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Vegan Donuts

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How to make your own secretly vegan donuts at home – the super easy recipe, with just 8 ingredients!

Vegan Donuts

Easy Baked Vegan Donuts

Egg free

Dairy free

Can be oil free

No refined sugar


The best part about these vegan donuts is that the recipe is so simple you might already have all of the ingredients needed to make them right now!

Also Try These Quick & Healthy Vegan Pancakes.

Baked Vegan Donuts Recipe

The donuts are baked, not fried, and there are no flax eggs, no yeast, and no crazy ingredients – they taste like regular donuts because they ARE regular donuts!

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Vegan Blueberry Donuts: Use the following recipe for Blueberry Baked Donuts.

Peanut Butter Donuts: Follow the recipe below, subbing 1/4 cup peanut butter for all of the oil.

Vanilla Glazed Donuts: Make the basic glaze and donut recipes, both included below in this post.

Vegan Chocolate Donuts: Replace 1/4 cup of the flour in the recipe below with unsweetened cocoa powder. Dip in melted chocolate. 

Coconut Donuts: Use coconut milk as the milk of choice in the below recipe, and replace half of the vanilla extract with coconut extract. If desired, top with frosting or coconut butter and toasted shredded coconut.

For chocolate frosted donuts, use this Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Vegan Dunkin Donuts?

As of June 2020, there are inexplicably still no vegan doughnuts available for sale at either Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts, although the latter does offer Beyond Meat vegan sausage patties and almond milk on its menu.

But once you learn how easy it is to make your own donuts at home, you can turn your kitchen into your very own vegan Krispy Kreme factory and make as many flavors as you can dream up.

Serve the donuts for breakfast alongside a homemade Whipped Coffee, and you don’t ever even need to leave your pajamas!

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Donut Frosting Options

For vegan glazed donuts, use the icing recipe below:   

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar or sugar-free powdered sugar
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp milk of choice, or as needed
  • optional lemon zest, orange zest, or 1/4 tsp pure maple extract

Or you can frost the vegan doughnuts with store-bought or homemade frosting, dip in cinnamon sugar, melted chocolate chips, or powdered sugar, ice with vegan cream cheese frosting and cover them in sprinkles, or serve them unfrosted for breakfast instead of muffins.

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Baking Tips & Tricks

If you don’t have a donut maker or donut pan, the healthy donuts can also be made in a regular or mini muffin tin as long as baking time is adjusted.

Or you can buy a donut pan (they’re usually under ten dollars) on Amazon, Target, Walmart, Michaels, Bed Bath Beyond, or sometimes available in Whole Foods or regular grocery stores.

For vegan gluten free donuts, the recipe works with oat flour or Bob’s gluten free all purpose mix. For sugar-free donuts, xylitol works as well.

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Above – watch the video how to make the vegan donut recipe

How To Make Vegan Donuts At Home (Easy Recipe)
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Vegan Donuts

A super simple and delicious recipe for how to make vegan donuts at home.
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Yield 6 vegan donuts (or 20 mini donuts)
5 from 71 votes


  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tsp white or cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 tbsp oil, nut butter, or applesauce or mashed banana for fat-free
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave (here's a sugar free donut recipe)
  • 1 cup flour, loosely packed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • optional pinch cardamom


  • Whisk together first 5 ingredients. Grease a donut pan or mini muffin pan. Preheat oven to 350 F. Add all remaining ingredients to a large bowl. Once oven is preheated, stir wet into dry until evenly mixed (don’t overmix). Bake on the center rack 8 minutes or until donuts have risen and are cooked through. Let sit 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Vegan frosting recipes are included above in this post. 
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The donuts make a great breakfast with this Tofu Scramble Recipe.
If you’re a visual person, be sure to watch the recipe video above.
The vegan donut recipe works with white, all purpose, spelt, oat, or bob’s gf all purpose flour. I have not tried it with almond flour, coconut flour, or whole wheat flour, so feel free to experiment with other options at your own risk.

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Published on June 3, 2020

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  1. Sophoa says

    These look delicious. However, I am obsessed with the Krispy Kreme Glazed Raspberry Filled Donuts!!! Is there any possible recipe you have for them?

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hmm, I have never tried those but am intrigued! Maybe try putting half the donut batter in each mold, adding some raspberry jam, then covering in the remaining donut filling… and using the glaze recipe from the post?

