These Vegan Gingerbread Donuts + Chai Glaze are a healthier option to a Holiday classic + favorite combo—Gingerbread + Chai! Not only are they completely moist + fluffy, but they're also loaded with warm ginger and spices, and just melts in your mouth with goodness.
Donuts is one of my go-to weekend breakfast recipes. And while I enjoy a store-bought doughnut every now and then, I find that homemade is so much better. When you make donuts at home, you can easily control the ingredients and how they’re made. As a result, homemade donuts like these healthy vegan gingerbread donuts, are better for you.
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. Finally, let the donuts cool before glazing them with your quick chai frosting.
While this Holiday season wasn't the easiest and I'm sure that many of you can agree this year, I am truly grateful for the love from those around me--no matter how small the number. I know that many of you might be grieving from the loss of a loved one(s) or grieving the loss of relationships during this season, while many celebrate an abundance, but I wanted to send love + light your way.
Things won't always look better in the moment, but in time---they do get better.
In addition, I wanted to THANK all of you for your constant support, whether it was all year or for just a part of it. Orchids + Sweet Tea wouldn't be anything without that!
The challenges that come along with life can sometimes make us feel nothing but pressure or stress, but it's so important that we fix our minds on the good things that happen as well. It's in those moments where true miracles exist---God's miracles.
When it comes to this recipe, I'm so happy to finally share it because it's SO GOOD!
If you've already seen our Vegan Gingerbread Cake + Chai Buttercream recipe, then you can understand our obsession with this delicious combo! There's just something about the slight spicy flavors on gingerbread and deep spices of the chai flavor----especially when put together. Just a burst of goodness.
Plus, these donuts are fully baked (healthier option minus the grease of frying), so easy to whip together, and just so soft + fluffy. I mean, what's not there to love?
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!
A quick chai glaze adds shine, flavor, and extra sweetness to these vegan gingerbread donuts. To make a simple glaze while the donuts cool, you’ll need:
Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, or more powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time, to reach your desired thickness. The glaze should be drizzle-able but not so runny that it runs off of the donuts.
This easy dairy-free glaze recipe is good to keep in your back pocket. It works just as well on donuts as it does on cupcakes and cookies. It’s the perfect vegan icing for people who aren’t fond of frosting.
OK, so if you aren’t aware, there are two types of Molasses—-regular and blackstrap.
While most people use regular molasses which is literally ‘bittersweet’, I tend to use blackstrap molasses in all of my recipes as a way to cut back on the sugar content.
Blackstrap is hardly used by many due to it’s bitterness and ‘heaviness’ when use din baking since it can make the texture of your baked goods more thick and dense if not used correctly.
That’s why I use only HALF THE AMOUNT of molasses that a recipe might otherwise require. That way, I get the darker color (not too dark) without compromising the texture or taste. Don’t worry—I make a not of this in the recipe below as well.
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Vegan Gingerbread Donuts + Chai Glaze.