Apple Cinnamon Donuts


Apple Pie has been one of my absolute favorite desserts along with donuts! Here's a delicious recipe of these amazing faves married to be a rich explosion of apple flavor and cinnamon-y goodness in your mouth. 

Serving Size: About 9 donuts    Prep Time: 15 minutes         Cook Time: 16-18 min




Batter mix:

  • 1 c gluten free flour blend cup for cup
  • 1/2 c Organic Brown Sugar (see Tips)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c plant-based milk
  • 1/2 TB apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Apple Topping

  • 2.5 - 3 cups peeled apples, diced
  • 1/2 c Maple Syrup (see Tips)
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • 1.5 c toasted chopped Walnuts + syrup from apple compote (see instructions)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Combine ingredients for Apple Topping into small pot and cook on low until apples begin to simmer and syrup gets thicker (usually takes 5-10 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Stir milk and apple cider vinegar in small container and set aside. This will be your "buttermilk"
  4. In medium bowl, combine dry Batter Mix ingredients, sifting if necessary. 
  5. In nonstick donut or mini muffin pan (use nonstick spray, if needed), spread toasted walnuts evenly in donut pan or mini muffin pan.
  6. Using a small strainer or sieve and measuring cup, pour and strain cooked apples separating the maple syrup juice. Set both aside.
  7. Spread toasted walnuts evenly in donut pan or mini muffin pan. Using the leftover maple syrup from the apples, pour a little bit over each section of walnuts in the donut or mini muffin pan.
  8. Add "buttermilk" mixture and whisk until blended.
  9. Combine wet mixture into Batter Mix and mix thoroghly. Do not overmix, but just until dry ingredients are fully incorporated. 
  10. Pour batter evenly into donut/mini muffin pan then evenly top with the apple mix. Press apple mix slightly into the batter so it adheres to the top when baking. 
  11. Place in center of rack and bake for 16-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  12. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before removing. 
  13. Serve warm with a generous pour of the extra maple syrup to "glaze" on each donut. If you want it like apple pie, serve with non-dairy ice cream or cocowhip "a la mode."


- Coconut sugar can be substituted 1:1 - it's a preference of taste. You can also use another sugar free option of choice. I have not tried it this way, but just be sure to use one that is 1:1.

- For less sugar, Chocozero syrup 1:1. I have used this and it's still tasty, but not as rich in flavor. 

- If you are looking for a "lighter" version of this recipe, you can also eliminate the walnuts at the bottom. I have tried it this way and it still tastes yummy - just be sure to push your apples into the batter slightly. so it isn't too dry.