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Chai Latte Doughnut with Vanilla Bean Icing (Vegan)

It’s finally Friday again, Yes!

I hope you are in the mood for some doughnuts (or is it donuts? what’s the difference?)! Ha! I say that like it’s possible to not be in the mood for a doughnut. What a ridiculous notion.

The weather has been pretty cool and rainy recently and I’ve been on a tea kick. Chai tea.

The entire first year we have lived here in Chile I was never able to find chai at the stores (sad face). I know it can be made at home but I’m the only one in my family who likes to drink it and I hate making things specifically for me so I’ve just never gotten around to it. That’s why I was so excited the other day when my Mom found some. I’ve been drinking it on chilly mornings and enjoying every sip.

So I think it’s obvious where the inspiration for these doughnuts came from.  I know I just said that no one in my house likes chai but what I should have said was that no one like chai tea. Now chai doughnuts are a totally different matter. I mean, come on, doughnuts!Enough said.

The kids thought they tasted like pumpkin spice, which they are very similar. I used chai spices and black tea rather than using actual chai because I’m rationing my chai. That’s the thing about finding a new product here in Chile. You may never see it again so don’t get too attached.

Anyway, these doughnuts are so good! Even if you aren’t a huge fan of chai I think you’d still like them because the flavors are more mild in doughnut form and when you top these with that sweet vanilla bean icing…….mmmmmmm!


Baked Chai Latte Doughnuts and Vanilla Bean Icing (Vegan)

Take a few minutes for a bake break and make these simple and yummy doughnuts for your friends and family.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16 - 18 doughnuts


Chai Doughnuts:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce pumpkin puree, or sweet potato puree
  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of: cloves ginger, and cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup boiling water + 1 black tea bag reserve 1/4 cup for icing
  • 2 1/2 cups flour

Vanilla Bean Icing:

  • 1/4 reserved black tea
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • scrapings from 2 vanilla beans or 1 teaspoon extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and grease 1 or 2 non-stick doughnut pans with oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together oil and sugar. Whisk in applesauce, milk, 1/2 cup black tea, and milk. Add all other ingredients for doughnuts and stir until well mixed.
  3. Spoon batter into doughnut pan and fill each doughnut to the line. Bake for 18 - 22 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  4. Stir together ingredients for icing and spread desired amount on doughnuts. Allow icing to dry before serving.

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