Every year, doughnuts are celebrated twice – National Doughnut Day falls once in June and once in November. That makes perfect sense to us. Doughnuts are so yumtastic; once a year is just not enough to celebrate one of America’s favorite treats.
On National Doughnut Day, many shops give out free doughnuts. Woohoo! There are more and more vegan doughnut shops popping up, especially in New York City. If you don’t have one near you, don’t despair. It’s easy to make your own doughnuts right at home. You don’t even have to have any special equipment. Check out How to Make Vegan Doughnuts Even If You Don’t Have a Doughnut Pan.
Last summer we brought you 10 Delectable Vegan Doughnuts for National Doughnut Day. This time, let’s focus on doughnuts with seasonal autumn flavors. Now that there’s a chill in the air and the days are getting shorter, we need the warm flavors and aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, chai, maple, apple cider, gingerbread and pumpkin to keep us cozy. Here are 10 delicious doughnuts that celebrate the flavors of autumn.
1. Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts with Chocolate Cinnamon Icing
These Vegan Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts are everything you’re looking for in a doughnut. They’re firm, a little spongy, and moist. With the pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves all combined … cue the trumpets and angels singing. And if the pumpkin spice flavors aren’t enough to make you swoon, there’s the dark chocolate and cinnamon icing that covers the top and drips down the sides. Pure pumpkin chocolate heaven!
2. Caramel Pecan Rosemary Doughnuts
These Caramel Pecan Rosemary Doughnuts are a grown-up, healthier version of the sticky, pink frosted ones you may have had as a child. These yeasted doughnuts are baked instead of fried and less sweet. Topped with date caramel, toasted pecans, and a scattering of fresh rosemary, the combination of flavors is amazing.
3. Spicy Cinnamon Butterscotch Doughnuts
The warm smell of cinnamon is enough to warm your soul. These Spicy Cinnamon Butterscotch Doughnuts are perfect on a cold winter’s day. The ginger coconut sugar lends extra warmth and depth to the coconut cream icing.
4. Gingerbread Chia Doughnuts
When the weather gets cold, it’s time for gingerbread. Instead of cookies, make these Gingerbread Chia Doughnuts. Chia seeds are the powerhouse ingredient in this fragrant spiced doughnut. Not only do they help bind the dough together, but they also add a good amount of fiber. Delicious doughnuts that are also good for you? Yes, please!
5. Spiced Apple Doughnuts with Apple Cider Glaze
These Spiced Apple Doughnuts with Apple Cider Glaze are the epitome of autumn. With warm apple cider and cozy spices, it doesn’t get more autumnal than that! Eat a doughnut or two with a mug of warm apple cider right after you go apple picking, and then jump in a big pile of leaves for the full fall experience.
6. Maple Sweetened Zucchini Doughnuts with Date Frosting
If you like zucchini bread, you’ll love these Maple Sweetened Zucchini Doughnuts. They are baked rather than fried so they are really just like cake in the form of a doughnut. With chopped nuts and date frosting, these doughnuts are sort of like muffin tops that we all know is the best part of any muffin.
7. Raw Apple Cider Doughnuts
These Raw Apple Cider Doughnuts are made with Brazil nuts and almond flour and oats. They’re dense, crusty on the outside, and soft in the middle – a perfectly lovely and healthful version of the traditionally fried treats. The cinnamon-sugar coating makes it extra-special.
8. Gluten-Free Doughnuts 3 Ways!
One kind of yummy doughnuts is a treat but three kinds is pure heaven! These Gluten-Free Doughnuts are so easy to make and just adorable. You can top the vanilla or chocolate doughnuts with strawberry glaze, salted milk chocolate glaze, or hazelnut dark chocolate glaze. You’ll have to taste each one … for quality assurance purposes, of course.
9. Vanilla Glazed Vegan Yeast Doughnuts
Sometimes you just want to indulge in something fried and crunchy. These Vanilla Glazed Vegan Yeast Doughnuts with the super-sweet vanilla glaze are worth the indulgence. They rise twice so you get a doughnut that’s light, fluffy and oh so good!
10. Chai Spiced Baked Doughnuts
These Chai Spiced Baked Doughnuts are like having snickerdoodles in doughnut form. Infused with chai tea in the batter and chai spices in the crunchy glaze, these doughnuts are a double dose of autumn deliciousness.
Doughnuts make everyone happy. Whether they are glazed or jelly-filled, fried or baked, round or long, doughnuts are a sweet treat that’s hard to resist.
Lead image source: Spiced Apple Doughnuts with Apple Cider Glaze