    • Barbara P Turner says

      These donuts are soooooo easy, mix the wet in a small bowl, the dry in a large bowl, stir in the wet, now what I did was just put some veg oil in a pot on the stove to fry, awesome, just like hushpuppies! Sooooo fluffy! Then what I did was slice ’em in 1/2 and fill with some of your fav jam, applesauce, butter, whatever! DELISH!

  2. Blestree says

    Katie, are you sure you want to use the word “inexplicably” above about there being no vegan doughnuts available? It comes across as sounding like you feel entitled! I would have thought that you are just grateful for anyone who does provide vegan options and not that you have expectations. After all when you choose to eliminate items from your diet for your personal beliefs it shouldn’t be expected that others with different beliefs need to cater toward your particulars. . . . Katie, I think that’s generally your attitude so are you sure you want to use the word “inexplicably”?

    • Michelle says

      “Inexplicably: in a way that cannot be explained or accounted for.”
      It means that it is surprising there are not vegan donuts in 2020 at Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts. I’m not sure why you’re reading something else into that word or statement from Katie.

      • Blestree says

        Right, Katie may have just meant to say that it’s surprising, so I am pointing out that “inexplicably” has some undesirable connotations she may not have thought of. “Inexplicable” is often used to describe something that the speaker feels *ought* to have a good reason but *doesn’t.* Indeed, “surprising” does not have those connotations and would be a gentler word choice.

      • Desiree says

        5 stars
        This recipe is so good! I fried it up after baking to make them more brown and my whole family loved it😍 The mashed banana version is so yummy & adding chocolate as a glaze on top was such a good combo too! Using this recipe again when the family craves donuts! Thank you

    • Kristen says

      I find it “inexplicable” that anyone would find vegans, who for ethical reasons opt not to eat things made from the bodies of living beings, to be the ones who are “entitled”. Lol. How about those who need to eat vegan bc of allergies? Are they “entitled” to expect a suitable option from such massive chain restaurants in 2020? Nah.

      It’s a post about donuts, just relax. Katie’s bubbly personality is perfectly represented in her word choices here. The girl has a donut passion & I applaud that!

      Anyway, I made these in a “snack press” machine (eg panini press with changeable plate options) using the donut plates, & came out great. Thanks!

      • Blestree says

        Kristen, correct me if I’m wrong but I think what you’re saying is that you agree that no one is entitled to anything, but who cares, it’s just a post about donuts. I’ll take that, lol. I definitely wasn’t trying to come across as “not relaxed” but was simply pointing out that a particular word choice left me with a bad taste and Katie should be aware of the fact that such a word choice can leave a reader with a bad taste. That is all. It is up to Katie whether she cares and will try to avoid that type of word choice in the future or whether she will just ignore me. I just thought she should know.

        • Cassie says

          I find it inexplicable that my dairy allergy restricts me from enjoying donuts from corporations that have the resources to give options to a wider audience. I’m not entitled by stating that no vegan options can’t be explained. I’m just hungry and want donuts that aren’t available. Chill.

        • Faebyan Whittle says

          As someone who writes and edits content, I found no issue with Katie’s usage of the word “inexplicable” and while I understand words are often intended to evoke emotion, it is clear from the sentences following the usage of “inexplicable” Katie’s intention was to convey a contradictory set of circumstances rather than imply an elitist attitude. I’m sure she was correct in using the word “inexplicable.”
          And thank you Katie for the recipe! These donuts were loved by my whole family-even though they do not follow a vegan diet😄

      • Blestree says

        Elizabeth, I’m really sorry you’re taking it that way. It’s difficult to convey tone in a written forum! I was trying to do as nice/friendly tone as I could but I guess it wasn’t good enough. 🙁

        I still think that it was something that needed to be pointed out–I just wish I could have said it in a way that didn’t make anyone think I was trolling!

        • Bridget says

          Stop being an uptight bitch! You should appreciate these AMAZING vegan recipes that Katie offers to share with us and the rest of the world. Stop being a Karen and go troll someone else!

    • Lauren says

      It’s not just preference; I’m here on this blog for a vegan recipe because of dairy and egg allergies. Those are still on the rise, so while I don’t *expect* large chains to accommodate the allergies, I appreciated the wording!
      So thankful for all the wonderful food bloggers like chocolate covered katie for the fabulous recipes!

