We don’t know about you, but if you ask us, doughnuts are one of life’s most perfect foods. There’s just no experience quite like stepping into a doughnut shop where the fragrance of freshly fried doughnuts hangs in the air with a clear view of a dessert case packed with a variety of tempting flavors. Doughnuts may be about a dime a dozen when you’re not avoiding eggs or dairy, but when you are, the task of finding one becomes a little more challenging.
Thankfully, all-vegan doughnut shops or shops that offer vegan doughnuts are becoming more popular in the U.S. — and you can find them in just about every major city. Trust us, you dough-not want to miss out on any of these vegan-friendly doughnut shops:
1. Portland, Oregon
Doe Donuts is Portland, Oregon’s very first all-vegan doughnut shop! It all started with two women, Crystal and Carly, who worked together at a local natural grocery chain. Looking to make their location stand out from other franchise locations, Carly, a professional baker of 13 years, began making vegan doughnuts for the bakery every Sunday, offering two flavors. Crystal, a graduate of Oregon Culinary Institute with a degree in baking and pastry management, later joined in and together, they perfected their recipe for vegan doughnuts. Two years later, Doe Donuts became a reality.
At Doe Donuts, you’ll find standard flavors such as Banana Bread (with a fresh banana glaze), French Toast, and the Doe! (a strawberry milk frosted doughnut with sprinkles), as well as seasonal offerings such as S’mores Stuffed, Matcha, and Peach Streusel. We recommend trying these Matcha Doughnuts With White Chocolate Cardamom Icing or these Banana Bread Doughnuts if you want to try a homemade version.
Stop on by Portland’s first all-vegan doughnut shop at 8201 Southeast Powell Boulevard.
Voodoo Doughnut, a doughnut shop with locations in Oregon, Texas, California, and Colorado, was founded by long-time friends Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon. Together, they set out to open up a doughnut shop in Portland, Oregon. Just one problem: neither of them had ever made a doughnut before. Luckily, they were able to hook up with some doughnut-making masters for intel and soon, Voodoo Doughnuts was born. While it’s not a vegan doughnut shop, customers looking to grab a dairy-free doughnut will find refuge inside this charming pink doughnut shop.
On regular rotation, they have flavors like School Daze PB&J, a “raised yeast shell filled with raspberry jelly, topped with peanut butter and a side dip of peanuts,” (try these Healthier Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Doughnuts if you love PB&J!) Chocolate Tang, a “vegan chocolate cake doughnut dipped in chocolate frosting and Tang,” and Chico Stick, a “plain vegan cake doughnut dipped in vanilla frosting with crushed Chico Stick.”
If you’re ever in Portland, you can stop by their shop located at 22 Southwest 3rd Avenue or their shop at 1501 Northeast Davis Street.
2. Los Angeles
Located in sunny LA, Donut Friend is the place to go for anyone who has a love of vegan doughnuts and music-related puns. While this isn’t an all-vegan doughnut shop, Donut Friend is indeed friend to anyone who wants a decadent, ring-shaped treat, sans the animal products. The owner, Mark Trombino, was previously a producer for bands like Blink 182 and Jimmy Eat World, is the mind behind flavors like Bacon 182, which consists of “real maple glaze and coconut bacon on top of our traditional donut,” Polar Berry Club, a “lemon glaze, fresh mixed berries, and mint on top of a traditional donut,” and Srirachosin, “peanut butter, strawberry jam, coconut bacon, and a bit of sriracha sauce inside our traditional donut!” Oh, and did we mention that you can get a vegan doughnut ice cream sandwich? Oh, yeah.
Love the idea of vegan bacon and doughnuts together? Try this recipe for Maple Bacon Doughnut!
You can pick up a box of band pun-named vegan doughnuts by stopping at their location at 5107 York Boulevard.
Pepples Donut Farm, also known as Donut Farm, has been providing selling organic vegan doughnuts since 2006. The founder, Josh Levine, is a San Francisco native who worked for years in the music business before moving on to realize his dream of owning and operating a vegan doughnut shop. He started off small, providing wholesale vegan doughnuts to cafes in SF — but one year later, the company was such a success that Levine was able to open his first retail location. Three years later, he was able to open the very first “Donut Friend” location in Oakland, California. The LA location is their most recent expansion.
On the menu, you’ll find doughnut flavors like classic jelly-filled, Lavender Earl Grey, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and more, as well as breakfast and lunch options. Can’t make it to Portland? Try this Mexican Chocolate Cake Doughnut!
Pick up some vegan doughnuts and lunch at their location on 2609 West Sunset Boulevard.
