vegan donut recipe

No Oven Vegan Donut Recipe (Apple Cinnamon)

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What makes this a vegan donut recipe vegan?

I absolutely love fluffy yummy donuts. But most store-bought donuts are not vegan because the dough is made with eggs and/ or milk, might cooked in lard, and use nonvegan sugars or honey. Vegan donuts contain absolutely no animal product.

Sugar and sweetener-free donut recipe

This recipe is 100% vegan and can also be made without sugar or additional sweeteners. I have been experimenting with cutting out sugar and other sugary additives like maple syrup. It takes time but once you are completely off sugar you will start noticing the essence of the food and some fruits and vegetables may start tasting really sweet. For me after being off sugar for the most part for the past 5 years carrots, yam/ sweet potatoes taste really sweet.

In this recipe, I used fruit (apple) and spice (cinnamon) to add sweetness to the donut. If you still just started your journey to cutting out sugar it might be difficult for you but you can do it! Try this recipe and if it's really missing the sweetness coat the donut with a little bit of organic sugar and cinnamon. I hope to introduce other no-sugar sweets and sugar alternatives to include in your cooking/kitchen.

This recipe doesn't require an oven. You can cook this donut over the stove in a saucepan.

I've always loved donuts as a kid and lately, I have been experimenting with making mochi donuts. This recipe calls for yeast but if you want a yeast-free quick and easy donut recipe I would recommend checking out my mochi donuts recipe.

Which Dunkin’ Donuts donut is vegan?

According to Dunkin’ Donuts’s allergen ingredient guide, no donut at Dunkin’ Donuts is vegan. However, some none donut items like drinks or breakfast food might pass as being vegan-friendly.

apple cinnamon vegan donut

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Donut Recipe

Olive Walsh
Have you wanted to make vegan yeast donut? This is the perfect recipe it is sweetened with apples and cinnamon sugar is optional! No need for an oven you can bake this on the stove.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 medium sized donuts


  • 1 1/2 cups of All purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Plant based milk oat milk, rice milk, flax milk, cashew milk, almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk etc.
  • 1/4 cup Grated Red Apple or Apple sauce
  • Oil for cooking the donut
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon

Optional Ingredients

  • Organic sugar or other vegan sugar


  • Mix flour, yeast, plant based milk, grated apple in a bowl. (Optional: Add 1 teaspoon of sugar) Knead it well until you can make a smooth ball.
    vegan apple donut dough
  • Add coconut oil to the bowl. At first the oil is just going to coat the outside of the dough and will not mix well. Knead it until the oil is thoroughly mixed into the dough.
  • Set it to rest in a warm place for 1 hour. Cover over the bowl so the dough doesn’t dry up.
  • At this point the dough should have at least doubled in size. Separate the dough into 8 parts
  • With a donut cutter or with your hand make 8 donuts out of the dough
    vegan donuts - 8 donuts
  • Add one tablespoon of coconut oil to the sauce pan. Set it on low and put the donuts in the pan and put a lid over it. In about 2 minutes, or when the bottom side is lightly brown, flip the donut to the other side. (Cook time about 7 minutes total)
    cook vegan donut
  • cooking vegan donut dough
  • Coat with cinnamon and organic sugar


Resting the dough: If you live in a cold place or you are making this during winter, please put the dough in the oven and put the oven light on. The oven doesn’t need to be turned on. Just turning on the oven light will keep the temperature warm while you rest the dough and waiting for it to rise.
To my sweet toothed chefsthis recipe may not be sweet enough: please adjust the sweetness to your likening by sprinkling cinnamon and organic sugar
Use vegan sugar
Apples: choose apples that are red and tend to be on the sweeter side like Fuji, Gala, Pink Lady etc. You can choose a green apple but that will give this donut more of a tangy taste.
Keyword sugar-free, vegan

This recipe is not gluten-free (it does contain flour but this vegan donut recipe is gluten-free). Also, check out our easy-baked sweet potato fries recipe!

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