These cake-like vegan apple cider donuts are ready In under 30 minutes! Perfect for breakfast or dessert! A delicious fall vegan recipe!
If you have lived in the Northeastern part of the United States, then you have probably heard of and subsequently tried apple cider donuts. If you went vegan/plant based/dairy or egg free, you likely miss them. Now, you don’t have too. These vegan apple cider donuts will perfectly fill that void you’ve been missing.
Donuts can completely be a comfort food, especially when you have then fresh out of the oven. There’s a reason that Krispy Kreme lights up that sign when they have hot ones ready and everyone runs towards them.
They are soft and almost melt in your mouth they are so delicious. These vegan donuts are no exception. They are completely:
- vegan/plant based
- dairy free
- egg free
- can be Top 8 Free
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What ingredients do I need to make Vegan Apple Cider Donuts?
There are two parts to this recipe. The actual donut recipe and then the topping. The ingredients that you need to make these easy vegan donuts are:
- brown sugar
- vegan sugar
- baking powder
- apple cider
- apple cider vinegar
- unsweetened applesauce
For the topping you will also need coconut sugar (or more vegan sugar), unsalted vegan butter,
That’s it! That’s all you need for these easy vegan donuts.
How do you make dairy free apple cider donuts?
To start making this recipe, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease two donut pans. We used these donut pans for the donuts that you see in our photos.
Add all the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
Then, add in the wet ingredients. You should add the apple cider vinegar last. Mix well.
Pipe or spoon the batter into your donut pans until they are about 3/4ths of the way full.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.
While waiting for donuts to bake, make your topping. Melt the butter in a small bowl. Then mix all the remaining topping ingredients together in a bowl with a fork.
Remove donuts from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before topping.
Coat the donuts by brushing on the melted butter and the covering with the topping.
*Note: The melted butter and topping should not be added unless eating within 4-6 hours.
How long are Vegan Apple Cider Donuts good for?
These vegan apple cider doughnuts are a little different than some of our other vegan donut recipes.
While the donut base themselves will last up to a week in an air tight container, we do not recommend putting the melted butter and topping on until you are ready to eat them within the next 4-6 hours.
Can I make these vegan donuts Top 8 Allergen friendly?
There is flour, dairy free milk, and dairy free butter in this recipe. If you are completely Top 8 Free, use an alternative dairy free milk like oat or hemp for this recipe. Otherwise, just use one that works for your family.
For the dairy free butter, you want one that is also soy free. We prefer Earth Balance soy free in the red tub!
While we have not tried gluten free flour with this recipe, we would recommend using King Arthur Measure for Measure flour. We have had the best results with this flour.
What other vegan breakfast recipes should I try?
Once you try these delicious vegan donuts, you may be looking for other amazing vegan breakfast ideas that you should try. We are sharing both sweet and savory dairy free breakfast ideas.
First, if you are looking for other delicious vegan donut recipes, then you should also try our:
Other vegan breakfast ideas are:
- Vegan Banana Pancakes
- Vegan Sausage Biscuits and Gravy
- Super Soft Vegan Blueberry Muffins
- Perfect Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
- Vegan Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuits
- Dairy Free French Toast
- Dairy Free Banana Bread
All the recipes above are vegan, dairy free, and egg free. Some can be made Top 8 Allergy Friendly.
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Vegan Apple Cider Donuts
For the Donuts
For the topping
- 6 tbsp unsalted vegan butter, melted
- 1 cup coconut sugar (can sub for vegan cane sugar)
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch ginger
- 1 pinch allspice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease two donut pans. Set aside.*We used these donut pans.
- Add all the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
- Add in the wet ingredients in, adding the apple cider vinegar last. Mix well.
- Pipe or spoon the batter 3/4ths of the way full into greased donut pans.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.
- While donuts cook, melt the butter in a small bowl. Then mix all the remaining topping ingredients together in a bowl with a fork.
- Remove donuts from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before topping.
- Coat the donuts by brushing on the melted butter and the covering both sides with the topping.
- Serve immediately. (*See notes)
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