3. New York City
Dun-Well Doughnuts is an all-vegan doughnnut shop that was born from a craving for a vegan version of a Simpson’s doughnut — yes, really. After watching an anniversary episode that featured the iconic doughnut with strawberry frosting and rainbow sprinkles, founders Christopher Holowell and Dan Dunbar agreed to work towards opening NYC’s first all-vegan doughnut shop. They opened up shop in 2011 and have gone on to be the first vegan doughnut shop to win “Best Doughnuts” by the New York Daily News. They also took the top spot in Food Network Canada’s Donut Showdown, a televised competition in which they took home a $10,000 grand prize.
At Dun-Well Doughnuts, you can pick up strawberry frosted doughnuts with rainbow sprinkles, French toast doughnuts, and you can get a doughnut sundae — and flavor of available doughnuts served with a scoop of vegan ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.
You can find Dun-Well Doughnuts at 222 Montrose Avenue in Brooklyn — right around the corner from the all-vegan Champs Diner or at 102 St. Mark’s Place in Manhattan.
The Cinnamon Snail
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The Cinnamon Snail is the place to be if over-the-top doughnut flavors are your kind of thing. Founded by owned by Adam Sobel, The Cinnamon Snail began as a food truck that found major success in slinging dairy-free, egg-free doughnuts at farmer’s markets. Customers loved the doughnuts so much, that the Snail how has two permanent locations in NYC where you can sit down with a vegan doughnut and burger — one at The Pennsy right outside of Madison Square Garden and one at City Acres Market in the Financial District.
At The Cinnamon Snail, keep an eye out for doughnut flavors like their vegan cookie dough stuffed doughnuts, Thai basil, and their chocolate ganache stuffed s’mores doughnut. And they’re also known for their epic cinnamon rolls, of course! They may not be stuffed with vegan marshmallows (but we totally recommend doing so!), but try these simple S’mores Doughnuts! Or, if cinnamon rolls are your thing, these “Buttermilk” Cinnamon Rolls can’t be beat.
Looking to pay a visit to The Cinnamon Snail? Stop by the corner of 33rd Street and 7th Avenue for their Pennsy location, or visit their City Acres Market location at 70 Pine Street.
4. Detroit, Michigan
Dilla’s Delights is a cozy shop that offers organic doughnuts in a hip hop-inspired space, complete with turntable. It was founded by Herman Hayes, also known as “Uncle Herm,” who was the uncle of late Detroit hip hop legend J Dilla.Although they’re not a completely vegan shop, vegan options for doughnuts are never off the table with flavors offered daily. Not only that, according to their website, they participate in recycling, composting, and “other sustainable business practices” that contribute to healthier living and a better working environment.
Currently, their website lists Cinnamon Raisin as their only vegan flavor, but their Facebook regularly posts updates for flavors and Yelp reviewer Aaron K. mentions that when he went, blueberry doughnuts were on the menu. Try these Healthier Blueberry Baked Doughnuts, which has an added boost of vegan vanilla protein powder!
You can find Dilla’s Delights at their location on 242 John R Street.
5. Nashville, Tennessee
Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery
Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery/Facebook
Anyone looking to pick up gluten-free and vegan treats should pay a visit to Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery in Nashville. Not only are they organic and gluten-free, all of their baked goods are made with organic and local ingredients whenever possible. They’re also made in a dedicated peanut-free facility and offer soy-free and nut-free items as well.
Flavors are always on rotation — pictured above are their soy-free chocolate stuffed doughnuts, but you’ll also find flavors such as organic raspberry lemon, carrot cake, and more. For homemade options, try these Carrot Cake Baked Doughnuts With Maple Coconut Icing or these Raspberry and Coconut Glazed Doughnuts.
Visit them on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at their location on 306 46th Ave N.
6. San Diego
Don’t panic – you’ll be able to get your vegan doughnut fix by heading on over to Donut Panic in San Diego on Wednesday, Saturday, or Sunday. You’ve gotta love how nowadays, even traditional bakeries are starting to offer vegan options, making life better for anyone with dietary restrictions. According to their website, they offer vegan cake doughnuts in flavors such as “maple ‘bacon’, earl grey, the homer (vanilla bean with sprinkles), rose cardamom, and something citrus-y!”
But even if you’re on the opposite side of the country (or if you just can’t make it), you can whip up a batch of these Very Cherry Doughnuts, these Coconut Maple Bacon Doughnuts, or these “citrus-y” Iced Lemon Doughnuts.
Stop by Donut Panic after 9am for vegan doughnuts on Wednesday, Saturday, or Sunday at their location at 6171 Mission Gorge Road.
Nomad Donuts was born of “a love of coffee and donuts paired with travel and good times.” If you love unique flavor combos, you might also want to go out of your way to really try something special. One look at their vegan doughnut flavors and you’re sure to agree. Nomad Donuts offers customers vegan doughnuts with unique flavors such as the Asian flavor-inspired Green Tea Black Sesame and Ube Taro Coconut and others like Black Currant Chili. According to their site, “We find joy in all flavors and are as happy to pay our respects to timeless recipes as we are to debut exotic and unusual flavor combinations.”
