Apple Vegan Donuts with Peanut Butter Glaze

We’ve featured vegan donuts on the blog before, because donuts are the most delicious. They’re beautiful and perfect. The donut, that glorious torus, reminds us that mornings can be joyful, and not just something we have to slog through on our way to quitting time.

Vegan Donuts: All the Flavor, No Regrets

I don’t know about you guys, but I always feel awful after I stop at a drive thru donut store on the way to work (note: this does not include the exquisite Duck Donuts, which just opened a location near us). Don’t get me wrong, the donut is always delicious while I’m eating it. Endorphins explode in my brain. For a collection of moments, there is only chocolate and glaze and all is right with the world. But mere seconds later, regret sets in. I didn’t really need that donut, did I? And even though it tasted good, I knew my stomach wouldn’t feel that good afterwards, didn’t I?

To solve that, we simply make some delicious donuts at home without the ingredients that make us regret them elsewhere. What you see below is a vegan, gluten free apple donut with peanut butter glaze. That’s right, I said peanut butter glaze. It’s an amazing miracle.

Apple Vegan Donuts with Peanut Butter Glaze

Ingredients:

Apple Donuts:

1/2 cup dried apples, finely chopped and soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup brown rice or spelt flour
1 Tbsp flaxseed
3 Tbsp water
1 Tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 Tsp cinnamon
Generous grating of nutmeg
1 Tsp vanilla

Peanut Butter Glaze:

1/4 cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp maple syrup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix together all donut ingredients in a large bowl. Pour batter into a donut baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. Take out and let cool in the pan for a bit and then transfer onto a wire baking rack to fully cool.

While the donuts are baking, combine glaze ingredients in a small saucepan until well combined. Allow glaze to cool. When everything is cool, pour glaze over donuts. Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge and serve within a few days. As though they’ll last that long.

Vegan Donuts with Bananas and Chocolate

Every once in a while we think our kids are going to be into bananas again. Inevitably, a week after we think that, we’ve got several soft, brown bananas left, and we have to figure out something to do with them.

This week we made banana walnut vegan donuts, garnished with chocolate and walnuts, and HOLY MOLY. There’s a common conception that vegan, gluten free food isn’t any good. That healthy food has to taste bad. And I’m not saying that chocolate covered donuts are the most healthy thing you could eat, but these are vegan donuts, they’re gluten free, and they’re gobsmackingly delicious.

A delicious plate of vegan donuts

Ingredients:

1 banana
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 Tsp baking powder
1/4 Tsp salt
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup spelt flour
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Nuts of your choice (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° F. Mash that banana up right good. When it’s good and mashed, add in the maple syrup. Add the rest of the ingredients in turn, up to the water, stirring well as you go. Divide into six portions in a greased donut pan, and bake for about 12 minutes. Let donuts cool on a wire rack.

If you’re going to put chocolate on them, here’s what we did: melt some chocolate chips and put that melted chocolate on the donuts. Couldn’t be simpler. If you like, pop some nuts on top. We used walnuts for a couple of ours.

Makes 6 donuts, which are a welcome distraction when you’re up at 5:30 on a Saturday because your kids don’t understand weekends. Watch your kids lick the chocolate off and leave the donuts.