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vegan + GF maple doughnuts w/ salted almond butter glaze

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Rather than bore you with details of the constant wallpaper scraping and other real-life, highly repetitive, and very zen activities of new home ownership (maybe I should blog about it?!), I’m going to talk about doughnuts instead. AW YEAH. Glazes and sprinkles and yums and AALLLLLL that. Let’s do it.

My bud Ashley from The Edible Perspective is an expert on the subject of doughnut making and even better, she knows her way around some higher vibe doughnut making as well. So she developed, tested and photographed a book‘s worth of content about it and the results are so, so great. I had a doughnut pan kind of languishing in the back of a cupboard for a long-ass time. I had bought the cookbook from a very high profile bakery with the hopes of executing their healthed-up doughnuts at home. So I bought the pan and tried the recipes out. Multiple attempts and total BS results each time. I’m not saying I’m an expert or anything (and neither would Martha apparently)(PS: COME ON), but I do know my way around a kitchen and some of the more freaky-funky-granola-type ingredients. I finally reasoned that the problem lied in the recipes themselves, and that some things should be left to the pros.

Then Ash sent me a copy of her book. Let’s talk about changing the game entirely. Her combination of flours makes for a pretty wonderful texture, without all the expensive gums that can be ubiquitous in gluten free baking. Her advice and approach comes from a place of experience, warmth and accessibility. I always appreciate her encouraging and authentic voice in blog land, so was really excited to see that translate in a real, printed work (high five, girl!). The potential for innovative flavour combinations is showcased to the utmost through the pages. There’s doughnut cakes, savoury treats, ice cream, and! She even thought of my sweet pup with a recipe for peanut butter and pumpkin doggie doughnuts. Cute right? I went with her vegan maple doughnuts and a version of her tahini maple glaze for toppin’. We were out of tahini so I went for almond butter and a complimentary fat pinch of sea salt to work its magic with the maple. So, so yummy.

Anyway, I’d like one of you to have some doughnut fun at home, so Ash is letting me give away a copy of her book, Baked Doughnuts For Everyone(plus a dope set of measuring spoons)! All ya gotta do is tell me what your favourite doughnut is in the comments. Mine? The grapefruit and candied ginger one from Pies ‘n’ Thighs in Brooklyn ranks pretty high. Prior to that, I was more of a classic raspberry jelly-filled kinda gal. But I promise if you bake me any of the goodies from Ash’s book, I’ll pretty much be your bestie for life. Yep, they’re that good. I’ll close the giveaway next Monday (the 28th), so tell me about your faves, people! (Note: giveaway is open to US, Canada + UK residents only) THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, PEEPS :)

vegan + GF maple doughnuts w/ salted almond butter glaze // the first messvegan + GF maple doughnuts w/ salted almond butter glaze // the first messvegan + GF maple doughnuts w/ salted almond butter glaze // the first messvegan + GF maple doughnuts w/ salted almond butter glaze // the first mess
vegan + GF maple doughnuts with salted almond butter glaze from Baked Doughnuts for Everyone by Ashley McLaughlin
special equipment:
a doughnut pan, silly!
serves: makes 8-10
notes:
I went in with chopped pecans and pumpkin seeds to top mine (nature’s sprinkles!), but cacao nibs, chopped dried cherries or any other nut/seed would be lovely.

doughnuts ingredients:
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
2 tbsp evaporated cane juice
2 tbsp almond meal
2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tbsp neutral oil (like sunflower or grapeseed)
2 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract

salted almond butter glaze ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp almond butter
2-3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
pinch of cinnamon
fat pinch of sea salt
+ chopped nuts and seeds to garnish if you like

Grease your doughnut pan(s) and heat your oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the oat flour, sweet rice flour, cane sugar, almond meal, coconut flour, ground flax, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Whisk to fully combine.

In a small bowl, combine the almond milk, applesauce, oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Whisk to fully combine.

Pour the liquid components into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Fold it all together with a spatula until just combined (or until you don’t see dry flour bits anymore). Spoon the batter into your doughnut pan (or fill a ziploc bag with the batter, cut off a corner and pipe it into the pan). Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into one of the doughnuts comes out clean. Gently remove the doughnuts from the pan and allow them to cool thoroughly.

While doughnuts are cooling, mix up the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the glaze ingredients until you have a smooth mixture.

Once cool, dip doughnuts into the glaze and return them to your cooling rack so the glaze can harden a bit. Press any chopped nuts/seeds etc into the glaze at this point.

