Cranberry Orange Glazed Donuts (VEGAN/GF)

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The holiday season is always full of sweet treats. So why not add donuts to the mix? These cranberry orange glazed donuts are zesty and sweet and delicious. They can be made gluten-free or gluten-full. You won’t even notice their vegan. They’re also smaller than most donuts on the market these days… so eating two is technically like eating one?!

This was actually my first time making donuts, and I’m proud of how they turned out. My first batch, not so much. Although they did taste good, so nothing went to waste! Now that I’ve invested in a donut pan (which I highly suggest, you know you wanna make these!) I’m excited to experiment more.

Enjoy each bite, and let me know what you think!

Cranberry Orange Glazed Donuts (VEGAN/GF)

Yield: 12 Donuts

Time: 40 minutes

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE DONUTS:

1 ¾  cups gluten free flour blend (I used King Arthur) or all-purpose flour 

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoon baking powder 

½ tsp nutmeg

2 tablespoons flax meal + 6 tbsp water 

½ cup sugar 

¾  cup unsweetened non-dairy milk 

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tbsp orange juice 

3 teaspoons orange zest 

½ cup unsweetened apple sauce or vegetable oil 

 ½ cup dried cranberries 

FOR THE GLAZE:

1 cup organic powdered sugar

3 tbsp orange juice

zest of one orange

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside a non-stick or greased donut pan.

  2. In a small bowl, combine flax meal and water to form two flax “egg” and then set aside. In another small bowl, combine non-dairy milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside to let curdle.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg. Again, in another bowl, combine and mix sugar, vanilla extract, orange juice, orange zest, apple sauce, flax egg, and non-dairy milk/apple cider vinegar mixture.

  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together. Mix for about 30-45 seconds. Then add dried cranberries.

  5. Transfer the batter into your donut pan. Make sure to only fill them about 3/4 of the way. Bake for about 18-20 minutes until the donuts are slightly golden. You may insert a toothpick to ensure it comes out clean.

  6. Let the donuts cool for about 10 minutes, then take gently remove them from the pan onto a wire wrack.

  7. To make the glaze, mix powdered sugar and orange juice in a bowl. You might want to put some wax or parchment paper below the wire rack. Dip the top of each donut into the mixture and place back on the rack. Top with cranberries and orange zest.