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Apple Cider Donuts with Protein

By Holly Darnell, RD

October 21, 2022

Fall is a magical time of year, with a slight crisp in the air, leaves starting to turn colors and … apple cider donuts, of course!

Now, the average apple cider donut, even the lovely ones at the farmer's market, aren't exactly full of healthy ingredients. We at Ancient Nutrition, however, want to give you some of these seasonal treats that you can feel good eating. Here's an apple cider donut recipe with protein and that's delicious!

(And consider pairing these donuts with our apple cider with Herbal Cider Vinegar ... delicious!)

Special Ingredients

Apple cider

It's full of antioxidants and superior to plain ole apple juice, which many brands add sugar or corn syup to (yuck!).

Butter

People are often terrified of saturated fat, but when saturated fat is obtained from healthy sources in moderation, like grass-fed butter and coconut oil, it provides the body much-needed fuel. (Also try these Salted Caramel Blondies that use butter and Bone Broth Protein.)

Bone Broth Protein

Bone Broth Protein is a nourishing, concentrated bone broth that is 3x as potent as homemade broth and makes it easy to get healthy gut, joint and inflammation support. It also is a very workable protein powder for recipes like apple cider donuts!

How to Make Apple Cider Donuts

First, before you make these apple cider donuts with protein, decide whether or not you want to apply the glaze. It does give them a nice and extra sweetness, but will also add some calories and sugar grams. (See the nutritional information below.) No judgement from us!

Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly grease a donut pan with coconut oil cooking spray. Don't have a donut pan? You can use a muffin tin and some aluminum foil to makeshift it.

Next reduce the apple cider by simmering in a small saucepan over low heat until left with just three-fourths of a cup. Stir occasionally. Start checking the cider around 10–15 minutes, and continue simmering until you have ¾ cup. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, coconut sugar, egg and vanilla. Whisk to combine.

In a separate medium bowl, add in the flour mixture* (see below), Bone Broth Protein Pure, sea salt, baking powder and baking soda.

Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and then add in cooled apple cider. Whisk until combined.

Spoon the batter into the donut pan. Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Remove from the pan and place on a wire rack to continue cooling.

While the donuts are cooling, you can optionally make the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk melted butter, coconut sugar and apple cider until combined. Dip donut in the glaze and allow to set.

Leftovers can be kept well covered at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to five days.

* Gluten-free flour blend: 1½ cups almond flour, 1 cup arrowroot flour, 1 cup coconut flour, ½ cup tapioca flour. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Put in an airtight container and store in a dry place

Recipe developed by Holly Darnell, RD. Holly is a registered dietitian nutritionist who unlocked self-love at the intersection of exceptional food and practical solutions for healthy living. She’s passionate about helping others make simple, positive lifestyle changes on their individual path to healing.

Apple Cider Donuts Recipe

Servings

12

Time

45 min

Calories

251

Author

Holly Darnell, RD

Ready to make apple cider donuts with a great macronutrient profile, including performance fats and protein? These donuts are also delicious and fun to make. Let's get to it.

Apple cider donuts
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups apple cider

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • ½ cup coconut sugar

  • ½ cup vegan sour cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 egg

  • 2 cups gluten-free 1:1 all-purpose flour*

  • 2 scoops Bone Broth Protein Pure

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Glaze (optional)

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • ½ cup coconut sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider

Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly grease a donut pan with coconut oil cooking spray. 

  2. Reduce the apple cider: stirring occasionally, simmer in a small saucepan over low heat until left with ¾ cup. Start checking the cider around 10–15 minutes, and continue simmering until you have ¾ cup. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, coconut sugar, egg and vanilla. Whisk to combine.

  4. In a separate medium bowl, add in gluten-free flour, Bone Broth Protein Pure, sea salt, baking powder and baking soda.

  5. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and then add in cooled apple cider. Whisk until combined.

  6. Spoon the batter into the donut pan. Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Remove from the pan and place on a wire rack to continue cooling.

  7. While the donuts are cooling, make the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk melted butter, coconut sugar and apple cider until combined. 

  8. Dip donut in the glaze and allow to set.

Nutrition

Without glaze:

Serving Size 1 donut (78g) Calories 183, Carbs 27.2 grams, Fiber 2.2 grams, Sugar 11.5 grams, Fat 5.7 grams, Saturated Fat 3.4 grams, Unsaturated Fat 1.9 grams, Trans Fat 0.2 grams, Cholesterol 14 milligrams, Protein 7 grams, Sodium 217 milligrams (14% DV)

With glaze:

Serving Size 1 donut (92g) Calories 251, Carbs 35.7 grams, Fiber 2.2 grams, Sugar 20 grams, Fat 10 grams, Saturated Fat 5.8 grams, Unsaturated Fat 3.1 grams, Trans Fat 0.3 grams, Cholesterol 24 milligrams, Protein 7 grams, Sodium 217 milligrams (14% DV)

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