Cinnamon dusted doughnuts

“What’s for pudding?”

After eating something savoury, particularly in the evening I like to satisfy my taste buds with something sweet and this can range from fruit, sorbet or chocolate covered nuts to cakes and cookies.

This recipe was borne out of curiosity, which is how most things start but came to be after a visit to a friend’s house and a quick trip to the supermarket.

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How difficult can it be?

I’ve only ever made doughnuts twice before and they’ve always been plant-based but I remember, before I ever did, thinking that they had to be pretty tough to make. Truth is they don’t require many ingredients at all and dependent upon the toppings that you want to use, you will likely have most of them in your cupboard and fridge right now and if not, they’re pretty cheap to make…

…although not entirely that good for you, because they’re fried! However I opted for coconut oil instead as it’s high in healthier saturated fats!


The Recipe



COST: < £3

Makes approx 6 -8 doughnuts


For the dough

  • 50 grams of vegan butter/margarine
  • 120 ml of soya or almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (for the dough mix – you can use vegetable or sunflower oil)
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of coconut oil for frying
  • 250 grams of plain flour (or 250g of self raising flour -without the baking powder)
  • 100 grams of caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt

For the dusting

  • ½ cup of caster or icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon


  • Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and melt the butter.
  • Stir in the milk and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and mix together.
  • Once combined, take off the heat and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients flour, sugar, baking powder and salt using a fork.
  • Make a small well in the center of the dry mix and pour in the butter mixture. Combine gradually using a fork until a thick dough forms.
  • Sprinkle a bit of flour onto a worktop to prevent dough from sticking once doughnuts are formed
  • Using your hands, roll dough into little flat balls and with your thumb, press a hole in the center of each doughnut
  • Heat up coconut oil in a pan. To know when it’s hot enough, fry a little bit of the dough in the oil. If it goes brown and floats to the top then he oil will be ready to fry
  • Gently lay the doughnuts into the oil using a spatula. Fry for about 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Transfer the doughnut into a lined bowl, lined with kitchen towel to soak up any excess oil.
  • Pour sugar and cinnamon into a bowl and mix then roll the doughnuts into the mix to coat
  • Serve warm with ice cream or eat without

Tried this recipe? Let me know how it turned out.