Vegan Peppermint Mocha Donuts
These Vegan Peppermint Mocha Donuts are loaded with chocolate, coffee and peppermint flavour for a
Vegan donuts for the holidays
Peppermint peppermint pepperminttt!!
Seriously, my peppermint obsession this month is getting a little out of control. I have a big box of candy canes and I’m not afraid to use em! I’m just in the mood to crush them up and throw them on just about anything. Peppermint Hot Chocolate? Yes. Marbled Peppermint Bark? Heck yes! Donuts? YOU GOT IT!
If there’s one festive Christmas treat I can think of, it’s candy canes. Red and white striped peppermint candy canes to be exact. And let me tell you if you think candy canes are good on their own, then omg just wait until you try them crushed up on top of DONUTS. *Drops mic.*
Rather than just making these as regular chocolate donuts, we’re doing a twist off of the classic Starbucks Christmas drink: a peppermint mocha. These donuts have chocolate and coffee in them and are topped off with a chocolate glaze and crushed candy canes. Basically, these donuts are heaven.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Baked not fried.These Vegan Peppermint Mocha Donuts are baked rather than fried, so they’re healthier than a typical donut. This also makes them much easier to make and much easier to clean up after. The donuts are made using a donut pan like this one.
- Glossy chocolate topping. Who doesn’t love a glazed donut? This donut glaze is made from melted chocolate which creates a super chocolatey topping that goes perfectly with the mocha chocolatey donuts!
- Fun holiday activitiy. Peppermint mocha donuts (also, any donuts) are fun to make as an activity for the holidays!
Ingredients you’ll need
- Dutch cocoa powder
- Instant coffee
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Almond milk
- Coconut oil
- Vanilla extract
- Peppermint extract
- Vegan chocolate chips
- Candy Canes
Equipment you’ll need
- Donut pan
- Mixing bowls
- Piping bag (you can also use a large ziplock bag with the corner cut out of it.)
Tips for making these donuts perfectly
- Make sure to use INSTANT coffee in the recipe. (Don’t add in ground coffee beans) If you don’t have instant coffee on hand, you can make a shot of espresso, and replace a couple of tablespoons of the milk with espresso.
- I use this donut pan to make these donuts.
- To pipe the donuts into the donut pan, you can either use a piping bag, or you can use a large ziplock bag with a hole cut out in the end. You’ll want to cut the hole big enough so the batter can squeeze out evenly into the pan.
- For the icing, you can melt the chocolate either using a double boiler method or in the microwave. If you’re using a microwave, just make sure not to burn the chocolate!
More holiday recipes to try
- Vegan Gingerbread Donuts
- Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes
- Marbled Peppermint Bark
- Vegan Gingerbread Bundt Cake
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Vegan Peppermint Mocha Donuts
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 12 donuts 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
The perfect holiday donuts made with chocolate, coffee and peppermint!
- 2 cups flour (or gluten-free flour blend)
- 1/3 cup high-quality cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp instant coffee
- 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 cup almond milk (or any non-dairy milk)
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or melted vegan butter)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 150g vegan chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- crushed candy canes to top
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a donut pan with cooking spray.
- To prepare the donuts, mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- Then mix the wet ingredients together in a bowl.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix just until combined.
- Use a piping bag or a ziplock bag with the corner cut to pipe the donuts into the donut pan.
- Bake for 10-11 minutes then remove from the oven and let cool.
- To make the icing, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave or on a double boiler.
- Dip the donuts into the chocolate icing and let sit to harden for 10 minutes before sprinkling with the crushed candy canes.
Make sure to instant coffee in this recipe and not ground coffee beans.
I use this donut pan to make these donuts.
You can use a piping bag or a large ziplock bag with a hole cut out in the end to pipe your donuts into the pan. Don’t fill up the donut molds to full otherwise the donuts will overflow.
- Serving Size: 1 donut
- Calories: 288
- Sugar: 16g
- Fat: 16g
- Saturated Fat: 12g
- Carbohydrates: 35g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 4g
Keywords: how to make baked donuts, Christmas baking recipes, vegan donut recipe
Hi! Making these for my egg allergic daughter and wondered if I could just omit the instant coffee or if I need to replace it with an alternative? Thanks in advance!
Hi Carolyn, you can just ommit the coffee!
Just made them !!! So far so good – but How long does it take for the frosting to harden ? And how do you recommend storing ? Thank you for the fantastic recipe !
I’m not vegan so I did switch everything vegan in the recipe to whatever I had in my fridge (I just needed a donut recipe), and these were delicious! I guess it defeats the purpose of this vegan recipe, oops.. but these were good. I had my boyfriend be the taste tester and he hates chocolate, and he went back for seconds and thirds! Definitely recommend. Maybe next time around I’ll actually follow the recipe to a T, hahah.
Happy you enjoyed the recipe either way Mariel!
Can’t use sugar. Maple syrup ok?
Hi Rebecca, yes I think maple syrup will work fine!
So my garden is filled with tons of chocolate mint. Any suggestions on how to incorporate into this recipe?
Hi Mel, you could maybe add a bit of it finely chopped to the donuts?
This looks really good! Do you think there’s a way to substitute the instant coffee with coffee extract? If it’s possible what would the conversion be? Thanks for any help. 🙂
Hi Ristray, i think you can definitely use a coffee extract as a substitute! I’d say for that you’d probably want less than 1 tsp since extracts can be quite strong in flavour!
I will definitely be making these again!!!
So happy you loved these as much as I do Maria!
This is so delicious! Definitely one of my favorite recipes.
Thanks so much Laura! Glad you enjoyed 🙂
I’m asking for a donut pan for Christmas so I can make all of your yummy donuts!!!!
Hi Val, that’s amazing! I have one linked in my gift guide on the blog if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. I love my donut pan! 🙂
Sounds very delicius, will defenetly try it next week 🙂
Thank you so much!
These look so good!! ?
Thank you Maddie 🙂
Do you think these would stand up to being frozen b4 the chocolate glaze and peppermint bits? Want to make an assortment of mini deserts for Christmas and want to start now.
Hi Larysa, I haven’t tried freezing these before but I imagine they should freeze ok. I’d let them completely cool after baking and then immediately freeze them but make sure they are well wrapped up!
Hi! This looks lovely! Question: could I spelt flour for the flour?
Hi Rita, absolutely! Spelt flour would work well!
Any way to make these without a donut pan?
Hi Jill, some readers have had success using a muffin pan instead! You may need to adjust the baking time slightly (a few minutes longer) so keep an eye on them and poke them with a toothpick to check if they are done!
can i sub a grain free flour like almonds and tapioca for tryhe GF free? and a sub alternate flour like erythritol?
Hi Tina, I haven’t tested out the recipe with almond flour but a 1-1 gluten-free flour blend will work! (I use bob’s redmill 1-1 gluten-free flour)