Baked Vegan Doughnuts With Lemon Glaze

February 1, 2011 by Keri

Happy February!  I picked up Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet today.  I’ve actually grabbed it twice before, both times putting it back, but something keeps drawing me to this book so maybe it’s a sign!  Whatever it is, I’m excited to open it up and get started. I’ve already been wondering if a juicer and a dehydrator, two appliances I don’t have, are going to be necessary to follow the adventure cleanse.

That being said, I do still have a few treat recipes to share from over the holidays.  I made these baked doughnuts (or donuts, whichever you prefer) for guests and helpers using a 6-cavity doughnut pan.  They’re a nice cake-like doughnut with a spicy sweetness, perfect alone or with powdered sugar, but especially delicious with a drizzle of lemon glaze.  Take the extras to the office if you prefer your family not be tempted eat the whole dozen!

Vegan Baking Recipes

Baked Vegan Doughnuts

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup soymilk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Grease or spray doughnut pan. In a measuring cup or small bowl, combine soymilk and apple cider vinegar and set aside for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flax seeds and warm water.  Whisk flax mixture, soymilk mixture, and vegan butter into the dry ingredients until just combined.  Fill each doughnut cavity 2/3 full.  Bake 8-9 minutes or until doughnuts are golden brown.  Allow pan to cool about 5 minutes before removing doughnuts.  Repeat filling and baking with the second half of the batter.  Enjoy!

Vegan Baking Recipes

For a simple lemon glaze, just combine 1 cup powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and drizzle or dip!  Or if lemon isn’t your thing, use 2 tablespoons of non-dairy milk for a plain glaze.  We’re big fans of a touch of lemon around here!

Vegan Baking Recipes

Are you over vegan sweets now that the holidays are long gone?

Do you have a juicer and/or dehydrator?  If so, do they get regular use?  Were they worth the investment?

Preheat oven to 425°F.  Spray the 6-cavity donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.2.  Sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Whisk in buttermilk, eggs, and butter and beat until just combined.  Fill each donut cup until about 2/3 full. 

3.  Bake 7-9 minutes, or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched.  Cool in pan for about 4-5 minutes before removing from pan.

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  1. kelly g. says:

    I own both a juicer and a dehydrator! The juicer hasn’t seen much use, since it tends to be more trouble than it’s worth (it’s very messy and uses a ton of fruit to make not-that-much juice, then creates all this excess organic material that I’ve no idea how to use).

    The dehydrator, on the other hand, works almost non-stop during the fall months, since I do a lot of gardening and have extra fruits and veggies (mostly tomatoes and apples) to preserve. I have a few apple trees, and boil extra apples down to make applesauce, which I then dehydrate into fruit leather. Waaay better than the store-bought stuff. I also make dried sweet potato chews for the dogs, year-round. I love my Gardenmaster!

    But you know what you can never go wrong with? Vegan doughnuts! Yum.

    • Keri says:

      It’s such a hard decision, because I don’t think I would be able to tell which I’d use more until I had them! 😛

  2. Tiffany says:

    The doughnuts look great, especially dripping with that lemon glaze. I’m normally burned out on sugar after the holidays, but that hasn’t been the case this year. Maybe it’s because I didn’t do as much baking during the holidays as I usually do…

    No juicer or dehydrator here, although I do want to get the latter. One thing that puts me off about it (and for many kitchen appliances in general) is how much counter space dehydrators tend to take up. I also heard that some are loud, so I’m curious to hear whether anyone else has thoughts on this.

    • Keri says:

      I read that Tribest now makes a quieter one, but it’s as big as a microwave… so that is a lot of counter space!

  3. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    Funny – I have feedback opposite of Kelly. I have both a dehydrator & a juicer, and while I like my dehydrator, I could live without it for sure – and I actually didn’t use it once during the CSD cleanse. My juicer, on the other hand, gets a workout almost everyday (sometimes twice during the cleanse!). I have the Omega J8005 juicer, which is super easy to use, even easier to clean/put back together, and is very efficient with produce (i.e. it extracts as much juice as possible, yielding dry pulp). So while sometimes I feel guilty about putting the pulp down the disposal, if a juicer is doing its job properly, all that’s being “wasted” is fiber; there are very little nutrients left, since the nutrients go into the juice!

    BUT, I often make flax crackers, and incorporate the pulp into the crackers – which is where the dehydrator comes in handy. 🙂 Definitely don’t feel like you have to rush out & buy either of these appliances, though. I was super happy to have my juicer during the cleanse, but I could have made due with just a blender & green smoothies, too.

    Oh – and my dehydrator is fairly noisy, but I wouldn’t say “loud.” I guess it sounds similar to a microwave… It doesn’t bother me, but it’s not silent, either. (I have the Excalibur 9-tray.)

    Jeez, this got long!! Your donuts look awesome!!!

    • Keri says:

      Thank you so much for your input! I hadn’t even looked at the Omega’s because everyone talks about Breville, but now if I get a juice I want either the one you have or the Omega VRT!

  4. They sound so good! I may be ordering a doughnut pan soon…

    • Keri says:

      Yay! 🙂 I was saying on Twitter the other day that I bet this recipe would work in muffin tins as well.

  5. Stefanie says:

    It is nice to see you are back. I make doughnuts similar to the ones you posted and my mom can’t get enough of them. I love to bake so any chance I get to bake I will take it. 🙂

  6. Olivia says:

    I will never ever be over sweets. These donuts only confirm that. I loooove the idea of lemon glaze. Do these taste like cake though? Or actual donuts?

  7. bitt says:

    welcome back! missed you.

    i have a juicer and dehydrator. i think a juicer is probably a better one to do over a dehydrator if you had to choose. try to get a masticating one if possible.

  8. Wow, these look incredible! I love vegan donuts but they’re hard to find, especially good ones. Looking forward to giving them a try someday – I want to try making them gluten-free… I included the recipe in this post: