Despite popular belief, it is quite easy to go overboard pigging out on a vegan diet. For example, there are many things that people don't realize are actually vegan-friendly, and when it becomes one of your favorite go-to snacks, can definitely pack on the pounds. (We're looking at you, PB&J, Oreos, tater tots, and pasta aka 'the only vegan dish on the menu'.)
Needless to say, sometimes vegans need to diet too! And right now, the vegan 'kitchen alchemist' that is my sister has been trying to slim down ever since she got back from eating her way through the vegan-friendly parts of Europe. (Vegan haggis in Scotland, you guys! It's exists!)
Anyway, here is one of her favorite recipes for when she wants to have a 'treat yourself' Sunday brunch without throwing her diet off course. Not only are these donut holes delicious, but easily customized to suit whatever donut flavor you're probably craving!
Vegan Baked Donut Holes
For Donut Holes:
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsps. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. Ener-g Egg replacer mixed with 2 Tablespoons water (or another vegan equivalent to 1 egg)
1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
For Powdered Donut coating:
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon, optional
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a donut hole or mini muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add in the egg replacer, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, and almond milk and stil until completely combined and uniform, but do not overwork. The batter should be light.
3. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop the batter into the prepared mini muffin tins. Bake in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool on wire wracks until ready to coat.
4. Meanwhile, add the the sifted powdered sugar to the a shallow dish. Stir in the cinnamon if using and set aside.
5. While the donut holes are still on the wire rack, give them a light coat of cooking spray to make the sugar coating stick.
6. Roll one of the donut holes in the prepared powdered sugar until evenly coated, shake off excess, and place back on the rack. Repeat with the remaining donut holes. When kept in a zip lock bag in the fridge, the donut holes should keep for about a week.