Create delicious, homemade treats with this easy Vegan Donut Recipe with cinnamon sugar – wonderfully soft and super tasty!
What you need for this Vegan Donut Recipe
- self-raising flour
- dry active yeast
- caster sugar
- plant milk
- vegan butter
- fine salt
- sunflower oil for frying
- vegan chocolate
- mixing bowl
- deep fryer OR a deep saucepan with a small diameter
How to make vegan donuts perfectly every time
How to make a flax ‘egg’
In order to create these delicious vegan donuts, we’re gonna start with the flaxseed. The flaxseeds are going to replace the egg in our recipe. In order to ‘activate’ the flaxseeds, we are going to combine them with a little bit of water and set them aside to soak for 10 minutes. During this time the flaxseed mixture will become thick and gloopy.
How to activate your yeast
Whilst our flaxseeds are soaking we can start by preparing liquid ingredients for this recipe. Ensure that you are using warm or lukewarm dairy-free milk for this recipe. If your milk is not warm or lukewarm it will not activate the yeast appropriately – but at the same time your milk also shouldn’t be too hot as this could kill off your yeast, it’s best to go with a temperature that is slightly higher than lukewarm.
Add the milk to a large jug and sprinkle both the sugar and be used over the top. the sugar will be used in order to activate our yeast. Set the jug aside until the liquid has gone frothy. This will take about 10 minutes.
Bringing the donut dough together
In the meantime place your flour into a large mixing bowl. I recommend using a sieve for the flour to ensure that are no lumps. Add your salt and stir into the flour. In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter and flaxseed mixture, once it has soaked for about 10 minutes.
Next, create a well in the middle of your flour mixture and add in the butter mix as well as the frothy yeast mixture. combine everything with a spatula until your dough is becoming too thick to handle. Carefully place the dough on a floured kitchen surface and start kneading with your hands put two minutes until smooth. Shape the dough into a ball and place it back into a greased bowl. Cover with a damp tea towel and place in a warm spot for about 1-hour to rise – until it has doubled in size.
I like to turn on my oven at 50 degrees for 5 minutes and then place the bowl inside with the oven off and the door closed. This creates the perfect temperature for your dough to rise.
What’s the rising time elapses place your sunflower oil in a deep saucepan with a small diameter. Gently heat the oil at a low to medium temperature and it has reached 220 degrees Celsius.
How to shape donuts
Whilst your oil is heating we will prepare the shape for your donuts. Gently remove the dough from the bowl and knead it for about 30-seconds on a floured kitchen surface.
There are multiple options for donut shapes depending on your personal preference. To create little donut bites simply divide the dough into equal small balls and all them until smooth. To make filled donuts repeat the same step just make them a little bit bigger. Bear in mind that the donuts will become bigger in the frying process so don’t make them too large, to begin with.
For the classical round donut shape with a hole in the middle simply roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1 cm thickness and use a large round cookie cutter for the outer shape. Cut up the donut hole with a tiny round cookie cutter or use a small lid.
Once you’ve created your desired shapes, place them on lined baking trays and cover them with damp towels for another 30 minutes.
When the time elapses, you are ready to fry your donuts.
How to fry donuts
Carefully lower each donut into your frying oil with a slotted ladle, one at a time. Be very careful as the oil will be very hot. Gently turn your donut in the hot oil and fry it for about 20 seconds on each side or until golden. The frying time for your donut will depend on the shape and size – however, it’s important to know, that they will fry very quickly so please do not leave the stovetop.
Once done, remove your donut from the hot oil with the slotted ladle and place it on a kitchen towel to remove any excess oil. Repeat until all of your donuts are done.
Mix the caster sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and coat your donut in the sugar/cinnamon mix.
To create the chocolate sauce heat the chocolate and milk over a double boiler and stir until thoroughly combined and melted. To serve, either dip your donut balls into the chocolate sauce or use a piping bag with a long tip to fill your dough balls with the sauce instead.
This recipe is:
- 100% vegan
- super soft and fluffy
- addictive 😉
- really delicious
- better than store-bought!
- 600g self-raising flour
- 2 sachets of dry active yeast (14g)
- 75g caster sugar
- 330ml lukewarm plant milk
- 100g vegan butter, melted
- 2 tbsp flaxseeds
- ½ tsp fine salt
For the chocolate sauce (optional)
- 50ml plant milk
- 100g vegan chocolate
- Start by combining the flaxseeds with 4 tbsp water in a small bowl and set aside to soak for 10 minutes.
- Pour the luke-warm dairy-free milk into a large jug and sprinkle over the yeast and sugar. Stir to combine and cover the jug with a tea towel. Place it into a warm place for about 10 minutes or until the yeast has gone frothy.
- In the meantime, sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and combine it with the fine salt. In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter and flaxseed mixture.
- Create a well in the middle of your flour bowl and add in the butter mix as well as the frothy yeast mixture.
- Combine with a spatula until the dough is thick enough to be handled by hand. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes, then shape into a ball and place it back into a greased bowl, covering with a damp tea towel. Place the bowl in the closed oven and allow for it to rise for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
- When the time elapses, place the sunflower oil into a deep saucepan of small diameter and carefully heat it over low heat. Once it reaches 220C it’s ready to fry your doughnuts.
- Whilst the oil is heating, prepare your doughnut bite shapes. Create equal round dough balls from your dough and place them onto a lined tray, leaving at least 2 inches between them. Cover again and let them rest until the oil has reached frying temperature.
- Carefully lower the doughnut balls into the hot oil with a ladle, one at a time. They should only need between 20-30 seconds to fry, carefully turn them with the ladle during the frying process and remove them once golden. Place them on a kitchen towel to remove any excess oil.
- Repeat until all dough balls are created.
- Mix the caster sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and coat your doughnuts in the sugar/cinnamon mix.
- To create the chocolate sauce heat the chocolate and milk over a double boiler and stir until thoroughly combined and melted. To serve, either dip your doughnut balls into the chocolate sauce or use a piping bag with a long tip to fill your dough balls with the sauce instead.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 617mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g
For reference only.