Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe & Zumba Fun


I bought a doughnut pan about a year ago with good intentions. But good intentions don’t yield fresh-baked doughnuts. Some QT in the kitchen does, though! I experimented with a sour cream doughnut recipe several months ago but didn’t quite love the finished result. After taking another break, I finally returned to doughnut baking this month, inspired by those amazing apple cider doughnuts from the apple orchard. While those doughnuts were delicious, they were also fried, which besides being not-so-healthy take a lot more work. As much as I love coming up with recipes and cooking yummy eats in my kitchen, I generally have a lazy side to me.

So, I give you a…

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

It took me roughly 3 (4 if you count those sour cream doughnuts) batches before I settled on this recipe. In researching baked doughnuts, I found most recipes started with 1 cup of flour. But, I found this to yield way too much batter for my doughnut pan, resulting in something that looked less than doughnut-like (click). In wanting to keep measurements simple, I jumped straight down to 3/4 cup flour and adjusted other ingredients till I liked the finished result. Hope you like it, too!

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe


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Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts {Recipe} & Zumba Fun
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Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts are surprisingly easy to make and yield a healthier option to the traditional fried version. Made with sweet apple cider and spiced cinnamon, these will make your house small like fall and make your heart feel happy. These doughnuts are light and fluffy, though you can skip the vinegar for a more cake-like texture (pictured below). Did I mention they are pretty fast, too? Wouldn’t you like from-scratch doughnuts in only 20 minutes? I know I do! *Vegetarian, Vegan options listed below*
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • butter, oil, or non-stick spray (to prep baking pan)
  • ¾ cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (I’ve also used spelt flour with great results)
  • ¼ cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons (preferably raw sugar)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon, plus ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 1 large egg (or sub flaxseed egg)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or sub vegan milk substitute)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon white vinegar
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Rub a 6-count doughnut pan with butter (or brush with oil or use non-stick spray).
  2. In a medium-large bowl, add flour, ¼ cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In another medium-large bowl, whisk together apple cider and egg. Add milk, canola oil, vanilla extract, and white vinegar and whisk to combine.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined (careful to not over-mix).
  5. Evenly distribute in doughnut pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until doughnuts are cooked through (when a toothpick inserted into the doughnut comes out clean). (Mine were perfect at 9 minutes, but oven temperatures can vary, so check at 8 minutes)
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together (or stir with fork) 2 tablespoons sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon until cinnamon is evenly mixed in. When doughnuts are safe to tough, but while they’re still warm, dip each side into the cinnamon-sugar mixture, pressing and twisting to get good coverage.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Delicious doughnuts!

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

By the way, here’s what they’ll look like if you skip the vinegar (photo just above this line)  in this Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe. The result is still delicious, but more dense and cake-like. We preferred the fluffier version, but now you have both options so you can decide for yourselves.

Zumba stage

In other news, one of my Zumba classes got moved to a new location with a stage. A STAGE! I’m so excited. I’ve never taught a class with a stage before, so I think this will be great…mostly for my class participants so they can more easily see what I’m doing! I remember when I first started doing Zumba, the hardest part was just seeing what the instructor was doing (since I was hiding in the back and all). Not gonna lie…the cool lights and better room acoustics are a nice perk.

We did our kick-off class this week, and my 3 favorite songs were:

  1. Booty Shake
  2. Mueve la Colita
  3. El Alacran (we do a dance-off to this song!)


I’ll be sharing some Facebook-exclusive photos soon, so be sure to like The Chic Life on Facebook so you can see that and more FB-exclusive content.

Thanks for reading and for your patience this past week! Hope you enjoy this Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe.


Reader questions: What’s your favorite kind of doughnut? I’ve always loved straight-up glazed. How do you like your doughnuts? Fluffy? Dense?

Zumbathon for the Cure


So, why did I need that restful night of sleep I mentioned earlier?


Well, I had big plans today to help teach a Zumbathon for the Cure…or Party in Pink as the Zumba folks are calling it…though I didn’t want you to get confused with my pink party, which is totally unrelated. ;) Today, me, my friend Megan, and lots of other instructors in my company raised money for the Susan G Komen foundation.

Yup, this would make 2 Zumbathons in the last month, since I went to the one in Virginia (click to view)!

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Check out the refreshment table they had set up! I was eyeing those muffins big time – they were homemade!


Anywho, we arrived early, but before we knew it, it was time to get started!

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We had a great turnout!


I co-led Boro Boro and Desi Girls (the song I choreographed…woohoo!)


I brought liquid refreshment for me and Megan in the form of coconut water. Yum!

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Everyone did a wonderful job and the energy in the room was kickin!


