Spicy Chocolate Donuts

DSC_0013I know, more donuts – more vegan donuts. But I’ll tell you why. Donuts are the thing right now, they are the new cupcake, especially when they’re baked. Suddenly, you can go out and buy a donut pan almost anywhere, pinterest is full of donut recipes and food bloggers are getting super creative with their donut flavor combos. Watch out for these little round treats popping up at your favorite bakery, if they haven’t jumped on the donut train already.

They really are a lot of fun to make. They might just be cake baked to look more like a pool toy, but that distinct shape makes a crispy layer all around the outside and inside, and it is so delicious. These donuts are vegan, but they are easy to de-veganize if you are interested in doing so. Just replace the flax with 1 egg, use regular butter instead of margarine and use milk instead of almond milk.  Tada! Vegan no more.

Spicy Chocolate Donuts

Makes 6 standard size donuts

  • 3/4 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or soy, or coconut, or rice, whatever you like)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 4 Tbsp margarine (I used earth balance)


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, salt, cayenne and chipotle in a bowl, set aside.

Combine the almond milk, vinegar, flax and margarine and melt in a small pot over low heat until melted, stir to thoroughly combine.


Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, just enough to combine.


Scoop the batter into a piping bag or a large plastic ziplock bag and pipe it into the greased donut wells until about 2/3 full.


Bake 10-13 minutes until they spring back when you gently poke them. While they are baking combine the sugar and cinnamon for the topping, put the mixture in a shallow bowl to make coating the donuts easier.

Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before taking them out. While they are still slightly warm, toss them in the cinnamon sugar mixture. If the cinnamon sugar isn’t sticking, lightly spritz the donuts with water, then try again.

Dive into one of these with a big glass of milk (or soymilk).

DSC_0018Warning: these may be too spicy for cute kittens.



2 thoughts on “Spicy Chocolate Donuts

  1. These are beautiful Taylor! I didn’t realize baked donuts were “The new thing.” That must be why mine are going nuts are pinterest. I guess I need to get some more use out of that donut pan!

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