Maple doughnuts that can be made vegan OR vegan and gluten-free! The spices and the maple-glaze make these baked vegan doughnuts extra special and perfect to serve to family and friends.
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Here in Canada, maple season officially runs for a few weeks, usually starting in late winter and sometimes into the spring, depending on the weather.
But, any time is a good time to enjoy a maple dessert, isn’t it?
I’m not sure if maple-glazed doughnuts are a big thing outside of Canada, are they? If you live outside of Canada and have them available where you are, let me know, I’m curious!
Baked Vegan Doughnuts
The maple doughnuts you’d buy at the doughnut shops, here in Canada, are fried, unflavoured yeast doughnuts and the glaze is a thick, maple flavoured coating. The two pair perfectly together.
I wanted to create something inspired by that doughnut…and I did!
However, since these vegan doughnuts are baked, and not fried, I had a blank slate to work with for my maple doughnuts recipe.
The Maple Glaze and Spices Make These Gluten Free Baked Doughnuts Special
I didn’t want to make just a plain vegan doughnut with maple glaze, so I chose to make a baked doughnut that was filled with warm spice flavours (cinnamon and nutmeg) that would pair well with maple.
And like the original doughnut shop maple doughnut, I didn’t add any maple syrup to the actual doughnut, I saved it all for the sweet glaze.
How to Make Maple Doughnut Glaze
When I first started testing the maple glaze for these vegan maple doughnuts, I used powdered sugar, maple syrup, and non-dairy milk. But the maple syrup flavour wasn’t coming through, at all.
After several tries, I realized I needed to make the maple glaze with a 2:1 powdered sugar to maple syrup ratio and leave the milk out. This brought out the maple flavour nicely and made these gluten free maple doughnuts perfect.
Just look at them! Don’t you want to grab one?
The maple flavour in the glaze is subtle but it’s there just enough for you to know it’s a maple doughnut. However, if you want to enhance the maple flavour a bit more, you can use a little maple extract, but I don’t find that necessary.
Just like all of my other vegan doughnut recipes, this one is also nice to serve at a big family breakfast, a brunch, during the holidays, during maple season, or…just because.
Who needs an excuse to have a doughnut? Definitely not me!
What Type of Flour Should be Used to Make These Baked Vegan Doughnuts?
As mentioned above, I’ve included directions on how to make vegan maple doughnuts AND vegan gluten-free doughnuts. (FYI, the doughnuts in the pictures above are the vegan only version).
I’ve only tested this recipe with all purpose flour and Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour (the one with the blue label, NOT the red).
I did try the Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free flour (with the red label), but I was not happy with the results. The recipe may work well with other gluten-free flour blends, but since I have not tested with them, I cannot guarantee the results.
If you do try another flour, let me know how it worked out in the comments below!
And finally, a reminder…
…that this gluten-free baked doughnut recipe is allergy-friendly, 100% egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and wheat-free (if you make the gluten-free version!), and 100% delicious (and the best 🙂 )
If you like these gluten free doughnuts with maple glaze, you may also like my other vegan baked doughnut recipes:
- Vegan Chocolate Doughnuts
- Vegan Lemon Doughnuts
- Vegan Chocolate Mint Doughnuts
- Pumpkin Doughnuts
- Chai-Spiced Vegan Doughnuts
- Cinnamon Sugar Vegan Doughnuts
How to Make Vegan Gluten-Free Maple Doughnuts