Lea’s food and lifestyle tips focus on a back-to-basics approach to fitness for body, mind, and soul. After struggling with persistent health problems for several years, culminating in a diagnosis of celiac disease, Lea discovered the Paleo lifestyle and embraced the ideal of pursuing health and fulfillment through simple time-tested strategies.
Apple Cider Donuts
This recipe is inspired by the amazing apple orchards found throughout my adopted state of New Jersey.
Apple cider donuts are a traditional treat at farm stands, primarily in the autumn, and are usually served with piping-hot glasses of apple cider.
These donuts are grain free, gluten free, dairy free and soy free, and contain only natural sugars, so they’re a genuine Paleo treat that goes great with coffee at breakfast or as an after-school snack.
Apple Cider Donuts (makes 12 mini donuts)
- ½ cup (56 g) coconut flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp finely ground sea salt
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 tbsps liquefied coconut oil
- 2 tbsps honey
- ½ cup warm apple cider
- 2 tbsps ghee or unsalted pastured butter, or liquefied coconut oil
- ½ cup granulated coconut sugar, or ¼ cup coconut sugar plus ¼ cup maple sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat a mini donut maker, or if using a standard oven, preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a standard donut pan.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and honey.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
- Add the apple cider and mix until fully incorporated into the dough. Allow the dough to rest for about 3 minutes to ensure the moisture is absorbed by the coconut flour.
- Scoop the donut batter into the preheated donut maker (a cookie scooper makes it easy; use one that measures about 1½ tablespoons).
- Close the lid and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. If baking in an oven, bake in a prepared donut pan for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for another 20 minutes before removing from the pan.
- Carefully remove the cooked donuts from the pan.
- Either brush the donuts with melted ghee or dip them in to cover both sides. Toss the donuts with the cinnamon-sugar mixture until coated.