Raw vegan apple cider doughnuts made from a base of oats, brazil nuts, almond flour and apples, sweetened with coconut sugar and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
I remember going to Hick’s apple orchard every year in upstate NY near where I grew up. We would climb the trees, eat a bunch of apples and get a dozen apple cider donuts freshly made. They had a glass window where you could watch the little kitchen donut factory. The line was always so long, taking at least 30 minutes to get through, sometimes longer. But that smell keeps you waiting patiently for as long as it takes. It’s a smell that I will never forget, something about the fresh apple cider being boiled, the fried smell we all know to well and cinnamon sugar. I would always scan the area to see if my friends were there so I could cut the line and get my donuts asap 🙂
Of course, following my purified diet, I had to reinvent my beloved apple cider donuts. I get really excited when making raw recipes because they are so simple and pure. My body feels good after raw food, I can digest it properly and I don’t suffer from any consequences like I would with donuts made of processed flours, sugars. and then fried :/ Technically most of the ingredients in this recipe are not raw but they are minimally processed and as close to nature as possible while also considering the budget. Moderation is key for anything and high quality ingredients should always be sought after. No need to sweat the small stuff.
These donuts hit the spot. They were dense, crusty on the outside and soft in the middle. I thought the texture was really perfect for not being baked. There are a few things that can be replaced, such as; if you can’t have oats because of a gluten intolerance, brown rice flakes would probably be the best substitute. Also if you believe all the bad press about agave then just replace it with maple syrup. I just make sure to buy high quality agave that has been minimally processed.
All in all these were really easy to make and super tasty. I will definitely be adding this to my favorite fall time recipes along with the raw caramel apples!
Raw Apple Cider Donuts
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup brazil nuts
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2/3 cup apple cider; 1-2 juiced apples
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup agave
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg; freshly grated
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp salt
Cinnamon Sugar Coating
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar I ground mine into a powder with a spice grinder
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Juice about 1-2 apples and set aside
- Process the oats in a food processor until it turns into flour.
- Add in the brazil nuts and process again until fine
- Add the rest of the dry ingredients and process once more.
- Put the mixture into a mixing bowl and stir in the apple cider
- Spread the mixture into a donut pan and dehydrate at 165 degrees for 1 hour (the food will not reach 165 degrees because of water evaporation therefore it is still raw)
- Turn down the thermostat to 105 degrees and dehydrate for another 3-4 hours
- Take donuts out of the plan by prying them with a knife or turning them over and tapping on the back until they pop out.
Don’t have a dehydrator?
Use your oven at the lowest temp possible and keep the door cracked open to allow ventilation. Times vary so keep your eye out.
That’s it Enjoy xoxo
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