Few treats evoke the spirit of Christmas quite like a candy cane. I really wanted to incorporate this festive treat into an exchange-ready dessert. I know at this time of year, cookies are the go-to recipes to share with friends. Why not mix things up with a donut?
If you’ve made any of my donut recipes before, you’ll know that this baked version comes out much more “cakey” than store-bought pastries. It’s on the lighter side but definitely still tastes indulgent!
Many people don’t realize just how easy donuts are to make. Once you purchase a cheap donut pan, it’s as simple as making muffins. I guarantee friends will be impressed, and they’ll never know just how little effort you put in! Lazy baking for the win😛
Peppermint extract is totally optional in this recipe (as it does have a rather strong flavor that many people do not enjoy). The chocolate glaze takes these to the next level, but feel free to substitute any frosting recipe you prefer!
I think Santa would be a BIG fan of these donuts. This recipe yields six donuts and is inspired by Loving It Vegan. Let me know if you try these out by tagging @garlichead on Instagram. 🎄🎅 Thanks friends!
- 1 cup whole wheat flour*
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup granulated sweetener of choice
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 2 TBS coconut oil
- 2 TBS applesauce (or banana or pumpkin puree)
- 1 TBS vinegar (apple cider or white)
- 1 tsp vanilla (or 1/4 tsp peppermint extract, if desired)
- 1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips + 1 TBS coconut oil
- Crushed candy canes, for topping
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and lightly oil a six cavity donut pan.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, sweetener, baking soda, and salt.
- In a small bowl, combine almond milk, coconut oil, applesauce, vinegar, and vanilla.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry and whisk so that batter is evenly incorporated and there are no lumps.
- Pour batter into donut pan and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes in the pan. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once cool, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave in 30-second increments until liquid and pourable.
- Dip a donut in the chocolate sauce, flip, and sprinkle immediately with crushed candy canes. These treats are best when fresh but will last for a few days in the fridge.
*Feel free to use all-purpose flour here. I haven’t tried oat flour yet so please let me know if you do!