There are things you miss when you are moving towards a plant-based lifestyle. Donuts are one of them as most baked good are made with animal-based products. That’s where Vegan Baked Chocolate Donuts comes into the picture.

This is a super easy recipe for baked donuts. Now while these are baked and plant-based, it doesn’t mean this is low calorie. There is sugar and oil so it is a treat not an every day food as though it is super tasty and I could eat it daily.  My son who is a diehard Dunkn’ guy gave a big thumbs up. He said these were as good as their glazed chocolate donuts.

It is great that there are many substitutions you can use to bake plant-based now. You could use a flax egg for this recipe; however, I like using unsweetened applesauce. For one egg, use 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce. Plant milk such as oat milk can be used instead of milk. I recommend using good quality natural cocoa powder which helps the batter to rise.

For more plant-based dessert recipes like Vegan baked chocolate donuts, check these recipes out.



Vegan Baked Chocolate Donuts


  • For the donuts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or (1 large egg)
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup plant-based milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • For the glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup plant-based milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Donuts
  • 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • 2. Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • 3. In a small bowl, beat together the vanilla, apple sauce, plant-based sour cream, plant-based milk, and oil.
  • 4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined.
  • 5. Spoon in a greased donut pan.
  • 6. Bake for 8 minutes.
  • 7. Let the donuts cool in the pan before glazing.
  • Glaze
  • 1. Whisk together the powdered sugar, plant-based milk, and vanilla until smooth.
  • 2. Dunk the donuts in the glaze to fully coat and place on a wire rack with parchment paper underneath to set, about 5 minutes.
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