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Vegan Chocolate Doughnuts – Easy & Quick!

This vegan chocolate donut recipe offers moist and fluffy baked vegan donuts with a simple chocolate glaze to satisfy all the chocolate lovers out there!

In just 25 minutes and using pantry staple ingredients, you can easily whip up a batch of these vegan chocolate donuts as a sweet breakfast treat or dessert. Even better is the fact that this recipe can easily be adapted if you need oil-free and gluten-free donuts!

Rich, chocolatey, and oh so delicious… these easy vegan doughnuts will fly off the table in no time at all!  

Ingredients for Vegan Baked Chocolate Donuts

No fancy or hard to find ingredients required for these sweet treats, just regular items you’ll find in your vegan pantry. Let’s get started!

  • 1 ½ cup + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup + 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 3 tbsp water at room temperature
  • ½ cup melted vegan butter
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder

Chocolate Coating

  • 1 cup dark chocolate
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp sprinkles (optional)

How to Make Vegan Chocolate Donuts

Preheat your oven to 350F (200C) and grease your donut mold liberally with vegan butter or oil.

Mix the flaxseed meal with water and let it sit for 5 minutes to thicken.

In a medium bowl, add melted butter, almond milk, vanilla extract, baking powder, sugar and salt. Whisk to combine.

Add cacao powder, flour and flaxseed egg. Stir to combine.

Fill each donut mold to 3/4 of its capacity.

Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let the donuts cool down completely before transferring onto a tray or plate, otherwise, they could break.

To make the chocolate sauce for donuts, melt the chocolate with the coconut oil for 60 seconds in the microwave, or gently on the stovetop.

Take each donut and dip it into the chocolate glaze. Top with sprinkles if desired.

Let the donuts rest for a few minutes before serving.

Can I Make this Eggless Chocolate Donut Recipe Gluten-Free too?

Absolutely! Simply substitute gluten-free flour for the all-purpose flour used in this recipe. All other ingredients used in this recipe are already gluten-free. 

How Store Chocolate Vegan Donuts?

Like most donuts, these baked donuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for 5 days. With that said, I always prefer the taste of freshly baked donuts!

When storing stacked doughnuts, place a sheet of parchment paper between each layer to prevent the glaze from sticking to the bottom of the doughnuts on top. 

Can I Freeze Vegan Chocolate Glazed Donuts?

Yes, you can! You can further extend the storage life of these doughnuts by freezing them for 1-2 months. Thaw them at room temperature and enjoy! 

If you are worried about how the glaze will withstand the freezing and thawing process, you can also store your donuts unglazed in the freezer and then simply add the glaze just prior to serving. 

What Variations Can I Make to This Vegan Chocolate Donut Recipe?

  • Add a small amount of ground coffee or espresso to the dry ingredients when making your donut batter and the chocolate glaze. Coffee helps to elevate the chocolate taste in sweet treats and give it greater depth of flavor. 
  • For more decadent donuts, add in some vegan chocolate chips into the donut batter for vegan chocolate chip donuts!
  • Add some chopped nuts or coconut shavings to your freshly glazed donuts instead of the sprinkles or just leave your donuts plain with the chocolate glaze. 
  • Use vegan frosting instead of vegan chocolate glaze. 
  • If you’re making donuts during Christmas, consider adding some crushed candy canes on top of the chocolate glaze for some festive vegan doughnuts. 

What Can I Serve With Vegan Baked Donuts

These vegan baked chocolate donuts are irresistible as is but if you are serving these as a dessert or more of an indulgent sweet treat then consider serving them with a helping of coconut whipped cream or your favorite vegan ice cream. 

Tips for Making this Baked Vegan Donut Recipe

  • These donuts can also be made using whole wheat pastry flour or a gluten-free flour if required.
  • Almond milk can easily be replaced by another plant-based milk when making the donut batter. 
  • If you don’t want to use vegan butter, melted coconut oil is your next best bet.
  • Piping your donut batter into the donut pans using a piping bag or Ziploc bag will make the task much easier and less messy. 
  • If your glaze has turned out too thick, add 1 teaspoon of almond milk, stirring and repeating until you have the desired consistency.

Other Vegan Sweet Treats to Try:

Vegan Chocolate Doughnuts

Vegan Chocolate Doughnuts

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This vegan chocolate donut recipe offers moist and fluffy baked vegan donuts with a simple chocolate glaze to satisfy all the chocolate lovers out there!

Ingredients

Baked Donuts

  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 3 tbsp water at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (melted)
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 cup dark chocolate
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (200C) and grease your donut mold liberally with vegan butter or oil.
  2. Mix the flaxseed meal with water and let it sit for 5 minutes to thicken.
  3. In a medium bowl, add melted butter, almond milk, vanilla extract, baking powder, sugar and salt. Whisk to combine.
  4. Add cacao powder, flour and flaxseed egg. Stir to combine.
  5. Fill each donut mold to 3/4 of its capacity.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let the donuts cool down completely before transferring onto a tray or plate, otherwise, they could break.
  8. Melt the chocolate with the coconut oil for 60 seconds in the microwave, or gently on the stovetop.
  9. Take each donut and dip it into the chocolate glaze. Top with sprinkles if desired.
  10. Let the donuts rest for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

You can add all sorts of toppings to these donuts, such as crushed nuts, coconut shavings, or freeze-dried fruit!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information should be considered as an estimation only.

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