Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gluten Free Vegan Apple Cider Donuts

Baking these donuts will make your kitchen smell like the holidays, full of cinnamon and nutmeg. And they taste delicious... I ate three... I was testing, of course, just testing the recipe... um, yeah, that's it :)

Gluten Free Vegan Apple Cider Donuts
Makes 5-6 regular size donuts
Equipment: Donut pan
Preparation: Soak chia overnight (see below)

1 cup gluten free flour mix
1/4 teaspoon guar gum
1/2 teaspoon allergy-friendly baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon himalayan salt (or substitute sea salt)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/3 cup raw cane sugar (or substitute sweetener of choice)
1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or substitute oil/shortening of choice)
1/4 cup apple cider
1 chia "egg"  (Mix 1 Tbsp chia with 1/4 cup water, let soak overnight)

Preheat oven to 350 F

Use a little oil or shortening to grease donut pan. I know the pan is technically "non-stick"- but in my experience... it's not really : ) You just need a tiny amount of oil. I dab a bit of grapeseed oil on a clean dishcloth or paper towel and just swipe it around each of the donut wells in the pan. (I do not care for non stick cooking spray because it gets everywhere, and it makes the rest of the pan very sticky)

In small bowl, add gluten free flour mix, guar gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla powder. Whisk to combine.

In large bowl, add oil, sugar, apple cider, and chia egg, and beat with hand mixer until well combined.

Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing with hand mixer.

Spoon donut batter into pan (it will be thick), filling each well about 3/4 full. Usually I get 6 donuts out of a recipe. Today it was 5. Go figure.

Bake in center of 350F oven for approximately 15 minutes. Let cool in pan for a few minutes, then carefully slide donuts out and let cool on rack. They will crumble or break if you try to slide them out too soon, so try to be patient before gently sliding them out of the donut pan (this is really difficult when they are fresh from the oven and smell delicious, mmmm). You might try sliding a knife around the edges first once the donuts have cooled. It can be hard to get those donuts out of the pan in one piece :)

Optional: sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar. Be sure your powdered sugar is allergy-friendly. Most powdered sugar contains cornstarch, but I've found Whole Foods 365 Brand uses tapioca starch instead.


Also posted on Allergy Friendly Friday and Wellness Weekends <--click the links for more great holiday recipes!

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