Valentine's Day Mini Donuts (Vegan & Gluten-free)

So, the main thing we celebrate on Valentine's Day is Jenna's birthday, BUT, y'all know we love any excuse to bake cute little treats and this red and pink color scheme happening is our JAM (...may or may not be a pun relating to the jam-filled donuts I'm about to show you how to make...moving on..). 

With Jenna recently going vegan and both of us trying to maintain a mostly GF lifestyle, we've had to get a little more creative when we're cooking and baking, but it's actually been really fun! And these may have been my favorite treats I've baked so far (I mean, they're donuts, so it's basically guaranteed that I love them more than most things in life), but seriously, they're so yummy! 

I adapted this recipe from a recipe from Southern In Law, linked here! Just changed a few things around to make it vegan and to my taste! These have a very cake-like cosistency, which is how I like my donuts! 

Now, before anyone freaks out over eggs being in this picture and yelling at me for this not being a vegan recipe. ;) I absolutely 100% realize that eggs aren't vegan, and I didn't use them in the recipe, but a lot of people will, so I wanted to let y'all know they can be used as a replacement! 

Recipe: 

  • 1 cup almond flour (or regular flour if ya don't mind the gluten)
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (you can also substitute honey or agave, depending on taste)
  • 1/2 cup almond oil (OR if you're not vegan, 2 eggs)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Strawberry jam for filling (optional)
  • Icing and sprinkles for topping (also optional...and this kind of icing IS vegan...not the best for you, but I mean, it's a donut)

 

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease your donut pan with cooking spray or coconut oil (I got my mini heart-shaped donut pan from Target and it's my favorite)
  • Mix together all ingredients (minus the jam) in a mixing bowl until smooth
  • Fill your donut pan with your mixture, filling each cavity about halfway full. (this recipe makes about 8 mini donuts, which is more than plenty for us, so I usually only grease 8 of the cavities before filling them!)
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown around the edges
  • Allow to cool before removing and filling them, so they'll solidify properly

P.S. I in no way, shape, or form consider myself a professional baker. I realize they're not perfect, but I still thought they were pretty darn cute and they smelled ahhhhmazing. That's one thing I really love about cooking with almond oil. Your whole house smells like toasted almonds when you're done, and if I could bottle that up and make it a cologne for my husband to wear on the daily, best believe I'd do it in two seconds flat. 

Anyway, we wanted to add a special touch to these donuts for Valentine's day, so we decided to fill em with strawberry jam (remember the jam pun from earlier...also fully aware I was probably the only one who giggled at it). ;) 

Ideally, you'll need a pastry bag and nozzle, but if not, a reallyyyyy small teaspoon might work. Don't quote me on that though. ;) Once the donuts cooled, I used a toothpick to carve a hole in the center of each donut, just big enough for a dollop of jam. I tried putting the jam into the side of the donut first, like I've seen them do at Krispy Kreme, and it definitely didn't work. I'm guessing Krispy Kreme probably has a better pastry bag/nozzle than I do. Maybe I should ask them where they get theirs. 

Fill each donut (or as many donuts as you want) with jam, and then frost those babies up! Or maybe not. You're your own person. Go rogue with no frosting if you want. That option just doesn't exist in my world. 

What are some of your tried-and-true V-day recipes? Vegan or non, we'd love to hear em! 

Sending you all champagne and Reese's peanut butter hearts (which is equal to all the love in my book).

xoxo,

Cort