Vegan Pink Donuts (Dyed with Beets!)

A Magical Dream Came True

I LOVEEE donuts. My boyfriend used to work at a donut shop way back in the day. I loved to go there and just be immersed in the heavenly scent of fried dough and frosting. Ahh good times… But there’s only so many donuts I can eat every day until I sort of, well, you know… start looking like a donut myself! Therefore, welcome to the stage in a dramatic and mystical entrance, VEGAN HEALTHY DONUTS! *and the crowd goes wild! with donut craze!* I made these vegan pink donuts (dyed with beets!) to be able to enjoy the yumminess of donuts all day long.

Vegan & Healthy

You read that right, these donuts are vegan! If you’re not vegan, you can substitute the dairy-free milk and the dairy-free yogurt with normal dairy versions. I used plain oat milk and plain cashew yogurt in my pretty pink donuts.
These donuts are healthy for a variety of reasons. First, they are baked instead of fried, which not only makes them healthier, but it also means they’ll last longer. They have a more dense cake donut texture, and they are great in the fridge if you have leftovers (which I doubt, but we’ll just go along with saying that’s a possibility, right?) And these perfect little morsels have vegetables in them! AND YOU’D NEVER KNOW!

Dyed with Beets for a Brilliant Pink

I love utilizing the betanin compound in beets to turn things a gorgeous pink. It’s a natural way to add color and fun to your food! A few months ago, I made mujadara (super yummy Middle Eastern rice and lentils and caramelized onions) and I used beets to turn the whole dish pink!

How to Use Beets to Dye Food

There are a couple ways to dye your food pink with the power of this humble root vegetable. First, you can purchase beet powder. This would allow you to add the color with a more even consistency. Second, you can blend up boiled beets, which is what I did for these donuts. And I like the look of the small beet pieces in these vegan pink donuts that are dyed with beets, because it sort of looks like little candies or fruit. And I promise, I gave these to some of my family to try in a blind taste test, and they couldn’t taste the beets at all! The deliciousness of all the other flavors sings loud and clear over any beet flavor. Also, if you use whole beets, you get more of the nutrients, including fiber, folate and manganese. Yay, look at us getting healthy while eating donuts!

Bloopers

I was trying a little too hard to take a cute photo of myself holding the Vegan Pink Donuts that I let one get eaten by the floor. Yuck!

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Vegan Pink Donuts (Dyed with Beets!)

These donuts are not only addictively delicious, but they are super healthy! They are baked (not deep fried) and they are dyed pink with beets!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword baked donuts, beet dye, beetroot, healthy donut, homemade donuts, vegan desserts, vegan diet, vegan donuts, vegan food, vegan snacks, vegan sweets
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 15 donuts
Author strawberryandcream

Ingredients

  • 2 medium beets or one large beet, boiled
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • ½ tsp almond extract or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • zest of ½ lemon

Instructions

Make the Pink Donuts

  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Peel the beets and add them to the boiling water. (Add in a few extra beets to toss in a salad or stir-fry!). Boil the beets until they are easily pierced with a fort (around 30 to 40 minutes). Drain the water and set the beets aside to cool.
    Once the beets are cool, put two in a food processor or blender and pulse until they are tiny chunks. Scrape down the sides a few times in between pulses.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    Grease a donut pan with a bit of coconut oil or vegetable oil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the non-dairy yogurt, non-dairy milk, almond or vanilla extract and 4 tablespoons of the pureed beets.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until it's all combined.
  • Carefully pour the batter into the donut pan, until each donut hole is about ⅔ full.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the donuts.
    Carefully remove the donuts out of the pan and set them to cool on a wire cooling rack. Continue greasing your donut pan and baking donuts until all the donut batter is used up.

Make the Pink Glaze & Decorate

  • While the donuts are cooling, prepare the icing.
    Sift the icing sugar into a medium bowl. Whisk in the lemon juice, zest of half a lemon and 2 tablespoons of the pureed beets.
  • Dunk the top of each donut into the bowl of icing for a couple seconds, then return the decorated donut back to the wire rack to allow any excess glaze to drip off.

Published by strawberryandcream

Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)

18 thoughts on “Vegan Pink Donuts (Dyed with Beets!)

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      HAHAHA Is that a challenge for a donut-eating race??

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you!!

  1. infinitelyadaydreamer – Sydney – hey there, I'm Maryam! A minimalist, intersectional feminist, lifestyle + wellness blogger and creatively driven teen from sunny Sydney. I'm an aspiring interior designer and self proclaimed iced coffee fanatic. Welcome to infinitelyadaydreamer, a home for all my internal musings. I hope you'll stay a while x
    infinitelyadaydreamer says:

    Oh my goodness, these looks scrumptious! Love a healthy twist too. Guilt free indulgence!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      THANK YOU! I’m trying to figure out more ways to eat yummy sweets but without the guilt

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Hehe thank you! I hope you get to try them!!

  2. Markus + Micah – We are Markus + Micah. We live in a tiny house by the sea, grow our plants, cook plant-based food, travel, and design wellness retreats and mindful programs so we can all live meaningful lives.
    Markus + Micah says:

    Wow, so magical. Just looking at these made me smile. What more eating them? Also, I adore your hair!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Awww thank you thank you!! have you ever dyed with beets before?

  3. Cute! I have a blush-themed Pinterest board, and I’ll definitely have to link the photo of the pre-cooked donut batter.

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Ooh that’s so cute!! I’ve been thinking about making like color-themed boards on Pinterest Bc they are so cute!

  4. Deeksha Pathak – I like reading, watching movies, listening to music, doing some art and craft, cooking, baking and exploring new ideas. Baking is my new passion!!
    Deeksha Pathak says:

    Such a beautiful and delicious treat for Valentine day!!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you!!

  5. Violet's Vegan Comics – East Sussex, UK – Being vegan is living life to the full without hurting anyone else in the process. Save lives, save the planet: Go vegan. Oh, and read vegan stories and comics - for the fun!
    Violet's Vegan Comics says:

    These look incredible!!! I love the different ways you’ve decorated them, they look beautiful! And delicious too.

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you, Violet!! I figured sometimes you want more chocolate and could go for the chocolate covered one. But when you’re wanting to taste more of the donut itself, the quarter-covered donut would be the one to reach for

what do you think? :)