    • NotEntitledJustEnlightened says

      5 stars
      I’m not Katie, just another reader, but couldn’t scroll by witching saying something here! I don’t think she’s entitled at all, I think this world we live in is upside down: what’s “normative” (normal) doesn’t always equate to what is right. Processed foods, foods with no caloric value, food-mimicking substances made in labs versus grown from the earth… well, that’s the norm now.

      So those of us demanding different? Yeah. We aren’t entitled. We are enlightened and we go against the grain.

      So, I’d ask that you be more respectful to Katie. At least her recipes get us closer to real food. Plus it seems to me her comment was likely related to a business angle – with the number of vegans now, it’s make sense for these companies to offer more vegan options.

  3. Michelle says

    These vegan donuts look so good! I’m putting in a request for vegan Boston Creme donuts next please!

  4. Cindy D May says

    OK donut glam girl! I want that shirt. Is it years old and no longer sold anywhere? You can just send it to me!! ha!

    Dunkin Donuts are my speed (not Krispy Kreme). And two faves are buttermilk bars and Chocolate covered-bavarian cream filled donuts. Can you do that? Please, please, please!

  5. Pat says

    Ok, so I have to admit that I didn’t have much hope for these donuts. I’ve been trying different vegan baked donut recipes for years and didn’t like any of them. Until now. These are really really good. They rose beautifully, tasted great and actually looked like donuts. We only have one vegan donut shop where I live and they don’t make a cake donut. Your recipe has totally satisfied my craving for a cinnamon sugar donut. I loved them! PS I’m with you, the lack of vegan donuts in Dunkin is inexplicable to me too lol.

  6. Donna says

    1st time making donuts. Tried this recipe but for some reason could only fill 3 donuts. A non-vegan recipe was included with the pan when I bought it so tried that recipe to fill the other 3.
    Dusted them w brown sugar & cinnamon. The VEGAN ones were the BEST! They were light n moist (the other 3 were not😕). Delicious! A keeper!

    • CCK Media Team says

      That’s so strange! Are you filling them all the way up? If so, try filling them just 2/3 of the way, because they rise and will still yield donut shapes!

  7. Gabrielle says

    Would like to try these donuts but I can’t use vinegar ….is there a substitute? Can you use lemon juice

  8. Blestree says

    Just made these as muffins with a couple of substitutions: first, I substituted water for the milk, and second, I used granulated sugar instead of maple and added 4 extra teaspoons of water. I think it worked!

    The texture is not exactly your standard cake texture–it feels denser, but at the same time it’s also moister so I think the mouthfeel is a pleasurable one, just different. As for flavor, I think it tastes pretty good but I will say that without the maple flavor the vanilla seemed to sort of take over (I didn’t use cardamom and didn’t frost), so if someone else wants to do the same substitution I’d recommend some sort of topping/frosting or doing something else to add another flavor in there.

    Thanks for the recipe, Katie!

  9. Barbara P Turner says

    These donuts are soooooo easy, mix the wet in a small bowl, the dry in a large bowl, stir in the wet, now what I did was just put some veg oil in a pot on the stove to fry, awesome, just like hushpuppies!

    Sooooo fluffy!

    Then what I did was slice ’em in 1/2 and fill with some of your fav jam, applesauce, butter, whatever! DELISH!

  10. Stephanie says

    Just made these, and they were yummy, but didn’t rise at all. Could it be because I used honey? Also used almond milk, gf flour, and apple cider vinegar. I mean, definitely gonna eat them because …. Yum! But I am not sure where I went wrong.

  11. Dana says

    Thank you for this great recipe. I’ve made these donuts before following the exact instructions.

    My question is, could I use sugar instead of the agave or maple syrup? I’m inexplicably out of maple syrup and I’m thinking about making them tomorrow morning for brunch.

  12. Everest says

    It’s really wonderful content and informative. It’s great thought to share that kind of information. It’s really helpful to everyone.

    • CCK Media Team says

      So far, Katie’s attempts at keto donuts have resulted in donuts that stick to the pan/can’t be taken out of the pan in one piece. The closest thing she has to a paleo donut recipe would be doing her keto muffins in a mini muffin pan and treating them like donut holes. (We wouldn’t recommend doing that recipe in a donut pan either, for the reasons mentioned above.)

  13. Jan says

    These were so quick and easy to make! I made them while on a conference call 🙂 I made them chocolate (as suggested by using 3/4cup flour and 1/4 cup cocoa). I used almond milk, maple syrup and coconut oil. These turned out very delicious but a little bit dry. I did not make any icing as I like my donuts plain. So good and can’t wait to try some other variations!

