Vegan Donuts


Vegan Donuts - Time to Eat

Who doesnโ€™t love donuts? But whenever we think of donut, we tend to associate it with fat, sugary, unhealthy, oily, or any other nasty words related to bad eating that we could think of.  We tell ourselves it is ok to indulge them, but then that feeling of guilt and regret comes right after we finish the last bite. Well, I think this about to change now once you tried these vegan, refined sugar-free, baked donuts. I wanted to create these donuts for ages now, but never got around it. (You know, with the moving to a different continent, settling down into our new home, and any other hundreds of excuses). But finally, when we saw these super cute donut baking forms from KitchenAidยฎ, the kids begged me to make some for them. So here we are. Truth to be told, they taste more like little cakes than the fried version, but they are also super delicious and we do not have any bad conscience afterwards.

Another good thing with these vegan donuts is that they are really, really, really easy to make. In fact, I let my kids (7 and 9 yrs old) bake on their own and only helped with the measuring the ingredients and taking the baking forms out of the hot oven.  My son prefers naked donuts (without glazing) whereas my daughter loves to glaze the donuts with me together. So we always end up making two big batches to satisfy both. But for me, I like both, so I just snack one or two naked ones while glazing the rest. 

Vegan Donuts - KitchenAids Stand Mixer
Vegan Donuts - KitchenAids Stand Mixer 2
Vegan Donuts - KitchenAids Stand Mixer 3
Vegan Donuts - Donut Form

Makes 12 small donuts

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour or spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Wet Ingriedents:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoon water 
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

Glazing:

  • Melted vegan white chocolate
  • Melt dark chocolate ( more than 75% cocoa)
  • 2 teaspoon Matcha powder mixed with 1/2 cup melted vegan white chocolate and 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

How it's made:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ยฐF.
  2. Put the almond milk in a small bowl, then add the apple cider vinegar. Stir until well combined, and set the mixture aside for 10 minutes to rest. This is to make vegan "buttermilk."
  3. Use stand mixer to mix the flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add vanilla extract, flaxseed & water mixture, and melt coconut oil to the vegan "buttermilk" (almond milk and apple cider vinegar mixture). Stir once or twice before pouring it into the dry ingredients. Switch on the stand mixer again to mix for another 3 mins until a soft batter is formed.
  5. Spoon the batter into the molds in the pan.
  6. Bake the donuts for 12 minutes (longer for full-sized treats) or until they are dry and cooked through but not browned.
  7. Pop the donuts out of the pan, and let them cool on a rack for at least 30 minutes before decorating.
  8. Once the donuts are cooled, dip them into each type of glazing. Let the glazing cool slightly before starting the second round of decorating. Use your imagination, go wild and have fun!!!
Vegan Donuts - Baked naked donuts
Vegan Donuts - Glazing 1
Vegan Donuts - Glazing 2
Vegan Donuts - Glazing completed

Watermelon Granita


Watermelon Granita - www.madelinelu.com

In addition to stick our heads in the fridge, eating tons of watermelon is the other thing that we do to cool down on these hot summer days. We cut them in slices, spoon the flesh out, make smoothie, put on the grill, and so on. There are just so many ways to enjoy this magical fruit. And now, we just made this super easy and delicious watermelon granita. We love the feeling when those little icy flakes melt away on our tongues. Pure bliss! 

Serve 4-6

What you'll need:

  • 5 cups of seedless watermelon chunks
  • 1/2 cups of sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2-3 mint leaves

How it's made:

  1. Put all ingredients in the blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Pour the smoothie into a shallow baking tray and freeze for about one hour.
  3. After one hour, rake any frozen parts with a fork. Cover and freeze mixture again until firm, and then rake it again. Repeat this step for the next two hours. Finally, scrape granita vigorously to form icy flakes. To serve, divide granita among glasses or bowl and top with thinly sliced mint leaves.
Watermelon Granita - www.madelinelu.com
Watermelon Granita - www.madelinelu.com
Watermelon Granita - www.madelinelu.com

Props used:

Blueberry Bowl: Rikumo

Mango Plate: Jeremy Ogusky