Apple Cider Donuts with Coconut Sugar

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Fall. It rolls around as soon as September 1st hits. Everything starts to revolve around all the fall indulgences: pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider donuts and fall activities. In an attempt to always challenge myself to create a healthier versions of the things I love, I went with apple cider donuts. They are always the perfect warm, sweet treat after a chilly day of apple picking. The crunch of the cinnamon sugar on top tops them off like icing on a cake. You won’t even miss store bought or farm fresh donuts with this recipe. They are good cold, even better warm, and unreal dipped in coconut sugar. Let them sit a day or two, and just like how your Nonna talks about her Italian pasta, it’s always better when the flavors blend. I also recommend eating these drizzled in peanut butter, because WHY NOT?! Or dipped in a warm almond milk latte. The possibilities are endless, right?!

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Apple Cider Donuts with Coconut Sugar

Ingredients – Muffins

  • 1 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp Apple Spice Blend (Primal Palate)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp apple cider (if not seasonal in your area, nut milk works fine but won’t lend the same strong apple cider flavor)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled

Ingredients – Coconut Sugar Topping

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • Spray coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray donut pan thoroughly.
  2. Remove eggs from refrigerator. Melt coconut oil and set aside.
  3. In the Magic Bullet, blend oats until fine flour consistency is reached. This will make 1 1/2 cup oat flour.
  4. In large bowl, whisk oat flour, coconut sugar, baking powder and Apple Spice Blend. Add in apple cider, eggs and applesauce until well mixed. Add in coconut oil until well mixed.
  5. Add the batter to the greased donut pan.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Lightly spray each donut with coconut oil. Dip into shallow bowl of coconut sugar and let sit to cool.

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Notes

* If you do not have the Apple Spice Blend from Primal Palate, you can mix together 1/4 tbsp of each: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger.

  • It is important to let the eggs reach room temperature so the entire mixture is the same temperature and bakes evenly.

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