  14. Sofia says

    I just made these for my four year old with many allergies and they were pretty decent.
    I subbed with rice milk, bob’s GF flour, and grapeseed oil. Drizzled vegan chocolate on top.
    Not bad!

  15. Regina says

    These look fabulous, do you think a gluten free flour will work? I’m gluten and dairy sensitive, but looking at these donuts put a smile on my face. Thanks

  16. Ginger says

    Delicious! I tried the chocolate donut variation (and used almond butter). I was worried the batter was too thick, but they came out great. I like that they weren’t overly sweet. My 6 year old daughter recently developed a dairy and egg allergy, so I’m thankful that I came across this recipe! Now she can still enjoy some of the goodies she had before. Looking forward to looking through your other recipes.

  17. CLAUDINE says

    These were super easy and quite tasty! I piped the batter into a mini donut maker (electric) and they came out delicious in about 5 minutes!

  18. April says

    Your desserts are always the best. And this is our most recent favorite. We did the chocolate variation after doing the blueberry ones from your other recipe. Wow! Thank you for making it possible for my daughter to have a donut treat once in a while! And they’re so fast and easy to make. I wonder if they can be tweaked to be powdered donuts? I don’t know if the ingredients are the same for those as other baked donuts and you just make a powdered sugar coating? Maybe it involves some nutmeg? I might experiment. Anyway, thank you. It’s inexplicable that anyone could find anything unpleasant to say on one of your posts.

  19. Bonnie says

    These were a hit for my nephew who has severe food allergies and has never gotten to have a donut with his cousins! Do you know if they can be frozen? He’s a little guy and won’t be eating all of them at once. Thanks!

  20. Shannon says

    Hi Katie!❤️ I have been trying your recipes for years and I recommend your blog to everyone especially my chocolate loving friends. I don’t know how I missed the donuts. I totally have to make these for my dh! When she goes to sleep overs they always buy storebought Donuts and she feels like she misses out especially being gluten-free celiac like we are. We both won’t even eat the store bought gluten-free ones because they just taste gross. Super excited to try these and when I do I will let you know🥰

  21. Joan Dahlen says

    Hi Katie,
    I found your website while tooling around looking for safe baking for my IBS Kitchn website. How adorable are you!! I admit I am insanely jealous of your gorgeous website. I have been blogging for 5 years (83 year old granny here), but I am not techy enough to make my blog monitize for me. (sob) You are amazing. I also love your donut recipe because it doesn’t taste any different from regular baked cupcakes or muffins. I’m going out today to buy a donut pan so my donuts will bake more evenly than they did in a muffin tin. lol My IBS folks will be ecstatic to finally have a donut that doesn’t hurt them and yet tastes soooo much better than most GF or other low fodmap recipes. I have adapted your ingredients to those we IBS folk can eat and the donut is still delicious. Love you so much for your daring ideas.

  22. Shelley Simmons says

    5 stars
    Amazing! I am sugar feee, gluten free,and vegan, so it can be a challenge to find things to eat. These yummy donuts almost made me cry! I switched out some of the gf flour for cocoa powder and protein/greens powder, just to add a little more nutrients. Dipped them in melted Lily’s chocolate chips, does and went to heaven!
    Thank you, Katie, for restoring my joy in food!

  23. April says

    5 stars
    My 4- and 5- yr old boys and I just bought a donut pan – woot! So we immediately came here to our go-to, CCK (love!). Sadly, I used oat flour and so far they are sticking….Nothing we can eat in a bowl with some milk and a spoon. Next time we will try Bob’s GF or just regular white flour. You are filling a niche in the world, Katie. Stay beautiful!

  24. Michelle says

    5 stars
    These were the EASIEST donuts I’ve ever made and they tasted great! Very crispy for baked donuts. I used oat flour and oat milk as my variation and it filled out one pan of mini donuts. Thank you so much!

  25. Lyn says

    5 stars
    Really yummy!

    I have a question, I apologize if I missed this… how do you store these and do you reheat in any way when ready for more?

    Thank you for all the amazing recipes, I have tried multiple and loved every one – your ice cream is my fav!

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hi! They can be stored, loosely covered on the counter or in the fridge overnight. We would recommend refrigerating in a covered container after a day, for freshness. You can reheat in the microwave, a warm oven, or on the stovetop or a toaster oven – completely your choice. Or they are also delicious cold.

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