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Grain-Free Apple Cider-Flax Donuts with Maple Glaze

Posted by kumquat
October 27, 2017
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Gluten-free Apple Cider Donuts are made with ground flaxseed and are a better for you apple orchard donut.

These gluten-free and grain-free Apple Cider Donuts are made with a nice dose of ground flaxseed and offer up a better for you choice than your typical apple orchard donut.

 

While the change of season and temperature has been feeling a little schizophrenic around the country, I do believe fall is upon us. And with this coming week of Halloween and a boost into November, it's pretty inevitable.

One of my favorites of the season is the apple picking.... and with the apple picking comes the apple cider. We haven't been near enough to an orchard this year, so we've missed the picking.

The only upside is that I don't have to face the stacks of gluten-full cider donuts that stand at the ready when I pay for my bounty of hand-picked apples. And the consolation is the apple cider I found readily available in the produce section of my grocery store just asking me to craft some donuts out of it. And so I did.

These Apple Cider Donuts are gluten- and grain-free, of course. Plus I've added a nice dose of ground flax or flaxmeal to make these guys better for you than the orchard-ready donuts. Flaxseeds are gluten-free, high in healthy fats, and a great source of antioxidants, magnesium, and fiber. It's also a great structural support for gluten-free baked goods.

I'm not typically a faithful juice drinker or buyer, but I do love to use unfiltered fresh cider in my cooking, even in savory dishes and sauces. It adds a rich depth of flavor and makes a lovely, glossy glaze too. And since it is really most available just around this time of year, it feels like a seasonal treat.

So grab some apple cider for the weekend, whether you find it in the refrigerated produce section of your grocery store or at your local orchard. It's great to have on hand... unless you use it all on these donuts!

Gluten-free Apple Cider Donuts are made with ground flaxseed and are a better for you apple orchard donut.

Gluten-free Apple Cider Donuts are made with ground flaxseed and are a better for you apple orchard donut.

Gluten-free Apple Cider Donuts by @kumquatblog - made w/ground flaxseed are a better for you apple orchard donut.
Gluten-free Apple Cider Donuts are made with ground flaxseed and are a better for you apple orchard donut.

Grain-Free Apple Cider-Flax Donuts with Maple Glaze

Yield

Makes 12 donuts

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups peeled, chopped apples
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup ground flax (flaxmeal)
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • maple syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine apple cider and apples in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes or until apples are very tender. Use immersion blender to pulse apples to smooth.
  3. Combine almond flour, flaxmeal, arrowroot, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Combine apple mixture, coconut sugar, yogurt, oil, and egg in another medium bowl.
  5. Add almond flour mixture to apple mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Fill greased cavities of a donut pan with mixture. Bake at 350° F for 15 minutes or until done. Allow to sit in donut pan for 3-5 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack. Cool completely. (You may need to bake donuts in two batches if you only have one donut pan.)
  7. Combine powdered sugar with enough maple syrup to make a thick glaze. Spoon glaze evenly over cooled donuts.
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Calories 185
Carbohydrates 29.5g
Fiber 2.6g
Sugar 23.7g
Fat 7.5g
Protein 2.5g
Sodium 167mg
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Gretchen F. Brown, R.D., is the author of the GLUTEN FREE KITCHEN Feature on HealthyAperture. She is also the founder of Kumquat Blog, a gluten-free blog devoted to the belief that gluten-free food can and should be easy to prepare, wholesome, and delicious enough for everyone. She recently authored a cookbook, Fast & Simple Gluten-Free, featuring fresh and classic favorites in 30 minutes or less. Gretchen has worked in the test kitchens and photography studios of Oxmoor House and is now a freelance recipe developer, food stylist, food writer, and food photographer. She has been gluten-free for several years, as a result of a lifetime of stomach pains and health problems. A military spouse for nearly 13 years, she lives with her husband, son, and two daughters in Upstate New York.
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