make doughnuts that often, every few months I get a craving and whip some up. Stay tuned for travel adventures to come…

  11. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says:

    Yummy! So perfect! I loveeee it!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Rebecca! Have a most delicious week πŸ™‚