Baked vegan chocolate donuts are light, tender, and so delicious! I’ve been making these for years, and the texture is just perfect. These are easy to bake at home, and make a wonderful weekend breakfast or special dessert.
Saturday morning donuts were always a fun surprise when I was growing up. Eating a sweet pastry for breakfast felt like a very special treat.
Now that I’m a parent of a child with food allergies, it’s been many years since I’ve set foot in a donut shop. Dairy, egg, nuts, peanuts…these are all allergens that lurk in a traditional donut shop or bakery.
But I have good news! You can bake wonderful donuts at home that are safe for your family. My sons absolutely love when I bake cinnamon donuts or these vegan chocolate donuts. The addition of a light glaze and sprinkles makes these feel like a treat that came straight from a bakery. If you want to make these extra decadent, try topping them with dairy free chocolate frosting.
Be sure to read my tips and tricks below so that you can make these perfectly!
- Egg Replacers – Baking powder and vinegar make these donuts rise nicely, giving them a perfectly fluffy texture. These are very nice and light! Unsweetened applesauce also replaces the egg, and keeps these donuts nice and moist.
- Flour – I used white spelt flour for this recipe, but you can use whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, or a gluten free flour blend if you like. I don’t recommend using almond flour or coconut flour, as the texture will be very different. I also have a gluten free chocolate donut recipe that you might like to try if you are gluten free.
- Vegan Buttery Spread – Melted vegan buttery spread works well in this recipe, but you could also use melted coconut oil if you prefer.
- Sprinkles – If you can’t find a safe brand of sprinkles, you can leave them out. Natural Candy Store has a selection of naturally dyed sprinkles that are allergy friendly.
You can find donut pans at many stores, like Target, Michael’s, and Williams Sonoma. You can also order them on Amazon. Donut pans are usually non-stick, and you can also find silicone versions.
Step by Step Instructions
- Melt the vegan buttery spread and stir in the sugar, applesauce, and vanilla.
- Add the cocoa powder, flour, salt, baking powder, water, and vinegar to the bowl.
- Stir until smooth.
- Spoon the batter into the donut pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-13 minutes. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before releasing them from the pan.
- In a small bowl, whisk together some powdered sugar and water to make a glaze.
- Dip each donut in the glaze, and then top with sprinkles if desired. Enjoy!
Tips for Success
- Grease the pan – even though the pan is non-stick, I recommend using a little vegan buttery spread to make sure the donuts release easily from the pan.
- Don’t over-mix the batter.
- Let the donuts cool for about 10 minutes before releasing from the pan. Place some parchment paper on the counter and turn the pan over. Tap it firmly against the counter to release the donuts.
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Store these donuts in an airtight container. They should stay fresh for about 3 days.
If you would like to freeze these, I recommend freezing them without the glaze. They should stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can always add the glaze and sprinkles after you thaw them out.
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Vegan Chocolate Donuts with Glaze and Sprinkles.
For the donuts:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix the melted buttery spread, water, vanilla, and vinegar in a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients and mix together. The dough will be soft, and not too wet.
- Spoon the dough into the donut pan. Each well will be full almost to the top. Smooth out the dough with the back of a spoon.
- Bake for 12-13 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the glaze in a small bowl. Add water to the confectioner’s sugar and whisk with a fork until you reach the desired thickness. Not too thick, but not super runny.
- Place a piece of parchment on the counter. Turn the pan over, and tap it hard against the counter until the donuts release from the pan.
- Spoon the glaze on top of the cooled donuts. Shake sprinkles on top while the glaze is still wet if desired.