One of the best parts about going to a local farm to go apple or pumpkin picking is the apple cider donuts they often sell at the snack stand. I am a summer girl, but I am trying to embrace fall as best I can, so when I saw apple cider in the store the other day, I got a teensy bit excited and put the jug in my cart. All week long, every time I opened the fridge and saw the apple cider, it kept making me think about those apple cider donuts, so I decided to try to come up with my own recipe for apple cider donuts. But- I wanted mine to be a bit healthier, so these have no oil or eggs, and are made with Greek yogurt instead. The result is a delicious cake-y donut that immediately brings me back to days spent apple picking in the crisp fall air.
I topped mine with a bit of apple cider glaze (recipe below) but you could also roll them in some cinnamon sugar as well. They’re even good plain!
Which one do you prefer? I can tell you that the dozen mini donuts I made were gone in less than 24 hours and that’s with only 2 people living in the house! We’re not picky about how they’re topped Don’t judge. They’re made with Greek yogurt, remember? They must be healthy!
Baked Apple Cider Donut Recipe:
Makes about 12 mini donuts (I used the Babycakes Mini Doughnut Maker)
1/2t baking soda
1/2t baking powder
pinch of salt
3oz plain Greek yogurt
1T maple syrup- optional (go with “pure” maple syrup for the best flavor!)
1/4c apple cider
Pre-heat your donut maker.
Mix all dry ingredients together until well-blended. Add in the Greek yogurt and the apple cider and mix again. Do not over mix as it will make the donuts tough. You may need a bit more apple cider until your dough is the consistency of pancake batter. Spoon 2-3 teaspoons of batter into each well of the (pre-heated) donut maker and bake for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and place on drying rack. If you are coating them in cinnamon sugar, do so immediately. If glazing, allow to cool for a few minutes before dipping in the glaze.
Pour about 1/3 cup of powdered sugar into a shallow bowl. Add 1t of cinnamon sugar and mix. Pour apple cider in 1t at a time and mix until the glaze is well mixed. You will probably need 2-3t of apple cider for the right consistency (not too runny!). When the donuts are cool enough to touch, dip into the glaze and place back on the drying rack. I dipped mine twice, allowing it to dry for a few minutes before drying again.
Click on the Magic button below to see my recipe on My Recipe Magic and to find out the nutritional information (I think you might be surprised to find how many of these you can eat for very few calories!)
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