Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts

Today I will show you have to make a super easy, festive treat for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Anybody’s Day, Birthdays, and “just-because-I-need-a-donut” Day.   When we were growing up, dad would try every new donut shop that popped up in our area (not that there were that many, but he loved a good donut).  He had high standards for his donuts.  A donut was supposed to be moist, flavorful, and pretty.  We had to make a vegan donut that would replace the old favorite.   This is our baked version of this classic treat, and we are sending it out just in time for Valentine’s Day.  

Valentine's Donuts with Pink Icing and Rose Petals

No matter how you slice it, you cannot classify donuts as part of a healthy diet, so this is a Special Occasion’s treat.  This week we are making Valentine’s Day donuts, just in case you need something pretty and delicious to serve the special people in your life.

Baked Donuts

What makes our donuts healthier than store-bought donuts?  

These vegan donuts are baked rather than deep-fried; they are completely plant-based.  Most donuts contain milk, eggs, butter and are usually deep-fried.  So what kind of channel would we have if I did not give you a plant-based “healthier” alternative to this classic favorite.  I definitely have a week spot for these moist and delicious donuts.  

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donut

Let’s talk special equipment for Making Baked Donuts:

The only special equipment needed for these donuts is a donut pan.  You can find these in your local Walmart or on Amazon.  My donut pans only make 6 donuts, so I use two pans for this recipe.  We like our donuts a little plump, so this recipe makes about 10 donuts. The batter is quite loose, so it would be hard to make these donuts without a donut pan.  

Vegan Baked Donuts

Special Baked Donut Ingredients:

These simple and easy donuts require ingredients that most of you probably have in your pantry already.  We use plant-based milk, either soy or almond milk, add a little apple sauce for moisture and some vanilla for flavor.  These donuts are not overly sweet; they have been designed with the idea of toppings in mind, such as a coating of cinnamon sugar or icing.  

I hope you enjoy these vegan donuts as much as we do.  It is a happy day in our house when we make donuts. Have a wonderfully Special Day, whatever the occasion may be.   

Easy Baked Donuts

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Easy Baked Donuts

Easy Baked Donuts (Vegan, Plant-based)

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  • Author: Chef Ani
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 Donuts 1x



Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons plant-based milk (almond or soy)
  • 1 tablespoon apple sauce
  • 1 tablespoon melted vegan margarine (or coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease the donut pans.  
  • In a medium-size bowl, add all dry ingredients.  Stir to combine.  
  • In a separate bowl or jar, add plant-based milk, apple sauce, and vanilla bean paste or extract.  Stir to combine.  
  • Melt the vegan margarine (or coconut oil), set it aside.  
  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and add the melted vegan margarine (or coconut oil).  Stir to combine.  It should form a nice batter.  
  • Add batter to a piping bag or use a plastic ziplock bag.  Cut the corner and pipe the batter into the donut pan.  
  • Bake for 10-11 minutes.  
  • Let cool for a couple of minutes and then remove from the pan.  
  • For an easy decoration option, roll donuts in sugar and cinnamon, or for a fancier option, dip in a glaze and decorate with sprinkles or edible rose petals.  


  • Powdered sugar (1 cup)
  • Water (or lemon juice for a brighter flavor) (2-3 teaspoons)
  • Mix.  It should be thick enough that it will stay on the donut.  (Ask me how I know that one:))

Baked Donuts with Rose Petals

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