Apple Cider Donuts

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Ok, so if you don’t have a mini donut maker, please go purchase one. Just do it. I promise I only tell you to buy stuff that I really love. And a donut maker has become my new lover. It’s fall, it’s cold, and I don’t want to go out as much. That’s kind of a lie, but whatever. So I’m spending more of my days making paleo donuts. Then going out for drinks at night. Why not? Fall means apple cider. And pie. And crumble. So why not have an apple cider donut that you can dip into your cider, pie or crumble. Say whaaaaa? You feel me. I know you do.

I did something naughty that I don’t think I have done in probably 3 solid years. I ate some real live, gluten filled pizza the other night. I haven’t done that in forever but I was at a friend’s house and it was there, staring at me. Whenever I drink, I usually go home and either pass out and make some kind of paleo meal/treat/snack. Even though my brain is foggy, I can still understand that I don’t want my stomach to be in knots the next morning, so I don’t even think about pizza. But I did this time. Sergio ordered it, the bastard, and I so happily dug in. I think I had 2 pieces, but it could have been more. Thankfully, I did not feel sick the next morning. Fat? Yes. But that could be due in part to the bottle of champagne I consumed, as well. Oh Saturday nights, you slay me.

Oh. I also lost my phone in a cab and called it until someone answered, then begged the cab driver to bring it to me. I then gave him a handful of cash for doing so. Based on what I had in my purse that night, I gave him $25-$60. We will never know.

I feel like I might get a lot of hell for this blog post. No wait, I’m SURE I will.

You wanna know a secret? As I type this, I’m flying somewhere. Actually, I’m flying to Pittsburgh to visit Bill and Hayley from Primal Palate. So it’s really not a secret. I almost just wrote Billy, like a concoction of their two names together. I’m guessing they wouldn’t be cool with that nickname. Anywho, as I’m flying, all I can think about is the breakfast I packed to take with me. But once I got to the Denver airport and realized I had a 3 hour layover in Minneapolis, I decided that I should probably wait to chow down until I got to Minneapolis to eat my breakfast/lunch. That way I’m killing two birds with one stone. What an angry analogy. And I also thought it would be more thoughtful to not open a container of food in the cesspool airplane. Germs get on your food, people think your food smells like poop because they’re not eating it, then people think someone pooped themselves, then moms start freaking out that they have to change their child’s diaper in that awful, stupid small bathroom, and everyone looks at the mother in disgust. Not really, but all of that definitely did just play out in my brain. Visualizing on airplanes is fun. And exhausting.

I’ve never been to Pittsburgh, so I don’t really know what to expect other than a giant rubber ducky, but at least YOU can expect an update blog post about it by the end of this week. Phew. I’m sure you were worried. Then you’ll know how I really feel. I plan on taking pictures of most of the food I shove in my face. And the people I’m around. And Bill and Hayley’s shih tzu. I love those dogs. My parents have two so I automatically love them.

Oh. I dropped my phone in the toilet. Thankfully, it had already been flushed. Damn my clumsiness. Damn it to hell. I’m thinking there might be less pictures in my update blog post. Shame.


Apple Cider Donuts

  • Yield: 8-10 1x


  • 1/2 cup almond butter*
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and finely shredded (equivalent to almost 1 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt

For the glaze


  1. Turn mini donut maker on.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together almond butter, apple cider, shredded apple, egg, and apple cider vinegar. Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together tapioca flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, baking soda and powder, and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour batter into mini donut maker and cook for 8-10 minutes. These will take a little longer than usual because the batter is more of a wet batter.**
  6. Remove and let cool completely.
  7. In a bowl, mix together melted coconut butter, apple cider, maple syrup and cinnamon.
  8. Dip the tops of the donuts in the glaze and place on parchment paper and then into the refrigerator to harden.
  9. Now eat them! Makes 8-10 donuts.


*I used the self grind almond butter from whole foods for this recipe, which is not very oily. Keep that in mind with what almond butter you purchase since it could change the consistency of the donut batter.
**This recipe doesn’t seem to cook correctly with a normal donut pan. It needs heat on both sides.

