Are Donuts Vegan? How to Order OR Make Vegan Donuts

While some donuts are indeed vegan, the majority of donuts are not vegan.

Unfortunately, many donut recipes (and other breads) contain animal products such as milk and eggs.

However, it’s totally possible to make vegan donuts at home, or even buy them from certain stores! Today, I share 5 vegan donut recipes and where to buy vegan donuts. Let’s dive in!

Are Donuts Vegan

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Can Vegans Eat Donuts?

Absolutely!

While many regular donuts are made with milk and eggs, you can veganize any donut recipe using egg replacements such as flax seed or mashed bananas and a non-dairy milk such as soy milk or oat milk (more on that in the next section).

What Are Vegan Donuts Made Of?

How to make vegan donuts

Like regular donuts, most vegan donut recipes call for all-purpose flour. However, you can also use whole wheat flour, spelt flour, oat flour, or any other kind of flour. 

They also contain a plant-based milk alternative such as almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk.

To replace the eggs, you can use any of the following:

  • Mashed banana
  • Applesauce
  • Flaxseeds or chia seeds
  • Store-bought vegan egg replacers
  • Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of beands)

All of these egg replacements work similarly to eggs in any baking recipe. For example, bananas can add moisture (and a bit of sweetness), while flaxseed works great as a binding agent to hold flour together.

You can also add a glaze on top such as chocolate, vanilla, lemon, or other fruits like strawberry or raspberry! Just make sure you buy dark chocolate that doesn’t contain milk.

Where to Buy Vegan Donuts

It’s rare that you’ll find a vegan donut at a store or food shop. For example, Dunkin Donut’s donuts aren’t vegan, and neither are Krispy Kreme donuts. Even donuts you find at the grocery store probably contain milk and eggs.

However, many health foods stores and vegan bistros and coffee shops will often stock vegan donuts for their customers! For example, stores like Wegmans and Trader Joes often have vegan bakery items in stock.

I highly recommend you check out PETA’s list of vegan-friendly donut shops across the US.

Are Vegan Donuts Healthy?

Believe it or not, vegan donuts are often healthier than their non-vegan counterparts.

This is because vegan donuts are typically made with healthier ingredients, such as dates or bananas instead of refined sugar.

That said, it’s still possible to make a vegan donut completely unhealthy. And even if it’s healthy-er doesn’t mean it’s truly good for you to eat all the time. Eat them in moderation!

5 Delicious Vegan Donut Recipes

Ready to sink your teeth into some donuty-goodness? I hear you, there!

To help you veganize your favorite doughy snack, here are 10 vegan donut recipes you’re sure to fall in love with:

1. Cinnamon Sugar Vegan Donuts

Cinnamon Vegan Donuts

This recipe by Nora Taylor from Nora Cooks is absolutely delicious! Plus they’re baked, not fried, which means no oil for those of you who don’t like consuming oil. Try them out!

2. Vegan Baked Chocolate Donuts (Gluten-Free)

This recipe by Dana from Minimalist Baker is a chocolate-lover’s heaven! They’re also baked with no oil, giving you no reason not to indulge a bit.

3. Baked Vegan Apple Cider Donuts

Vegan Baked Donuts

This recipe by Sarah from My Darling Vegan is a perfect fall treat. Who doesn’t like apple cider?! You can even use it in place of plant-based milks, such as almond milk.

4. Toasted Coconut Donuts (Gluten-Free)

Toasted Coconut Baked Donuts, Vegan and Gluten-Free

This recipe by Caitlin from From My Bowl is soooo good! Coconut, chocolate, AND a mango glaze? Count me in!

5. Toasted Coconut Donuts (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-free vegan chocolate glazed doughnut recipe

This recipe by Gwen from Delightful Adventures is basically like Krispy Kreme’s version of chocolate glazed donuts. They are so freaking good, you’ll never want another chocolate doughnut again!

Questions? Comments?

Whether you have more questions about what foods are and aren’t vegan, how to veganize your favorite recipes (like Dunkin Donuts!), or just want to share a recipe of your own, leave a comment below!

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