Create delicious, homemade treats with this easy Vegan Donut Recipe with cinnamon sugar - wonderfully soft and super tasty!
This recipe is:
- 100% vegan
- super soft and fluffy
- addictive 😉
- really delicious
- better than store-bought!
- 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
Step 1: How to make a flax egg
The flax egg is replacing the egg in this donut recipe. Simply combine them with a little water (roughly 3 tablespoons of water for each tablespoon of flaxseeds) and set them aside to soak for 10 minutes. During this time the flaxseed mixture will become thick and gloopy, and it is then ready to use in the donut batter.
Step 2: How to activate yeast
Make sure to use warm or lukewarm plant milk in order to activate the yeast, but at the same time make sure it's not hot, as this could kill off your yeast. Tt's best to go with a temperature that is slightly higher than lukewarm.
Pour the plant milk into a jug and sprinkle in sugar and yeast. Briefly stir, then set aside until you can see froth on top. This should take roughly 10 minutes.
Step 3: Donut Dough
Sift the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the salt. In a separate bowl. combine melted vegan butter and flax egg.
Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the butter mix, as well as the yeast mix. Bring together with a spatula until the dough becomes thick and sticky.
Transfer to a floured kitchen surface and start kneading with your hands for two minutes until smooth. Shape into a ball and place it into a greased bowl, then cover and place in a warm spot for about 1-hour to rise - or until it has doubled in size.
Extra Tip: 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.
Once the dough is risen, you can already preheat your oil over low temperature. It's best to use a deep saucepan with a small diameter plus a lid for this. Make sure to heat the oil gently, over a low heat until it reaches 220°C.
Step 4: Shaping donuts
Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it once more for 30 seconds.
There are many options for shaping these vegan donuts, here are a few of my favourites:
To create little donut bites, first divide the dough into equal small pieces. Gently knead each ball with your hands, then roll between the palms of your hands or on a kitchen surface until smooth.
For filled donuts, the steps are similar! Simply divide the dough into equal pieces larger than donut bites. Bear in mind that the donuts with double in size when they are fried, so don't make them too big. I'd recommend doing a little test run once the oil is hot so you get an idea of how big they can become.
For the classical round donut shape with a hole in the middle, simply roll out the dough to about 1 cm (1/2-inch) thickness. Use a large round cookie cutter to cut the donut shapes, then use either a tiny round cookie cutter to create the donut hole.
If you don't have a small cutter to hand, you can also use the clean lid from a bottle. The donut hole should look slightly smaller than what you probably think. I recommend frying a test donut before cutting the rest of them.
Cookie cutters are fantastic to use for exciting donut shapes! I've used a star and a tree-shape on this occasion and the donuts were definitely eye-catching!
Simply roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/2-inch (1 cm) thickness and cut your shapes with the cookie cutters. Remove the excess dough and carefully lift the doughnut with a pallet knife to pick it up.
Once you've created your desired shapes, place them on lined baking trays and cover them with damp towels for another 30 minutes.
Step 5: Frying donuts
Carefully lower each donut into the hot oil, one at a time. Be very careful as the oil will be very hot! I recommend using a slotted ladle.
Fry each donut for roughly 20 seconds, then gently turn and fry for roughly 20 additional seconds or until golden on both sides. The frying time depends on the shape and size - however, they will fry very quickly, so please do not leave them unattended.
Once done, remove the donut and place it on a paper towel to remove any excess oil. Repeat until all of your donuts are done.
Step 6: Coating
In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon, then coat each donut in the mix, once they have cooled down.
Step 7: Chocolate Filling
To create the vegan chocolate to fill the donuts, melt the chocolate and stir in the plant milk until you get a thick, smooth chocolate cream.
Transfer the chocolate cream to a piping bag with a long nozzle, pierce it into a donut and start piping to fill the donut with the chocolate cream.
To store donuts, it's best to keep them in an airtight container at room temperature. Avoid refrigerating them, as this can cause them to dry out faster.
If you need to store them for a longer period of time, you can freeze them in an airtight container or freezer bag. To thaw frozen donuts, simply leave them at room temperature for a few hours or warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds.
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For the chocolate sauce (optional)
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 617mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g
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