Vegan Glazed Donut Recipe with a Secret

This recipe for these homemade yeast-free donuts is perfect. It makes fluffy and delicious vegan donuts glazed with a touch of lemon.

Are you ready for a sweet surprise that will revolutionize your donut game? Get ready to indulge in the delectable goodness of vegan glazed donuts, but with a secret twist that will leave your taste buds tingling with delight. Say hello to the unexpected hero of this recipe: sweet potato.

vegan glazed donuts

About this recipe

Yes, you read it right! Sweet potato. This seemingly humble root vegetable adds a whole new dimension to these already mouthwatering treats. When it comes to donuts, the classic glazed variety holds a special place in our hearts.

This unassuming vegetable works its magic by adding natural sweetness, moisture, and a beautiful golden hue to the donuts. The result? A melt-in-your-mouth texture that is beyond compare. And with the added bonus of sweet potato’s nutritional benefits, you can enjoy these glazed donuts without a hint of guilt.

The perfect combination of soft, pillowy dough and a sticky, sugary glaze is simply irresistible. But what if we told you that we have a recipe that not only takes this beloved treat to a whole new level but also makes it vegan?

These are no-yeast doughnuts

Wow, these donuts are truly one-of-a-kind! The recipe skips the yeast and instead incorporates sweet potato into the dough. Ale Cooks, a plant-based blog, created this recipe, and even though it includes a vegetable, you won’t even notice it!

The recipe calls for deep frying, which may not be the healthiest option, but it definitely takes these donuts to the next level of deliciousness.


  • Sweet potato. Sweet potato gives body to the donut dough. As a long-time vegan cook, I’m still surprised by how amazing vegetables are.
  • Almond milk or any other vegetable milk
  • Lemon juice
  • Vegan butter and vegetable oil
  • Vanilla
  • Cane sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Vegetable oil, use avocado or safflower vegetable oil.

How to make vegan donuts at home?

  1. In order to create the perfect dough, begin by combining all the necessary ingredients in a generously sized bowl. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, ensuring that they are well incorporated until a seamless and smooth dough is formed.
  2. To continue with the recipe, gently transfer the dough onto a generously floured surface. Using your hands, softly press and shape the dough into a ball. Knead the dough 5-7 times until it’s smooth, elastic, and doesn’t stick to the surface or your hands. This will help you to achieve the perfect dough consistency for your desired dish.
  3. Gently flatten the dough using a rolling pin until it reaches a thickness of 1/2 inch. Then, with a doughnut cutter or a round cookie cutter, cut out the doughnuts.
  4. Fry in batches until they turn golden brown. Afterward, it is best to let it sit for a few minutes to allow any excess oil to drain and for the doughnut to cool down to a safe temperature before dipping it in the glaze.
  5. Go ahead and take those delicious donuts and dip them into the glaze.
Taking a vegan donuts out from the frying oil

Tips for the perfect donut

Vegan ingredients. First and foremost, let’s talk about the ingredients. To make vegan glazed donuts, you’ll need plant-based milk, such as almond or soy milk, instead of regular cow’s milk. You’ll also need dairy-free butter or vegetable oil instead of traditional butter. Don’t forget to use vegan-friendly sugar.

The dough. When it comes to the dough, it’s important to use high-quality flour. Opt for all-purpose flour or a mix of whole wheat and all-purpose flour for a healthier twist.

Flavors. To add flavor to your donuts, experiment with different extracts such as vanilla, almond, or even citrus extracts.

The glaze. For a vegan version of donut glaze, replace the milk with a plant-based substitute like almond or coconut milk. Lemon is used in this recipe, but feel free to experiment with different variations.

How to cut. To shape your donuts, there are a few options. You can use a donut pan to create round donuts with a perfect shape, or you can roll out the dough and use a donut cutter or even a glass and a smaller circle cutter to cut out the donut shapes. Don’t forget to keep the center of your donuts, as this will become the holes!

Frying. Once your donuts are shaped and ready, it’s time to fry them. Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a heavy-bottomed pot until it reaches a temperature of around 350°F (175°C). Carefully drop your donuts into the oil and fry them for a few minutes on each side until they turn golden brown.

After frying, place your donuts on a cooling rack to let any excess oil drain off. While they’re still warm (not hot), dip them into the glaze, making sure to coat them evenly. You can also sprinkle some toppings such as shredded coconut, chopped nuts, or colorful sprinkles for added visual appeal.

Enjoy! Now that your vegan glazed donuts are ready, it’s time to enjoy them! Serve them fresh and savor every bite. These donuts are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even as a sweet treat throughout the day. They’re sure to satisfy your cravings and impress your friends and family.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Vegan Glazed Donuts

Vegan glazed donuts on a cooling rack.

Vegan glazed donuts

Alejandra Graf
This recipe for these homemade yeast-free donuts is perfect. It makes fluffy and delicious vegan donuts glazed with a touch of lemon.
4.25 de 4 votos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Baked goods
Cuisine American
Servings 12 donuts
Calories 222 kcal


  • Frying thermometer
  • Spider strainer


  • ½ cup cooked sweet potato
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon melted vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 4-6 cups vegetable oil


  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Mix the sweet potato, milk, sugar, lemon juice, butter, oil, and vanilla very well. When everything is entirely incorporated, add the powders.
  • Mix until a smooth dough comes together. Put the dough on a floured surface and knead until it does not stick, 5-7 times.
  • Add flour to a rolling pin and roll the dough to1/2 in thick, cut the circles.
  • Add the oil in a heavy pot and heat. Let the oil reach 350ºF and start frying the donuts. Do not overcrowd the pot. Turn the donuts halfway through.
  • Take them out and let them drain on a tray with paper towels or with a cooling rack.
  • To make the glassé mix the sugar and the lemon juice.
  • When the donuts are warm, dip them into the glaze and return to the cooling rack.


These donuts are inspired by the Bon appétit magazine of May 202


Calories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 27mgPotassium: 167mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 2287IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg
Keyword deep fried vegan dougnuts, donuts


Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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