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Vegan Baked Lemon Doughnuts (GF)

If you are doughnuts lovers, I’m sharing this recipe with you, they’re sweet, tangy, vegan baked lemon doughnuts that can also be made gluten-free!

You can make these vegan and gluten free or if you don’t need them to be gluten free, you can just make them vegan. I’ve included instructions for both, you pick the one you need!

I originally wanted to use fresh lemon juice in the doughnut batter but they way the acid reacted with some of the other ingredients didn’t always produce a great result. The doughnuts on their own are delicious but the tangy, sweet, lemony glaze just takes them over the top.

Vegan Baked Lemon Doughnuts Recipe
Tart, but at the same time, sweet! You and your family are going to love these vegan baked lemon doughnuts that can also be make gluten-free.

For the Doughnuts:
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds (I used golden flax seeds, see note below)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup gluten free flour OR all-purpose flour (see notes below)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
For the Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Grease your doughnut pan (if needed).
  3. Prepare your flax egg by whisking together ground flax seeds and water. Set aside to thicken.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and lemon zest.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the milk, melted coconut oil, lemon extract, and flax mixture together.
  6. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well to combine. Don't over mix.
  7. Using a piping bag or a large Ziploc bag (see note below), pipe the mixture into each cavity.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let the pan sit for a few minutes before removing the doughnuts.
  10. Remove the doughnuts from the pan and place on a cooling rack.
While the doughnuts are cooling, make the glaze:
  1. Add the powdered sugar to a small bowl and add the lemon juice, and lemon zest (if using).
  2. Mix until everything has combined into a liquid glaze.
  3. When the doughnuts have fully cooled (they don't take long!), dip the tops of each doughnut into the glaze. Repeat with all the doughnuts.
  4. Place the doughnuts back onto the cooling rack for the excess glaze to drip off and for the glaze to firm up. (Place a piece of parchment paper under the rack to catch the drips!)

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