A couple weeks ago I posted a Yummy Baked Vegan Donuts recipe. Well since then I have been trying to revamp it so that the donuts would come out a tad sweeter and softer. Well I’ve done it! I think this recipe is even better than the first (especially for donut holes) and they even keep longer. Please refer to the recipe above for instructions unless otherwise noted!
Baked Vegan Donuts
2 cups soymilk (I use very vanilla)
1/4 cup canola
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 1/2 tsp yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup applesauce **Add the applesauce and vanilla during the first flour stage!**
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 Tbsp salt **Just like the other recipe, the salt is added with the remainder of the flour**
4 3/4 cups & 2 Tbsp flour
Bake at 350 Degrees F for about 10 minutes, if they begin getting light brown sooner then remove them early. Unlike the previous recipe, these donuts come out much more soft and unlike dinner rolls.
The main changes were adding applesauce (for moisture), vanilla and eliminating the baking powder and baking soda. Baking powder and baking soda essentially only work to help the dough rise or “fluff” if baked soon after it is added to the dough. Since I recommend placing the donuts in the fridge overnight, these two ingredients were of little use. However, if you do want to bake immediately, let the dough rise for about 30 minutes. A small adjustment may have to be made for flour, but not a significant one since there is only a total of 1 tsp of baking powder/baking soda in the recipe.
These donuts are great if you are having a large (or small) gathering and want something sweet. These donuts can easily be glazed then left out to dry fully on a serving dish. The donuts actually take on an even greater donut texture when let to sit out for a few hours. The way in which the glaze dries on the donuts and the texture of this new dough makes me remember getting a glazed donut at Dunkin Donuts when I was a kid. They’re delicious! (Mine, not the ewy non-vegan Dunkin Donut ones ;) ) Only problem with these donuts is that they do not keep especially long, just a few days before the dough is no longer soft like we all enjoy (although the same thing happens when you buy a donut and bring it home and don’t eat it for days!). Therefore, if you are not having a large gathering or sharing with family members (aka baking just for you), I would recommend halving the recipe as it does make about 80 donut holes and 12 large donuts!
Hope you enjoy!!!