Wednesday, 17 February 2016

vegan lemon-coconut baked donuts with maple glaze

you know, these are the happiest treat. donuts always are i suppose. especially with sprinkles. and what better than a vegan variety to top off the happy feeling?

these are light and fluffy, and i highly recommend you get your non-stick donut pan out and make a batch right now. or at least pin this recipe for later...

i also managed to create a glaze recipe that is sugar-free, dairy-free, easy and delicious, and i think i'll be using this one for most of my future donuts.

vegan lemon-coconut baked donuts with maple glaze
inspired by oh my veggies

makes 6

1 tablespoon flaxseed, ground
3 tablespoons water
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup flour (i used 1/2 cup spelt flour, 1/4 cup buckwheat flour and 1/2 cup corn meal)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon good salt
2 tablespoons solid coconut oil
1/2 cup soy milk
juice of 1/2 lemon

1/4 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon soy milk
a squeeze of lemon juice (optional, see notes)
a pinch of good salt

a sprinkle of unsweetened flaked coconut

1. preheat oven to 175Âșc.
2. in a small bowl, mix together the flaxseed meal and water. set aside.
3. in a large bowl, mix together the sugar, lemon zest, flour(s), baking powder, and salt, stirring together with a whisk until combined.
4.  add the coconut oil into the flour mixture. using clean fingers, distribute the coconut oil throughout the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
5. add the milk and lemon juice to the small bowl with the flaxseed mixture. stir.
6. make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon just until incorporated.
7. scoop batter into a large zipper bag and squeeze the contents toward one of the bottom corners. snip off the corner and use the bag to pipe the dough into each donut cup. divide dough evenly between each cup.
8. bake for 8-10 minutes, or until donuts are puffed and spring back when gently prodded.
9. allow the donuts to cool in the pan for five minutes, then use a wooden butter knife to gently loosen the edges. invert the doughnuts onto a baking rack set over a rimmed baking sheet and let cool completely.
10. to make the glaze, melt the coconut oil in a pan, then add in the maple syrup, lemon juice, salt and soy milk, and whisk by hand until fully combined and frothy.
11. place in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to cool.
12. dip each donut in the glaze and set glaze-side-up back on the baking rack. wait 5 minutes and dip again.
13. sprinkle doughnuts with coconut.
14. either eat immediately, or pop them in the fridge so that the  glaze hardens (see pic at the bottom of this post.)

cook's notes:
- the lemon juice in the glaze is totally optional, you could omit it altogether, or add in lime or orange juice instead. you could even add in some zest into the mix.
- anywhere you see soy milk in the recipe, you could trade this for real milk or another non-dairy milk.
- the combination of flours in this recipe give it a lovely texture and depth of flavour, whilst still being very light. i would recommend you try out your own favourite combo of flours and see what you like best.
- for the sugar in the donut batter, you could replace regular sugar with coconut sugar or substitute your favourite sweetener.

these are so scrummy, and the perfect quick treat to make for when you've got guests coming over. i know it seems like there's a whole load of steps, but actually these take about 30 minutes to make overall because the bake time is so short.

of course, if you pop the donuts in the fridge for an hour or so, the glaze will harden and take on a more opaque appearance...

currently reading: the latest British Vogue - some stunning shots of a gorgeous house in the Hollywood Hills, owned by Leon Max - seriously luxury.


  1. oooh need to make these next!! was wondering would you consider talking bout eye/ ear health (like hopi ear candles and stuff)? and maybe like, posture, too?! just suggestions! :-)

  2. also cheese. it'd be so cool if u blogged about dairy/ cheese- like what you think is healthiest. like maybe a cheeseosophy?!! like what vegan/ alterno cheeses are actually like...nice?! X X x


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