I am ready for Thanksgiving now. I have homemade apple cider doughnuts AND they are grain free. I know, I know, some of you are waiting for a delicious gluten-filled yeast doughnut and I will be sending one your way in a few weeks (I have big plans) but for now, I’m at least trying to be a little bit healthy. Hey, I didn’t say sugar free but at least I’m using all-natural sugars like dates and honey and lots of reduced apple cider. Have you ever had sticky and super sweet reduced apple cider before?? It’s like eating caramel and my mouth is watering just thinking about it! You can stop reading now. Just go print this recipe and make these doughnuts! And definitely double the candied pecan recipe to keep the extra in your freezer for snacking.
While the pecans are in the oven, prepare the Apple Cider Cardamom Glaze. All it takes is some apple cider and ground cardamom and around 45 minutes of patience to get the most perfect sticky sweet glaze for the doughnuts…or just to eat with a spoon!
And then comes the grain free doughnut. No yeast means no wait time. Just mix all of the ingredients together, pipe into mini doughnut pans and bake. Easy!
Assembly time!!! I recommend making all of the components a day ahead and then assemble the doughnuts right before serving. The doughnuts need to be refrigerated in an airtight container and the pecans and cider glaze should be covered and kept at room temperature. First off, you want to dip the warm doughnuts in the coconut sugar and cardamom mixture. If you are making the doughnuts ahead of time, you can warm them up for a few minutes in the oven.
Drizzle the apple cider glaze on to the sugar coated doughnuts then sprinkle with the crushed pecans.
I mean, seriously?!? Want one? Maybe 10?
Best way to eat these doughnuts is definitely with fresh apple cider spiked with bourbon, right? And maybe a side of candied pecans. Enjoy!
Yields 2 dozen mini doughnuts