Satisfy your sweet cravings while embracing a compassionate lifestyle with this Vegan Baked Donuts Recipe. These delightful treats offer the irresistible flavors of traditional donuts without the need for frying or animal products. Baked to perfection and coated with your favorite toppings, these vegan donuts are a guilt-free way to enjoy a classic treat while staying true to your plant-based values.
Vegan Baked Donuts Recipe: Servings: 6-8 donuts
For the Donuts:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (or a gluten-free flour blend)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or vegetable oil
For the Glaze (optional):
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons plant-based milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Food coloring (if desired)
- Vegan sprinkles, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, etc.
Preheat the Oven:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a donut pan with a little oil or cooking spray.
Mix Dry Ingredients:
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Combine Wet Ingredients:
- In another bowl, whisk the unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened applesauce, vanilla extract, and melted coconut oil or vegetable oil.
Combine Wet and Dry Mixtures:
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently fold until just combined. Do not overmix.
Fill the Donut Pan:
- Transfer the batter into a piping bag or a resealable plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Pipe the batter evenly into the donut pan, filling each cavity about 2/3 full.
Bake the Donuts:
- Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the donuts are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool and Glaze (optional):
- Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- If glazing the donuts, whisk together the powdered sugar, plant-based milk, vanilla extract, and food coloring (if using) until smooth. Dip the tops of the cooled donuts into the glaze.
Add Toppings (optional):
- While the glaze is still wet, sprinkle your choice of vegan sprinkles, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut on top.
Nutrition Facts (per serving, based on 1 donut without glaze or toppings):
- Calories: ~150
- Total Fat: ~5g
- Saturated Fat: ~4g
- Carbohydrates: ~26g
- Fiber: ~1g
- Sugars: ~12g
- Protein: ~2g
- Sodium: ~180mg