Baked Cinnamon Donuts

Difficulty: Medium

Makes 12

Oh. My. God. Why have I not made donuts before?! To be honest, it just didn’t strike me as worth it until I started to crave them recently but I’ll be the first to admit I’m an absolute IDIOT for not trying them until now. While they do take some time to make, the results speak for themselves and you’ll have your friends and family begging you for more! Stay tuned for many more donut recipes, I’ve got a feeling I’ll be making them much more often.


  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 7 gram packet dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup Nuttelex, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • Spray oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Warm your milk in in the microwave for a minute before whisking through the apple cider vinegar and setting aside for a few minutes.
  2. Pop the mixture into a large bowl before adding the yeast and  1 tablespoon of melted Nuttelex. Allow to sit for a few moments before adding the vanilla and 1/4 cup of caster sugar.
  3. Sift in the flour and combine well in the bowl before tipping out onto a lightly floured surface.
  4. Knead with your palms for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth.
  5. Spray a large bowl with spray oil and roll the dough around to coat it. Cover and allow to rise for one hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  7. Punch down the dough and tip out onto a lightly floured surface. Give it another light knead for a couple of minutes before rolling the dough out to be about 2cm thick.
  8. Now you need to cut out your donut shapes! If you’re going for your traditional donut shape, you can cut out using a large drinking glass and making the hole with a small lid (from an olive oil bottle for example). This will give you a regular sized donut. You may need to re-roll the dough to get the full dozen donuts but hang onto the holes and any excess dough.
  9. Space your donuts out six to a tray, you can scatter the holes on the trays too. Cover each tray with a tea towel and allow the donuts to rise for another half an hour.
  10. Pop the trays in the oven and cook for about 10-15 minutes, until they’re lightly golden.
  11. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes. In the meantime you can combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
  12. With a pastry brush, cover each donut with melted Nuttelex before dunking in the cinnamon mixture. Make sure it’s evenly coated and gently shake of the excess.
  13. Best served warm but will keep for a couple of days.


  • Chelsey

    Hi June,

    Nuttelex is a vegan margarine type spread we use here in Australia. Any margarine type product you use for cooking will be fine 🙂

  • Tess

    Helloooo Chelsey, I am fairly new to being vegan and I find your website really inspiring. You have awesome recipes, they are easy to follow and look amazing. Also love the web design haha pretty much everything!

    But about the doughnuts, I made these the other day and they were very bready, is that how they are meant to be? I think I left them in a little too long anyway but just not sure what the texture was meant to be like. I also filled some of the holes with jam, these ones were particularly popular!


    • Chelsey

      Hi Tess,

      Thanks for the feedback and congratulations on becoming vegan 🙂 I’m so glad you like the site and it’s been of use to you!

      Now to the donuts! Hmmm, they will be a little bready because of the yeast in the dough but they shouldn’t be too bready. See how you go next time not leaving them in too long. You could also try deep frying them and see how they go if you’re feeling like branching out a little (I’m yet to try that). Jam donuts are on my to-do list, thanks for the reminder 😀

      If you have any other questions please let me know.