The Best and Most Delicious Vegan Donut Recipes You Can Make Right Now
Who doesn’t love a good donut? One of the things I miss the most is being able to sporadically jump inside a bakery or Dunkin Donuts for a naughty donut. Thankfully, it is possible to make tasty vegan donuts!
To help myself (and you) make donuts for yourself, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite donut recipes. Some are trickier than others, but all are delicious and fun to make.
Just because you’re vegan does not mean you have to live a life without donuts. You just have to put in some extra work to create your own. If you live in an area where you can buy vegan donuts, then consider yourself extremely lucky!
I’ve put in a lot of research to help collate all the best vegan donut recipes available on the internet. I used a combination of Google Search, Pinterest, and Instagram to help. I hope it inspires you to get baking!
Top 15 Vegan Donut Recipes
Classic Vegan Donuts from Tasty
I love this recipe because it’s simple, and it creates classic sugared donuts. You can get all fancy with your donuts if you want, but sometimes simple is better.
Just seven ingredients will help you to create 12 fluffy and delicious sugared donuts. These are best served with a strawberry jam. But, you can pick any flavored jam you like.
If you’re looking for a vegan donut recipe that will impress your friends, this is the safest choice. I’ve actually made these a few times for my friends, and they’re always well received.
30 Minutes Vegan Chocolate donuts from Minimalist Baker
Quick, simple, and chocolatey! That’s always a good combination when it comes to baking. The picture of these donuts will make you salivate, the real things may make your heart stop.
I’m a big fan of chocolate donuts, and this is the best recipe I have found yet. I also love Minimalist Baker, her recipes are always on point. It’s just a shame she has moved away from vegan-only recipes and started to include meat and dairy dishes (oh well!).
This recipe is perfect for a luxury dessert or even a kid’s birthday party. There are quite a lot of ingredients, but you get 12 relatively large donuts. I highly recommend adding some raw chocolate nibs or sprinkles to the glaze for an extra wow factor.
Baked Vegan Pumpkin Donuts from Veganosity
Pumpkin? In chocolate? Yes, you read that right. But, once you try these vegan pumpkin donuts, you will understand. Pumpkin is actually a great base for chocolate desserts.
This recipe is a little more work than others, but it is well worth it. Everything is delicious, but the glaze is absolutely insane. If you really want a naughty treat that will wow your friends or kids, this is the only vegan donut recipe you need.
You will need a food processor, whisk, and donut baking tray for this one. If you’re serious about baking, you will likely have all this already. If not, make the investment so you can open up your world to vegan cooking.
Chocolate Creme Stuffed Vegan Donuts from School Night Vegan
These are decadent and luxurious donuts. If you like to throw fancy dinner parties, these donuts could be your dessert. I love the fact they’re stuffed with chocolate creme. While it’s incredibly naughty, who cares. Nobody eats donuts to be healthy anyway!
While they look complicated to make from the picture, they’re surprisingly easy to put together. There are many ingredients involved, some of which you may not be able to get at your local supermarkets such as psyllium husk powder and vegan butter.
These stuffed vegan donuts are so good, many people simply won’t believe that they’re vegan. You can make these and give them away, claiming they’re not vegan and see their reactions when you tell them they’re vegan.
Vegan Easy Baked Donuts from The Big Man’s World
If you’re looking for quick and simple donuts that are tasty, look no further. These vegan donuts look just the ones you would buy in-store and are simply delicious.
There is also a gluten-free and keto version if you’re interested. The glaze is exceptionally delicious and so simple to make using just chocolate chips and coconut cream. The ingredients in this recipe are simple, and they’re effortless to throw together.
What you get is 12 big and tasty soft donuts with a creamy chocolatey glaze. This is my go-to donut recipe for when I’m feeling a bit lazy or getting back at 3 am and need a drunken donut fix.
Carnival Donuts Stuffed with Jam from Vegan On Board
Some people really enjoy a good jam donut. I have friends in the UK that are all about jam donuts and have very little care for chocolate donuts. This is a classic jam donut recipe for vegans.