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The Peace Patch23/10/2013 - 5:17 am

Gorgeously delightful doughnuts…the salty almond maple taste sounds superamazing, especially at this time of year. I don’t eat doughnuts often and usually it’s just a simple super cinnamony dunkable kind of doughnut (my favorite) if I’m in a hurry or on the road. These maple doughnuts are a completely different indulgence…best savored slowly I think, with a rich mug of coffee and lots of time to enjoy and relax. :)

Cassandra Gonzalez23/10/2013 - 6:42 am

Oh I gotta give a shout out to the vegan pumpkin spice doughnut from Revolution Doughnuts in Atlanta!

margarita23/10/2013 - 6:50 am

I love donuts as an occasional fun treat, especially cake donuts. This one though sounds heavenly, the frosting and toppings… yum!

Beth23/10/2013 - 7:27 am

I like the classics: plain glazed and chocolate cake.

shannon23/10/2013 - 7:27 am

I usually just go for the chocolate frosted ones, but to be honest I’ve never really tried any creative flavors of doughnuts. Maybe now is the time!!

Marygrace23/10/2013 - 8:07 am

Salted almond butter glaze, I like that idea. I love the way frosted donuts look, but they taste way too sweet. A glaze much more palatable. YUM.

Diana23/10/2013 - 8:19 am

Hi! You have a beautiful blog and those donuts look amazing! My favourite donuts are the boston creams at Tim Hortons in Canada :).

Erin23/10/2013 - 8:19 am

I’m a plain jane and just love chocolate cake donuts, but those maple donuts look sick!!!

Kristen23/10/2013 - 8:32 am

My favourite doughnut is this slick pretzel and chocolate combo (http://wherejessate.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DSC01883-500×333.jpg) from Glory Hole Doughnuts in Toronto (http://www.gloryholedoughnuts.com/menu/).

I’m glad I don’t live too close… I’d probably turn into a doughnut. :)

Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures23/10/2013 - 8:33 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE your reaction to Martha’s comment on bloggers not being experts. Made me chuckle! My favorite donut is definitely bavarian / custard cream filled which I’ve never been able to master in the kitchen myself. Perhaps that is why it’s so magical?

Annie G.23/10/2013 - 8:35 am

I’ve never been a huge fan of doughnuts, but since I got vegan a couple years ago I dicovered that the baked ones are usually ptetty good. With chocolate ganache and pistachios on top, it’s perfect.

Lily23/10/2013 - 8:41 am

I’ve never had any that beat cinnamon-sugar mini doughnuts from the farmers market. Along with a cup of hot coffee… I’m drooling. But maybe these could be my new favorite, they look delicious!

Melissa23/10/2013 - 8:48 am

Blueberry doughnuts are my fave!

Monika Jankowiak23/10/2013 - 8:54 am

I feel like I’ve been missing out! I’ve only had boring glazed or chocolate sprinkled doughnuts before. The book sounds fun!

Kris23/10/2013 - 9:03 am

I’m totally making these donuts. Wowza! Also, your Martha comment!! Amazing. I do love a classic donut with chocolate glaze and sprinkles and anything chocolate and coconut.

Ashley Marti23/10/2013 - 9:04 am

I love doughnuts, especially dipped in my coffee. I’m loving the pumpkin spice with maple frosting lately. But you can never go wrong with the simple sugar and cinnamon kind too.

molly yeh23/10/2013 - 9:07 am

donut plant’s MARZIPAN DONUT. although i have a feeling that when i make your recipe, THEY will be my favorite. (do i get additional entries for sucking up?) NO BUT SERIOUSLY THESE LOOK AMAZING.

Aimee @ Simple Bites23/10/2013 - 9:08 am

Beautiful! And so creative.

Sarah S.23/10/2013 - 9:20 am

Glazed apple cider donuts! mmmm!

Claire (Eat Well. Party Hard.)23/10/2013 - 9:21 am

Guuuuuh. Ever since the opening of an offbeat little donut shop in my hometown about four or five years ago, donuts have been my #1 guilty pleasure treat. Narrowing favorites down to one is nigh impossible, but let’s go for a tie between their Homer J. (plain cake batter + pink berry frosting + sprinkles) and almost any variety of their strawberry cake batter creations. The ones with chocolate frosting were especially wonderful.

If living in Asia for the time being rules me outta this giveaway, I totally understand. But with a “permanent” address still in the US, I figured it’d be worth a shot ;)

Nancy23/10/2013 - 9:22 am

Maple Bacon at Voo Doo Donuts in Portland

Mariela23/10/2013 - 9:24 am

Donuts always remind me of fundraising for charity as a kid, while back then the simple glazed were a my favorite, I am more of a cinnamon sugar kind of person now… simple and sinful. This recipe looks great, cant wait to try it out!

