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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Posted by RDelicious Kitchen
September 15, 2017
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Enjoy the taste of Fall with these Baked Apple Cider Donuts!

Enjoy the taste of Fall with these Baked Apple Cider Donuts!

~by Julie Harrington, RD

This is my favorite time of year. The fall crisp air means scarves, boots, and apple picking! I go apple picking every year and I always have to get an apple cider donut when I am at the orchard. You now can make them in the comfort of your own home with this Baked Apple Cider Donuts recipe. 

These donuts are baked instead of fried and uses white whole-wheat flour to incorporate more whole grains. White whole-wheat flour – sounds like a contradiction, right?

“White wheat is a different type of wheat that has no major genes for bran color (unlike traditional “red” wheat which has one to three bran color genes). An easy way to think of it is as a sort of albino wheat. The bran of white wheat is not only lighter in color but it’s also milder in flavor, making whole white wheat more appealing to many people accustomed to the taste of refined flour.

Enjoy the taste of Fall with these Baked Apple Cider Donuts!

The term “white flour” has often been used to mean “refined flour,” so “whole white wheat flour” sounds like a contradiction in terms. But it is simply WHOLE flour – including the bran, germ and endosperm – made from WHITE wheat.” – source, Oldways

Subtly swapping a few ingredients and reducing the amount of sugar can help make these donuts lighter without sacrificing flavor. 

There is nothing better than enjoying a warm apple cider donut on a cool crisp day. It just screams fall! 

Enjoy the taste of Fall with these Baked Apple Cider Donuts!

With apple season rolling in, I thought it would be an opportunity to chat about varieties of apples in my culinary corner series. While I know many will be apple picking this season, variety of apples are better for various culinary uses. 

Enjoy the taste of Fall with these Baked Apple Cider Donuts!

It’s not just apples to apples. Different apples contain different tastes, culinary uses, and may even ripen at different times during the season. Here are some apple varieties that are commonly found while apple picking:


Taste: rich, tart, spicy, crisp
Best for: baking, hand-eating
Ripens: late October

Taste: crisp, juicy, sweetly tart
Best for: baking, hand-eating, salads
Ripens: mid-September

Taste: crisp, juicy, sweet, spicy
Best for: fruit cups, hand-eating, salads
Ripens: September

Taste: super sweet, crisp
Best for: cooking, hand-eating, sauce, pie
Ripens: late October

Taste: firm, sweet, snappy
Best for: sauce, hand-eating, salads
Ripens: late August

Golden Delicious
Taste: mildly sweet, juicy, crisp
Best for: sauce, pie, cooking, hand-eating
Ripens: mid-September

Granny Smith
Taste: tart, crisp, juicy
Best for: cooking, hand-eating, juice
Ripens: late October

Taste: sweet, slightly tart
Best for: salads, baking, juice, hand-eating
Ripens: September

Ida Red
Taste: sweetly tart, firm, juicy
Best for: baking, hand-eating
Ripens: mid-October

Taste: sweetly tart, juicy, spicy
Best for: baking, hand-eating, sauce
Ripens: mid-September

Taste: crisp, juicy, sweetly tart
Best for: cooking, hand-eating, salads
Ripens: September

Red Delicious
Taste: juicy, sweet
Best for: hand-eating, sauce
Ripens: late September

Need a few apple recipes to get you started? Try one of these from the Healthy Aperture blog.

Apple & Kale Power Salad

Grain Free Apple Pie Pancakes

Baked Breakfast Apples

Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies


Enjoy the taste of Fall with these Baked Apple Cider Donuts!

What is your favorite apple variety?

Enjoy the taste of Fall with these Baked Apple Cider Donuts!

Enjoy the taste of Fall with these Baked Apple Cider Donuts! @healthyaperture @RD_kitchen
Enjoy the taste of Fall with these Baked Apple Cider Donuts!

Baked Apple Cider Donuts


Makes 6 small donuts


  • Donuts:
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground all spice

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • Cinnamon sugar topping:

  • ½ tablespoon sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat donut pan with cooking spray. 

  2. In a large bowl, sift white whole-wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, and ginger. 

  3. In another bowl, whisk together egg, melted butter, and apple cider.

  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.

  5. Add batter to piping bag or large ziplock bag (cutting off the corner) and pipe batter into donut pan. 

  6. Bake for 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. 

  7. As donuts are baking, combine additional sugar and cinnamon; set aside.

  8. Remove donuts from the oven. Sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon and sugar mixture while donuts are warm. Let slightly cool before removing from the pan. 

Click for nutritional information
Calories 168
Carbohydrates 26.3g
Fiber 2.2g
Sugar 14.0g
Fat 5.0g
Protein 3.7g
Sodium 118mg
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Julie Harrington is the author of the CULINARY CORNER feature on HealthyAperture - a collection of recipes and articles featuring culinary techniques and kitchen gadgets to help everyone get a little more comfortable cooking in their kitchens. Her recipes feature culinary techniques that can help grow your own culinary skills in your kitchen. As a culinary school graduate from Johnson & Wales University and a Registered Dietitian, her passion is educating about nutrition through food! Julie previously worked as a supermarket RD and still continues to keep up with the latest food and nutrition trends. Julie now is a Culinary Nutrition Communications Consultant through her blog RDelicious Kitchen focusing on recipe development and freelance writing. When she is not experimenting in the kitchen, you can find her exploring new restaurants or going on hiking adventures.
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