10 Seriously Awesome Vegan Doughnut Recipes

10 Seriously Awesome Vegan Doughnut Recipes

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Are you sick of hearing comments about your diet? Unfortunately, unsolicited comments about veganism are commonplace in an omnivore society.

One of the most common comments a vegan will hear is that it is impossible to bake vegan sweets or cook tasty vegan food.

This is such a bummer because it simply isn’t true at all!

Vegan food doesn’t have to be bland, just like non-vegan food doesn’t have to be bland. And we can absolutely make delicious vegan sweets without things like eggs or dairy.

Are you interested in impressing your non-vegan friends (and your own stomach) with some delicious vegan doughnuts? We put together a list of our ten favorite vegan doughnut recipes for you to check out.

Are you ready to get cooking? Check out these radical recipes!

Ten of the Best Vegan Doughnut Recipes Ever

These ten recipes are so delicious, you’ll want to try them all! Save them all with a recipe-saving app for easy access.

10. Orange Donuts With Salted Caramel

Salted caramel is all the rage right now, so why not combine the sweet-salty flavor with the citrusy tang of orange?

These baked donuts are a great alternative to greasy frying. If you plan on making vegan doughnuts often, consider purchasing a high-quality nonstick doughnut baking pan.

For this vegan doughnut recipe, you will need:

  • 1C white rice flour
  • 1C almond flour
  • 2/3C coconut sugar (or any other sugar of your choosing)
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot (This can be found online or at health food stores. Arrowroot is a baking thickener alternative to dairy products.)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2/3C fresh squeezed OJ
  • 3 tbsp light oil
  • 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1/2C sugar (for glaze)
  • 1/4C coconut oil
  • 1/4C agave syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla (for glaze)
  • 1 tsp salt (for glaze)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Grease your pan.

Mix both flours, coconut sugar, arrowroot, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together.

Whisk in the orange juice slowly.

Pour in the oil, nut butter, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.

Bour your vegan batter into the donut pan.

Bake for 15 minutes and let the donuts cool significantly before removing them.

Combine the rest of the ingredients except the vanilla in a saucepan.

Boil the mixture and whisk for a few minutes.

Simmer for 30 minutes or until the sauce is thick and caramel-looking in color.

Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Let the sauce cool before adding to the donuts. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt on top if desired.

9. Deep Fried Oreo Doughnuts

Who said you had to be a healthy vegan ALL the time?

To make this tasty recipe from already-vegan Oreo cookies, simply follow this Kraft recipe.

Instead of using eggs, substitute 6 tbsp of juice from a can of chickpeas instead.

8. Basic Vegan Doughnuts

With this recipe, you can experiment with using vegan products to see if you like their texture.

For this vegan doughnut recipe, you will need:

  • 1C flour
  • 1/2C sugar
  • 1-1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2C almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 egg’s worth of Egg Replacer
  • 4 tbsp of vegan butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk all dry ingredients.

Mix all wet ingredients in a little saucepan over medium heat until everything is melted.

Add dry ingredients and combine.

Scoop your dough into the baking pan.

Bake for 12 minutes. Cool thoroughly before decorating.

7. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

Get your pumpkin spice fix with these tasty donuts!

For this vegan doughnut recipe, you will need:

  • 1-1/4C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4C of applesauce with 1 tsp of baking powder (This is your binder!)
  • 1/3C coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2C of pumpkin
  • 1/4C of non-dairy milk

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Whisk dry ingredients together.

Combine applesauce/baking powder combo with the sugar.

Add in the pumpkin, syrup, and vanilla.

Add half the flour and half the milk.

After mixing well, add the rest of the flour and milk.

Bake for 25 minutes. Cool before icing.

6. Fried Jam-filled Donut Holes

That’s right– you can make jam-filled doughnut holes 100% vegan!

This recipe from Lucy’s Friendly Foods isn’t just simple to execute, but it’s also incredibly delicious.

5. Maple Goodness Doughnuts

Who doesn’t love a bit of maple flavor, eh?

For this vegan doughnut recipe, you will need:

  • 2-1/2C flour
  • 1/2C sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1-1/3C non-dairy milk
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2C applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the glaze:

  • 3/4C powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp maple extract

Preheat to 350 degrees.

Mix milk and apple cider vinegar together.

Sift flour sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg together.

Add the milk/apple cider vinegar to the mix.

Put the batter in the pan and bake for 10-13 minutes.

While the donuts cool, mix the maple syrup, powdered sugar, and maple extract together until smooth.

Glaze the cooled donuts.

4. Korean Fried Churros

Do you love twisty doughnuts, churros, or Korean desserts?

