Healthier Baked Vegan Donuts
Now I love going and getting donuts as much as the next gal, but sometimes I want to skip the shop and make them from home. It’s much more satisfying knowing exactly what is going into my donuts and how they are made. These are a healthier alternative too as they are made with wholesome ingredients like ground flax, gluten-free flour and almond butter.
These donuts are also so versatile as you can add in any desired toppings that you want. Topped off with a yummy donut glaze, aka powdered sugar!
Ingredients in healthy baked donuts
almond milk- I always use unsweetened almond milk. But feel free to use sweetened almond milk for a sweeter donut. You may also sub any other milk or nut milk alternative.
vanilla- I always add in vanilla to any baked good. It adds a great flavor that is missed when it’s not added in. I use Lonegoose Bakery Madagascar Vanilla which has vanilla bean inside. You can use code HANNAH10 for a discount.
almond butter– I used Abby’s Better Vanilla Chia Almond Butter in this recipe, but feel free to use any almond butter or other nut butter alternative. You can use LOVELYDELITES15 for a discount on any of their products.
maple syrup- I love using maple syrup as the sweetener in my recipes because it’s all natural and also a vegan alternative. But feel free to use honey, agave or even date syrup in replace.
ground flax- I always add ground flax into my recipes, especially if they are vegan because I believe it adds to the texture of the baked goods, and also adds in nutritional value. It’s a win win!
gluten-free flour- I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free flour which is a 1:1 replacement for regular flour. So feel free to use any of those two flours for this recipe.
baking powder– Be sure to use gluten-free baking powder to ensure these are 100% gluten-free. Otherwise, if you don’t have a gluten intolerant, you can use any baking powder you’d like. This is necessary to ensure these donuts rise during baking time and are nice and fluffy.
salt– just a pinch of salt to balance out the sweetness!
powdered sugar– I use Wholesome Sweeteners powdered sugar because it’s high quality, vegan and ethically processed.
almond milk– unsweetened almond milk is used for this recipe, but like stated above, you can use sweetened almond milk for a sweeter glaze.
vanilla– same as above! The vanilla bean that I use adds in real vanilla bean to the icing that can’t be beat!
food coloring– If wanting to add in a bit of color to these donuts, you can use food coloring. I like to use Watkins because it doesn’t have any weird funky ingredients.
How to make baked donuts
Making these baked donuts is simple and easy! All you need are two mixing bowls, all the ingredients, some non-stick spray and a donut pan.
To start, preheat the oven to 350F and prepare the donut pan by lightly coating it with non-stick spray. I use a coconut oil non-stick spray from Trader Joe’s.
Next, in one of the mixing bowls, combine almond milk, vanilla, almond butter, and maple syrup and mix with a whisk until ingredients are well incorporated. Set aside.
In the other mixing bowl, combine ground flax, gluten-free flour, baking powder and salt. Then, pour wet ingredients into dry and mix with a spatula until ingredients are well combined and a dough starts to form. It will be a little thick, which is what we want.
Add batter to the prepared donut pan and smooth the tops out with your finger or a spoon and bake for 12-14 minutes. Allow to cool completely before icing.
To make the icing, combine powdered sugar, almond milk and vanilla extract and mix with a whisk until a thick icing is formed.
Add in a drop of the food coloring and mix slightly. To create the marble design you don’t want to mix really well, just enough so there are several different colors.
Dip the tops of the donuts into the icing and set aside to dry.
Store donuts in the fridge or on the counter top and enjoy up to 3 days for ultimate freshness.