There’s a local donut shop where I live, Bill’s Donuts, that’s pretty much a legend. It’s a tiny shop that people flock to, creating long lines every weekend. I’ve lived here for over 6 years and have only been there once. It happens to be right across from our church and my parents, brothers, and their families were in town and asked if we could go after church. My kids were ecstatic.
Don’t get me wrong. Those donuts were good. But guess what? My kids were equally ecstatic about these homemade baked donuts. And because overly sweet treats like traditional donuts give me a stomach ache, I thought these were better. These came about because I bought some apple cider to make my favorite Apple Pancakes. We don’t drink much besides water (and coffee!) around here, so I knew I needed to come up with something else to make with the apple cider. I bought a donut pan last year, but haven’t used it much, so I figured Apple Cider Donuts would be the perfect fall baking treat.
If you don’t have a donut pan, you can make these into donut “holes” using a mini muffin pan. Since I only have one donut pan with space for 6 donuts, I made a combination of both. The traditional donut shape is fun, but the “holes” are equally delicious. I made these with much less sugar than traditional donuts, but they still have a great flavor. They are spiced perfectly in delicious fall fashion and concentrated apple cider gives a subtle apple flavor. I simmered my apple cider for 15-20 minutes to reduce it and concentrate the flavor. It’s definitely worth the extra step! I also used oat flour instead of whole wheat flour. It worked perfectly! They have a light crumb and a slightly nutty flavor from the oats. If you don’t have oat flour,Print
you can easily make it by blending rolled oats in your blender. If you use certified gluten-free oats, these are a gluten-free treat!
If you’re craving donuts this fall, this is a perfect way to satisfy the craving in a healthy way.