Then you’ll love this Korean fried churro recipe from the Korean Vegan.

Vegan desserts definitely don’t have to be boring!

3. Delicious Nutty Doughnuts

Soft peanut butter and marshmallow combine for the ultimate doughnut treat in this recipe.

For this vegan doughnut recipe, you will need:

  • 2C flour
  • 1C coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2C water
  • 1/2C applesauce
  • 3/4C peanut butter
  • 1/4C warm coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Vegan marshmallow fluff

Preheat to 350 degrees.

Whisk the flour, sugar, flax, salt, and baking powder together.

Mix in the wet ingredients until a smooth batter forms.

Spoon into pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Once cool, top with a layer of vegan marshmallow fluff and peanut butter. Sprinkle chopped peanuts on top if desired.

2. Blueberry and Earl Grey Doughnuts

If you love tasty blueberries and ultra-British earl grey tea, then you’ll fall head over heels in love with this vegan doughnut recipe! The dough is earl grey tea flavored while the glaze is tangy blueberry flavored.

The coconut topping adds the perfect middle ground between these two delectable flavors.

For this vegan doughnut recipe, you will need:

  • 1C unsweetened vanilla dairy-free milk
  • 4 earl grey tea bags
  • 1/4C of warm coconut oil
  • 1/2C brown or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1C cake flour (preferably unbleached)
  • 2/3C flour (preferably unbleached)
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • For the blueberry glaze:
  • 1C powdered cane sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp blueberry juice
  • Flaked coconut
  • Vegan sprinkles of your choosing
  • Vegan vanilla glaze

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Be sure to oil your donut pan.

Over medium to medium-low heat, simmer half a cup of the non-dairy milk until slightly bubbling.

Remove from heat and add all the teabags. Steep for a few minutes. Stir in the remaining milk.

Combine the oil, sugar, vanilla, and tea milk together with a whisk. Set aside for a few minutes so the sugar can dissolve.

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a different bowl. Dump in the wet mix and combine.

Pour batter into baking pan and bake for sixteen minutes. You’ll know they’re done when they appear golden.

Remove and let them cool.

Whisk the blueberry juice into a bowl of powdered sugar until thick and pleasant in texture.

Dip the donuts in the glaze, then top with the flaked coconut and vanilla glaze.

1. Coffee-flavored Donut Macarons

Combine the deliciousness of donuts, macaroons, and coffee all together in one unbelievable treat!

Not only are these treats easy to make and super cute, but they have a very tiramisu flavor that is sure to impress your friends.

Of all the recipes covered today, this one is definitely the best of all time!

For this vegan doughnut recipe, you will need:

  • 3/4C chickpea juice (the juice from a can of chickpeas specifically is called “aquafaba”)
  • 1/2C sugar
  • 2 tbsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-1/4C powdered almonds
  • 1/2C powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp of multicolor spherical sprinkles

For your macaroon filling:

  • 1 tbsp vegan butter spread (heaping)
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3C powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tsp non-dairy milk
  • 4Tbsp smooth raspberry jam
  • 1/3C granulated sugar

Simmer your aguafaba in a saucepan over medium heat for about five minutes. Remove and let cool.

Pour the cooled chickpea reduction into a kitchen stand mixer with a balloon whisk.

Whisk on high for a few minutes. Add 1/4C of the sugar and whisk until combined, then add the rest of the sugar plus the vanilla.

Whisk until a meringue forms. Add espresso powder and whisk until even in color.

Combine the powdered sugar and almonds. Be sure to pick out any large chunks.

Mix the dry mix into the meringue carefully with a spatula.

To make the macaronage, firmly press the batter against the side of the mixing bowl and scoop it up before turning it over. Repeat up to 20 times until the mixture is very thick.

Pipe about twenty circles of the thick mix onto a baking sheet.

Sprinkle the rainbow sprinkles over half of the macaroons.

Let them dry for two hours, then bake. Macaroons are tricky– you must put them into a cold oven, then set the over at 100 degrees to bake for twenty minutes.

Turn your heat off and leave them inside for fifteen minutes, then leave them inside to cool with the oven door open for ten minutes.

Mix the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and a tsp of milk until smooth.

Pipe the frosting in between the macaroon shells and sandwich them together with a bit of jam.

Roll the edges of the macaroons in powdered sugar.

Start Cooking!

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About the author

Julia Ott
Hi! I'm Julia and I'm a junior developer, vegan recipe inventor, furniture collector and mum to a little boy. I've been a vegetarian for 20 years, and a vegan for 3. I spend all of my spare time visiting farmers markets, searching for antiques at flea markets and cooking up a vegan storm in the kitchen! I co-founded Vegan.io to make the world a better place.

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