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We’ve got a subtly red-white-and-blue treat for you today. Donuts! First though, let’s get this out of the way: these donuts are vegan, gluten-free and baked, so there’s nothing classic about them. There will inevitably be textural and flavor differences, when compared to the (delicious) fried donuts that you would acquire at a donut shop. These baked donuts are so good in their own right though: they’re studded with blueberries, sweetened with maple syrup, and made extra special with a sunny tanginess from lemon juice/zest. There’s also a perfectly glossy, four-ingredient coconut glaze that’s completely irresistible. Making these guys is definitely a much easier venture than frying up proper donuts at home, so that’s another bonus. In fact, though they look impressive, they do not take long to prepare at all.
I really like the batter in this recipe. It’s dead simple to make, requires only one type of flour (brown rice), and produces a beautifully light dough. I keep thinking that it would also make for a great muffin/cupcake base, or could even be used to make layers for a vegan layer cake. The bursts of blueberries and addition of lemon really take it to the next level here.
Most of the dry ingredients and all the decoration ingredients for these donuts came from our amazing partner, Nuts.com. The stone-milled organic brown rice flour for the batter, the pomegranate or beet powder for the pink glaze, as well as the freeze-dried cherries, freeze-dried blueberries, and coconut flakes that act as toppings are all from them. They really care about the quality of the ingredients they sell, and it shows in every single product. It’s hard to stop yourself from eating all the freeze-dried cherries/blueberries in one sitting, but if you do, they make for a great snack, and kids love them. Nuts.com carries thousands more pantry staples, healthy snacks, and harder-to-find ingredients, aka they have everything. Hope you check them out, try this recipe, and have a beautiful holiday weekend if you are in the U.S.!