Easy Vegan Baked Donuts

Who wouldn’t love some spongy, soft, and warm donuts once in a while, and what better way to enjoy them than having them baked at home and avoiding all those extra calories of the deep-fried ones.

It was my first time baking donuts at home, and I must say it was such a delight. I had been planning to make these at home ever since my husband got me a box full of donuts with every possible glaze and filling when I had asked just for a few. Later, for almost two weeks, I had those helpless sugar donuts staring at me from inside my refrigerator. That’s when I decided to get a donut baking pan and find my vegan donut recipe to whip up whenever I wanted without the need for a sugar hangover.

Baked Vegan Donuts with chocolate glaze

Donuts are pretty easy to make, and a one-bowl batter of flour, sugar, baking powder, applesauce, plant based milk, some flavors, and a source of fat such as cooking oil or butter. The mixture is carefully poured into the donut shape pan and bakes at 350 F/ 180 C for an easy 20-22 mins (depending on your oven).

Once these soft Vegan Donuts are ready, all you need to do is allow them to cool off completely while you prepare the glaze of your choice. There are a ton of ideas out there to inspire you with your favorite glazes, but for this batch of vegan donuts, I preferred to stick with some classic chocolate and powdered sugar dusting. And they turned out to be Uh-may-zing!!!

Here is the recipe-

Easy Vegan Baked Donuts Recipe

  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup vegan sugar (I used brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup plant based milk of your choice – I used Oatly’s oat milk
  • 2 tablespoon oil and 2 tablespoon melted butter


  • Preheat your oven to 350 F or 180 C
  • Grease your non-stick donut bake pan with some oil. A cooking spray always helps. 🙂
  • Now in a large mixing bowl, sift and add the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon powder, pumpkin spice (optional).
  • In another bowl mix all the wet ingredients by adding in the oil, vanilla extract, milk and applesauce. If you’d want you can directly add and mix all ingredients together in a single bowl. I do that most oftenly if I am aiming a one-bowl batter and less stuff in the sink.
  • The batter should have a smooth consistency which is neither too thick nor too runny, so that you can pipe it into the pan using a piping bag or a ziplock bag or scoop the mixture into the pan using a large spoon, whichever way works best for you.
  • Pop the tray into the oven and set the timer for about 22 minutes.
Vegan Baked Donuts fresh out of the oven
Fresh out of the oven ❤

For the Chocolate Glaze Donuts:

  • Microwave 1/2 cup chopped chocolate chuncks or chocolate chips for 1 minute in a heat proof bowl.
  • Heat a saucepan with some water in it and place the bowl on top it of for a double boil. Add 1 tsp of butter and around 5 tablespoons of milk , stirring continuously to form a smooth chocolate drizzle or glaze like consisteny.
  • Once the donuts have completed cooled off, dip one side of the donuts into the chocolate glaze, let the excess drip off and place them on a wire rack to let it cool and set completely.

For the Powdered Sugar Glaze Donuts:

  • This is fairly simple as you might have guessed. If you like some flavors, you can mix a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to about 1/4 cup of powdered sugar.
  • Either dip the donuts into the powdered sugar mix or dust a generous coat from the top.
  • Do keep in mind that powdered sugar may melt and vanish (at least that happened with me). So keep the sugar mix handy so that you can dust a little bit more when you want to make it a bit more fancy.

And that’s it. These baked vegan donuts are ready. The pan that I used has a scope of 6 donuts but there are more varieties available in store or on Amazon. These store easily for upto a week, that is if you or your family can resist not eating them. Mine lasted for a DAY!

Chocolate Vegan Donuts
The best vegan donuts ever!!!

Can you make these donuts gluten- free?

Well of course you can. If you are gluten intolerant, by all means switching to a gluten free flour, such as that from Red Mill’s will solve your problem.

There are many reputed brands that are easily available these days who have some of the best gluten-free flour options. Here is a link to the 10 GLUTEN-FREE FLOURS that are a popular favorite.

Looking for an easy grab for a gluten-free vegan donut recipe? Then check this recipe out from the Minimalist Baker. These look abolutely divine.

My inspiration for this recipe?

I loved making this recipe and look forward to making more of these in the future. This recipe has been inspired from the amazing Vegan Food Blogger, Alison Andrew’s Loving It Vegan. I have tried a few others, but I felt that this is the one I should stick to.

Enjoyed the recipe?

Did you try this recipe out? If you have and you loved it as much as I did, please drop in a comment, share and help spread the love by sharing a picture on Instagram and tagging me @frommyvegandiary.

I’d love to know what you think. ❤

Nabomita ❤


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