Lindsey | The Next Course23/10/2013 - 9:27 am

THESE. LOOK. AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to invest in Ashley’s book and a donut pan and try my own hand at baked donuts! As a kid, my favorite was boston creme, which shifted to my teenager love for apple fritters and blueberry cake donuts. I have mostly avoided them as an adult, but I think I could get down with Ashley’s approach!

Nicole23/10/2013 - 9:33 am

My fave doughnut? I’ll take anything with cinnamon!

Amanda23/10/2013 - 9:36 am

YUM! These look fantastic, I think I gotta get me a doughnut pan. My favourite doughnut is the buttered toast doughnut from Glory Hole in Toronto. It’s butter, on a doughnut, sprinkled with toast. Perfection!

Katie23/10/2013 - 9:36 am

I’m drooling over these donuts! :D My favorite… Pumpkin or anything with Molasses :)

Lana Pribic23/10/2013 - 9:39 am

I think the best donut I ever had was a homemade one (duh) that I got at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. Cinnamon Sugar. Delicious. Other than that, I am a sprinkle or chocolate dip Tim’s girl.

Carmen23/10/2013 - 9:45 am

Fantastic post! I can’t wait to make these. Growing up, my donut of choice was definitely the chocolate-glazed twist. These days I love vegan, gf, cinnamon/sugar donuts.

Sini @ my blue&white kitchen23/10/2013 - 9:55 am

A BIG YES to baked doughnuts (and maple syrup)! These look so yummy. My favorites are chocolate doughnuts with a chocolate glaze sprinkled with chopped pistachios.

Chelsea // The Naked Fig23/10/2013 - 9:58 am

These look too delicious for words!!!

reeve23/10/2013 - 9:59 am

um, those look amazing! I haven’t tried making donuts yet, but I sure would like to try:)

my fav donut is boring, so unhealthy, and it’s a good thing I don’t like near one…

warm krispy kreme glazed donut. If I see a lit up sign when I’m traveling somewhere, I’m gonna stop… every time!

Karen Faivre23/10/2013 - 9:59 am

Chocolate devils food donut with chocolate frosting. mmmmmmmm!

Caitlin23/10/2013 - 10:05 am

boston cream was my absolute fave. powdered or chocolate glazed. second favorite? chocolate cake, chocolate frosting! man, i miss donuts!

Sarah Lynn23/10/2013 - 10:12 am

Classic chocolate glazed from Nutana bakery in Saskatoon. Fresh mini donuts are a close second though! This recipe looks ah.mazing!

Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine23/10/2013 - 10:13 am

I had a sea salt and caramel doughnut from Ike and Jane’s in Athens that was pretty good, but my favorite all time doughnut is from Sweet Theory Baking Company in Jacksonville, Florida. Oh my word. Their doughnuts are too delicious for their own good.

Carolynn Winterhalt23/10/2013 - 10:14 am

definitely chocolate with toasted coconut, yum!

Beth23/10/2013 - 10:15 am

I don’t eat donuts often unless I make them, but my favorites are pumpkin or chocolate glazed.

Julia23/10/2013 - 10:16 am

My favorite doughnut is the Blood Orange & Hibiscus doughnuts from Dough in Brooklyn!

Grace23/10/2013 - 10:17 am

A coworker brought in two boxes of dunkin’ doughnuts this morning. They were all smothered and covered in bright orange and black frosting for halloween – eek! Not a single one looked appealing to me but gosh these maple doughnuts have me drooling! What a lovely way to celebrate Ashley’s beautiful book!

karen23/10/2013 - 10:21 am

I would love to win this book and try all different types of donuts! My favorite is anything with chocolate

Kristin Freeman23/10/2013 - 10:25 am

It is fun to taste new flavors of donuts yet I will always go back to the favorite plain cake doughnut.

Krista Farrell23/10/2013 - 10:28 am

I am not a donut connoisseur by any means, I usually gravitate to a white glaze and nuts. I’m ready to step up my game though…these look amazing.

rosie morgan23/10/2013 - 10:32 am

I love most donuts, but a krispy kreme filled with custard and with a good glaze is always a winner (:

Lauren23/10/2013 - 10:32 am

I love either a coconut doughnut or tiger tail.

Hope23/10/2013 - 10:35 am

Anything with maple – like these! I am a gluten free vegan and havent had a donut in years!

Donna Stubbs23/10/2013 - 10:35 am

In a box full of beautiful donuts I would always choose the simple Old Fashioned donut with a lovely glaze. I would love to have Ashley’s book and become a donut expert!

Kara Akins23/10/2013 - 10:44 am

Pumpkin spice is my fave!

Sarah T23/10/2013 - 10:44 am

I have a weakness for apple fritters!

Kittee23/10/2013 - 11:01 am

I find good vegan gf donuts hard to come by, so they’re all my favorites, but I do love a sugar glazed.

