Vegan peanut butter doughnuts with chocolate glaze – soft, peanut buttery doughnuts topped with an amazingly silky chocolate glaze by The Date Lady. These are to die for!
Quick question: have you guys also noticed that doughnuts are having a MAJOR moment right now?
I feel like literally every other picture I see on Instagram is some wildly beautiful doughnut, whether it’s drenched in sprinkles, covered in chocolate, or stuck on top of a cake or milkshake (note to self – make a recipe for a doughnut-topped cake/milkshake, ASAP).
I’m definitely not mad, because doughnuts are super fun to look at, and even more fun to eat (obviously). What does make me mad, though, is how absolutely horrible a traditional doughnut is, nutritionally speaking.
With these vegan peanut butter doughnuts with chocolate glaze, we don’t have that problem. They’re rich, sweet, and super decadent, while also being made with only simple, healthy ingredients.
First of all, it’s no secret I love making healthy, baked doughnuts – these were literally the most popular recipe on the blog last year. I’m not sure what it is about doughnuts, but they’re just a genuinely fun food. I think it’s probably the nostalgia they can bring back, memories of a super indulgent, sweet treat you don’t get all the time. Well now, we CAN have them more regularly in the form of baked, healthified, peanut butter chocolate doughnut heaven.
These vegan peanut butter doughnuts with chocolate glaze are the best yet to have ever graced my kitchen, no question. How could they not be? Chocolate + peanut butter = automatic success.
First of all, we begin with dry ingredients – whole grain, rolled oats ground into flour, and stevia for sweetness.
With my doughnut recipes, sometimes I use date paste, and sometimes I use stevia. Since I knew the peanut butter would add a lot of moisture and that the flavor would over power any caramely date sweetness, I use stevia. We want the peanut butter flavor to really shine through! Therefore, just a little bit of stevia in the batter makes the doughnuts just sweet enough – remember, we have a chocolate glaze to add on top for even more sweetness.
The wet ingredients for the doughnut batter are flax eggs, peanut butter, and some almond milk to bring everything together. As always, makes sure you’re using natural, unsweetened peanut butter. No nasty extras necessary! Spoon or pipe the batter into your doughnut pan and bake for 10 minutes.
These doughnuts are the polar opposite of a traditional doughnut, as far as ingredients go. Typical doughnuts use refined flour, a LOT of unhealthy fat, and of course, they’re usually fried. These are made simple, with fiber-rich oat flour, natural unsweetened peanut butter, and they’re baked. And you will NOT miss the other stuff, trust me.
Once the doughnuts are baked, turn them out of the pan and allow them to cool while you make the glaze. Traditional glazes are made with powdered sugar and something like cream or milk, but we’re obviously going a totally different route.
If you saw this chocolate INSANITY last week, you heard me talk (type?) about how much I love Date Lady products. For this chocolate glaze, I used her chocolate spread. It’s basically like peanut butter consistency, only all chocolate and dates. It is soooo creamy dreamy, and as a result it makes the perfect glaze for doughnut dunking.
Simply thin out a couple of tablespoons of the spread with about a tablespoon of water – I just heat it up in a small bowl in the microwave until it smooth and runny, then dunk the doughnuts. Or drizzle! Your preference – remember, these are a fun treat! Decorate however you like.
If you don’t have The Date Lady chocolate spread, I’d recommend the healthy chocolate sauce I use for these pancakes. Still thick and rich, and the perfect chocolatey partner for the peanut butter doughnuts.
I LOVE taking traditional, fun desserts and making them vegan/healthy. As a result, doughnuts are a favorite for me. Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you give up everything you ever loved and eat grass. It simply means you make new discoveries with ingredients, play around until something works, and you have a delicious, fun, decadent final product that reminds you of all your good food memories, while eliminating the adverse health effects.
That got real deep real quick, but I’m so passionate about this! People think that being plant-based is a limitation, when it really opens your mind to things you’ve never tried, and through that process you realize how amazing you feel. And you get to eat doughnuts!!
There’s your life lesson for the day, courtesy of vegan peanut butter doughnuts with chocolate glaze. In conclusion, bake some healthy doughnuts and feel incredible at the same time.
These vegan peanut butter doughnuts with chocolate glaze are magical. Thick, gooey, peanut butter packed doughnuts topped with rich, silky chocolate glaze. Baked with ingredients that will make your body feel amazing, rather than feeling like a fat little doughnut, these will be your new favorite healthy, fun, weekend breakfast.
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!