Along with all things pumpkin, apple cider is also in abundance this time of year. And with that comes delicious apple cider donuts. For a homemade version with a fraction of the calories and fat, try these baked mini apple cider cinnamon donut muffins. Made with cake flour, yogurt, apple cider and applesauce, these muffins are soft, light and fluffy. The bit of cinnamon sugar on top makes them taste even more like the traditional favorite. These tasty donut muffins are the perfect fall breakfast or treat. Enjoy with a mug of hot apple cider.
- 2 cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Grease two 24-cup mini muffin tins with spray or butter.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, brown sugar, syrup, eggs, vanilla, yogurt, apple cider and applesauce.
- Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing just until combined. Do not overmix.
- Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow muffins to cool completely.
- While muffins are cooling, mix together cinnamon and sugar to prepare the topping.
- Dip the tops of the cooled muffins in melted butter, then lightly roll in cinnamon sugar.
Nutrition information (per mini muffin): 48 calories, 2 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein
Ingredient note: If you're in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, you’ll most often see Ziegler’s apple cider in your grocery store. This cider is a family company tradition going back to the 1930s and is still produced in Lansdale, Pennsylvania today. If you want to try something a little different from the usual, some local farmer’s markets carry fresh pressed, unpasteurized cider that is produced by the farms in Bucks County. For example, Shady Brook Farm in Yardley carries apple cider produced by Solebury Orchards in New Hope. The apple cider from Solebury Orchards has a more pronounced sweetness than the traditional Ziegler’s apple cider and it’s not pasteurized. While the quality is excellent, the fact that it's unpasteurized should be noted because it can start to ferment in your refrigerator if you don’t finish an open container within a day or two. The cider will not be harmful (and some may even prefer the taste), but it will become slightly carbonated and take on a stronger flavor as it becomes a bit alcoholic. If you’re looking for more ways to use apple cider, click here.
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