I'm a freak for fall flavors, and while pumpkin time might still be a ways off, apple-picking season is upon us. We all love apple cider donuts around here; the smell and taste brings me right back to autumn weekends visiting the farm.
I had stumbled upon Paleo Spirit's Apple Cider Donut recipe a while back, and I have to admit none of us were smitten. While the photos and description are drool-worthy, we found they were lacking something. I made the recipe exactly as written, and found the coconut flour made the donuts a little dry and granular, lacking the moistness so characteristic of a heavenly apple cider donut. Even my kids gave them a thumbs down :(
Today I decided to try a combination of almond and coconut flour instead, and both apple cider and sauce to really up the flavor. My kids not only ate a muffin each, they attacked the little crumbled bits left behind in my miserable donut pan. They were both smitten
Grain-Free Apple Cider Muffins (or Donuts!)
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. apple pie spice (I get it from Penzeys… alternately use 1/2 tsp. cinnamon & 1/4 tsp. nutmeg)
1/4 cup raw honey
1/2 cup natural applesauce
2 tbs. melted coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup warm apple cider
Preheat oven to 350. Combine almond flour through spice in a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk wet ingredients. Pour into large bowl with dry ingredients and stir until no lumps remain.
Pour batter into a greased mini donut pan and bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.