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83 thoughts on “Apple Cider Donuts”

  1. Ok…. So IF I don’t have a donut maker….. How would I make these? They sound really great.
    Thanks for all your great ideas and the laughs!!!

    1. I am wondering the same thing! Maybe muffins? Help us out Juli!

      Also, what if we don’t have tapioca flour? Will coconut flour work?

  2. I JUST bought a donut pan. Can these be made in that? And how lol I tend to mess things up badly when I don’t follow baking directions exactly.

  3. Semi-related side note: There’s a new local place in my town that has the best gluten free pizza in the history of the world. Ever. And it’s not frozen crust that they put their ingredients on – they actually make it in house. So if you’re ever in Ohio, you should eat there. True story.

    1. Stephanie – where in Ohio? I’m always looking for GF pizza! I’m in the Cleveland area :).

      Oh, also these donuts look insane!

  4. This just moved to the top of my “to make” list! MOVE OVER PUMPKIN!

    Except I plan to use Nikki’s coconut butter to top them with. The pumpkin spiced donut. That’s appropriate, right?

  5. After your waffle fetish, I actually bought a waffle machine. (That and I’m american and live abroad and REALLY miss waffles). Instead of another bulky machine in my small euro kitchen, how would these turn out as mini waffles? (same concept, different shape, right?) They looks so yummy…..

  6. FYI for those that missed the footnote.

    **If you don’t have a mini donut maker, pour batter into greased donut pan and into an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees. I did not bake the donuts this way but I’m guessing they will take about 25-30 minutes for the donuts to cook through fully.

  7. I was thinking about getting a cake pop maker. Could that be used with this recipe to make donut holes? I just don’t want to have a million appliances if I don’t need to.

  8. ok, I definitely plan on making these! My husband is OBSESSED with cider donuts. We’re doing Paleo together. I even just bought a mini donut maker on Amazon b/c I figured, what the heck?:) It was only $19.

  9. Thank you for posting these! They look amazing and as always your blog cracks me up. Thanks for the constant laughs.

  10. Pizza Crust:

    1 1/4 c flaxseed meal
    1 c almond flour
    1 tsp sea salt
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 Tbsp honey
    3 eggs beaten
    3 Tbsp coconut oil
    1/2 c water

    Bake for 15 minutes at 425*

    Take out and add your sauce and toppings and cook for 10 to 15 minutes longer


  11. Where did you get your donut maker? I saw a few on Amazon, but can’t tell if they are quality.

    Also, welcome to Pittsburgh! =)

  12. I’ve never been to Philly either, but maybe you should have a philly cheese steak cuz its the thing to do? right? and i hear people top it with in cheeze wiz. gross. have fun!

  13. My family does Paleo, & while I think this is fine for an occasional treat, this is a VERY HIGH CARB item. Paleo or not, Americans consume Way to many carbs. Too much of this style of Paleo, & you could still have blood sugars that are too high, pre diabetic…This has been my concern with Paleo starting to “hit the mainstream”. See Mark Sisson’s “sweet spot” carb recommendations on or his book, The Primal Blueprint. Not trying to rain on anyone’s parade, but carbs need to be kept low.

    1. wah wah wah…… we all know sugar can have negative side effects, but seriously!!!!! And Allison, I hate to break this to you, but we’re all going to die! Allison, look up the word Orthorexia.

  14. Can I use date sugar instead of coconut sugar?? I bought date sugar and now I don’t know what to sue it for…. 🙁

    1. Yeah – same kind of question. I have a pound of Stevia. Can I swap it? Obviously portioned differently.

      Or will that throw the flavor off?

  15. No judgement here… I inhale gluten stuffed pizza (and I don’t mean just 2 pieces most times) probably once a month just to keep me sane. All these donut recipes lately have enticed me to put a mini donut maker on my birthday list. Thanks for all the great recipes and stories!

  16. This is the first time I have read your blog. I came across it on FB. This is a great post! Fun and authentic! Super love!! And cannot wait to make these donuts. Now I know what I am getting with my birthday gift card.

