Gluten-Free Baked Apple Donuts

It’s beginning to feel a lot like fall here in the Northwest, which made it an easy decision to make these gluten-free baked apple donuts!

I was able to use gravenstein apples from my mom’s apple tree. The texture is like a cake donut and they have amazing taste, especially with the cinnamon sugar coating!

Gluten-Free Baked Apple Donuts

Course Breakfast
Servings 18 donuts


  • Donut pan


  • 4 cups gluten-free flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp dairy-free butter melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 ½ cups apples peeled, cored and grated

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 4 tbsp dairy-free butter melted, plus more as needed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a separate, larger bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, granulated sugar, buttermilk, nutmeg, and applesauce. Add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Stir in the grated apples and transfer batter to a large ziplock bag. squeeze out all air and snip one corner creating a small hole.
  • Squeeze batter into the donut hole pan and transfer to the oven to bake for 12-14 minutes. (Mine were ready at 12 minutes)
  • As the donuts are baking combine the sugar with the ground cinnamon and melt the butter in a small dish.
  • When donuts have finished baking, remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before brushing with the melted butter and coating in the cinnamon sugar.

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