These vegan donuts are simple to make, and have no yeast or eggs. The best part about this baked donut recipe are the allergy-friendly dessert topping ideas! I’ll show you how to create homemade gourmet donuts using a variety of allergy-friendly toppings. This recipe makes for an allergy friendly dessert or sweet breakfast treat for parties or a weekend brunch.
This post is sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods for Celiac Awareness Month and Food Allergy Action Week. Thanks for supporting the brands that help me bring you more gluten free recipes!
Alright friends, this post has me extremely excited! Not only do I get to share one of my most creative and fun party dessert recipes, but I get to celebrate my story, along with many others! It’s Celiac Awareness Month and food allergy week, so we’re making a dessert topping bar with Enjoy Life Foods. You are invited! These baked donuts legit taste like cake; gluten-free, vegan, nut free option, and oh my heavens, so easy to make!
Before I dive into this super fun donut recipe, let me just back up and tell you where I was 11 years ago when first started my gluten-free journey. As I mentioned in last week’s recipe post, I thought being diagnosed with a gluten allergy would mean living off of rice cakes and smoothies. You see, at that time, I also had to eliminate (temporarily) soy, eggs, and dairy. This was all part of my gut healing and parasite fighting process!
Little did I know that that restriction (for healing purposes) would lead to a full-time career as a food allergy friendly recipe developer and gluten-free nutrition specialist, on a quest to make real food shine!
So you see, something that I thought would ruin my life actually helped to shape it.
Which is why I am still here today, over 11 years later. Still blogging, still sharing and creating a community with you. Speaking of community…
A Community that Cares
If you or someone you love has any type of food allergy, you know what a struggle it can be to “fit in,” especially with food-related activities. Thankfully, we’re not alone in our struggle! The gluten free and food allergy communities are growing larger each day, and each new member strengthens the community bond. Our bonds make us stronger, and our community is truly a family!
Because family members care about one another, it’s only natural that they care for one another, too. When someone begins the journey of eating gluten free, it can be easy for that person to experience information overload. You know what I mean, right? Well-meaning friends and family members, doctors, and nutritionists all chime in with their recommendations and tips.
“Eat this. Stay away from that. Whatever you do, buy this product!”
There are resources you can trust, though. Don’t worry – the gluten free and allergy friendly communities have your back, and I do, too!
I’ve created several allergy friendly and gluten free meal plans, complete with shopping lists. This way, you can walk into a grocery store knowing exactly what you need to buy.
OK OK. Let’s talk about these vegan donuts. Donut party for all! Y’all this is the easiest baked donut recipe you’ll ever make. I even included a grain free and nut free option! Watch out Krispy Kreme because these dessert cake donuts might just one UP you. Is that too bold to say? Ha ha.
Now, let’s get the dessert party started! All you need are a few of your favorite vegan (or allergy friendly) dessert toppings and a coconut whip cream, glaze, or frosting for your vegan donuts. I’ve listed my favorites below, along with some combo ideas, as well as the basic vegan baked donut recipe.
Dessert Topping Ideas for Vegan Donuts
All of these dessert toppings are allergy-friendly, so the entire family can enjoy them!
- Enjoy Life Foods cookies. Their crispy chocolate chip cookies make an excellent crumble topping!
- Enjoy Life Foods mini chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips. Enjoy Life products are certified gluten-free, free from 14 common allergens, verified Non-GMO, and certified kosher. Many are also certified vegan and FODMAP friendly, and a handful are certified paleo-friendly as well.
- Strawberries and/or fresh raspberries
- Coconut whipped cream/frosting (homemade or premade)
- Unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder mixed with coconut whip or non dairy yogurt!
Extra fancy toppings –
- Edible flowers, sparkling cane sugar, shredded coconut, or even dried lavender to create more of a sophisticated dessert donut!
- A drizzle of melted Enjoy Life Foods baking chocolate never hurt either, just saying! Of course, we used Enjoy Life Foods baking dark chocolate to do this.
My favorite dessert-style baked donut recipe combos
- Strawberries ‘n Cream – sliced strawberries, strawberry coconut whipped cream, edible flowers, sugar free powdered sugar or sparkling cane sugar.
- Raspberry Vanilla – coconut whip mixed with vanilla bean and smashed raspberry on top.
- Cookie Crumble – vanilla coconut whip and crumble cookie on top.