  17. Ditto on the flour question – I’m going to sub with coconut flour and hope for the best – generally the first time I bake something new I use this disclaimer – if this sucks – not my fault lol

  18. Expect a lot of baseball and hockey excitement in Pittsburgh! And obvs the ducky. And one of the most surprisingly cool cities you’ll ever visit (I might be biased because it’s my hometown, idk.). Safe & fun travels!

  19. OMG do those look frickin’ good, but eggs are iffy for me…. to try or not to try is the question…. and I am leaning more on the to try!

    1. Sarah G. – I actually ended up making these as muffins – baked for around 23 minutes at 350 and they turned out fine. After starting out with my 6-count mini donut pan (like a lot of other people commenting, I don’t have a donut maker either) and finding these were too flimsy baked that way, I switched to muffins. To be made as donuts, I really think this batter needs direct heat from the top and bottom like a donut maker can offer but that an oven cannot.

  20. Hi there, could you just fry them in coconut oil or something similar as though it were coming from a bakery? I don’t have a donut machine either. Would that work? Thanks!

  21. Mini donut maker. Mini. Donut. Maker. Whuuuuhhhh??????
    Where have I been all my life that I’ve never heard of such a thing? Sad. Very sad. Thanks to you, mini donuts will now be where mini donuts never were before. One small donut for Shelley, one giant batch of small donuts for mankind… no wait, keeping them all for myself!

  22. i broke down and bought the donut maker. i HAD to. too many donut recipes to try out! and i just want an excuse to make a lot of them.

  23. I Just love reading your post!! Have fun in Pittsburgh its a sad day for us since the pirates lost last night. Make sure to go up to Mt Washington to look at the view. And go out drinking in the South Side!!

  24. Were your ears burning this morning? We were excitedly talking about you being in our city this morning before the 6a workout at Confluence Athletics! If you’re still in town Friday night come visit us during our Barbells for Boobs fundraiser! It’s a great time and it would be better with you there 🙂

  25. hey juli!!! welcome to my city!!

    I’ve lived in Pittsburgh my whole life so i’m confident in saying that it is the most boring town around. there are no paleo restaurants and all everyone cares about is sports. I hate sports.

    I did see the rubber duck last week and it’s basically like a parade float in the river. it gets super crowded on the weekends so if you visit it then, expect people to be standing on top of you.

    have fun!! I hope you can find something to do- the whole foods in shadyside is awesome!! if you go there, you MUST get the smoked salmon from the fish counter. you will thank me.

  26. I’m glad I’m not the only Paleo lady who still gets drunk every now and then.. And by now and then I mean like every other weekend. Last Saturday after drinking many ciders, I came home and ate what seemed like 20 lbs of grassfed ground beef and a giant sweet potato slathered with coconut oil and maple syrup. OOPS

  27. I bought a donut hole maker today and destroyed it trying to make this recipe with banana instead of egg. My son is allergic to egg. They didn’t rise and burned up. 🙁

  28. Ok,
    What’s a mini donut maker? I have that cake pop maker thingy, do you think its kinda the same thing? I would love to make these for my kids. They always want donuts, which I buy them, because they throw a fit in the store (I’m that kinda parent) And I always feel bad to be filling them with junkfood just to keep them quiet.

  29. Love my mini donut maker!!! I made your sweet pulled pork waffle sliders in my donut maker. They were amazing!!! BTW…I am making these donuts this weekend:)

  30. I just bought a mini donut maker at Bed Bath and Beyond for $7.00!!!
    I’m in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida….
    Just wanted to let anybody in the area to know 🙂

    Julie, my glaze did not come out right 🙁

    any thoughts? I used Coconut Manna for the coconut cream and everything else in the recipe….
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Marilia yay I’m in gardens also!! I wonder if there are any donut makers left?! Juli I love your blog you crack me up. I’m new to paleo and your receipes are amazing and are making my transition super easy. THANK YOU!!! 🙂

  31. ummmm..these were a pain to make…but delicious! I added some cinnamon to the batter after the first batch came out, and decided that if you didn’t have coconut cream, they would still be great. Thanks!!

