4.63 from 8 votes

Paleo Apple No-Cider Donuts

 September 8, 2019


Sprint to your kitchen and get ready to bake up a storm, because these Paleo Apple No-Cider Donuts are about to change your life. Don’t be fooled by the word “paleo” – although these are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, they are absolutely delicious and will remind you of your favorite childhood treat.

Can I be honest and say that there’s nothing better than apple cider in the fall?! It’s one of my favorite things about this time of year. A mug full of warm apple cider on a cool Bay Area day, preferably with a pumpkin-flavored treat in-hand… it truly doesn’t get better than that! These donuts are the epitome of fall to me because they have that delicious apple cider flavor, minus the cider part! To create the apple flavor, we’re using applesauce and Apple Pie Spice, and trust me when I say that the flavor is spot-on.

Donuts have a warm place in my heart. Some of my fondest childhood memories involve them. For me, a lot of my recipes are inspired by nostalgia, and that’s because food is super comforting! I want to show you that you can enjoy all of your favorite, nostalgic, comforting foods, but in a way that’s gentler on our bodies! I’m a big believer that healthy food doesn’t have to mean boring, and comfort food doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. These donuts are the perfect testament to that!


How to make these paleo apple no-cider donuts

In a few simple steps, these donuts can and will be yours. Don’t say I didn’t warn you if you want to eat the whole pan!

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 F and spraying a silicone donut pan with avocado oil or coconut oil spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the dry donut ingredients.
  3. Next, melt the coconut oil in a separate bowl and add in the wet ingredients, whisking to make sure everything is blended evenly.
  4. Pour the wet ingredient mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  5. Gently scoop the batter into the donut pan, filling the cavities up to the line.
  6. Use your fingers to gently even out the donuts.
  7. Bake for 16-17 minutes.
  8. Remove the donuts from the oven, then let cool for 2-3 minutes before popping out of the pans.
  9. Lightly spray coconut oil on top of each donut and sprinkle on some additional cinnamon and/or sugar.
  10. Enjoy!

Storage instructions for your paleo apple no-cider donuts

I recommend storing these donuts in an air tight container in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for up to one week. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. When you are ready to enjoy them, simply allow to defrost at room temperature and then warm them up to your desired temperature.

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Nicole Modic
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  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 pasture raised organic eggs
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp Primal Palate Apple Pie Spice (or 1 1/2 tb cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ginger)


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Spray the silicone donut pan with avocado or coconut oil spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  • Melt the coconut oil.
  • Add the melted coconut oil to another bowl, and add the rest of the wet ingredients.
  • Whisk to make sure everything is blended evenly.
  • Pour wet batter into the bowl with the dry ingredients, and stir until combined
  • Gently scoop batter into each donut cavity, almost up to the fill line.
  • Use your fingers to gently even out the donuts.
  • Bake for 16-17 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for two-three minutes, then flip the donut pan upside down so that the donuts easily pop out.
  • Lightly spray coconut oil on top of each donut and sprinkle on some additional cinnamon and/or sugar.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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  1. Think this would work with a flax egg instead and Cassava flour instead of Almond? My son is allergic to eggs and almonds. Thanks!

    • Hi Sarah! Unfortunately this recipe has not been tested with either substitute, so I cannot guarantee that it would turn out the same. However you are welcome to experiment and if you do, please let me know how it turns out for you!

  2. Totally amazing! Not a paleo person and was just looking for a healthy tasty snack for kids at school. We couldn’t wait and ate one before bed. Usually a no-no for me (sugar from the topping before bed!) but it was so healthy and tasty that there was no sense of having eaten a donut. My tummy was totally settled, happy, and we slept well! Needless to say, it went in their lunch boxes and I’m guilt-free knowing how healthy it is!

    • Woohoo! Marie, I am so happy to hear that ad I am so glad that you were able to enjoy a donut before bed and still sleep well – that is the best! 🙂 Thank you so much for making this recipe!

  3. This recipe was great! It doesn’t taste so much like apple, just cinnamon, spice and everything nice! We loved it.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Leah! Yes, it’s a little more of a subtle apple flavor, but I’m so happy you loved the cinnamon and spices! Thank you for your review 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Made these twice already this season! My toddler absolutely loved them, as did I! I actually brought them apple picking with us haha instead of purchasing mediocre ones at the farm we were heading to. Worked out so well! I had her do the cinnamon sugar coating (used maple sugar)! It was so fun, and they are so perfect! Thanks again!

    • Yum! That sounds delicious, Melanie! Thank you so much for your review, and I’m so glad to hear that these were the perfect apple picking treat! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    How fun are these donuts! So delicious. Easy to make. I was intimidated about using the donut pan instead of whipping up donut holes. They turned out perfect! Can’t wait to try more of your donut recipes

    • Donut pans can be intimidating but it truly makes the process so easy! So happy you loved this recipe. Thank you for your review, Sara!

  6. Absolutely amazing. I went gluten free 4 months ago and was longing for donuts. I don’t feel that I am missing anything now 😋.

    • Yay! So happy I could fill your gluten-free donut cravings, Christine! Thank you so much for your review!