Michele23/10/2013 - 11:09 am

Haven’t been eating donuts since I went gluten free. Used to love me a marble cruller though. This book is exciting. I might have to buy it even if I don’t win!

Deb23/10/2013 - 11:11 am

I always go for the classic, raised and glazed. But pumpkin with an eggnog glaze is sounding just about perfect this morning!

Holly K.23/10/2013 - 11:36 am

EARL GREY AND CHOCOLATE DONUTS(!) from Dough in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn!!

Literally unbelievable, stuff dreams are made of

Daria23/10/2013 - 11:36 am

I grew up in the country where doughnuts well, don’t exist. I moved to the country, where doughnuts are somewhat sacred. I don’t think I’ve tried them here (obviously in the US), due to its pretty disgusting nutritional profile. Thus my favorite doughnut still lives in my dream house: it should be rather savory, than sweet and it should be chocolaty (a lot of cacao and nibs) with some cherry or cranberry touch. It should be vegan and free of crap.
Are there any recipes in the book which might help my dream doughnut to turn into the real thing? If so, I’d be more than happy to give it a try!

Jenna Harper23/10/2013 - 11:58 am

My favorite doughnut is the yeast raised vanilla frosted covered in purple tang and purple sprinkles from Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland. So yummy :) Doughnuts make me so happy!

Heather23/10/2013 - 12:25 pm

I was never much of a doughnut girl until I tried an orange glazed donut from La Buena Vida bakery in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico a few weeks ago. It changed my life and, for better or for worse, I have been snatching one up on Saturdays at the organic tianguis ever since.

Spring23/10/2013 - 12:30 pm

There is a place in town that makes Earl Grey doughnuts with sugar glaze. They are pretty awesome!

Lauren23/10/2013 - 12:38 pm

I once had a coconut donut with passionfruit dipping glaze… amazing!!!

Todd @ HonestlyYUM23/10/2013 - 1:05 pm

I can’t, stop, staring…

Kirst23/10/2013 - 1:29 pm

I’m a chocolate donut kind of girl but I will be making these this weekend for sure!

Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily23/10/2013 - 2:04 pm

I’ve gotta go with pumpkin donuts! I’ve never attempted to make my own, scary, but would love to give it a try!
P.S. I don’t claim to be an ‘expert’ anything but love to cook and blog. Kindof a weird comment for Martha to make. :/

Kim H.23/10/2013 - 2:19 pm

Maple bars are my favorite! But these baked ones sound amazing!

Jessie23/10/2013 - 2:25 pm

Ooo this is just too good! My donut loving husband would die. My favorite is a classic maple bar or chocolate cake donut – his would be Boston cream pie or the huckleberry donut from Sidecar for sure!

Kelly23/10/2013 - 2:25 pm

I am not a big donut person, but I like to bake them for my fiance. He loves pancakes and bacon donuts…cake donut with maple glaze and chopped bacon on top! Actually any type of donut will do. Every once and a while I like an old fashioned.

Jenni23/10/2013 - 2:58 pm

omg! I can’t believe I stumbled upon this awesome blog, and on a day when you are hosting this giveaway! yum… I’m vegan and haven’t had donuts in so long.. love Mighty O’s in Seattle.. but, I’m here in LA. Growing up, my all time favorite was the boston cream donut.

Amalia23/10/2013 - 3:07 pm

Portuguese donuts: Malasadas!
Can’t wait to try these out :-)

debbie23/10/2013 - 3:11 pm

I like a spice donut – with lots of cinnamon.

elizabeth23/10/2013 - 3:15 pm

well, i haven’t met many doughnuts I didn’t like…but, there’s a fantastic place in Charleston called Glazed, and i’m pretty partial to all their doughnuts but loved a classic yeast with raspberry glaze that I had not too long ago!

Shelley23/10/2013 - 3:29 pm

I think those vegan pumpkin spice ones are calling my name! I’m a sucker for pumpkins spice, but most of the fall flavored ‘pumpkin spice’ things have insane amounts of sugar and processed gunk in them, so there isn’t much I actually get to eat. But these would be FABULOUS I think! The man would love them too, i think.

Kim G.23/10/2013 - 3:33 pm

cake donut with chocolate frosting … my very fave … but all of these fall flavors everyone is bringing up sound scrumptious!

Penny23/10/2013 - 4:10 pm

Haha love the Oprah gif!! Just perfect. Martha..what a douche!

Michelle Roderick23/10/2013 - 4:19 pm

My all time favorite doughnut is the apple fritter doughnut. It reminds me of my high school days when my friends and I would skip class and make a quick dash to the nearby doughnut shop. It’s the taste, smell, texture and memory of these doughnuts that make them my favorite.

megan23/10/2013 - 4:41 pm

the peanut butter and jelly donut from dunwell in brooklyn is pretty redonkulous.

thanks for the chance to win!