  32. I tried this recipe in my donut pan per the suggested instructions and it did not work at all. But this recipe was not designed for the oven method and I understood the risk when I baked them that way! That said, if anyone figures out a way to make them work without a donut maker I’d love to try them again.

  33. Glaze was an epic fail. Too bad I can’t post a photo with the caption, “Nailed it.” It was not glaze like at all and it was the color of apple cider. Not sure what happened? Delicious none the less!

  34. Pittsburgh is nice, and yes, there’s a giant rubber ducky at the Point. If you get a chance, drop in at my box: CrossFit Iron City. I’m always baking your donuts for Sunday barbell class and these apple cider ones will be there next week!

  35. I baked these for 25 min @ 350 in my mini-bundt cakes pan (probably closest to a muffin pan) and they were amazing. Thanks Juli!!

  36. I’d do to make this. Where do you get apple cider? Local market? As long as it has no added preservatives? Minimal sugar?

  37. You should have a “paleomg fail” section like Pinterest because mine look like dirty, already chewed Oreos! My maple syrup was still really cold from the freezer so when I added it to the glaze it got hard and crumbly. I salvaged it by smartly putting it in the microwave to soften so I ended up with doughy sludge for the glaze. Nailed it!! Still tastes amazing!

  38. Anna Torregrossa

    Hello! I just have a quick question…can you substitute arrowroot for the tapioca flour?!
    Thanks! 🙂

  39. I tried making these donuts last night, and it was an epic fail. The bottoms burnt, and the tops where under cooked. I live at 8,500 feet above sea level. Do you recommmend any changes for those of us at high altitude?

  40. So you should have a “paleomg fail” page like the “Pinterest fail” one! Mine look like they have already been eaten. Turns out putting still slightly cold maple syrup in with your melted coconut butter makes it harden into a nice goo paste which you then have to glop on in thick chunks. Nailed it!

  41. Oh yes, epic fail on this side of the country, too! Used applesauce instead of shredded apple…adding a few more TBLS of coconut flour and baking powder. Wouldn’t rise if I begged them to in my mini-donut maker. Even tried flipping them 1/2 way through. Nope! Insides were barely cooked but outsides were overcooked. Took the advice of another poster and just threw the rest of the batter in the oven as mini-muffins. Now, waiting to see what happens…

  42. Was able to make these in a donut pan by doing the following:

    3 eggs instead of 1.
    1/4 c more coconut flour
    and only 1/4 cup apple cider

    20 minutes at 350

    They turned out FANTASTIC.

  43. Yummo! Made these in a mini doughnut maker and they were super delicious! They are my fav paleo doughnut to date; moist, tender and full of flavour. I was impatient and lifted the lid of the maker too soon in the first batch which meant they didn’t form an even golden crust. Lesson learnt, the next batch were perfect. I didn’t find them diddly or difficult to make. All good. I did put some batter in a mini muffin tin to see what would happen….cooked for 25 mins at 350 but while they cooked they lacked the lightness of the doughnut. 6 stars!

  44. Yummo! Made these in a mini doughnut maker and they were super delicious! They are my fav paleo doughnut to date; moist, tender and full of flavour. I was impatient and lifted the lid of the maker too soon in the first batch which meant they didn’t form an even golden crust. Lesson learnt, the next batch were perfect. I didn’t find them diddly or difficult to make. All good. I did put some batter in a mini muffin tin to see what would happen….cooked for 25 mins at 350 but while they cooked they lacked the lightness of the doughnut. 6 stars!

  45. I had no apples, and I had no apple cider. I did have no-sugar added applesauce. I substituted and used 1.5 cups applesauce and made them in a waffle maker…delicious! Took a little longer to fully firm up but so worth it. Would it be okay if I put this recipe with my substitution on my blog? I would totally link to you and give you props because a) I think you’re awesome b) I’m big on giving people credit and c) I want to be your friend (see a).

  46. I successfully made these in a doughnut pan. Most of the failed comments said that the tops don’t get hot enough in the oven, so I used the convection oven setting at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. They came out perfect! I think next time I’ll add some apple pie spice though. I felt they lacked in apple flavor and tasted more like sweetened almond doughnuts.

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