When you're vegan and you don't live in a place like Austin or Portland where you can probably get a vegan donut whenever you want one, you don't get vegan donuts unless you put in the wrench time yourself (hmmm, maybe it's a good thing I don't live in either of those places...). However, the fact that when my craving hit I did not have any desire to mix up dough, let it rise, fry it (I don't fry anything!! EVER!!) almost thwarted my progress. I ran down the possibilities in my head - I had a donut baker but I just KNEW that it wouldn't satisfy the HUGE craving I was having. I dug through the fridge and found some things that I thought could work. I had some canned crescent roll dough (now I use this (vegan and GMO FREE) crescent roll dough ) and I thought that just might work, but I knew if I didn't frost and fill them after reshaping them, I'd just end up with an oddly shaped croissant and there was not such a thing as a cronut at that point in time (at least not that I'd heard of anyway). I pulled some vegan pudding cups out of the fridge (I had the almond milk chocolate, because that's what we prefer but any of the soy flavors would work just as well) - if it works for dessert pizza, I figured it has to work in a donut. Finally, I considered whether or not to glaze or frost and whether I had something I could use or had to come up with a quick recipe. As it turned out, I had some of my favorite substitute for Nutella - I swear it's just as addicting and it's vegan. I found mine at Whole Foods, but feel free to order it online, too. Ingredients in hand, I was ready to see how things turned out. I figured even if I didn't end up with a donut, there was no way this could end badly. I was so right. How can you EVER be wrong with a vegan donut?
Chocolate Cream Donuts (vegan)
Crescent Roll Dough (one can)
Vegan Pudding Cups (one pudding cup)
Dark Choco Dream spread (as much or as little as you like)
This is the simplest recipe you will ever make. First, pop open your can. Separate your dough into 8 squares.
Press the edges of 2 triangles together. Pinch it well or you will lose cream in the oven. That's what she said. I couldn't resist, sorry.
Fold the empty side over onto the pudding side and seal the edges shut. Make sure they are pressed shut! Again, cream. Loss. Pervy comment.
Bake in the oven on 350°F for about 10-15 minutes. Again, my oven is an asshole (only 3 years old, yet an asshole) and I have issues keeping it to temp so just start checking them around 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven when they are golden brown.
Set aside to cool completely. You're going to want to eat them. You're going to want to frost them immediately so you can. Resist this urge because you will make a mess. Chocolate will melt. Yes, it will taste good, but it will NOT be pretty. Certainly not clean.
Once cool, you're ready to frost. Just spread some of the chocolate spread on the tops of each donut and decorate however you wish. I left 2 plain and put chocolate chips on one and coconut on another. Toasted coconut or vegan sprinkles would also be cute.
Try not to eat them all in one sitting.
I was thinking of making another batch of these soon, and thought that some strawberry jam or apple pie filling or even some pumpkin flavored pudding would be amazing inside the donuts and I'd love to try whipping up a pumpkin frosting or a white frosting of some sort. What do you think you might try inside or atop your donuts?
Disclaimer: None of the companies whose products mentioned here compensated me in any way to utilize their products. I simply had them laying around, wanted donuts, and got creative. However, if any of the companies listed here would like permission to post this recipe on their website, please contact me for permission and instructions.