Triple Chocolate Baked Donuts

Triple the chocolate, triple the goodness in there easy to make donuts. They are baked not fried and are amazing drenched in chocolate ganache. They  have a bit of espresso powder in them to intensify the chocolate flavor but you can leave it out with great results if you prefer to leave it out.
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Prep Time: 16 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Crumbs & Caramel

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup neutral oil (e.g. avocado or canola)
  • 1/2 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tsp instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Ganache Glaze

  • 1/2 cup vegan semi-sweet chopped chocolate, or chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp neutral vegetable oil (e.g. avocado or canola)
  • 2 tsp plant-based milk
  • 2 tsp corn syrup

Instructions

For the Donuts:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly spray a donut baking tray with baking spray.
  • In a large bowl, sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to blend.
  • In a microwave safe medium bowl (or 500 ml measuring cup), combine the oil and chopped chocolate. Microwave for 25 second bursts, stirring well each time just until the chocolate is melted. Keep an eye on it as chocolate burns and seizes very easily.
  • Mix in the plant-based milk, vinegar, vanilla and instant coffee/espresso powder if using. Whisk well until the coffee/espresso is dissolved. Pour into the dry ingredients and, mixing with a spatula or large spoon, mix until just blended taking care not to over-mix.
  • Spoon the batter into a large piping bag or large zip-lock bag (cutting a corner out once filled and closed), and pipe the batter into the donut cavities. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes before inverting on a cooling rack and dipping in the ganache.

For the Chocolate Ganache Glaze:

  • Combine the ingredients for the ganache in a medium-sized microwavable bowl. Microwave in 25 second increments, stirring well each time, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Dip each donut into the glaze. Keep in an airtight container.
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