Nicola23/10/2013 - 5:00 pm

Oh, it’s been ages since I had a donut (I’ve never come across a gluten free one to purchase, nor have I tried making them). My favourite (before beomcing gluten free) was always an apple fritter. Cheers!

Kerianne23/10/2013 - 5:03 pm

My favourite donut is banana bread!
(but that blood orange & hibiscus doughnut sounds amazing Julia!)

Lindsey23/10/2013 - 5:24 pm

Wowzers, these babes look insane! I can’t wait to get my hands on Ashley’s book. All the recently posted doughnuts recipes sound super. Lovely words and photos as always, Laura. (Best of everything with the new place!)

Courtney23/10/2013 - 5:38 pm

I haven’t really ever had “fancy” doughnuts, so I think my favorite would be a glazed doughnut. Simple but good!

Courtney

Emma23/10/2013 - 5:53 pm

I’m a big fan of The Edible Perspective. Ashley is awesome and creates the most amazing food!
These doughnuts look deliciious and I even have all the ingredients! I’m just missing a doughnut pan….
We don’t really find doughnuts too frequently in England, let alone vegan ones, so I haven’t really tried any flavours other than jam-filled ones. I think I’d love a lemony one :)

ANDREA23/10/2013 - 6:05 pm

I want to say the cinnamon sugar doughnuts my grandmother made when I was a kid but that’s a straight up lie; I’m in love with apple filled cinnamon and sugar doughnuts that I cant believe I barely tried a couple years ago!

Elaine23/10/2013 - 6:52 pm

My absolute favorite donut is lemon valley girl from Seattle’s Top Pot Doughnuts. I have to say lemon is an under appreciated flavor these babies are delish! That said, I cannot wait to try your recipe it looks so great. I just made my first batch ever of pumpkin donuts and now im hooked (so are my tastebuds) to making donuts!

Courtney23/10/2013 - 7:39 pm

Pumpkin doughnuts are my fave!!

Simona23/10/2013 - 7:42 pm

I’m totally a raspberry gal too… Need some new inspiration!

Jade Sheldon-Burnsed23/10/2013 - 7:58 pm

The most wonderful donut of my life was at Blue Star Donuts in Portland: lemon curd. HEAVENLY…

Carrie23/10/2013 - 8:18 pm

I’m not normally a fan of doughnuts, cause I’m not a fan of the fried dough taste, but baked, GF, vegan doughnuts?! YES! I’m pretty sure that THESE are going to be my favorite doughnuts :)

Katie @ 24 Carrot Life23/10/2013 - 9:09 pm

My favorite donut is definitely a classic glazed with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, but you make these look pretty darn good. I’m ready to try some of Ashley’s recipes!

Meaghan23/10/2013 - 9:30 pm

My favorite doughnut use to be vanilla glazed with rainbow sprinkles! Though I have a feeling a pumpkin spice doughnut would win as my new favorite for sure!
I have been dying to get my hands on Ashley’s new book, so excited for this give away!

Bouningsonia23/10/2013 - 9:30 pm

My grandmother used to make awesome homemade donuts, simple natural vanilla donut with lots of powdered sugar on top. Oh, how I (and everyone else in my family) miss them!

Marie23/10/2013 - 9:40 pm

I love any kind of doughnut with maple involved! Maple doughnut, maple icing, maple glaze…I love it all!

Michelle23/10/2013 - 10:05 pm

My favorite would be bostom cream donuts from Tim Hortons…I’ve loved them since I was little! Now that I’m older though, I can’t eat them like I used to so a book like Ashleys with healthier options would be great!

Caroline23/10/2013 - 10:24 pm

Hmm, I’ve been looking at that book for a while now! Would love to try anything with peanutbutter

Melissa23/10/2013 - 11:39 pm

My fave doughnut is black raspberry jelly filled.

Hefeden24/10/2013 - 12:32 am

I love chocolate doughnuts but yours with the chunky nuts look amazing. I definitely need to try those! Thanks!

Carly24/10/2013 - 2:19 am

These look like the bomb-diggity.
Tim Horton’s Raspberry-filled-powder-sugar-drenched timbits will forever be my one true love (they’re bite sized so that’s what, like zero calories?)

Jan Scholl24/10/2013 - 3:07 am

I only eat donuts with nuts on the outside. Someone said they are unique to Michigan as no one else outside this area knew what I was talking about. It’s just a donut with nuts stuck to it.

