Maple Glazed Baked Donuts are perfectly spiced and dipped into a sweet maple glaze, these are sure to be a crowd please. They will be your new favorite vegan baked donut recipe!
These Maple Glazed Baked Donuts are a seriously delicious and healthier alternative to the traditional donut. Baked not fried. They are not only vegan but oil-free. Sooo…. that means we can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner right?
I have really always been a huge donut fan. When I was a kid my favorite was always vanilla with sprinkles or glazed. As I got older maple become my new favorite and it is always my go to flavor of choice. Just something about the that maple flavor says breakfast.
As a kid and even in early adulthood I could eat 3 donuts in one sitting and be a happy camper in the moment. BUT, the after affects of all the sugar and lack of nutrition isn’t so fun.
These Maple Glazed Baked Donuts however, are surprisingly easy to make, deliciously satisfying and won’t leave you with that icky fried donut feeling. Now, I usually don’t eat three in one sitting anymore but I can tell you they are pretty darn hard to resist.
- Flour – Regular all-purpose flour works best with this recipe. I did test it with oat flour and although the donuts still were delicious they were very delicate and soft.
- Spices – Don’t skip these! Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cloves add a perfectly spiced donut flavor that you most definitely want and need.
- Coconut Sugar – If you don’t have coconut sugar on hand you could also substitute this with brown sugar. Coconut Sugar however is slightly healthier!
- Almond Milk – Make sure to use a plain unsweetened almond milk. You could also use any other unsweetened plant milk on hand. Just keep in mind if you use something like coconut milk you will add a slight coconut flavor to your donuts.
- Applesauce – Make sure to go with plain and unsweetened. If you don’t have any on hand you can also use butter or oil.
- Flax Egg – A flax egg is simply 1 tbsp. ground flax seed and 2.5 tbsp. water mixed together. Once you allow it to set for 5 minutes it will gel up and act as your egg replacement.
- Vanilla Extract – Splurge for the good stuff! Vanilla should smell delicious not like alcohol.
- Baking Soda & Powder – Use whatever brand you have on hand just make sure its not expired.
- Pure Maple Syrup – Not the breakfast kind, the real stuff!
- Vegan Butter – Any brand will work. I generally use Country Crock’s Plant Butter.
- Powdered Sugar – The regular old sugary stuff.
How To Store:
These are best served fresh, the day they are made. If you won’t be enjoying them right away store the donuts in an airtight container separately from the frosting.
The donuts can sit out on the countertop in an airtight container and the frosting should be stored in the refrigerator.
They are best within 2-3 days.
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Maple Glazed Vegan Baked Donuts
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp. ground cloves
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 flax egg (1 tbsp. ground flax+2.5 tbsp. water)
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (or other plant milk)
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. melted vegan butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a donut pan.
- In a small bowl make your flax egg. Add your ground flax seed and water together stir until incorporated and set aside for five minutes to gel up.
- In a medium sized bowl add your flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt and stir until incorporated together.
- Now to your bowl with the flax egg add your coconut sugar, almond milk, applesauce and vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
- Add your wet mixture to your dry and use a spatula to fold the ingredients together. Only mix until incorporated, do not overmix. The batter will be thick.
- You can spoon the batter into your donut pan or use a pastry bag/ziplock bag with the tip cut off to easily distribute the batter.
- After all the batter is in the donut pan I like to tap my pan on the counter to make everything level. You can also use a spoon or offset spatula to do so.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden around the edges. You know they are done when you lightly touch a donut and it springs back.
- While the donuts are baking make your maple glaze. In a small bowl combine your powdered sugar, maple syrup and melted butter and stir until incorporated together. If you want it a bit thicker you can add more powdered sugar if you want it thinner you can add more maple or butter.
- Let the donuts cool completely before glazing them.
- Once cooled you can either swirl your donuts in the glaze or use a spoon to glaze them. I like to swirl and then use my spoon to let the extra glaze drizzle down the sides of the donuts.
- These are best served right away. If you want to make them ahead I would recommend not frosting them until about 10 minutes before you will be enjoying them. This will give enough time for the frosting to set. Make sure to store the glaze and donuts separately.
- If you do not have coconut sugar brown sugar would be a good replacement.
- If you want a bigger maple punch in the glaze I would suggest using about 1 tsp. of maple extract.