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Vegan pumpkin donuts with salted caramel glaze. Epic!Hey! Have you made your vegan pumpkin donuts with salted caramel glaze for Thanksgiving yet? No?

Well, what kind of sham of a Thanksgiving are you hosting?!

Vegan pumpkin donuts with salted caramel glaze. Epic!I figured that you were tired of Thanksgiving posts by now–mostly because I’ve run out of Thanksgiving recipes to send your way–so I’m hitting you with your new favorite Thanksgiving tradition: donuts for breakfast! But not just any donuts..



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Vegan pumpkin donuts with salted caramel glaze. Epic!
I had to give each of those uh, words its own line, because I felt they were each too powerful to play well together inside a measly span tag. Am I right or am I right?

Vegan pumpkin donuts with salted caramel glaze. Epic!

Vegan pumpkin donuts with salted caramel glaze. Epic!What I love about these donuts is a) they’re easy as pie. Pumpkin pie, to be exact. Since, you know.. the.. pumpkin.. and b) they’re stinkin’ delicious?! Without bein’ stinkin’, of course. Oh, and c) they’re vegan! So any ol’ soul can eat them. Unless they’re gluten-free, in which case.. I apologize.

Vegan pumpkin donuts with salted caramel glaze. Epic!I used half whole wheat flour, because, while I wanted these to be rich and fun and indulgent, I didn’t want to break the bank nutritionally, so to speak. Or, rather, save a little, to balance out the wild and crazy powdered sugar we’re using in the salted caramel glaze. There’s plenty of pumpkin in these little suckers, and just the perfect amount of pumpkin spice to make these seasonal and warming without being too heavy. The salted caramel?

I mean, do I even have to? If you don’t understand the holy holiness that is salted caramel without me describing it, then..

Vegan pumpkin donuts with salted caramel glaze. Epic!Just… no. I can’t know you, you alien you!

Happy Thanksgiving, dearests! Here’s some donuts to celebrate!

Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 4 votes

Vegan Pumpkin Donuts with Salted Caramel Glaze

Cook 18 minutes
Total 18 minutes
Vegan pumpkin donuts with salted caramel glaze. Epic!


  • 1 cup flour all-purpose
  • 1 cup wheat flour white whole
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • 3 tablespoons flax eggs (mix together 3 tablespoons freshly ground flax meal and 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon warm water and set aside until the texture of egg whites)
  • ¾ cups agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups pumpkin purée (*not* pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tablespoon Salted Caramel
  • 2 cups sugar powdered
  • ¾ cup vegan caramel sauce (store-bought or make your own below)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt sea salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk almond
  • 1 tablespoon VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons butter vegan
  • ½ cup milk almond


  • Make the caramel:
  • Stir sugar and 1/2 cup water in heavy large saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves.
  • Increase heat; boil without stirring until syrup turns golden (I advise to not wait until it turns amber, as that usually means it's burnt!), occasionally brushing down sides of pan with pastry brush dipped into water and swirling pan, about 12 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Whisk in butter. Very, very gradually add almond milk (mixture will bubble vigorously). Stir over low heat until smooth. If the mixture seizes up, simply continue to heat and smooth out. Cool to lukewarm before making the glaze.
  • Make the donuts:
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray two donut pans with cooking spray (I recommend spray coconut oil).
  • Combine flours, salt, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice in a mixing bowl; whisk together until well combined. Set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl, stir together coconut oil, flax eggs, agave nectar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin purée until smooth. Add flour mixture and continue to whisk or stir together until well combined.
  • Fill the donut pan 3/4 of the way full (these don't rise much!) - I find the easiest way to do this is to schlep the batter into a piping bag or large ziploc bag and pipe the batter into the donut pan cavities.
  • Bake the doughnuts for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let stand at least five minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack, while you make the glaze.
  • Combine all the glaze ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until completely smooth. Dip the tops of the donuts in the glaze and serve immediately. If you plan to serve later, keep the donuts and glaze separate and glaze right before serving.
Dip the tops of the donuts in the glaze and serve immediately. If you plan to serve later, keep the donuts and glaze separate and glaze right before serving.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 12servingCalories: 432calProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 684mgPotassium: 178mgTotal Carbs: 87gFiber: 3gSugar: 56gNet Carbs: 84gVitamin A: 4913IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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    1. Donuts are already fairly cute.. anything heart-shaped is just painful. Heart-shaped donuts and I can hardly handle it! Nom nom nom

  1. Oh my gosh. I actually asked for a donut pan for xmas because of the apple cider donut recipe I saw on your site! I absolutely must try these (well, assuming I get my pan hehe). Have a great weekend, Cheryl! Ps. Love that monogrammed spoon.5 stars

    1. I am a donut FIEND over here! And every food blogger deserves a donut pan under the Christmas tree, real talk. 🙂

  2. I’m happy/sad that I just saw this recipe of yours because hello, donuts. And hello, vegan donuts topped with a salted caramel glaze. What’s not to love? Saving this recipe for sometime in the future when I need a donut. (Real talk: It might be tomorrow. Not guaranteeing anything on this one…)

    Nice work!

    1. Sad! Why!? Oh Erin.. donuts should never make anyone sad….. haha! How did your preggers diabetes test come back?

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