Angela24/10/2013 - 5:22 am

Hi ! After reading your post, I’m seriously thinking about buying the book for my vegan friend who absolutely loves good vegan doughnuts, but I was wondering, are all the recipes vegan? (I am partial to a classic jam filled doughnut or any sort of doughnut with cinnamon and sugar dusting myself)

Ashley24/10/2013 - 6:14 am

For me there’s nothing better than a classic glazed doughnut (especially if it’s from Dun Well Doughnuts in Bklyn), though raspberry-filled comes in at a close second…

Kat24/10/2013 - 7:15 am

My Favorite has to be the pumpkin Spice. Nothing says fall has arrived more then a warm Pumpkin Spice Donut and apple cider. The Best are at “Robinetts” in Grand Rapids Michigan. (I used to eat these every year till I found out I had celiacs)

Shelley24/10/2013 - 7:36 am

Being from Montreal, I am tantalized by these maple donuts that you’re describing. Perused the new book online – the apple fritters are probably a really close second.

Loren24/10/2013 - 7:41 am

I love donuts! My favorite is a vanilla cake donut, or an old fashioned as we call it in our house!

Meghan24/10/2013 - 7:41 am

As a New England girl, I have to go with hot apple cider donuts.

Lauren24/10/2013 - 8:39 am

I love old fashioneds, especially lemon flavored.

punkrockmartha24/10/2013 - 9:05 am

my favorite will always be the chocolate “ice rings” my dad would buy me at mister doughnut. thank you!

Fresh and Foodie24/10/2013 - 10:52 am

I have a soft spot for apple fritters, but I recently discovered a buttermilk old fashioned donut from a little shop here in Chicago (called Do-Rite Donuts http://doritedonuts.com/ ) that I love, love, love.

Rebecca24/10/2013 - 2:38 pm

I love chocolate/salted caramel donuts that can be found at a local shop here in Minneapolis. Thanks for having this giveaway!

fabie24/10/2013 - 2:56 pm

chocolate donut from Chez Boris in Montreal

Deena24/10/2013 - 3:12 pm

I love the sweet-salty combo. These sound amazing! I’m a fan of chocolate and plain cake donuts.

Debra Lee24/10/2013 - 3:31 pm

I just made a batch of blueberry cake doughnuts with a lemon glaze that were delicious!

Helena24/10/2013 - 3:33 pm

I love classic cinnamon-sugar.

Jessica24/10/2013 - 4:53 pm

I love Apple fritters! That’s a donut, right? If it isn’t, then I love a cream filled donut! yummmm

Ali H.24/10/2013 - 5:30 pm

I love the cream cheese doughnut from Munchers Bakery in Lawrence, Kansas.

Julia24/10/2013 - 7:12 pm

My favourite doughnut would have to be chocolate gingerbread! I just love chocolate mixed with some good spices.

NicT24/10/2013 - 7:20 pm

Good old fashioned cake donuts with plain old glaze! It lasts about 2 seconds in my hands.

Haley24/10/2013 - 8:35 pm

Oh god all mighty, I want one of these so bad right now! Donuts are always good (for the soul, not always the body), but VEGAN donuts are just something extra special. Those pumpkin spice ones are kind of calling my name, by the way. Back before the Great Switch (cough veganism cough) I was totally into plain glazed donuts. Especially after doctor’s visits (like I said, good for the soul, man). Hoping to make these soon so I’ll have a new favorite!

Kelly G.24/10/2013 - 9:05 pm

I love, love, love the cream-filled, chocolate-covered donuts from Ronald’s Donuts in Vegas. Their bear claws are pretty awesome too!

Stan24/10/2013 - 9:16 pm

I enjoy fresh bear claws from Tim Hortons. But yours seem equally delish.

Plain donuts dipped in chocolate

Emily24/10/2013 - 10:16 pm

I stick with the classic Homer Simpson doughnut–pink frosting and sprinkles.

Gaby24/10/2013 - 10:43 pm

Apple Cider Doughnuts!!

Molly B24/10/2013 - 11:08 pm

As a child I woofed down custard donuts. Nowadays I’m more of a blueberry cake kinda gal. Although, there is a local shop making some killer frosted cinnamon raisin donuts!

Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming25/10/2013 - 1:02 am

chocolate frosted!

Margot C25/10/2013 - 2:02 am

Before I discovered baked doughnuts I hadn’t had a doughnut in years because … well … ick to the fried ones. I like these
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Emily25/10/2013 - 2:06 am

I had my first ever cider doughnut last week while apple-picking, and I have to say it is my new favorite. These ones look wonderful!

