Vegan Molasses Spiced Donuts [baked]

Vegan Molasses Spiced Donuts [baked]

Ok, let’s just let something be known here, I’m in love.. with donuts! However, I don’t love how unhealthy they can get. I believe in moderation and treating yourself, but sometimes it’s fun to make a healthier version of your favorite treat.

The average donut has about 200 or so calories, 11 grams of fat (I’m not talking about the good kind!), and 20 grams of sugar! Of course these values will vary greatly depending on the size of the donut and the toppings or fillings, but it puts things into perspective. So, in an effort to satisfy my donut hankering while keeping things (moderately) healthy, I created a batch of vegan donuts. I included molasses in the recipe since it’s high in iron, calcium, potassium, AND magnesium – a powerhouse if I do say so. I try to have a tablespoon a day, and love sneaking it into any and everything. Here’s the recipe, give it a try!

Vegan Baked Molasses Spiced Donuts

For the donuts:
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
a pinch of nutmeg
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
Vegan egg substitute, equivalent to 1 large egg (I get this from Whole Foods, it’s a powder)
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract (I used almond, but depending on what you like you might want to use vanilla)

For the topping:
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons vegan butter (I used Earth Balance, also bought at Whole Foods)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Get your donut pan greased, you can use a spray or oil, whatever floats your boat!
2. Combine flour, baking soda, spices, and salt in a large bowl and mix together well.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together applesauce, sugar, molasses, egg replacer, oil, and almond extract (or vanilla).
4. Pour dry ingredients into wet mixture and mix together well, until smooth.
5. Carefully spoon, pour, or use a pastry bag to fill each donut mold about 3/4 full with the donut batter.
6. Place the donut pan in the oven, and bake 13-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
7. Remove from oven and let cool before removing donuts from pan

In the meantime, for the topping:
1. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl or plate.
2. Melt (vegan) butter
3. Brush donuts with melted vegan butter, then dip/roll them into the sugar/cinnamon mixture

4. ENJOY! Pair with a cup of coffee for a morning treat, or have a nosh after dinner for dessert. Good anytime! let me know how yours turn out 🙂

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