Low Carb Apple Cider Donut Holes Type 1 Kids

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Low Carb Apple Cider Donut Holes

These low carb apple cider donut holes are a festive treat for your Type 1, as the weather starts to turn cooler.  You will not feel guilty about your T1D kid splurging on a few extras of these fall snacks!  Every Mom of a Type 1 could use a few go-to Type 1 kids fall recipes, and this is one you’ll want to keep in your recipe box!

Fall is the perfect time to experiment with some low carb goodies for your Type 1 Diabetic kid.  Mine LOVES it when I’m making and trying and revising recipes.  Tonight’s low carb pumpkin pancakes were a total bomb.  The batter actually worked out better for Pumpkin Waffles, so we’ll have to tweak that recipe a bit more. 

Find a farm stand, orchard, or market and grab some quality apple cider and give these apple cider donut holes a try.  I’d imagine they would make good regular donuts, not just holes, but I haven’t YET experimented with that!

We believe “kid first, diabetes second,” however, “diabetes second” doesn’t mean careless.  And while I allow my Type 1 son to indulge in all “regular” foods once in a while, I’d rather let him indulge often on choices that are still yummy, healthy and don’t impact his blood sugar.  

Why You’ll Love These Low Carb Apple Cider Donut Holes: 

The batter is super simple to put together.  

And, because I can never have enough kitchen gadgets, I thought I’d experiment with this cake pop maker… Babycakes.  I’ve never had one, didn’t really see the point.  But, OH BOY!  I see the point now!  This winter I will be experimenting with some of our other donut recipes to turn them into donut holes.  So, watch for that!  

Until then…

Here’s a helpful tip:  If you are using a donut hole maker, fill the bottom reservoir to what seems to be “over-filled” before closing the lid.  Remember, it has to be enough to puff up and fill the top reservoir too! 1 – 1 1/2 Tablespoons will do perfect!  

If you don’t have a cake pop maker, I happen to think this Babycakes one worked very well.  Found the cooking to be consistent and the donuts came out easy without sticking to the pan. 

Low Carb Apple Cider Donut Holes

These Low Carb Apple Cider Donut Holes are the perfect Type 1 Diabetic Kids snack or breakfast; especially in the fall as the weather is changing and apple cider is in season!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 32 donut holes
Carbohydrates 3.5 g


  • Babycakes Pop Maker


  • 1 1/4 cups Almond Flour
  • 1/4 cup Date Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Xanthun Gum
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon


  • Combine almond flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and Xanthum Gum in a mixing bowl and whisk to blend.
  • In a separate bowl combine liquid ingredients and whisk until well blended.
  • Combine dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix to combine.
  • Spoon batter into a plastic Ziploc bag and cut the tip off to make a pipping bag.
  • Using a donut hole maker, fill each reservoir with about 1 - 1.5 Tablespoon of batter
  • Close the lid and latch.
  • Bake for 4 to 5 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Combine coconut sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Immediately toss hot donut holes into the sugar mixture. Roll and set to cool.


Serving: 1donut holeCalories: 54kcalCarbohydrates: 3.5gProtein: 1.1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 5.1mgSodium: 92.3mgPotassium: 35.9mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 2.2gVitamin A: 7.8IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 38.6mgIron: 0.2mg
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Want to try our other donuts??  You might give our Low Carb Blueberry Donuts, Lemon Poppyseed, or Low Carb Vanilla Glazed Donuts a try.  Or try our Low Carb Mini Chocolate Donuts.  These were a BIG hit and a great “morning snack.” 

Tag us @mom.of.a.type1 on Instagram if you make these super easy Type 1 kids fall apple cider donut holes. 

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Shannon Leigh

Shannon is the Mom of a Type 1 Diabetic son who is determined to help other Moms become confident and in-control of their Child's diabetes. Finding ways to lessen the burden Moms feel as the primary caregiver of a Type 1 is her passion. She also loves cooking and creating kid-friendly, low-carb recipes that are yummy and don't impact blood sugar.

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4 Responses

  1. My husband is diabetic and I find that any bit of sugar makes his sugar go crazy..with cider, coconut sugar cinnamon sugar and date sugar, how can this be only 3 carbs per serving. This doesn’t add up. There are carbs in almond flour as well.

    1. Hi Donna. Thanks for your question. The quantities of ingredients is relatively low for this recipe. Always check the carbs of your own ingredients, as some brands may vary slightly. Here is the breakdown:
      Almond Flour 1 1/2 cups = 7.5g
      Apple Cider 1/2 cup = 15g
      Date Sugar 1/4 cup = 30g
      For a total of 52.5g / 32 donut holes = 1.64g each
      Plus extra date sugar for rolling in. I would figure roughly 1g for this, which may even be on the higher side.
      For a total of 2.64g per donut hole.
      Hope this helps!

  2. Super excited to try these! Appreciate all the recipes and tips! We are new to this and curious which almond flour you use. We have two brands and both are 6 grams of carbs for a single quarter cup. You mention almond flour that is 7.5 g of carbs for 1.5 cups. Our current almond flour would equal 36 grams of carbs for 1.5 cups. Any suggestion?

    1. Hi Heather! Thanks for pointing this out. We primarily use the Kirkland brand, which is yes; 6g per quarter cup. The nutritional information in the recipe are the correct counts for these. There are some mathematical typos in the comment above. All the best, Shannon

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