Countdown to Thanksgiving & Hanukkah: Vegan Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts

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Yes, we know. Everyone is calling this holiday mashup something else but… We’re not.

We have Hanukkah. And we have Thanksgiving.  And yes, it is a once in a lifetime event that they both fall on the same day. But we’re not really feeling this “name mashing” thing. It’s not working for us. We have enough of that already, don’t you think?

Let’s see… We  eat cronuts  and use sporks. We have to worry about frankenfoods and deal with frenemies,  so it’s impossible to chillax. We waste our time watching informercials and mockumentaries about the fantabulous life of Brangelina and other celebutantes…. See where we’re going with this??

So, we apologize, but we won’t be using the Thanksgiving / Hanukkah portmanteau (aka Thanksgivukah ) here, or on the next postings we share.  The same way we will avoid calling these baked donuts something like, I don’t know, cakenuts or something. Since they’re like a mix between a cake and an donut… 😉

What we will do however, is a little recipe combination, a little mashup if you will. Taking our favorite foods from each holiday and mixing them up to create something even more delicious.

So let’s begin, shall we?? 🙂

4.5 from 2 reviews
Countdown to Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: Vegan Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts
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Serves: 12
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1¾ cup self rising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil at room temperature
  • 3 tbsp grapeseed oil (or vegetable oil)
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar (we use Wholesome Sweeteners)
  • ½ cup agave (we use Wholesome Sweeteners) If you are not vegan you can replace the agave for raw honey.
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cashew, almond or coconut milk, lukewarm ( we use So Delicious)
  • 1 medium granny smith apple, core, peeled and diced small
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Coat bottom of a donut pan with cooking spray
  2. In a small bowl, combine ground flax seeds and water. Set aside
  3. In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt
  4. In a large bowl, beat coconut and grapeseed oil, brown sugar and agave, 3-4 minutes until creamy. Reduce speed and slowly pour flax mixture and lukewarm milk
  5. Slowly add flour mixture and mix at low speed until just combined (do not over mix)
  6. Fold in diced apples
  7. Fill donut mold ⅔ of the way and bake at 400F for 15-17 minutes

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4.5 from 2 reviews
Cinnamon Glaze
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Serves: ⅓ cup
  • ½ cup powdered sugar (we use Wholesome Sweeteners)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp warm unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until well incorporated. Spoon over cooled donuts


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cinnamon, apple, donuts, donuts, baked, vegan, recipe, hanukkah


cinnamon, apple, donuts, donuts, baked, vegan, recipe, hanukkah

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41 Responses to Countdown to Thanksgiving & Hanukkah: Vegan Apple Cinnamon Baked Donuts

  1. cindele November 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    You go girls!! So happy that you are taking a stand against mixing these two holidays together! Can’t wait to make these donuts…just have to run out and buy a donut pan….

    • Vicky & Ruth November 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      So glad someone is on our side about this. Enjoy!

  2. Lee November 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    These are the best tasting donuts I have ever eaten and best of all they didn’t bother my stomach or make me feel gross afterwards as fried donuts often do. Great job, can I have some more???

    • Vicky & Ruth November 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      It is Ruthy’s job to bake, let’s see if I can convince her to make another batch for you 🙂

  3. Shashi @ November 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    These baked donuts look and sound fabulous! And the glaze – wow – what a wonderful aroma or flavors – cocOnut and cinnamon!
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  4. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs November 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    These little donuts look delicious,a nd I love how they’re abked, not fried! 😀
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  5. AILUY November 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! Finally somebody is taking a stand against mashing the holidays together. I am really happy that this is a once in a lifetime event, because I am SICK of everybody (almost) combining the names.

    On a happier note, these donuts are absolutely superb.

    Thank you.

  6. Raquel November 12, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    I Hate fried foods and these donuts look really delicious…can’t wait to try them!! You go girls for standing out and not following the crowds!! That’s what I like about this blog!!

  7. Kelly November 13, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    Wow, these baked donuts look amazing! Love cinnamon and apple together and I can’t stop looking at the marvelous glaze. Wishing these were my breakfast this morning – yum!

    • Vicky & Ruth November 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

      Thank you!! Remember, there’s always tomorrow morning 😉

  8. holly ; the hobbit kitchen November 13, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    these look absolutely delicious – some of my very favourite flavours! and vegan?! so impressed!
    the hobbit kitchen x
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    • Vicky & Ruth November 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

      Thanks!!! We love the combination of apples and cinnamon!!

  9. john@kitchenriffs November 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    I love baked donuts! I love the traditional ones too, but these are so much healthier. Really nice flavors in these – good recipe. Thanks.
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    • Vicky & Ruth November 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

      Thank you!! Yes, definitely healthier and lighter than the fried version. And easier to make too! 🙂

  10. Alison@AliBabka November 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    That cinnamon glaze is making my mouth water! Delish!
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  11. This American Bite November 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Props for making a vegan donut!
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  12. Ronnie Fein November 14, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    You are funny! Good for you taking a stand, I love it. Doughnuts look deeeelish.
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  13. Jamie Geller November 15, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    You all made me laugh! And your recipes and prop styling make me smile. All in all I am a happy girl today 🙂

    • Vicky & Ruth November 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      You are so sweet. So glad we can brighten your day 🙂

  14. Kiran @ November 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Decadent donuts! Just look at the heavenly glaze 😀
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  15. Whitney @ Jewhungry November 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    I’d like to put that cinnamon glaze on, oh, everything. Looks amazing.
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  16. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen November 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    I think that’s the most delicious looking vegan donut I’ve seen! Love the cinnamon glaze!
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  17. Melissa {lilmisscakes} November 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    These look amazing, not vegan at all. And while I’m getting tired of the fusion holiday, I did jump on the bandwagon just a bit. I’m glad this holiday mashup is a once in a lifetime event.
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    • Vicky & Ruth November 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      Thank you Melissa, we are happy to know we can impress a great baker like you!

  18. Couldn't Be Parve November 20, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    These doughnuts look fantastic. I love that glaze!
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  19. Sarah Klinkowitz November 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    These donuts look like they would be wonderful with a cup of tea. I also am getting so tired of the mash-up.

    • Vicky & Ruth November 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      Agreed, with a cup of tea or a hot steaming latte!

  20. Laray April 21, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    HI, Can you substitute coconut oil for a different oil?

    • Vicky & Ruth April 22, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

      Hi there!
      You could try using a non hydrogenated vegetable shortening or just grapeseed oil (the texture might change slightly though). Hope this helps!

  21. Kathleen October 2, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    These donuts are ridiculously delicious! My sons are allergic to dairy, eggs and peanuts, so they get jipped in the donut department. So happy to have a delicious donut recipe we can all enjoy! Hurray!!!


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