You can find Nomad Doughnuts at 4504 30th Street.
7. Austin, Texas
Flat Track Coffee
Sometimes, you find amazing things where you least expect them. Case in point: Flat Track Coffee, a little coffee shop in Austin where you can purchase dairy-free espresso drinks in a bright, open space with communal tables — they also happen to carry a gluten-free and vegan doughnuts that customers love. Yelp reviewer cassie d. said “Coffee was delish and the chocolate (gluten free/vegan) donut was out of this world!” while reviewer Sierra L. also sang their praises: “They also have amaaazing vegan gluten free chocolate donuts.”
If you’re ever in Austin and looking to grab a soy cortado with a gluten-free chocolate doughnut you can find them at 1619 E Cesar Chavez Street.
8. Seattle, Washington
Mighty-O Donuts is a chain of vegan doughnut shops located in Seattle that makes treats that are also free from trans fats as well as non-GMO and organic ingredients. Founded in 2000, one of Mighty-O Donuts website states that “Our intention was to make an honest living while being mindful of people and respectful of the environment. We weren’t interested in producing anything that would just end up in a landfill or contribute to the pollution piling up in the world.” Without a commercial kitchen, they started off selling their doughnuts at local farmers markets and later, they moved to a shared kitchen space so they could offer wholesale. In 2003, they opened their first bakery/cafe location and now have three locations. Those who are eco-conscious will be happy to know that the bakery never throws away doughnuts at the end of the day — instead, they donate all remaining dougnuts to non-profit organizations and compost their food waste.
To this day, Mighty-O Donut’s first creation, their mini vanilla cake cinnamon sugar doughnut, remains a customer favorite. We recommend trying these Baked Cinnamon Sugar Cake Doughnuts or these Cinnamon Sugar Zeppoles.
You can find Mighty-O Doughnuts in three different neighborhoods: 1400 12th Avenue in Capitol Hill, 2110 North 55th Street in Greenlake, or at 1555 Northwest Market Street.
9. Atlanta, Georgia
Vegan Dream Doughnuts
At Vegan Dream Doughnuts in Atlanta, you’ll find gluten-free vegan doughnuts and doughnut holes that are made daily and sweetened naturally with agave and coconut sugar. The bakery was founded by self-taught holistic chef Raz Izes in 2013, who opened up shop right down the road from Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme in order to offer a healthier alternative that doesn’t skimp on indulgent flavor.
Popular flavors at Vegan Dream Doughnuts are the banana caramel and powdered cinnamon. Raz also offers vegan cinnamon rolls stuffed with organic seasonal fruit daily. We recommend pairing these Banana Bread Doughnuts with this Date Caramel or you can make a batch of these Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls and pair them with your favorite fruit.
You can find Vegan Dream Doughnuts at 576 Lee St. Southwest.
10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A trip to Philadelphia isn’t complete without a trip to Dottie’s Donuts. Founded by Jeff Poleon and Matt Quinn, this little shop aims to make the best doughnuts, period. In fact, the founders don’t even like to advertise their products as vegan because they want to reach all customers. “After years of working in the food industry, we realized that there were a lot of assumptions about vegan foods,” Poleon told Eater Philly. “So when we decided to start our business, we decided it was just a donut.”
Dottie’s Donuts offers multiple flavors on rotation, often seasonal, as well as “deluxe” flavors — think, raspberry buttercream stuffed doughnuts or cookies and cream stuffed doughnuts. We recommend trying “deluxe” doughnuts like these Cookies and Cream Doughnuts, this Orange Walnut Cronut, or these Chocolate Stout Filled Doughnuts.
You can find Dottie’s Donuts at 4529 Springfield Avenue. If you plan on stopping by, just be sure to keep an eye on their Instagram — they post updates whenever they’re sold out for the day and it looks like they sell out fast. But even if you happen to miss out, you can find their doughnuts at all-vegan coffee shop Grindcore House at 1515 S 4th Street.
If you don’t have any vegan doughnut shops (or shops that offer vegan doughnuts) in your area, you’ll be glad to know that it’s easy to make your own at home! These Cereal Doughnuts are light, fluffy yeast doughnuts topped with a simple glaze and a sugary cereal of your choice. These Chocolate Fluffernutter Doughnuts consist of vanilla cake doughnuts topped with a vegan marshmallow frosting that’s swirled with peanut butter and chocolate. If you love chocolate and peanut butter or if you’re avoiding white flour, then you’ll love these Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts With Salted Peanut Butter Glaze made from teff flour. Or for healthier options, try these Sugar-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Oat Doughnuts or these Raw Caramel Pistachio Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts.
We also highly recommend checking out Food Monster app, a food app available for both Android and iPhone. The app has over 8,000+ vegan recipes with 10+ recipes added daily as well as cooking tips, you’re going to find something you love. Give it a try!
Lead image source: Dottie’s Donuts/Philadelphia