Start your day out right with these blackberry donuts. You’ll be glad you did! These are one of the best vegan donut recipes around because they’re baked, beautiful, and bold! They’re also pretty darn delicious!
I love a good donut. I mean, if I’m going to spend my limited amount of calories on it, I want it to be really good! That’s one thing I love about these blackberry donuts. They take delicious to another level! These are baked donuts, so you know what that means?
Bye bye, grease!
Bye bye, upset stomach!
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Adding ground nutmeg is a favorite ingredient to infuse my donuts with that donut shop flavor
- Combining baking soda with apple cider vinegar makes these donuts light and fluffy
- Adding fresh blackberries to the batter creates baked-in goodness with these donuts.
- This batch is perfectly proportioned to make 6 to 8 donuts — enough to fill up a regular-sized donut pan. It’s also enough to have around and finish up over a weekend and thereby avoid the temptation during the week. Although, this recipe could be doubled.
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
- Ground flax seeds
- Vegan butter
- Flour — You can use all-purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, or even gluten-free baking flour.
- Baking powder + Baking soda
- Ground nutmeg
- Granulated sugar
- Plant-based milk — Use your favorite plant-based milk, such as soy milk or almond milk.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Powdered sugar
- Coconut oil
You can add purple food coloring (red combined with blue) to add purple color to the glaze, but I prefer to use fresh blackberries, which create a lovely purple hue.
How to Make Blackberry Donuts
- Make the flax egg by combining the ground flax seeds and water.
- Stir together the dry ingredients, from the flour to the nutmeg.
- Combine the wet ingredients, including the flax egg and melted vegan butter. Stir to combine.
- Roughly chop the blackberries, leaving plenty of blackberry pieces for texture.
- Make the batter by stirring together the dry mixture and blackberries, and then incorporating the wet mixture.
- Equally distribute the batter in each donut compartment, filling each to the top.
- Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until the donuts are done and slightly golden colored.
- Remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly.
- Make the Blackberry Glaze by stirring together the powdered sugar and coconut oil. Add the plant-based milk, one teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
- Coat each donut with the blackberry glaze. Serve warm.
Store donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to 10 days. You can freeze them in appropriate freezer bags or containers for up to 2 months.
Also, if you’re not into sprinkles like I am, here are some ideas to garnish your donuts:
- Sprinkle coconut flakes
- Add chopped peanuts
- Drizzle some vegan chocolate syrup over the top
- Chocolate sprinkles would look nice
- Chop up some dairy-free chocolate chips and sprinkle them over the top
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 3 tablespoons water
- ¼ cup vegan butter
- 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup vanilla flavored plant-based milk*
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- ½ cups blackberries
- 2 drops purple food coloring**
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 4 blackberries
- 1 to 3 teaspoons vanilla flavored plant-based milk*
- Heat your oven to 350°F/175°C. Spray a donut pan with vegetable spray.
- In a small bowl, combine the ground flax seeds and water. Stir. Set aside.
- In a separate small microwave-safe bowl add the vegan butter. Heat in a microwave until melted, around 20 seconds. Set aside.
- In another small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
- In your mixing bowl add the sugar, vanilla plant-based milk, apple cider vinegar, flax egg mixture, and melted vegan butter. Stir to combine.
- Roughly chop the blackberries. You want plenty of blackberries pieces to be present throughout the donuts.
- Pour flour mixture over the liquid mixture. Drop blackberry pieces over flour and gently stir until the blackberry pieces are coated. Then start incorporating the flour into the liquid mixture. Stir until combined. Add purple food coloring if using.
- Use a spoon to evenly distribute batter in each donut compartment, filling each to the top. This batter should fill up 6 compartments.
- Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until the donuts are done and slightly golden colored on the top.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple minutes.
- Make the Blackberry Glaze by combining the powdered sugar and coconut oil in a bowl. Stir to combine. It will be a dry mixture. Finely chop the blackberries and add them (along with as much of the juice as you can) to the glaze mixture. Stir to combine. Add the plant-based milk, one teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
- Coat each donut with the Blackberry Glaze. Serve warm.
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The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Whatever donut you’re feasting on, enjoy!