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Vegan Donuts

Laura Miller

As good as these are, you'll want to stay until the end for a sweeter surprise.

Donuts with blueberry chia jam


  • 1 cup almond meal

  • 1 cup sorghum flour

  • 1 cup potato starch

  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon xantham gum

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/3 cup applesauce (recipe below)

  • 3/4 cup maple syrup

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 325

  2. Mix dry ingredients.

  3. Mix wet ingredients.

  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, and mix until thoroughly combined.

  5. Spray donut molds with oil

  6. Using a spoon, put 1/4 cup of batter into each donut mold and make sure its spread all the way around.

  7. Bake for 10 minutes, rotate, then bake for another 5-7 minutes or until browned on the top and cooked through.

  8. Blueberry Chia Jam: In a food processor blend chia seeds, water and blueberries. Once the batter is in the pan, add a teaspoon of jam swirl to the top and swirl it into the batter with a toothpick.

Donuts with blueberry chia jam

Apple Sauce


  • 1 1/2 pounds apples

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Peel, core, and chop apples into 1' chunks

  2. Toss apples with lemon juice, maple syrup and cinnamon

  3. Use a silpat or parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, rotating half way through

  4. Allow to cool. Add to a food processor and puree until smooth blueberry chia jam swirl, 2 cups blueberries, 2 tablespoons chia seeds and 1/3 c water.

Apple Sauce




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- Are raw doughnut recipes out there? Yes. Are they good? Uh, jury's still out. I feel like doughnuts should be light, fluffy, pillowy clouds of deliciousness. So I like to bake mine. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and refined-sugar-free. Let's go make them. Oh, hey, look at all these gluten-free, vegan ingredients. Let's talk about xanthan gum. It's really an additive, because it's not adding any nutritional value, but it's great for setting up gluten-free baking, and it's gonna really help out with these doughnuts. First thing we're gonna do is make an applesauce, and I know what you're thinking, what are these, applesauce doughnuts? No, they're not. They're just a really important ingredient for baking because they add really nice moisture and texture. And the apple flavor is really subtle. You're not even going to taste it. So, we've got our cut-up apples in here. We're gonna add some lemon juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, and we're just gonna mix it up. The sweetness, the cinnamon, the acidity from the lemons, it's all just gonna soak in there in the oven. I'm using a Silpat here, but you could also just use parchment paper. So now, I'm just gonna stick these in the oven at 325 for about 40 minutes. Oh, look! There's already a tray that's done. Let's just use that. That only took two seconds. And then put them straight into your food processor. Just make sure they're not too hot to handle, and that they've cooled off a bit. Let's blend. Okay. This looks great. It's nice and smooth. No big chunks. Let's move on to the rest of the doughnuts. So, we're going to start out with our dry ingredients. Some almond flour, which I just like to use, it adds some protein, I like the texture of it. Some sorghum flour, which sounds weird, but it's just another grain. Some potato starch. These are all just gluten-free flours. We're gonna have some baking soda, baking powder, which is not the same thing as baking soda, some xanthan gum, salt, and now let's whisk. Alright, I can just set these aside and get going on wet ingredients. I'm gonna take a third of a cup of this delicious applesauce we just made, maple syrup, the juice from about one lemon, coconut oil, and hot water. And we'll mix this up as well, there we go. And now, I'm just gonna add my wet into my dry, and fold it all in. It's not as thick as, say, a dough, it's basically between a dough and a pancake batter. This looks great, just need to get it in the oven. I'm gonna use these cute little doughnut molds. I am going to spray these with coconut oil that I put in this little mister. And now, I'm just gonna spoon about a quarter cup into each mold. I'm just gonna go around the sides to make sure it spreads evenly, and it will expand in the oven, so don't completely fill it all the way up to the top. So, I've got my batter in the molds, but what if I want to jazz it up a little bit? Well then I just reach for my blueberry-chia jam that I made literally just by mixing blueberries and chia seeds and water. We're just gonna put it straight onto the top of some of our doughnuts. It just adds this like, beautiful color and texture, and sweetness, and the way to do it is really just to put three little dots on here, and then kind of drag to connect the dots. Okay. A little bit goes a long way, so start small, otherwise you might end up with just a big splotch of jam. Okay, we're leaving this set au naturale, and I'm gonna put them in the oven for about ten minutes, rotate them, put them back in for about five to seven minutes, and then they'll be done. And then we can just dump them. Check these out. That's very pretty swirl. And here are our regular doughnuts. So these are actually great on their own, but as you can see here, I've got a few toppings, including a chocolate glaze. So I'm just gonna, kind of twist it in here, pull it out. Pretty good, right? I think this looks real pretty, but we could also put one of these other toppings on, like some coconut. Oh god, it's beautiful. Let's do one with hazelnuts. I'm dipping the doughnut spongy side in, which was the side that was down in the actual doughnut mold. It just sticks better on that side. And now let's do some almonds. Now we can just put them in a cute little bakery box, and there you have it. Everyone loves doughnuts. You can share them with your friends, take them to the office, even share them with your cop buddies. You guys like doughnuts, right? - Yes, we do love doughnuts. - But you know what we like more? - [Both] Dancing.