You can change up the type of jam if you want. This recipe uses Austrian Apricot jam, which is very fancy, but you could easily replace it with your favorite jar jam.
The ingredients list is short and simple. The method is also really easy and quick. These vegan donuts are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and rich in flavor. I personally like to enjoy a good cup of British tea with these bad boys.
Vegan Churros with Vegan Salted Caramel Dip from Chicano Eats
Ok, so technically not a donut but very similar. This traditional Spanish treat is the perfect naughty snack, and they’re made complete with the dip. This recipe uses a salted caramel dip, but you could also use a jam or melt some dark chocolate.
Churros are quite simple to make, and there are no obscure ingredients involved. This recipe makes around 20 x 4-inch churros in under 40 minutes.
Churros are best for parties or game days. Stick them in the middle of the table with a few dips, and you can’t go wrong. People can’t get enough of them.
Raw Chocolate Donuts from Unconventional Baker
I’m a big fan of the raw food movement. I think many foods do not require cooking that is not just delicious but also healthier. I’m not saying this recipe is healthy because it’s not, but raw foods, in general, are better for health.
This recipe uses just eight ingredients, and there is no baking involved whatsoever. You process all the ingredients, divide the mixture between the donut mold, and freeze for 1 hour. You then create the glaze, add it to the top of the donuts and return it to the freezer.
Each time you want a donut, just take it out and let it thaw for a bit. These are no-nonsense, simple vegan donuts that will impress your friends and family. While not healthy, they’re healthier than most other donuts on this list.
Mini Vegan Donuts from Jamie Oliver
One of the world’s most famous chefs weighs in with his mini vegan donuts. These are perfect for kids’ parties or a Netflix session with your partner. I like to create a dark chocolate sauce for dipping.
This recipe makes 24 mini crispy but soft donuts that are to die for. They’re simply irresistible and won’t last long in any house. The ingredients are a bit fancy with things like vanilla pods, vegan butter, and caster sugar. But, the recipe is simple to follow.
You can make any dip to go with these mini donuts. Raw chocolate sauce, jam, vegan vanilla custard, or a mix of all three. The more dips, the better, in my opinion!
Vegan Banana Bread Donuts from Vegan Food & Living
If you enjoy banana bread and donuts, then this recipe is for you. It combines the best features of both to create a delicious banana bread donut that is rich, sweet, and crispy.
I haven’t yet made these myself, but they’re on the top of my list for the next available weekend. The ingredients are extensive, and the method looks slightly more difficult than others on this list.
I like the look of the pecans that sit on top of the gooey glaze. If you have made these, let me know how they were!
Vegan Maple Bacon Donuts from My Darling Vegan
Bacon? On a donut? That’s right. My Vegan Darling has gone all out and taken donuts to a whole new level. Does it work? Absolutely!
The “bacon” is actually toasted coconut shavings that have been glazed with maple syrup. They’re delicious and are like no other donut I’ve ever had before.
This recipe takes some prep and baking skills. If you’re a regular in the kitchen, you shouldn’t have too many issues. If you’re a newbie, do your best to stick to the method.
Lemon Poppyseed Donuts from Healthy Happy Life
I’m a massive fan of lemon poppyseed cake, so I was thrilled when I found it. The recipes combine the flavors of lemon poppyseed with the texture of a crispy but soft donut.
It is really delicious, and I highly recommend adding a few blueberries to the top, as seen in the photos on the recipes. I actually had these for breakfast with my coffee. It was the perfect start to a Saturday!
The recipe is quite simple, and the ingredients are relatively straightforward. The method is simple to follow, and you will get around 6-8 vegan donuts.
Keto 5-Minute Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes from Pretty Pies
Probably one of the easiest, quickest, and most delicious things you will ever eat. I’m not joking! These donut holes are incredibly easy to make with no baking whatsoever.
There are 5 ingredients: almond flour, coconut oil, flaxseed, monk fruit, and cinnamon. All you need to do is mix the ingredients together. Roll out and add cinnamon. Scoop into balls and refrigerate. Simple.
If you’re looking for a speedy sugar fix, then this recipe is perfect. Also a great snack for game day or a Netflix session.
