Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

April 1, 2019

These Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts are anything but boring! They are super fluffy, soft, moist, and are a delicious sweet treat that comes loaded with lemony flavor married together with a slight nutty flavor from the poppy seeds and baked to perfection. These donuts are perfect on any given day and it’s popping vibrant yellow color makes it especially awesome for Easter!

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

What better way to enjoy any Easter festivities than with donuts, right? Plus, these donuts are healthier so that’s a WIN-WIN!

Now that we’re officially in April, things on my Spring Baking list are beginning to come into fruition and I couldn’t be any more excited!

This past weekend has been a SUPER busy one for me and although I’m tired, I know that a new week means new things to do so there’s not much time for a full fledge day of rest! But a girl is surviving! Haha.

More importantly, I’m now planning out my recipes for April (I know, I’m a little late this month) and I must admit that upcoming recipes will be so amazing!

I plan on testing out a lot of new flavors, textures, and styles, which of course can feel intimidating at first BUT exciting all at the same time.

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

If you’ve been an avid follower of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you’ll know that these donuts aren’t my first attempt at making these little circle bites! These Vegan Vanilla Donuts with Sprinkles are actually one of my faves from last year!

Of course, I remember attempting to make Unicorn inspired doughnuts, which didn’t come out dramatically breathe-taking (Still polishing up on my decor skills for desserts), however, so many of you LOVED my attempt and though that these Vegan Vanilla Unicorn-inspired Doughnuts were the perfect activity to do with your kid(s). Hey, I’ll take it! Haha.

Anyway, this recipe is my first time using poppy seeds and I’m pleasantly surprised and how good they actually taste. Granted, on their own, they are pretty bitter, however, they go perfectly with sweets and baked goods.

If you’re looking for another healthy version of doughnuts/donuts, then look no further—-these Healthy Blueberry Vegan Donuts with Blueberry Glaze are EVERYTHING! Easily whip them together in under 30 minutes!

OK, back to poppy seeds! Did you know that poppy seeds are packed with benefits nutritionally? Yup.

WHY POPPY SEEDS?!

I’ve recently read that poppy seeds offer pretty impressive nutritional value and while they are super small seeds, they have super big benefits. Some include:

  • Aiding in the prevention of heart disorders. (Think—Omega-6 fatty acids which protect the heart!)
  • Supports Bone Health.
  • Prevents Constipation + other Digestive issues (Contains high amounts of Fiber!)
  • Enhances Brain Function.
  • Assists in Red Blood Cell production.
  • Helps with Insomnia. (Promotes relaxation and helps to deal with symptoms of sleeplessness!)
Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

Now, let’s dig right into this recipe–shall we?

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly dress your doughnut/donut baking pan wells with coconut oil on a paper towel.

In a medium bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, pure cane sugar, baking powder, baking soda, lemon zest, poppy seeds, and sea salt.

In a separate mixing bowl, add the Almond milk, lemon juice, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.

Next, add the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients and using a rubber spatula, stir until well combined. **DO NOT OVER-MIX!**

Spoon the donut batter into a pipping bag and pipe it into prepared donut pan wells.

Bake donuts for 10-12 minutes or until fluffy and light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from oven and then let them cool for 5 minutes before turning them out onto a cooling rack so that they can continue to cool completely.

 

To Make Lemon Glaze:

Whisk together the powdered sugar, Almond milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest, until smooth and consistency is met. *NOTE: For a thicker glaze, add additional powered sugar (1 Tbsp at a time) until consistency is met. For thinner glaze, add additional milk (1 Tbsp at a time) until consistency is met. Now, whisk in yellow gel color (Vegan-approved) until color becomes fully incorporated and vibrant.

Once cooled, dip donut in the prepared Lemon Glaze and set back onto cooling rack so that glaze hardens a bit. Repeat until all donuts are glazed.

Bon Appetite!

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Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts
Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 17 mins
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Ingredients

For Donuts:

  • 2 cups organic All-purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/2 cup organic pure cane sugar
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsps poppy seed
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 1/3 cups Almond milk (I used Califia Farms)
  • 3 Tbsps coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsps juice of a lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup organic powered sugar + more if needed!
  • 1-2 Tbsps Almond milk
  • 1 tsp juice of a lemon
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsps Vegan-approved Yellow Food Gel Coloring (See Notes!)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly dress your doughnut/donut baking pan wells with coconut oil on a paper towel.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, pure cane sugar, baking powder, baking soda, lemon zest, poppy seeds, and sea salt.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, add the Almond milk, lemon juice, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Next, add the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients and using a rubber spatula, stir until well combined. **DO NOT OVER-MIX!**
  • Spoon the donut batter into a pipping bag and pipe it into prepared donut pan wells.
  • Bake donuts for 10-12 minutes or until fluffy and light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and then let them cool for 5 minutes before turning them out onto a cooling rack so that they can continue to cool completely.

For Lemon Glaze:

  • Whisk together the powdered sugar, Almond milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest, until smooth and consistency is met. *NOTE: For a thicker glaze, add additional powered sugar (1 Tbsp at a time) until consistency is met. For thinner glaze, add additional milk (1 Tbsp at a time) until consistency is met. Now, whisk in yellow gel color (Vegan-approved) until color becomes fully incorporated and vibrant.
  • Once cooled, dip donut in the prepared Lemon Glaze and set back onto cooling rack so that glaze hardens a bit. Repeat until all donuts are glazed.
  • Bon Appetite!

Tips & Tricks

YELLOW GEL COLORING: The best Vegan-approved brand of food coloring is Chef Master’s Liqua-Gel!
STORAGE: Can be stored in a tightly sealed container and best if placed in the refrigerator for up to 3 days for ultimate freshness.

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  1. I was looking for a donut recipes possible to make in keto version and I really like your recipe. I will just have to change sweetener and flour for a keto friendly ingredients. What do you think? Could this work? Thanks! 🙂

    • I’m so glad that you like this recipe, Ines! Yes, I think that using a Gluten-Free Blend Flour (I like using Bob’s Red Mill) and a Erythritol Natural Sweetener should do the trick! Be sure to let me know how it turns out! 🙂