Get ready for a taste of fall with our Baked Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donuts recipe! These delectable treats are a celebration of the cozy flavors of the season, with a vegan twist that makes them perfect for everyone to enjoy. Indulge in the warm, spiced goodness of pumpkin in every delightful bite. Completely Vegan + Gluten-free version.
Y'all this Baked Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donuts recipe is the embodiment of the perfect fall treat for so many reasons. First and foremost, they're a nod to the season we all adore, with each bite bursting with the rich, cozy flavors of pumpkin and those aromatic, comforting spices. For someone like me, who is a little pumpkin-obsessed (and let's be honest, who isn't?), these donuts are pure happiness.
And, speaking of savoring all the pumpkin goodness, you absolutely have to try my Homemade Pumpkin Chai Cinnamon Rolls, Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Buns and The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread. They're like a warm hug from fall itself. And if you're feeling the donut vibe, be sure to check out my Baked Vegan Apple Cider Donuts, serving up all the cozy flavors of the season.
What I absolutely love about this pumpkin donut recipe is how effortless it is to prepare. The fact that they're baked, which makes them a healthier choice, and their speedy turnaround time is a definite bonus. Plus, they're incredibly versatile, catering to dairy-free, vegan + gluten-free option, AND can be enjoyed at any time of day, be it breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Truly a win in my opinion.
While homemade donuts might sound like a project recipe, they actually come together quite easily. To make these sweet treats, you'll combine the dry ingredients in one bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Then combine the two and pipe the batter into a donut pan. Bake them up until golden and fully set. Then you just have to coat them in sugar-spice mixture. That's it!
Again, if you prefer to purchase a store-bought blend, I love using McCormick Spice's version of this for quality. However, making your own blend is super easy and only requires a handful of spices. Plus, you can store any leftover spice mix in an air-tight container or jar, which stays fresh like many other spices for up to 6 months at room temperature. You'll need the following:
Donut vs. doughnut - It's the spelling dilemma that has perplexed people for ages. Some say "donut" is easier to spell and faster to say, while others argue "doughnut" is the more proper and sophisticated way to spell it.
In case you are new to making your own doughnuts or you just didn't really understand the full difference between the two---I wanted to break down the real distinction between a baked doughnut or donut and a fried one. Granted, both types taste absolutely amazing; however, once you've tried both, you'll notice the difference while eating.
Baked Doughnuts: These types of fluffy doughnuts are generally whipped together in a bowl (generally without yeast) and are lighter in texture. They can also be "cakey" depending on the ingredients used.
Fried Doughnuts: These types of fluffy doughnuts are generally denser in texture and have a bit of a crunchiness (on the outside) from being deep-fried. They typically have a sweeter flavor and richer texture.
The only unique piece of equipment you need to make homemade donuts is a donut pan. If you're a donut fan, I highly recommend adding one to your kitchen toolbox. You'll never have to go out for donuts again, and you can always customize the ingredients, flavors, and decorations of your breakfast pastries!
The easiest way to fill a donut pan without a major mess is to pipe the batter into the rings. You don't need a special pastry bag, however. A simple gallon-sized Ziplock bag will do the trick. Simply fill the bag with your batter (work in batches to avoid over-filling the bag), then snip off one corner. Aim for a ¾-inch hole to pipe the batter cleanly into the donut rings in the pan.
The last piece of equipment you'll need is a wire cooling rack. Ensure your donuts are fully cooled before glazing them. Waiting for these treats to cool is the hardest part of the whole recipe! Then you can use stay fresh containers to store them in for a longer fresh time.
Here, I’ve curated a list of bakeware essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baking treats, especially with these Baked Vegan Pumpkin Donuts. Everything from my fave baking sheets, parchment paper, mixing bowls, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
When it comes to the main ingredient of this entire vegan donut recipe—-the flour, I enjoy using Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour, which is ideal for all kinds of baking, including this one.
However, I do occasionally use Super-Fine Cake Flour which adds a nice airiness and fluffiness to your cakes or other baked goods as well.
If you're in a pinch and you don't have any cake flour on hand, and you only have all-purpose flour---no worries! You can still achieve that extra fluffiness that cake flour would by simply adding 1 teaspoon of arrowroot or starch to your flour before whisking.
Absolutely! If you’d like to switch things up with the type of plant-based milk that you use—–that’s totally fine! The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding. From the classics like coconut milk, cashew milk, soy milk and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milk, and even potato and quinoa milk.
If you're thinking about making your own pumpkin puree instead of using a store-bought canned version, then you'll be happy to know that it is rather simple:
These events are a great excuse to eat these plant-based donuts!
Yes! To make these donuts GF, I recommend using a GF Flour Blend (Bob’s Red Mills has a great version!). NOTE: If the batter is too ‘thin + runny’, simply add additional GF flour, ¼ cup at a time.
Yes. Absolutely. If you don't have a donut tin, you can make this recipe as muffins. Instead, they will be just as delicious! But if you love donuts as much as I do, I recommend investing in a donut tin ASAP.
Store leftover donuts in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. You can warm a donut slightly in the microwave in 20-second increments if you like.
Another option is to freeze your donuts in their own boxes to prevent their delicious glazing from touching each other and becoming a messy frozen disaster. Thaw at room temp the day before or heat them in the microwave once defrosted.
Of course! For longer storage, freeze the donuts (uncoated) in an airtight container for up to three months. To serve, defrost the donuts on the counter for several hours. Add the sugar coating just before serving.
If you choose to opt out of cane sugar, you can always substitute with coconut sugar, Agave, or pure maple syrup instead. For liquid sweeteners, just adjust the amount of milk you use by reducing the amount to ¼ cup to start, slowly adding up to ½ cup.
Not at all! You can easily mix together the ingredients in a bowl with a spatula or wooden spoon. So easy!
If you love this Baked Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donuts recipe, you'll love my other Fall treats!
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