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Soft, tender Oil Free Vegan Donuts are a perfect treat for breakfast or snack time! These are made in minutes with easy ingredients, and are a healthier option for all donut lovers!

Stack of cinnamon sugar covered oil free vegan baked donuts on parchment paper with cloth napkin in background.

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When my daughters were growing up, I always celebrated the coming of fall with homemade donuts. This year fall came late, and I was thinking about how to celebrate it’s final arrival. Oil free donuts sounded great!

I was a little skeptical about how these would turn out. Would they be dry? Rubbery? Stick to the donut pan? When I told my daughter I was going to make them, she asked me how I was going to get them out of the pan. I wasn’t sure if they’d come out of the pan easily, but I decided to give it a try.

I’m happy to say, these oil free donuts turned out perfect!

Cinnamon sugar coated donuts and cinnamon sticks on a wire cooling rack.

If you’re looking for a donut option without all that oil, you’re definitely going to want to try this recipe! They are so soft and tender, lightly spiced, and perfectly sweetened. A much lighter donut option.

Now I wouldn’t call this a health food with the all purpose flour and sugar. But it’s so much healthier than the fat laden donuts from the doughnut shops or grocery stores. And we all deserve a sweet treat now and then.

Closeup image of cinnamon sugar donuts on a piece of parchment paper.

These are so quick and easy, taking less than 30 minutes, you can enjoy donuts any time you want! And what’s better than a warm, fresh donut?


These donuts are made with simple ingredients, but taste heavenly! They’re so fresh and light!

Ingredients for Oil Free Vegan Baked Donuts
  • All purpose flour – for the lightest donuts, I chose to use unbleached all-purpose flour. If you are gluten free, I would recommend using a high quality 1:1 gluten free flour blend.
  • Organic sugar – coconut sugar can also be used.
  • Baking powder and Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg – for that classic baked donut flavor.
  • Non-dairy milk – I prefer to use soy milk, but almond milk or oat milk should work just as well.
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Vanilla extract
  • Apple cider vinegar

How to make

These donuts are so simple to make. The only special equipment you need is a donut pan. I love the nonstick donut pans by Wilton. Silicone donut pans would also work well.

Whisk together the dry ingredients. Stir together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Glass bowl of dry ingredients with a whisk in bowl and cloth napkin on the side.
Glass bowl of wet ingredients next to a cloth napkin.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir together until combined.

Glass bowl of donut batter with whisk.

Spoon or pipe the batter into donut pans.

Donut batter being spooned into a donut pan.
Donut batter in a donut pan.

Bake until lightly brown around the edges, about 11 minutes.

Baked vegan donuts in a donut pan.

Remove from the pan and place on a cooling rack.

When the donuts are cool enough to handle, dip them into a cinnamon sugar mixture.

Baked vegan donut being dipped into bowl of cinnamon sugar with cloth napkin and wire rack of donuts in the background.
Cinnamon sugar coated donut being held above a bowl of cinnamon sugar with cloth napkin and cooling rack of donuts in background.

Frequently asked questions

How long will oil free vegan donuts last?

These donuts are best eaten when still warm, but will keep for 2 to 3 days in a closed container on the counter.

Can I make these donuts gluten free?

I haven’t tested this recipe with gluten free flour, but I would recommend a high quality 1 to 1 gluten free baking flour blend.

What if I don’t have a donut pan?

Donut pans are fairly inexpensive, so if you want to make homemade donuts I would recommend purchasing one. Otherwise, you can bake these in a regular or mini muffin pan. The baking time will likely be different.

Closeup image of cinnamon sugar donuts on a piece of parchment paper.

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Cinnamon sugar donuts on parchment paper with a bit taken out of one of them.

Vegan Donuts

Teresa Sklenicka
Soft and tender vegan donuts are a perfect treat for breakfast or snack time! These are made in minutes with easy ingredients, and are a healthier option for all donut lovers!
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 donuts
Calories 128.6 kcal


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • cup organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ cup soy milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  • Stir together the wet ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined, but do not over mix.
  • Spoon the batter into the donut pan. I use a teaspoon for this, but a piping bag can make this job easier.
  • Bake the donuts for 11 to 12 minutes, until they spring back when gently tapped.
  • When cooled, drizzle with glaze or press into bowl of cinnamon sugar.


Serving: 1donutCalories: 128.6kcalCarbohydrates: 28.2gProtein: 2.8gFat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 239.7mgPotassium: 55.57mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11.6gVitamin A: 12.55IUVitamin C: 0.14mgCalcium: 74.93mgIron: 1.17mg
Keyword Oil Free, Quick & Easy, Vegan
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By on October 27th, 2022

About Teresa Sklenicka

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