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National Donut Day is June 5th — Make Vegan Donuts at Home!

Posted on June 01, 2015 by The VRG Blog Editor

Hi, National Donut Day is just around the corner! Making these scrumptious donuts is the perfect way to celebrate this delicious day! Heather Goldberg and Jenny Engel of Spork Foods have created a delicious donut recipe incorporating pistachios and cranberries, so whip up this delicious treat and celebrate this historical holiday!

DID YOU KNOW….National Donut Day is celebrated on the first Friday in June and was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served donuts to soldiers during WWI.

About the Chefs
L.A.-based sisters and celebrity chefs, Heather Goldberg and Jenny Engel of Spork Foods are vegan chefs that own a Los Angeles-based gourmet cooking school. The culinary duo are also cookbook authors and work with some of Hollywood’s elite including Emily and Zooey Deschanel, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Kristin Bauer van Straten, and Alicia Silverstone.

Pistachio Chewy Bite Doughnuts

Pistachio and Cranberry Bite Baked Donuts with Vanilla Icing
Yields 6 large donuts

1 cup organic unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup un-refined evaporated cane sugar
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¾ cup original almond milk, plus ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup neutral tasting oil (safflower)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*3 tablespoons, plus 1 tablespoon Setton Farms Pistachio Kernels, chopped
*1 tablespoon, plus 1 tablespoon, dried cranberries, roughly chopped

*To make the the recipe even faster, substitute 5 Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites, finely chopped

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, sugar and sea salt and whisk until uniform.

In a small bowl, add almond milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside to curdle, about 1-2 minutes.

Add almond milk mixture, oil and vanilla extract to dry ingredients. Whisk until uniform. Fold 3 tablespoons pistachios and 1 tablespoon cranberries (or 3 Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites) into batter.

Grease donut pan generously with cooking spray and pour batter into each donut shape. Leave about ¼ inch for batter to rise and clean any excess batter from center of each donut to prevent sticking.

Bake for about 21-24 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before glazing. Place on a cooling rack over a baking sheet with walls, to collect icing.

Vanilla Icing:
2 teaspoons non-hydrogenated buttery spread
1 ½ cups organic powdered sugar
1 tablespoon soymilk creamer or almond milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash of sea salt

In a small pot, melt buttery spread and add in powdered sugar. Whisk until lumpy. Add soymilk creamer or almond milk, vanilla extract and salt. Whisk until smooth, about 1 minute and remove from heat.

To glaze donuts, drizzle a small amount of glaze over each donut, making sure there is a baking sheet to catch the run-off. Sprinkle right away with remaining pistachios and cranberries, or Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites before glaze hardens. Set aside to cool.

copyright: Spork Foods, 2015

About Pistachio Chewy Bites


With two main ingredients, Pistachio Chewy Bites provide healthy snack lovers the amazing benefits of pistachios and cranberries in a delicious and nutritious bite-size bar. Pistachio Chewy Bites are heart-healthy, 100% all natural, gluten and dairy free, low in sodium, GMO free, vegan and a great on-the-go protein snack. They also have no cholesterol, zero trans-fat and are a good source of dietary fiber. These nutrient-rich snack bars provide a great balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat for sustainable energy. With 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and healthy fat, the individually wrapped bars are the perfect one stop shop.

Pricing: 6-Pack $5.99 and 16-Pack $12.50; Website:

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