These vegan toffee apple donuts have a light, apple and cinnamon base with a thick, sticky-toffee topping. Perfect for Halloween parties!
My inspiration for these vegan toffee apple donuts
Toffee apples- a Halloween classic. They instantly take me back to my childhood. A childhood filled with spooky Halloween parties. A childhood of reading Meg and Mog books and watching Hocus Pocus over and over on VHS. And a childhood where I’d go door-to-door, dressed in a witch costume (a black bag tied round my waist + a plastic hat with green hair glued to it- scary!) and ask strangers for free candy. As worrying as that must’ve been for my poor mother, my friends and I LIVED for trick-or-treating on Halloween. We even tried (and failed) to do it in September one year. I don’t even think we had dressed up….
Aside from the time I got a can of chickpeas from a nearby student flat, I usually came home from trick-or-treating on Halloween with a decent stash of goodies. But coming home with a toffee apple or two was my absolute favourite. And as Halloween is just around the corner, I am honouring the child in me and creating a toffee-apple inspired dessert.
These vegan toffee apple donuts are perfect for Halloween
As I was looking online, I noted that there were already plenty of “toffee apple” recipes out there. So I wanted to do something a little different. Reminiscing about past Halloweens, I remembered that “donuts on a string” game we used to play at our school parties (did anyone else do that?!). That gave me the inspiration to combine these two desserts to create some vegan toffee apple donuts. The base is very similar to my vegan Biscoff donuts, as those were flavoured with cinnamon too. But the apple pieces and toffee sauce takes these donuts to a whole new level. I love the combination of the sweet, sticky-toffee frosting on the fluffy, cake-y donuts. Yum!
If you want to make these delicious donuts in time for Halloween then just follow the recipe below. It’s super easy and I promise that your Halloween party guests will be highly impressed!
VEGAN TOFFEE APPLE DONUTS
For the donut batter:
- 200 g Plain flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking powder
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 150 g Sugar
- 60 g Vegan butter
- 200 ml Unsweetened soy milk or other plant-based milk
- 2 Tablespoons Chia seeds mixed with 6 tablespoons water
- 3-4 Green apples peeled and grated
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon juice
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla essence
For the topping:
- 100 g Brown sugar
- 60 g Vegan butter
- 2 Tablespoons full fat coconut milk
- A few apple slices to decorate optional
Set your oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4 and prepare two 6-hole donut pans.
Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl.
Melt the vegan butter and add it to the bowl along with the rest of the donut ingredients. Mix well.
Pour the mixture into the donut pan holes and bake for 17 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
Prepare the sticky toffee topping by placing the brown sugar, vegan butter and coconut milk in a small pan. Place over a high heat and stir continuously until it forms a slightly thick sauce (be careful not to overdo it). Allow the sauce to cool for 5 minutes.
Using a knife, gently spread the topping over the donuts. Top with apple slices if desired.
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.