Natalie25/10/2013 - 2:25 am

krispy kreme original glazed, hot out of the oven; or my guilty pleasure: dunkin donut munchkins (shame)

Karly K25/10/2013 - 3:10 am

I’m a sucker for the good old fashioned glazed cruller. Also, I’ve never been here before but your site is beautiful! Consider The First Mess added to my feedly :)

Carolyn25/10/2013 - 4:22 am

Sour cream glazed doughnuts are my weak spot. We live in the UK (for another 3 weeks) and doughnuts aren’t really a thing here!

Jeni25/10/2013 - 8:08 am

I love a classic cinnamon sugar doughnut.

Kathryn25/10/2013 - 8:59 am

My life is been sorely lacking in good doughnuts. I need to rectify that asap and branch out from my usual (filled with strawberry jam and dipped in sugar)

Jessica25/10/2013 - 9:28 am

Holy yum, those look delicious!!! Apple fritters are my fave!

Becki @ Bites 'n Brews25/10/2013 - 10:26 am

I’ve always loved freshly baked apple cider donuts with a steaming mug of spiced cider on the farm after apple picking. Ah, the joys of growing up in the Midwest!

Alicia25/10/2013 - 10:30 am

pumpkin spice donuts are my favorite <3

emily25/10/2013 - 10:56 am

My very favorite donuts are the plain or cinnamon-sugar-topped “cake” donuts that you can only get in the fall at a cider mill. I have to eat them while dunking them in cider. The best!

tiffany25/10/2013 - 12:58 pm

oh my, vegan eggnog for sure!! fingers crossed, this book looks amazing!

lacey25/10/2013 - 1:19 pm

Maple glazed always. And almond butter is pretty much my favorite food. Soooo, these are right up my ally :)

kim warsheski25/10/2013 - 1:32 pm

Even though Voodoo Doughnuts is right in my backyard here in Portland, I miss incredibly the warm apple cider doughnuts from the farm stand my family visited every autumn growing up in New England. Super simple, no glaze, holy shit so good!

cm jackson25/10/2013 - 1:38 pm

Wow, I’ve never seen such incredible looking doughnuts from home!! I terribly miss the glazed donuts — haven’t had a single donut since having to go gluten & egg free due to multiple allergies — I have pinned this one to try, oh wait, I have to go buy a donut pan first!

Teddi25/10/2013 - 1:42 pm

You know, I have to say that I just love a simple cinnamon sugar, glazed, or powdered sugar one, but I haven’t experienced much diversity in my doughnut adventures as of yet… I can’t wait to try out some of Ashley’s recipes!! I have been waiting for this book to come out forever!

Monica25/10/2013 - 1:57 pm

I LOVE the honey cruler donuts at Time Hortons! They’re such a sugar bomb, but so, so good.

Hailey25/10/2013 - 2:05 pm

The best doughnuts I’ve ever had were at Dunwell in Brooklyn, but I really very rarely have doughnuts… If I had this book I would definitely invest in a doughnut pan and make them all the time :) Thanks for the giveaway!

jane25/10/2013 - 2:31 pm

I love your blog (even though I never comment) and I used to love doughnuts before I was plagued with countless allergies. That book will bring sunshine back to our lives ! My dream doughnut : filled with homemade pineapple jam and starfruit glazing for a Carribean flare !

Emery25/10/2013 - 3:08 pm

l love all things from Dixie Donuts in Richmond, VA but their Raspberry Cream Cheese and the Pumpkin Glaze both make my top 5!

pretty_pathetic25/10/2013 - 4:37 pm

I like maple-glazed donuts the best, but I often buy Boston Cream donuts because I miss living in the Boston area.

Katie25/10/2013 - 8:42 pm

Your pictures are gorgeous! I love chocolate glazed doughnuts, but I really want to try Ashley’s everything doughnut! Sounds delicious!

Becca Entenberg25/10/2013 - 9:48 pm

I’m a pretty big fan of glazed doughnuts!

Christie25/10/2013 - 9:57 pm

my favorite donut is a classic apple cider donut enjoyed after apple picking with some hot cider! YUM!

Jasmine B25/10/2013 - 11:16 pm

The Candy Cap Mushroom doughnut from Pepples Donut Farm in Oakland!

It is the best doughnut I have ever had, and its VEGAN! I love that they promote the fact that vegan treats are delicious and are not the perceived “healthy and bland” that a lot of people suggest. The doughnut is fluffy and moist and has a strong maple flavor, with no knowledge of mushroom ever being in the mix! It’s such a treat when I visit my brother up in Berkeley. Its a must anytime I am in within 20 miles of it! I live in Los Angeles, so I am so bummed that we don’t have a version here.

