As soon as I started thinking about fall recipes I wanted to make (back in August) I knew I wanted to try to make cider donuts.  I was so excited about the idea, and the moment the local farm had their cider available I started baking.  And then I baked some more.  I tried this recipe quite a few times but none were quite right.

And then, one day, I decided to try millet flour.  This is the first time I had ever used millet flour, and I am going to admit I was a little scared.  I have tried quinoa flour several times, and have yet to come out successful with it.  But I really wanted to make these donuts work both because I wanted to share the recipe, and (largely) because I wanted to eat them.

The millet flour was my donut savior.  They came out amazing, cakey, light, and spiced, just how I think cider donuts should be.  I can’t wait to try some more baking utilizing millet flour!!

Health highlight of millet: Millet is a gluten free grain that is considered one of the “ancient grains” along with quinoa and amaranth.  As with quinoa, millet is technically a seed.  If I tell you it is one of the seeds in bird seed will that scare you off of it?  Consider it not said.  It is easier to digest, and has a lower impact on blood sugar than some other grains like brown rice.  It is a good source of magnesium, which is good for your heart, and has been shown helpful in asthma and migraines.  It is also a good source of iron, and phosphorus, which is used in the body for fat metabolism.

Makes 5 donuts


½ cup Millet Flour
½ cup Oat Flour (gluten free)
½ teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 teaspoons Baking Powder (aluminum and gluten free)
3 tablespoons Coconut Oil (melted)
2 tablespoons Ground Flax
½ cup Apple Cider
1 tablespoon Maple Syrup

Optional Coating:
Cinnamon Sugar (I mixed maple sugar with cinnamon)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • In a medium bowl combine the flours, spice, and baking powder
  • In another bowl combine the coconut oil, flax, cider, and maple syrup
  • Mix the wet mixture into the dry until the lumps are gone
  • Divide the batter evenly between 5 donuts in the pan
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Roll in the cinnamon sugar if using
  • Enjoy!!!


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