I led one of the last songs – a participant-request – Work by Missy Elliot.


So fun! :) I wish you all could have been there dancing with us!


Did I mention this Zumbathon was 2 hours long! Just think how far you can run in 2 hours! That’s like a really fast half marathon…or an average-paced 15K (at least what I can tell from my limited running knowledge). Phew!


I definitely snagged some of those mini muffins (zucchini, banana, cranberry) after the Zumbathon was over. But that wasn’t the best part.

The best part was that we raised over $7,000 today for Susan G Komen! Yay! Go team!

How to Dress Up Your T-Shirt and Jeans


Feeling MUCH better today!

Must have been the bear claw…hehe…jk.

Thanks so much for all the Wednesday night TV suggestions. The most popular show is obviously Modern Family. Must be good for so many people to like it!

Your fave Wednesday night TV Shows:

  • Modern Family
  • Cougar Town
  • Hellcats
  • Criminal Minds (I do like this show, too)
  • The Middle
  • Better With You
  • Law and Order: Special Victims Unit


Today I felt like being comfortable but looking a little more professional than normal at the office. I decided to go t-shirt and jeans with a twist.

So, how do you dress up a t-shirt and jeans?


Throw on a blazer and call it a day. This blazer is one of my faves from Banana Republic…back when I could afford to buy suits and stuff. lol

By the way, you’ll also need some semi-dressy shoes to match the style of your blazer and pull the look together. :)

Having the right accessories (jewelry, purse, shoes) can also help you dress up a simple top and jeans.


I celebrated Bagel Day Friday a day early and got a pumpkin bagel with pumpkin schmear (tastes like pumpkin pie!) and autumn roast coffee.


Sweet, creamy deliciousness.


I had lunch out again because I did a poor job of packing lunch (read: didn’t plan eating in at all). I got a turkey wrap and steamed veggies from Jason’s deli.


Plus a mini sundae, which I quickly whisked back to my desk to enjoy.

Not sure how the weather is where you are, but it’s gorgeous here. Blue skies, bright sun, and cool, but not too cold, air.


I rolled the windows down on my way home.


The fresh air was so wonderful.


Did you know Costco is now selling some of the new Larabar flavors? You bet! We scored this box of peanut butter chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie dough when we re-stocked on coconut water this past weekend. I do wish Costco still had the other flavors, though…I really like Cherry Pie!


I enjoyed a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabar as a pre-workout snack before teaching zumba tonight.


I was feeling pretty tired today, but was full of energy in class! Woohoo! I guess it helps you find energy when you know so many others are depending on you.

I’ve been working really hard to try to grow my class by printing out special post cards with “first class free” notes, etc and distributing them around the side of town where my class is. I estimate I’ve now given out about 100 post cards, but I think I’ve only seen about 3 come back. Yikes! Bring your cards in people!

Either way, I had my biggest class yet tonight with 18 people, which was really exciting for me! Hazzah!


I wore one of my favorite Zumba tops, which I cut awhile back (tutorial here if you want to cut your shirt too).

Here’s this week’s playlist:

  1. Ain’t No Other Man
  2. Loba
  3. Tambourine
  4. Say Na Say Na
  5. Work
  6. Amarte es un Problema
  7. Shawty Got Moves
  8. Beware of the Boys
  9. Tik Tok
  10. El Tratra
  11. Chaiyya Chaiyya
  12. Jai Ho
  13. Tu No Eres Para Mi
  14. El Alacran
  15. Billionaire

How do you dress up a t-shirt and jeans?

Cow Pants



This Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin candle from Bath & Body works made my whole house smelly uber-yummy today. It has a sweet, spicy scent that makes me think of fall.


After this morning’s yummy breakfast cups, I continued cooking with lunch. I even busted out my Nasoya tofu press.

I had 2 experiments:

  • sweet/smokey/spicy sweet potatoes
  • dried herb roast tofu


The sweet potatoes were a major win. (will be sharing the recipe soon)


As for the tofu…


…that was more of a fail. I usually make a soy marinade for tofu, which I always love. Today, I didn’t think soy sauce would go with the sweet potatoes, so I tried using EVOO and dried herbs. It totally didn’t work. You live, you learn, right?


I had a spinach salad later with what looks to be some of the last of the cherry tomatoes from my garden.


And for a pre-workout snack, I made banana oatmeal with vanilla hemp milk. Yummers!

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Bailey and I matched outfits today – both black and white. :lol: This is actually my zumba outfit, which I wore to teach class tonight. People in the zumba world are calling these “cow pants.” I don’t care what they’re called, I think they’re cute!

