From Jake's Kids Kitchen
We do a ton of vegan cooking and baking in our house due to Jake's food allergies. Recently, he been asking for donuts and I knew Whole Foods must have them. Sure enough, I saw a vegan sticker on a container of some very delicious looking donuts. I quickly scanned the ingredient label and saw soybean oil listed and Jake is allergic to soy. Although he can eat most vegan foods, I have to be extra careful to make sure those foods do not contain soy. I looked around the other shelves in the bakery section, hoping that I might find another vegan donut option, but I didn't. I immediately walked over to the Wal-Mart store, located further down the strip mall, and bought a donut pan. I'd modify one of my vegan bread recipes and make it into a donut recipe! My first attempt came out pretty well and everyone in our home loved them. Stay tuned for more variations of this recipe!
Yields 8 donuts
You will need:
For the Donuts
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of almond milk (or coconut/oat/soy milk)
1 tablespoon mashed banana or applesauce
1 heaping tablespoon of vegan butter melted (I use Earth Balance)
a sprinkle or two of sea salt (optional)
For the Cinnamon and Sugar Topping
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup vegan butter melted
1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a donut pan with non-stick spray or with the vegan butter.
2. Mix the dry ingredients together: flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla powder, cinnamon, and salt.
3. In separate bowl, mix the milk, banana or applesauce, melted butter and then add to the dry mixture bowl. Beat or stir until combined.
4. Batter will be a bit sticky. Fill the donut pan a little more than half of the way up. Wipe off any extra batter that may drip on the center part of each donut cut out.
5. Bake for 10 minutes, and a minute or two longer if you desire crispier, golden brown edges. Let cool in the pan for three minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.
6. Now, for the topping, melt the 1/4 cup of vegan butter in a bowl. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon in a separate bowl.
7. Take each donut one by one and dip into the bowl of melted butter. You can dip it completely so that all sides, top and bottom get drenched, or just dip the top and sides (so the bottom of your donut stays dry). After dipping in the butter bowl, immediately dip into the bowl of cinnamon and sugar mixture and coat all sides or just the top and sides.
*when I dipped the entire donut in the butter, the bottom of the donut can get sticky and messy on the plate, especially if you don't plan to eat it right away and can make for messier storage. I prefer to dip the the top and sides only, and leave the bottom plain.