Apple Cider Donuts

by Nicole Gulotta for Thrive Market

There’s a food holiday for every favorite indulgence, but why wait for National Donut Day to enjoy a box of these treats? We whipped up a vegan and gluten-free batter that’s fall-inspired with comforting flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple cider. Applesauce keeps every bite moist, and a hearty scoop of protein powder makes this batch a touch more wholesome—plus they’re baked, not fried!

Apple Cider Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


For the donuts
Coconut oil spray
1 scoop Vega One All-In-One Protein Powder, Natural Unsweetened
1 cup gluten-free flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup maple syrup
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup apple cider
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping
¾ cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and coat a donut pan generously with coconut oil spray.

Make the donuts
Whisk protein powder, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk maple syrup, applesauce, apple cider, coconut oil, and vanilla in a small bowl, then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients; stir until well combined. Let batter sit for 3 to 5 minutes, until some of the liquid is absorbed. Fill a plastic bag with batter and snip off one end, then pipe into donut pan, about ¾ full. Gently tap pan on the counter to release any air bubbles. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Make the topping
While the donuts bake, stir together the powdered sugar and apple cider. Once cooled, dip donuts into icing, then flip onto a rack to set. Repeat with remaining donuts.

Recipe credit: Angela Gaines

Disclosure: Our parent company, the downtown trainer, LLC. has an affiliate relationship with Thrive Market. We share the belief that purpose in business is every bit as important as profits. For us, that purpose is to make healthy living easy and affordable for every family.

Recent Posts

Leave a Comment