- Double Dark Chocolate Chip – coconut whip frosting mixed with cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and drizzle of dark chocolate on top.
- Grown Up BONUS Flavor – Lavender Coconut Vanilla. Personal fav with purple edible flowers, coconut whip, and essential oils!
Kk, let’s bake!Print
Vegan Donuts with Allergy-Friendly Dessert Topping Ideas (Gluten Free)
- 2 cup 2 tbsp (= 2 heaping cup) gluten free 1:1 flour (see notes for grain free option)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp of kosher Salt
- Extract – 1 tsp of almond extract or vanilla
- 1/2 c coconut sugar or raw sugar (adjust to your liking)
- 10 –12 ounces (1 1/4 c) of Almond milk or non dairy milk. Start with 10 (1 1/4 c), if your batter is too thick, add 1/4 c or so more milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla and or 1/2 tsp Almond extract
- 1/4 c naturally refined coconut oil, liquid. For richer taste, you may use 1/4 c melted vegan butter.
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. This is to help replace egg in baking and for fluffier texture
- Enjoy Life Foods mini chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips
- Vegan/gluten free chocolate chip cookies or sugar cookies (crumbs).
- Coconut whip frosting mixed with strawberry puree or raspberry for color and taste.
- Unsweetened dutch cocoa powder – to mix with vegan yogurt or coconut whip to create chocolate donut frosting.
- Sparkling cane sugar
- Lavender and/or edible flowers
- Melted vegan dark chocolate to drizzle
- Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a donut pan with oil and set aside.
- In large bowl, combine your flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Mix together.
- In another small bowl, combine (mix) together wet ingredients; milk, extracts, oil or butter, lemon juice.
- Combine your wet ingredients with your dry flour mix. Mix until smooth. The batter will be similar to cake batter; not too thick but or thin.
- Place batter in a piping bag or ziplock bag with one corner cut and pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling about 3/4 of the way full. You may also use a spoon if you don’t have a pipping bag or ziplock bag. Be careful not to overfill, as the donuts bake, they will rise just like muffins.
- Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then carefully transfer to a wire rack
- Preparing your toppings while the donuts cool. NOTE —> you do not need to use all these toppings. Mix and match your favorite!
- Place 1/2 cup of your favorite toppings in a medium plate or bowl.
- I made 2 cups of the coconut whip then divided it into 3 bowls to flavor or add color. If you don’t ‘have time to make the coconut whip, feel free to use a pre-made vegan frosting or whip cream!
- Frostings – 1/2 cup coconut whip frosting mixed with 1 tbsp + cocoa powder, 1/2 cup mixed with maple syrup and vanilla, and 1/2 cup blended with 2 -4 tbsp mashed raspberry or strawberry, for color.
- You will need a separate bowl for the chocolate chips, cookie crumbs, and cane sugar. The sliced strawberries and melted dark chocolate can be place in a small cup to top for later.
- Dip the donuts into your favorite frosting and then topping of choice. i.e cookies, chocolate chips, etc. For the strawberries and cream, dip the donut in the vanilla frosting then add sliced strawberries on top. If you’re making the chocolate donuts, dip in the chocolate (cocoa mixed coconut whip) and then the dark chocolate chips. Drizzle melted dark chocolate on top of donut.
- Feel free to sprinkle each donut with sparkling sugar for a more festive look!
- Serve immediately, or within one day for best results. Leftover donuts will keep for 3-4 days at most, covered in fridge. Donuts will keep longer in fridge (up to 5-6 days) if you are not adding topping right away.
- GRAIN FREE OPTION – Replace the gluten free 1:1 flour with 1 1/2 c chickpea flour and 1/2 cup almond flour and 1/4 cup arrowroot starch or potato starch. Baking time is longer, closer to 25 minutes or longer. Check donuts at 15 minutes for progress.
- No donut pan, no prob! You can make these into muffins or little cupcakes!
- Nutrition below based on plain baked donut without frosting/toppings.
- Category: dessert/breakfast
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: american
Keywords: donuts, gluten free, dessert, vegan, vegan donuts, allergy friendly, healthy, breakfast pastry
Alright by friends, let me know if you give these vegan donuts a whirl! And what toppings you would chose. 😉
P.S I’d love to know more of your story! Are you new to gluten free? Do you have food allergies? Have you been living a gluten free life for years? Comment below or join our facebook group so we can all support each other!