Apple Cider Donut Holes

Gluten and sugar free recipe for donut holes.

No one will even notice that these tasty donut holes are free of gluten, grains and cane sugar.

Who didn’t grow up loving donut holes? It’s the perfect, naughty little treat.

Well not-so-perfect when you purchase traditional donut holes from the store. Those are filled with gluten, refined sugar, harmful trans fats, preservatives and corn syrup. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with this tasty, wholesome recipe for Apple Cider Donut Holes.

What makes these donut holes better? Let’s see…

  • RHR Donut Holes are baked in a donut hole mold pan (like a muffin pan, but with donut shapes), traditional donuts are fried.
  • RHR Donut Holes are made with wholesome, low carb almond flour, traditional donuts use gluten-filled, white flour.
  • RHR Donut Holes use just a touch of pure grade B maple syrup, traditional donuts use corn syrup and sugar.
  • RHR Donut Holes provide sustainable energy to power your day, traditional donuts set you up for an energy crash.
  • RHR Donut Holes contain real, organic apples, traditional apple donuts are less than 2% apple.

Ok, ok, you’ve heard enough. Go pull out your donut hole baking pan (or cake pop pan!) and make a batch of these delicious treats!

Apple Cider Donut Holes
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
5.0 from 1 reviews

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Serves 10

Dry ingredients:
Wet ingredients:
Apple ingredients:

  1. For the Apple Ingredients: In a small skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium. Add the finely chopped apple and cook, stirring often until very soft, about 5 minutes. Add the syrup, cinnamon, and salt. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease your 20 donut hole pan with coconut oil.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl combine all of the wet ingredients except egg whites.
  4. Mix the wet with dry and set aside.
  5. Beat the egg whites until firm peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter. Mix in the cooled apple ingredients.
  6. Equally distribute the batter between the 20 donut hole molds. Bake for 8-12 minutes until lightly golden.
  7. Allow the donuts to cool, remove from pan and then chill in the fridge for half an hour. Sprinkle with cinnamon and coconut sugar.

Serving size: 1 donut hole     Calories: 164     Fat: 11     Carbohydrates: 10     Sugar: 4     Sodium: 57     Fiber: 2     Protein: 4    


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  • Tami Jo Eaton February 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    This has become my most favorite recipe ever. I usually double the recipe. Last night I threw in some coconut cream concentrate to the cooked apples and it just added the yummiest flavor. Everyone adds vanilla, but your idea to add the almond extract was a great move. I don’t even feel the need to add any toppings. Thank you for coming up with this one!!!

    • Diana February 6, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing, Tami Jo! Glad you’re enjoying it. I love this recipe too 🙂

  • tracy March 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    everyone loves these!

  • DMD April 27, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Could you substitute a good organic applesauce for the apple?

    • Diana April 27, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      I haven’t tried it with applesauce, there’s a chance that it would be too much liquid. You could try to use 1/4 cup of applesauce instead of all of the apple ingredients. That may work. Let me know!

  • Brianna August 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Would these be good rolled in cinnamon sugar?? Or any kind of glaze?

    • Diana August 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Hi Brianna,
      Yes the recipe calls for coating the donut holes in cinnamon and coconut palm sugar. So yummy! Enjoy

      • Brianna September 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm

        Oh haha sorry! Didn’t see that! Thanks!

  • Elizabeth February 20, 2015 at 2:35 am

    In Adelaide (South Australia) we have THE most delicious apple pancakes (like mini calzones stuffed with apple pieces). I fell victim to these every time I visited the bank for work. Yay! you’ve saved me!

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  • kasia September 19, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Can these be made as doughnuts in a doughnut pan?

    • Diana September 26, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Hi Kasia,

      You certainly could make these as doughnuts. Great idea.

      Enjoy! 🙂

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