Vegan Baked Doughnuts

Moist, slightly sweet, cakey baked doughnuts. HEALTHY DOUGHNUTS. These vegan baked doughnuts are easily made gluten free and sweetened naturally!

Donuts 1

Joe and I had a ton of wedding stuff going on this past weekend – we went to our venue with my mom and made all the food decisions. I chose not to try anything so I was happy my mom was there and Joe tasted a few things to help decide! The chef said he’d be really accommodating and prepare something to fit the way that I like to eat on our special day, so now I’m even more excited, if that’s possible! My dad was supposed to go to but ended up getting sick at the last minute 🙁 It was the first time Joe had been to the country club where we’ll have our ceremony and reception and he loved it! Planning is really starting to pick up now (florist arrangements, invitations, etc.), I just am SO grateful for my mother, she’s seriously my perfect wedding planner. She’s already done so much to help and I’m sure she’ll be what saves my sanity and keeps this as enjoyable for me as it has been so far.

Now that I think of it, I should’ve baked her up some of these! My mama LOVES  good doughnut. Who doesn’t love doughnuts?! These vegan baked doughnuts are healthy AND ready in less than a half hour, from start to finish. What’s not to love?! I’ve always been a pancake girl in terms of breakfast. Lately I’ve been doing tons of banana/protein/pumpkin varieties, but I wanted to make a healthy spin on doughnuts for a fun, healthy weekend breakfast. Pancakes coming soon though, promise!! In the meantime, grab a cup of coffee, because these baked doughnuts are just begging to be dunked.

Donuts 2

Even though I’m a chocolate/almond butter/banana addict through and through, I wanted to nail down a healthy, plain/vanilla doughnut recipe first. I’m super excited about how these turned out and my mind is already full of ideas for future flavors, but for now we’ve got a classic, cake doughnut. These are made with whole grain oat flour to keep you full all day long, sweetened naturally with dates, and have added nutritional punch from flaxseeds. I enjoyed mine after a tough workout with a cup of coffee – so perfect.

Donus 3

I used a doughnut pans to bake these in the oven – it was only $10 and I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it from now on. If you don’t have a doughnut pan I’m sure this batter would also bake up beautifully in a muffin tin! They smelled so vanilla-y (?!) and slightly nutty from the oat flour, it was absolutely divine to open the oven. The texture of these vegan baked doughnuts is soft and moist, but they’re still hearty and just perfectly chewy from the oats. Can’t describe how excited I am to try some flavor variations…chocolate glaze, almond butter glaze, a FILLING!? Healthy baked DOUGHNUTS. And ready so fast! Still can’t even.

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If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Post a picture on instagram and tag me @beamingbanana!

Vegan Baked Doughnuts

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 doughnuts


  • 1 1/2 cups whole grain oat flour
  • 1/2 cup date paste (I used 8 dates blended with 1/2 c water)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal, 3 tbsp water, set in the fridge for 30 minutes before adding to other ingredients)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend the whole grain oats into flour and measure out 1 1/2 cups.
  3. Blend pitted dates and water and measure out 1/2 cup of paste, add to a bowl separate from the dry ingredients.
  4. Add the flax egg, almond milk and vanilla to the date paste and mix thoroughly.
  5. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until it's all combined.
  6. Spray a doughnut pan with coconut oil spray.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Let the doughnuts cool in the pan before turning out, then store in the fridge!