The doughnut inspired my mother and I to actually make a candy cap cookie, and it was AMAZING! The flavor really brought me back to the days I visit my brother when he is at school up north! I will always love the flavor of candy cap/maple for this reason, and maple is now always going to be my favorite flavor of doughnut. Don’t get me wrong, the deliciousness of it is in fact a reason why it’s my favorite, but the sentimental aspects really bring it to the top of my list as well :)

I definitely think you should try out candy cap mushrooms in your recipes and on your page! It has a very strong and sweet maple flavor that could be mistaken for the real thing, yummy!

Jasmine B25/10/2013 - 11:19 pm

Sorry for the second comment but I really think you should check it out! (http://www.pepplesdonuts.com)

All of their doughnuts are 100% organic and vegan! :)

Christina26/10/2013 - 12:18 am

Do zeppoles with fresh whipped cream count as doughnuts? I think they do. Zeppoles.

Rachel Brady26/10/2013 - 10:37 am

Hi – this looks so good, I wonder if you could make them in another tin as I don’t have a doughnut one. BTW that Martha Stewart thing – whoa – not seen that, probably as I am a UK blogger. Really, she looks very out of tough with that attitude, and I think she’s missing the whole point with food blogging. Isn’t the point that we AREN’T experts in the traditional sense, but that we are passionate and real – and that’s the appeal? It’s a great thing that people can self publish and build up a reputation based on the quality of their content, as you have. x

Emily K.26/10/2013 - 1:17 pm

I confess – I’m a maple bar addict!

Stephanie K26/10/2013 - 3:52 pm

I have to say my default doughnut flavor is simply chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Don’t mess with the classics! I also love pumpkin spice doughnuts around this time of the year.

Noel26/10/2013 - 6:13 pm

I love the classic raised, glazed doughnuts. Nothing else is quite the same.

Stacy26/10/2013 - 6:52 pm

I have a languishing donut pan as well! Glad to know I’m not the only one. But Ashley’s recipes look excellent, so perhaps it’s time to dig that pan out! It’s autumn, after all, which is the one time I really crave a donut – the cake variety, with cinnamon or a thick glaze, and apple cider alongside.

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Christy Collins27/10/2013 - 5:06 am

Thanks for the recipe! I love the salted caramel doughnut at Revolution Doughnuts in Atlanta.

Simona27/10/2013 - 7:49 am

I always stick to classics, love to try unusual ones!

Jane27/10/2013 - 8:34 am

I like lemon donuts best.

Heather27/10/2013 - 9:46 am

I’m partial to anything with cinnamon and glazing. Mmm…

Samantha27/10/2013 - 10:34 am

I’m planning to attempt a vegan version of my my favorite jelly doughnut (sufganiyot in Hebrew) for Thanksgiving/Hanukkah this year. It’s a green chile & apple filled doughnut, and I used to love the ones from Duke City Donuts in Albuquerque back when I still ate eggs. They’re a delicious blend of sweet and savory!

hilary27/10/2013 - 11:26 am

YUM! Oh doughnuts…my fav growing up was always the boston cream – I’m a sucker for gooey-ness, obviously jelly-filled was my next choice. I haven’t had a doughnut in years since finding out I’m allergic to gluten, so this book is so rad!

Jordyn27/10/2013 - 1:32 pm

Really I love any cider doughnuts from any farm stand — the perfect accompaniment to autumn! I recently was forced to give up gluten, so it looks like this recipe may become my new fav!

Michelle27/10/2013 - 5:25 pm

Beautiful photos Laura! My favourite doughnuts are probably apple fritter :)

lymieeatingcoconut27/10/2013 - 8:02 pm

I love cinnamon donuts.

Carolsue28/10/2013 - 2:49 am

I know I would love the Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donuts the most!
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Becca F28/10/2013 - 7:34 am

I love apple donuts rolled in cinnamon sugar

Emma28/10/2013 - 9:45 am

Favorite doughnut– pumpkin spice!

Simona28/10/2013 - 7:23 pm

Rich chocolate donuts!

Robyn Nelmes28/10/2013 - 7:40 pm

Powdered strawberry or chocolate rolled in coconut ! Yummm

Alex28/10/2013 - 9:41 pm

I love maple donuts!!!!

ashley28/10/2013 - 11:44 pm

I LOVE a good buttermilk glaze, fresh from the oven!

kenny28/10/2013 - 11:45 pm

i would have to go with a good old chocolate sprinkled donut!

Hefeden29/10/2013 - 12:03 am

The triple chocolate vegan doughnuts from this blog are amazing! Would love to try more of Ashley’s recipes.

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Richa04/11/2013 - 10:35 pm

These doughnuts look absolutely fabulous! i think i can eat all the glaze just by itself!

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Nicole06/03/2014 - 10:41 pm

I just made these and they are unbelievable!!!! Thank you! :)

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