These Vegan Peppermint Brownie Donuts are the epitome of Holiday cheer! Not only are these donuts completely moist + fluffy, but they remind you of the best fudge brownie in donut form! Plus, with a delicious vegan chocolate peppermint infused body and topped with an easy chocolate glaze, these donuts are gooey and melt-in-your-mouth goodness, worthy of a seat at the BEST OF HOLIDAY DESSERTS table! Completely dairy-free, vegan, + oil-free.
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These Vegan Peppermint Brownie Donuts are honestly the best chocolate donuts that I've ever tasted. Not to be modest, but I LOVE these donuts, ya'll!
While I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate, brownies for some reason have me hooked. So of course, it was only obvious that I would be hooked on these donuts too. Plus, they are baked and are really a healthy option for the entire family.
These brownie donuts are truly moist, cakey, decadent, rich, and with beautiful hints of peppermint, which puts you in the mood for the Holiday season.
I just think that brownies are a timeless piece. Don’t you?
Good. Well, that's why I wanted you to enjoy them in donut form.
Yup. The awesome part is that you won’t lose the fudgy-ness or richness when these donuts are made GF. Simply, reduce the amount of milk and substitute all-purpose four with 1-to-1 baking flour blend.
Super moist + decadent.
Easy to whip together + requires only 1 bowl.
Full of chocolatey + peppermint flavor---the EPITOME of Holiday!
Fudgy + soft—-real melt-in-your-mouth!
All dairy-free + vegan ingredients used.
Gluten-free option available.
Perfect sweet treat for the entire family.
Did I mention—-DELICIOUS?
When mixing together the wet and dry ingredients, do so just until everything is combined. DO NOT OVER-MIX! This will ensure that your doughnuts/donuts are soft and fluffy.
Pipe Your Batter Into The Donut Cavities.
For perfectly sized donuts, be sure to pipe them into the donut cavity, about ¾ way full. If you don’t have a piping bag, simply use a zip loc bag and cut the edge as a handy alternative.
Always Create a Buttermilk, Even If It’s Vegan or Dairy-Free.
This is so important because the acidy from the buttermilk makes the gluten in flour tender, which creates a softer texture and ensures that your donuts are nice and fluffy. If you don’t want to use lemon juice, you can substitute it with apple cider vinegar.
When it comes to these vegan donuts, I chose to keep a nice balance between the chocolate and peppermint flavors. With that being said, I used 1-2 tsps of peppermint extract, however, if you're an extreme lover of peppermint, then feel free to add more (up to 2 Tbsps). In addition, I wanted to add another layer of peppermint flavor by crushing a few candy canes into small pieces and topping my donuts with them.
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In the past, I've made plenty of vegan donuts recipes using oils such as coconut, vegetable, or canola. However, with this recipe, I wanted to make it entirely oil-free by using plant-based butter (melted) as my oil/fat source. It's absolutely incredible and definitely creates a moistness + softness that works perfectly and makes the substitution that much more worth it!
Country Crock® Plant Butter is a dairy-free, plant-based butter that tastes like dairy butter, therefore, you will be getting the same rich taste from these donuts. Plus, You can substitute Country Crock® Plant Butter one-for-one for dairy butter in your favorite recipes. Country Crock® Plant Butter sticks cook and bake like butter.
Country Crock® Plant Butter is gluten-free, kosher, and suitable for vegan diets
On a deeper note---Country Crock® Plant Butter production generates less than half the carbon footprint than the production of dairy butter.
Can I make these Donuts regular? Yup, definitely! While vegan donuts often use a plant-based milk-ACV combo, you can always substitute the plant-based milk with whole milk and use 1 large egg (at room temp.) instead of the ACV. Everything else stays the same, except the chocolate of course! You can also substitute your vegan chocolate chips or pieces for regular chocolate.
How Long Do Leftover Donuts Last? Honestly, all leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3 days.
What's the best sweetener to use for these Donuts? For these donuts, I chose to use organic brown sugar, however, you are free to use organic pure cane sugar, Agave, or maple syrup if you'd like. For liquid sweeteners, just reduce the amount of milk used slightly to keep the batter just enough moistness.
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