Vegan Powdered Donuts from Vegan Huggs
Some people love powdered donuts, so this one is for them. These powdered donuts are delicious and will undoubtedly spark some nostalgia if you have been without powdered donuts for a while.
The ingredients list is very straightforward, and the method is quite simple to follow. You will need to get some powdered sugar from the supermarket.
For those that love a powdered donut, give this recipe a go and let me know what you think. Is it the same? Better? Worse? Let me know.
Unicorn Sushi Donuts from Sweet Simple Vegan
For my last vegan donut recipe, I have chosen a savory vegan donut recipe. Bare with me on this one. I know it looks weird, but it is actually delicious. If you’re a fan of sushi, you will be a fan of vegan sushi donuts.
First of all, you don’t have to do multicolored rice if you don’t want to. Just stick to plain rice instead. The recipe is straightforward and easy to make.
If you’re looking to wow your friends with something interesting, this is a great choice. I also think it’s great to get young ones to enjoy plant-based foods. All kids love unicorns nowadays!
Essential Ingredients You Need for Effortless Vegan Donut Making
To make life more comfortable in the kitchen, I recommend having the staple of vegan baking ready to use in your cupboard. This might cost you a lot of money upfront, but it saves you a lot of time and hassle in the long run. It also means you can make vegan donuts and cakes whenever you feel like it.
- Flour – plain, almond, and chickpea
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Cocoa Powder
- Oil – canola and coconut oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Corn Flour
- Plant-Based Milk – soy, almond, or cashew
- Dark Chocolate – 86%+
- Sugar – caster and coconut sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Vegan Butter
- Maple Syrup
- Agave Syrup
- Ground Flax Seeds
- Whole Chia Seeds
Essential Kitchen Tools You Need for Effortless Vegan Donut Making
As well as the staple ingredients, you need the right tools to get the job done. Again, this might cost a bit of money at first, but then you have everything you need at hand. Baking can become very annoying if you don’t have the right tools to use.
- Nonstick Donut Mold Tray
- Silicone Baking Mat
- Silicone Spatula
- Food Processor
- Rolling Pin
- Bakeware Set
- Pastry Brush
- Cooling Rack
With this gear at your disposal, there is literally no recipe you can’t make. Good baking is the result of precision and useful tools. It helps to have all of these at your disposal.
5 Tips for The Best Vegan Donut Making
Cooking donuts can be difficult, depending on the recipe you follow. Here are some top tips to help you along the way. Keep these in mind next time you’re making your favorite donut recipe.
1. Be Resourceful
If you don’t have the money or space for all the baking gear, get creative. Use a wine bottle as a rolling pin or a drinking glass as a donut hole cutter. You don’t need ALL the fancy gear, be resourceful where you can.
2. Know the Right Temperatures for Deep Frying
The best donuts are deep-fried. That’s what makes them really crispy while retaining the softness inside. Knowing the perfect temperature for donut baking is essential. 360 to 375°F is the right temperature. Anything lower or higher is a bad idea.
3. Get to Know Your Donut Types
There are lots of different types of donuts that require slightly different methods to make. Get to know your favorite kind of donuts and learn how to make them. Once you’ve mastered one type, try another one.
4. Master the Glaze
Glazing is the key to a great donut. There are literally millions of ways to glaze and a donut. You can even try creating your own unique glaze just for you. Get creative in the kitchen, try out different ingredients together, and see what you can make.
It’s always useful to have two or three glazes nailed down.
5. Seal and Store
There are very few other foods that taste as good as freshly made donuts. But you’re always going to have leftovers if it’s just you or two people. Make sure the spare donuts (if there are any) are sealed and stored correctly.
Donuts are best kept in paper bags or paper boxes. If using a plastic container, lined with paper towels.
Donuts are delicious snacks or desserts that you can create in a short time. I hope this article has inspired you to create some of the recipes listed and maybe even try creating your own recipes.
If you have a special occasion coming up, practice making your donuts and then wow all the guests on the day. Or just make a load of donuts just for you! That’s your business.