These Vegan Red Velvet Baked Donuts are the perfect way to indulge your sweet tooth without compromising healthier ingredients. These donuts are perfectly sweet, fluffy, and can be whipped together in the matter of a few short minutes, just requiring one bowl. A great addition to the holidays and fun for the entire family. Gluten-free option available.
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Can you tell that I’m so ready for the Christmas season? Haha.
Yup. In my mind, I’ve actually skipped Thanksgiving and went straight to Christmas. Of course, I couldn’t be happier to create these festive donuts for Sprinkle Pop, because it allowed me to sit in my ultimate truth—–I’m a Christmas Season fanatic.
Last year, I tried to create recipes that were extremely festive and while many of you enjoyed them, I honestly can’t wait for this year’s round of recipes because I plan on doing things BIGGER and BETTER!
If you’ve been an avid follower of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you’re aware that I chose my collaborations with brands VERY carefully, because I want to ensure that they represent this blog’s mission in every way possible.
Honestly, I’d rather turn down a company that doesn’t coincide with what I stand for and of course I often already use that company’s product so that I can ensure that you’ll love it too.
With that being said, I’m a huge fan of Sprinkle Pop’s festive Sprinkles. Usually, I’m a regular rainbow sprinkles kind of gal, however, when I came across this company’s unique line of sprinkles, I instantly fell in love.
The amazing part is that they have a ton of festive sprinkles that range from Christmas to Halloween to Valentine’s and so much more.
Besides their festive and unique look, these sprinkles are high-quality, which falls right in line with the kids of products that I love to use when creating recipes and even on a daily basis.
Oh and did I mention that you have the option of customizing your own sprinkles as well? Yup. You can create your own version of amazing sprinkles on their site and it comes to well put together!
How cool, right?!
These sprinkles that I chose to use to top my donuts are Sprinkle Pop’s Christmas Magic Sprinkle Mix which I must admit are one of my absolute favorites from their Christmas line.
OK, now back to these donuts. So, Red Velvet is such a staple during this time of year and while I often love making cakes and cupcakes in this flavor, I definitely had to make donuts. Speaking of donuts, it’s National Donut Day in a few days so these fit perfectly. Haha.
If you’re a lover of Red Velvet, then these Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes are a must try!
The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes list is all about finding better ways to enjoy your favorite sweets without compromising your healthy lifestyle. For those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate healthy sweeteners into your diet.
For these red velvet donuts (like many of my other chocolate recipes), I chose to use cacao instead of regular cocoa powder because it’s a great healthy option.
OK, so can we talk about Cacao for a sec? Did you know that Cacao AND Cocoa are the same thing?
I know. Insane. I was totally confused about this for a long time and honestly assumed that once was healthier than the other. However, it’s come to be determined that they are just used interchangeably.
Chocolate is actually made from Cacao beans (or seeds). It’s said that companies who use the term ‘Cacao’ are referring to the beans, pods, or ground up version of the beans. However, the term Cocoa is often referred to as the powdered version of it all (which is formed after the fat is pressed out of the bean).
Of course there’s a whole process that happens and you can find out more about that here.
However, be mindful that since Cocoa has the fat removed for it to be powder-like, it does make Cacao a greater option in terms of health benefits.
Cacao has a host of health benefits which include: antioxidant properties, heart-protective and anti-cancer properties, contains iron and tryptophan (which is an amino acid that helps the body make serotonin—a relaxing chemical).
So of course, it’s always best to go with a brand of Cacao that contains those nutrients and are premium to ensure that your body actually receives all of those boosters. Navitas Organics’ version of Cacao not only does that, but it’s so delicious as well! You can always purchase it on their site or through a large retailer like Amazon.
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 3/4 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.
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 using a paper towel or pastry brush.
Start by adding the Almond milk with the lemon juice, mixing until combined and let it site for 5-10 minutes to create a ‘Buttermilk’.
In a medium bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, cacao powder, pure cane sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
In a separate mixing bowl, add the ‘Buttermilk’, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and red coloring.
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 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 Vanilla Glaze:
Whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and Almond milk until smooth and consistency is met. **NOTE: After mixing, you may need to add additional milk (1 Tbsp at a time) for it to become thinner and glaze -like or additional powdered sugar for more thickness. Just ensure that you continue whisking until glaze runs ‘slowly’ off the whisk when slightly lifted. This means that consistency is perfect.**
Next, dip donut in the prepared Vanilla Glaze, sprinkle with your favorite vegan sprinkles and set back onto cooling rack so that glaze hardens a bit. Repeat until all donuts are glazed and decorated.
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Vegan Red Velvet Baked Donuts.