7 points to score vegan donuts
Homer Simpson said it best, “Donuts. Is there anything you can’t do? ”These round, doughy delicacies are the snack that never gets boring, despite being ubiquitous since the mid-19th century. Whether glazed, filled or powdered, each variety is as delicious as the last.
And while most old-school donut varieties have milk or egg ingredients, these sugary treats have proven their worth over the past few years, and updated versions of the old classics can be found everywhere. With specialty donut shops popping up across the country there are plenty of vegan varieties.
Here are seven places that prove donuts don’t need milk, eggs, or other animal ingredients to be insanely tasty:
“If I told you that eating a cupcake could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of wildlife, vegetation, rainforests and ecosystems, would you?” Asks Vegan Treats owner Danielle Konya. The answer is a resounding yes – and it goes for donuts too. This socially conscious Pennsylvania bakery – founded on the idea of saving animals and the planet – offers a range of delicious donuts. Flavors change regularly and include options like almond-glazed pretzel donuts with Swiss chocolate, raspberry mousse rings, black and white, Boston cream donuts, pumpkin mousse long johns, lemon meringue donuts, cinnamon rolls and – get the – vegan fried “chicken” and waffles maple glazed donuts (picture above). Are you dying yet? And if you want to branch out, the bakery’s range of sweets also includes pastries, vegan soft ice cream, and many other goodies.
Photo by Kylie Campbell
In this day and age, a lack of official social media presence generally means one thing: they’re so popular that you don’t have to bother posting IG updates. It’s Ronald’s donuts, a Las Vegas staple in a mall with long lines of devoted donuts. The vegan donut spread at this place is really impressive and includes everything from donuts to cream fillings to classically glazed and (of course) donut holes. Grab a dozen in a classic pink box and eat.
Courtesy photo of Dun-Well Donuts
Literally inspired by Homer’s aforementioned love of round confections (the co-founder watched an episode of Simpson and the idea was born), this New York-based spot has locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Everything is 100 percent vegan, so you can eat bananas and eat your weight in donuts – should you get the mood. They have all of the classics (traditional glaze, cinnamon sugar, toasted coconut, vanilla sprinkles, chocolate, berries, jelly powder, peanut butter and jelly) – plus special rotating flavors like “The Homer” (pink with sprinkles), pie donuts, pink lemonade and more.
Photo courtesy of Voodoo Donuts
If plain glazed donuts bore you to tears, voodoo donuts are probably closer to your flavor profile. Started by a couple of BFFs in Portland, Oregon, the spot has now expanded to Texas and Colorado. Voodoo is not a purely vegan operation, but there are plenty of vegan options on the insanely extensive menu. Try the Diablos Rex, a chocolate cake donut with chocolate icing, red sprinkles, a vanilla pentagram (you read that right), and chocolate chips; the Triple Chocolate Penetration Donut with cocoa puffs; or the famous Voodoo Doll Donut – yeast filled with raspberry jelly with chocolate icing and a pretzel stick.
Mighty-O has a simple mission: to make delicious organic donuts without any animal products; and exuberant customers would say they more than accomplished their mission. Donuts come in vanilla cake, chocolate cake, specialty, yeast dough – and mini-Os. Flavors include Cuckoo for Coconut – chocolate frozen with coconut; Chocolate Peanut Butter – peanut butter glazed on chocolate; Twists, homemade yeast with icing or cinnamon and sugar; Fried apple slices; and many others. The brand has cafes in three neighborhoods of Seattle: Greenlake, Ballard, and Capitol Hill. In the words of owner Ryan Keller, “Pursue the good and try not to do the bad things.” Donuts count as the good, of course.
Photo courtesy Donut Friend
Somebody donut sandwich? At Donut Friend, the donut experience is all about customization. Decide on one of the characteristic creations (such as the Bacon 182 with coconut bacon and maple glaze or the cream-filled, chocolate-covered Custard Front Drive) or make your own. Start with a yeast or cake donut, fill it with everything from tofutti cream cheese to caramelized apples, and pour over some sauces, nuts, or candy. It’s like a donut sandwich on steroids; all the sugar-sweet goodness one could ask for.
Oakland, Los Angeles and Berkeley, California.
This uniquely nicknamed candy store is ground zero for vegan donuts and cruelty-free brunch in three sunny California cities – Los Angeles, Oakland, and Berkeley. Options include fancy treats like donuts and filled jelly (only on weekends!) As well as classics like vanilla icing and cinnamon sugar – and unique flavors like salted caramel, lavender earl gray and whiskey tangerine fig. They also serve an all vegan brunch (including cookies and gravy) – so save some stomach space.
Hannah Sentenac is a freelance writer and journalist covering topics such as vegetarian food, drink, pop culture, travel, and animal welfare. She has written for Live Happy Magazine, Foxnews.com, MindBodyGreen.com, and numerous other publications and websites. Hannah is also the Editor-in-Chief of LatestVeganNews.com, a publication devoted to positive, original news from the vegan and plant-based world.