Fave songs from tonight’s playlist:

  • I’m a Slave 4 U (yes, Britney)
  • Shawty’s Got Moves (the new tune I was talking about earlier)
  • Krazy
  • Desi Girls

Class was super fun and someone even requested a song I choreographed as their birthday song when I offered to do a song of their choice for their b-day. I was so honored they picked my song (Desi Girls). :)


Hubby was in charge of dinner and made hot dogs, corn, steamed broccoli, and baked beans.


And he even got me a chocolate hazelnut cupcake.


Nom nom nom!

Totally got to enjoy the cupcake whilst catching the latest, fist-pumping Jersey Shore. Oh yes…t-shirt tiiiiiiiiimmmmmmeeeee! lol

Do you have any funny nicknames for your clothes?

Impromptu Party in Pink


So, some of you were probably wondering why I was packing last night when I just got back from a major trip to the Bahamas…

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I made a last minute trip to visit my good friend, Sara of Zumba by Sara, who was organizing a Party in Pink zumbathon in Roanoke, VA to raise money for Susan G. Komen.

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We left bright and early at 5:30 am this morning. The sunrise was gorgeous

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As was the fog pouring through the valley.

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We hit up Bojangles for a quick breakfast. I got an egg biscuit and coffee.

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And then we were off to the gym.

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We got there just as people were lining up to get in. Perfect timing!

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And soon enough, it was time to get started!

Here are some photos from the event:

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It was 2 hours of dancing BLISS! I got to lead one song and helped out throughout the crowd with the others.

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I almost didn’t make this trip since the invite was kind of last minute, and the thought of waking up at 5am and traveling after having been away from home (thanks to my Bahamas trip last week) was a bit daunting. But a good friend once said, “I can sleep when I’m dead”, and I figured lack of sleep was less important than helping out a friend. So, I said, Carpe Diem and chose to make this trip today, and I am SO thankful I did. :)

Have you ever had a Carpe Diem moment? What happened?

Zumba with the Bloggies



Years ago, I used to like eating unhealthy stuff for breakfast all the time. It seemed like breakfast was when they had the good stuff: chocolate croissants, sticky buns and other delectable sweets. But not just the sweet stuff – Bagels with cream cheese, egg sandwiches.


At some point, I realized that my indulgent breakfasts, while decidedly delicious to eat, were typically not that filling and would often leave me sluggish. So, I cut back on them – a little at first and then more and more. At some point, I fell in love with healthy breakfasts like oatmeal and Power Toast – breakfasts that filled me with healthful food and gave me plenty of energy.


And while I love my healthy breakfasts and truly prefer them over the more indulgent ones, sometimes you just want something a little over the top. Breakfast was pretty indulgent today. Hubby picked up a GH cinnamon roll and I made us fried eggs. I forgot how HUGE that cinnamon roll is! I stuffed myself trying to finish it. Bad idea. The cinnamon roll wasn’t such a bad idea…eating more than I was comfortable with was. Oops. Next time I’ll save some for a snack later. :)


Lunch = leftover chicken noodle soup and Whole Grain Goodness toast.



And I had some Power Toast for an afternoon snack.

Great Harvest Whole Grain Goodness with:


Organic cherries, too!


Guess who came to zumba with me tonight?!


Check out all my bloggie friends: Irene, (me), Katie, Jen, Jen, and Brittney.

We all had a fantastic hour of zumba tonight – the firs time trying zumba for most of these girls. How did they do? They danced like rock stars, of course! :)

Thank you ladies for coming to class with me! I hope to see you there again soon!

Oh and random note, a lady in class was wearing some sort of calorie counter and said she burned like 850 calories in class tonight! Whoa! Michelle is giving me her old heart rate monitor so I’m going to be doing my own experimenting with calorie burning. Can’t wait to see what the number is!



Post class it was time for a protein shake – Vega Whole Health Optimizer.


Yay zumba! I always feel like a million bucks after class.


Post class hubby and I headed out for dinner at a local Mexican restaurant – 1900 Mexican Grill. It’s probably our favorite Mexican restaurant in town because the food is good, the drinks are awesome (especially the dirty margarita), and the owner is sooo nice. I love to support his local business.


The weather was too gorgeous to not eat outside.


I started with a dirty margarita – made with tamarind!


We started with some cheese dip (starting to prefer guac over cheese dip…who am I?) and chips and salsa.


We shared a combo – beef burrito, chicken enchilada, and rice and beans.


My portion – I barely finished.

Post dinner, went over to hubby’s bacherlor-friends’ apartment to chill out. We ended up watching a lot of Terminator Salvation before heading home. I’m pooped but I have a big day of dancing tomorrow!

What are you up to this weekend?

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