Paleo Apple Cider Donuts
There are some people who never go through the autumn months without fresh, apple cider donuts dusted with cinnamon sugar topping. Unfortunately, those donuts (even the fresh ones) are full of inflammatory ingredients such as gluten and sugar.
However, my recipe for Paleo Apple Cider Donuts is going to make your dreams come true! They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free too. They’re completely delicious, and completely AIP. These cinnamon-spiced, AIP, and Paleo donuts will fill your house with the most delicious aroma as they bake, and you’ll be content knowing that they won’t derail any of the progress you’ve made on your journey to optimal health.
These Paleo Apple Cider Donuts are packed with apple flavor — I used both apple cider AND apple sauce in the batter. The apple flavor is made even better with the addition of warm, spicy-sweet cinnamon. What’s extra sweet about these AIP donuts is that they have zero refined sugar. Instead, my Paleo Apple Cider Donuts are sweetened using maple syrup and topped with a delicious coconut sugar glaze. Not to mention, they’re made with a special unrefined flour that actually adds a touch of flavorful, nutty sweetness.
Enjoy these Paleo Apple Cider Donuts on a chilly fall day with a hot mug of what’s sure to become another house favorite, Dr. Myers’ Toddy!
How to make the most delicious Paleo Apple Cider Donuts
These Paleo Apple Cider Donuts get their flavor from concentrated apple cider, apple sauce, and cinnamon.
Concentrated apple cider is apple cider that has been simmered on the stove until it reduces in volume. Simmering down the cider really brings out the rich apple flavor. Whenever I make concentrated apple cider the whole house smells amazing, plus it’s a sign of the delicious donuts to come!
I also use unsweetened apple sauce for these Paleo Apple Cider Donuts. It adds subtle sweetness and more natural apple flavor.
And, of course, there’s the cinnamon. The warm sense of cinnamon enhances everything about these AIP donuts, and it will get you in the mood for all the seasonal fall flavors these Paleo Apple Cider Donuts have to offer.
Cinnamon is filled with antioxidants that protect the body from oxidative stress and free radicals. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help your body defend itself from inflammatory diseases.
Coconut sugar glaze
These Paleo Apple Cider Donuts are glazed with a simple coconut sugar glaze. I combined coconut sugar with a touch of apple cider and cooked it until the coconut sugar melted into the apple cider.
Feel free to add a pinch of cinnamon to the glaze as well!
AIP donut flours
These donuts are made with a combination of AIP-friendly flours: tiger nut flour, coconut flour, and cassava flour.
Tigernut flour is packed with fiber, resistant starch, and vitamin E. The type of fiber found in tigernuts is insoluble fiber, which helps food move through the digestive system easily.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect cells against free radicals. It also helps boost the immune system and can help cells fight infections.
Cassava flour is also high in resistant starch, which is a prebiotic that helps feed the “good” bacteria in your gut.
Coconut flour is another flour that has a lot to offer. This is another flour that is full of nutrients (including more fiber!) It’s also full of healthy fats that may assist in maintaining heart health by reducing blood cholesterol levels and triglycerides. In addition, coconut flour is high in vitamins and minerals such as iron.
How to store Paleo Apple Cider Donuts
This recipe makes nine medium-sized donuts, or 12 mini donuts.
If you and your family are able to resist eating them all in one go, you can store these donuts in a air-tight container on the countertop for 1-2 days. Alternatively, you could store them in the fridge for 4-5 days, however, it may change the texture of the donut. In any case, I have a feeling these donuts will be gone before then!
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Paleo Apple Cider Donuts
- Apple Cider Donuts
- 1 cup apple cider (or 1/2 cup, see notes)
- 3/4 cup tiger nut flour
- 1/4 cup cassava flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp The Myers Way® Gelatin
- 3 Tbsp hot water (for gelatin)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted (plus extra for greasing the donut pan)
- Coconut Sugar Glaze
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 2 Tbsp apple cider
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Note: If you accidentally reduce the apple cider too much and have less than ½ cup, just add enough apple cider to get ½ cup total concentrated apple cider. If you decide to skip this step, you can use ½ cup apple cider for the donuts.
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