My husband and kids love chocolate donuts. Ironically, I got a Baby Cakes Donut Maker for Christmas. A subtle hint? Even though I typically don't bake, I decided to try making oil-free mini chocolate donuts. These bite-sized mini chocolate donuts are easy to make and even easier to pop in your mouth.
Despite the array of donut shops in our area, all the vegan donuts are oily and fried. Baked donuts, on the other hand, don't have any oil or sugar. In fact, I veganized a recipe in the Baby Cakes Donut cookbook, and to my surprise, they turned out perfectly.
Because my family loved them, I hope your family will enjoy them as well.
What ingredients are in mini chocolate donuts?
- All-purpose flour
- Maple syrup
- Baking powder
- Oat Milk
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple sauce
- Vanilla Extract
Don't have a donut maker? No worries...Other ways to make mini chocolate donuts
Obviously, everyone doesn't have a Baby Cakes Donut Maker, but simple ways to make these mini chocolate donuts without a donut maker.
First, any mini-muffin pan works great! In fact, using this method gives you bit-sized donut holes.
Another suggestion is to use a large donut pan for larger full-sized donuts. I prefer the silicone donut pans because they are naturally non-stick and doesn't require any oils or sprays.
Similar to a mini muffin pan, donut hole pans make perfectly round donut holes as well.
Regardless of what method you choose, these baked oil-free donuts are delicious.
Although the donuts are delicious without any glaze or chocolate, a little dip into some vegan chocolate makes them extra yummy.
What can I find vegan chocolate chips?
Luckily, vegan chocolate chips are readily available in the grocery stores where I live. But, not everyone can find vegan chocolate so easily. So, here are a few of my favorites, available in a variety of places.
Believe it or not, all you need is a 1/4 cup of vegan chocolate chips, melted for an entire batch of mini chocolate donuts.
- Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (mini chips, regular chips, and chunks)
- Gefen Vegan Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips
- Haddar Vegan Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips
- Lily's Sweets Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips
- Paschas Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Chips
An alternative to using vegan chocolate chips is a combination of raw cashews, unsweetened cocoa powder, and maple syrup.
Of course, I prefer the cashew option, but you can melt vegan chocolate chip,s or enjoy them plain if you have a nut allergy.
Since my family loves coconut, I dipped some of my mini chocolate donuts in flaked coconut. Available in sweetened or unsweetened, coconut gives the donuts an additional nutty flavor my family enjoyed.
Everyone at my house likes coffee, except for me of course. I'm more of a green tea and donut girl.
If you like a something a little sweet from time to time, try these healthy desserts
- Pomegranate Chocolates
- Chocolate Vegan Pudding
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- Simple Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Vegan Vanilla Pudding
- Orange Cranberry Bread
- Cranberry Bars
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