Vegan Chai Spiced Donuts

Presenting my vegan and gluten-free Chai Donuts.
If fall season could be baked into a soft and fluffy baked good, this would be it! I had one of these last Saturday while curled up in a blanket, sipping a fresh cup of coffee while also bird watching from my window and I never wanted it to end.
 
These donuts are great to bake for family gatherings, holiday dinner desserts, fall birthdays, thank-you gifts or just because you feel like it. Honestly… sometimes you really just need a freshly baked donut in your life so do yourself a favor and save this recipe before you forget!

Tips and Substitutes:

I have used almond flour instead of oat flour but it did not turn out as fluffy. It was still pretty good but if you want a soft and fluffy donut I highly recommend oat flour.
 
How to make oat flour? My favorite gluten-free brand of oats is Bakery on Main. You can use rolled oats or quick oats for thie recipe. Add your oats to a blender and blend! Yes, it is that easy. I always blend my oats ahead of time and store the oat flour in a jar.
 
Instead of brown sugar you may use cane sugar or coconut sugar. I have not yet tried sugar substitutes such as splenda and stevia.
 
I used pumpkin spice seasoning because it already has most of the spices I need in one. If you don’t have pumpkin spice seasoning you can use 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, ½ tsp nutmeg, ½ tsp ground allspice, ¼ tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp ground cardamom.
 
Instead of almond milk you can also use soy, oat, flax or cashew milk.
 
Don’t have coconut oil? No worries! Vegetable, olive and avocado oil work well too!
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Vegan Chai Spiced Donuts


  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup Gluten-free Flour
  • 1 cup @bakeryonmain Oat Flour
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Bags of Chai Tea
  • 1 tbsp Pumpkin Spice*
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1 & 1/4 cups Almond Milk

Glaze:

  • 1 cup Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice
  • 2-4 tsp Soy or Almond Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F (204 Celcius).
  2. In a small pot, simmer almond milk. Be careful to not burn it and as soon as it is about to boil turn it off.
  3. Steep the 3 bags of chai tea in the hot milk for 5 minutes.
  4. Add all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix well.
  5. Add milk tea and coconut oil to a separate small bowl and mix well.
  6. Pour your wet ingredients into the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and combine well but avoid over-mixing.
  7. Spray donut pan with cooking spray and add batter slowly. Fill each donut mold about 3/4 of the way full.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes. Check with a toothpick before taking out.
  9. Let cool off. Meanwhile make your glaze by adding all glaze ingredients into a bowl and whisking together.
  10. Once donuts are completely cooled, dip them in the glaze bowl and set aside for another 15 minutes.
* If you don’t have pumpkin spice seasoning you can use 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, ½ tsp nutmeg, ½ tsp ground allspice, ¼ tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp ground cardamom.

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