10 of the Most Extraordinary Vegan Donuts

10 of the Most Extraordinary Vegan Donuts

by Niki Konkoly

Whether you prefer them soaked in oil or baked for a lighter effect, full of fruity goodness or crunchy nuts, big or tiny, you’ll surely find something that tickles your tastebuds among these vegan donut recipes.

  1. Krispy Dream Doughnuts

Let’s start with the ultimate classic: a beautifully greasy, sugary goodness, sans the unnecessary animal-derived ingredients. Use Vegan Heartland’s recipe for a tasty base, and glaze, sprinkle, and gobble away at your leisure.

  1. Chocolate Hazelnut Donuts

Another classic, with a healthy twist. Protein-packed beans serve as a base (don’t worry, you won’t be able to taste them), and a dark chocolate glaze and crispy hazelnuts grace the surface of Vegan Heaven’s donuts.

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  1. Lemon and Thyme Donuts

Shifting towards more adventurous flavors, this herby delight caught my eye. Veganosity’s lemon and thyme donuts are spring itself in a ring-shaped sweetness.

  1. Double Chocolate and Pistachio Donuts

If you love nothing more than the medley of sweet and salty flavors dissolving in your mouth, we’ve found the perfect recipe for you. Head over to My Darling Vegan’s recipe for a special culinary experience.

  1. Coffee Cake Donuts

If you, like me, have trouble waking up in the morning, try Sweet Like Cocoa’s coffee cake donuts for a sweet energy boost. Make these the night before, and I guarantee you’ll be quick to leave the ever so embracing softness of your duvet if you know these are waiting for you.

  1. Boston Cream Doughnuts

I’ve always thought that sweets that are easy to consume are not even real desserts. The real fun is all about the powdery sugar smothered across your face, the sweet, creamy filling dripping down (and sticking) to your chin, and at least one spot on your freshly laundered white top. Now, that’s a real dessert experience. I have a feeling that Neurotic Mommy’s Boston cream doughnuts would be just that.

  1. Galaxy Donuts

Who else had little glow-in-the-dark starts and planets plastered to their ceiling as a kid? I, sadly, never made it to NASA, but the universe still fascinates me. Until affordable space travel becomes a thing, I’ll feed my cosmos-loving soul with So Beautifully Real’s gorgeous galaxy donuts, that are, quite frankly, out of this world.

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💫💫 Vegan Galaxy Donuts ✨✨This is as far as my procrastination took me today – making galactic treats for my sick boyfriend 😷) Simple Donut Recipe: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup raw cane sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp nutmeg pinch of cinnamon 1/2 cup soy milk 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 1 tsp pure vanilla extract with seeds 1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tbsp water 1/4 cup vegan margarine (Nuttelex or Earthbalance) 1. Preheat the oven to 180 and grease a donut tray. 2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. 3. Mix together the soy milk and apple cider vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes until it thickens. 4. In a small saucepan, melt the soy milk, vanilla, flaxseed (the egg replacer) and margarine over a low heat until the butter has just melted (Do not let it boil/simmer) 5. Combine both wet and dry ingredients until a soft dough forms. 6. Using a teaspoon, spoon the mixture evenly into the donut holes, flattening out with your finger for best results. 7. Bake for 12 minutes. They are done once they have firmed up and a toothpick comes out clean (they don't need to 'brown') 8. Pop them out of the moulds and then allow to cool completely before icing. GALAXY ICING: 2-3 tbsp melted coconut oil 2-3 tbsp soy milk 1 2/3 – 2 cups powdered sugar Vegan natural food dye (Red and Blue) 1. Whisk together the melted coconut oil and soy milk and slowly begin to whisk in the powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Adjust liquids if you need to. 2. To achieve the 'galaxy' effect: (This is quite hard to explain, but if you've ever done marbling as a kid using coloured dye it is essentially the same thing) 3. Using small separate bowls I worked with a little bit of icing at a time and I simply dispersed drops of vegan friendly food dye around the white icing, swirling with a spoon. Adjust the colours/saturation as you'd like. 4. Simply dip and twirl a donut halfway into the icing and gently slide it out and you'll get that 'galaxy effect' 😉 5. Dusted with vegan edible food glitter. Inspired by @h.rebel ✨

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  1. Kale Donuts with Match Icing

We all love kale for its uncountable health benefits, but for some, it might be a downright sin to mix them with sweet treats, defying the comfort-food status of the sacred donut. For the more adventurous, though, it might pique some interest to create this pastry in an over-the-top nutritious version – even if they somewhat resemble Shrek’s skin color. To experiment, check out Tajinny’s recipe.

  1. Mini Blueberry Cardamom Donuts

These pretty purple treats are triple the fun – baking mini donuts mean you can have a lot more servings! Check out Vegan Yack Attack’s mini blueberry-cardamom donuts here.

  1. Donut Cereal

Ever dreamt of breaking off the shackles of the alimentary norms society is trying to impose on you, and just have donuts for breakfast? This raw donut cereal recipe by So Beautifully Raw makes it even easier.

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💅🏻💜 DONUT CEREAL 💜💅🏻 (mostly raw without the icing!) Welcome in the new year with this treat for breakfast (or dessert, anything goes IMO) Recipe adapted from my book, #beautifullyrealfood 1/2c raw almonds or cashews 1 cup oats 180g or 9 large pitted medjool dates 1 tsp vanilla powder 1/4 tsp salt Water as needed 1. Process nuts, oats, vanilla & salt in a food processor until it forms a fine meal 2. Add the dates and a splash of water & process into a dough 3. Press into mini donut moulds and freeze for 1 hour 4. Remove, serve as is with plant milk or alternatively ice them as a treat! I used a simple royal icing using icing sugar and melted coconut oil and almond milk

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  1. Cronuts

A recent invention, the cronut could easily be the greatest thing about the French-American friendship since the Statue of Liberty. If you’d rather not stand in endless lines at the crack of dawn in New York City to get your hands on some, though, try making these flaky goodies yourself. Start with this banana-chocolate cronut by Finedining Lovers, and continue with this raspberry-filled cronut by 40 Aprons for maximum indulgence.

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Have you tried any of these? Let us know how you liked them in a comment!


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