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. Gluten-Free option.
Spring baking cannot exist with these Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts. This past week has been a SUPER busy one for me and although I'm tired, I know that the weekend 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 excited for new recipes in May 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.
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---which I remade and revamped as well like these!
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!
here’s what you need to make these dairy-free donuts:
OK, back to poppy seeds! Did you know that poppy seeds are packed with benefits nutritionally? Yup.
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:
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 Ziploc bg 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!
Absolutely! If you’d like to make this recipe gluten-free, simply swap the flour with your favorite gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. I like Bob’s Red Mill. If the batter is too runny, add more flour, ¼ cup at a time, until you have a thick and fluffy batter.
You can use any vegan milk you like for these donuts! I recommend making your own because it’s cheaper and very easy. Here are some of the most popular recipes for dairy-free milk on my site:
No! While many of the donuts you buy at places like Dunkin Donuts are deep-fried to get their golden crust and flaky layers, these vegan lemon poppy seed donuts are cooked fully in the oven.
This makes them a much lighter option with little oil. In fact, this entire recipe only has three tablespoons of vegan butter to ensure your donuts stay moist and tender. There are no grease stains left behind by these homemade treats!
Who doesn’t like to start their day with a homemade donut? These are a perfect weekend breakfast treat, especially for special occasions like a birthday. Serve them with these easy Vegan Chai Tea Latte with Turmeric in the winter, or with refreshing Lemon Blackberry Mint Tea in warmer months.
These are also a great treat for Easter morning. The colorful light yellow and pops of black from the poppy seed always remind me of springtime.
The donuts are best enjoyed the day they’re made. If you have leftovers, however, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to four days.
For longer storage, freeze the donuts in an airtight container for up to three months. To serve, defrost the donuts on the counter for several hours. You can also freeze the baked, undecorated donuts and add the glaze just before serving.
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We made these and they were good but way too many poppy seeds. Maybe it’s a typo? 1/2 cup is a lot and it makes the donuts super crunchy. I compared to other similar recipes and they used 1-2 tbsp of poppy seeds.
Hi Chelsea! Thanks so much for your feedback! It was a typo and I've since updated it! I truly hope that you get a chance to give it another try! 🙂
Loving this combination of flavours, and it is suc a beautiful colour!
These donuts look so delicious! I love poppy seeds and lemon together!
Yes, I'm so loving this combo also! Thanks so much, Natalie!
Wow the color on those donuts are so vibrant! They look great!
Thanks so much, Jamie! I definitely wanted to have a dramatic pop of color!
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! 🙂
This dish looks like it’s packed with flavor! Yummy!
These donuts really are good!