Baked Red Velvet Donuts (Vegan & GF)

These baked donuts are super quick and easy, and made of really simple ingredients! They’re naturally coloured with beet juice, which adds essential vitamins and minerals like iron and vitamin C. They’re also packed with superfood chia seeds for some healthy fat and fiber. This recipe is adapted from the Oh She Glows recipe for Chia Power Donuts!

 

Makes: 6 Donuts

Ingredients:

3/4 cup oat flour (use certified gluten free for any gluten allergies)

1/4 cup chia seeds

2 tbsp cacao powder

1.5 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup non-dairy milk, unsweetened

1/2 cup maple syrup

3 tbsp beet juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

A few spoons of coconut oil

Icing:

1/2 cup cashews (soak for at least 3 hours if you don’t have a powerful blender, otherwise there is no need to soak)

1/3 cup cold water

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp vanilla

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 315 degrees F. Sift the flour into a medium sized bowl. Add the chia seeds, cacao powder, and baking powder and whisk to combine. Set aside. Hint: You can grind raw oats in the blender to make your own oat flour. It’s quick and a lot cheaper than buying it!
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, beet juice, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Gently grease your donut pan with coconut oil. Pour the batter into each donut mold in equal proportions.
  5. Bake for about 18 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean and dry.
  6. While the donuts are baking, prepare your icing by blending all the icing ingredients on high speed until smooth. Set aside in the fridge until you’re ready to decorate your donuts.
  7. When the donuts are finished baking, keep them in the pan and allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack until they’re completely cooled.
  8. Once the donuts are cooled, decorate them as you like! I like to dip mine then let them dry for a few minutes, and dip them again to get a thicker icing on each donut. You can do this a few times to get the desired amount. You will likely have a bit of leftover icing that you can store in your fridge.

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