Vegan Doughnut Holes

I woke up this morning with a severe sweet craving. This hasn’t happened in the past few weeks that I’ve been eating healthy and I have even been able to resist cakes and cookies (have even been successful in avoiding/consuming the bare minimum even on cheat days) which is a something I never expected would happen.

Anyway, this morning I just wanted my sugar fix and since it’s a working day and I did not really have a lot of time in hand in the morning, i decided to make something quick.

This recipe is nowhere close to being healthy. It’s deep fried, laden with sugar and made with all purpose flour. So, if you came here looking for something healthy, please don’t read any further. However, if you  want to make that one cheat day count, go ahead and check this easy recipe out. It will:

  1.  satisfy your sweet cravings,
  2. satisfy your deep-fried food cravings
  3. give you a nice, happy sugar high (and ruin your diet too, but does that really matter now? Or does it? No, don’t answer that.)

Since it also happens to be A’s star birthday (birthday as per the Tamil calendar), I decided to make the most of it. I have made this adapting from various recipes that I had pinned on Pinterest and it turned out to be perfect.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 & 1/4 cup + 2 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbs butter, melted (I used cashew butter. You can use vegan margarine/butter too.)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used unsweetened soy milk)
  • 1/2 tbs vinegar/lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Seeds from one vanilla pod (optional)
  • Cinnamon sugar – for coating


  1. Add the vinegar/lemon juice to the milk and set aside.
  2. Spread cinnamon sugar on a plate and set aside.
  3. Heat enough oil for frying in a large kadai/deep-frying pan on medium-low heat.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, vanilla and the now buttermilk (milk+vinegar mixture).
  5. Add the dry ingredients to this and bring it all together using your finger tips or a fork. Do not knead. It will be a somewhat sticky dough. That’s how it should be.
  6. Grease your hands with oil/butter. Take a heaped teaspoon of dough, and gently roll it into balls. Deep fry until golden in the oil.
  7. Once removed, place it on the plate with the cinnamon square and coat all sides well.
  8. Lose even the slightest hint of will power you possess and gobble them up like there’s no tomorrow. Thank me later (I accept wine, cakes, babysitting offers).

I made this vegan simply because I had to finish off some remaining soymilk and cashew butter which wouldn’t really have been sufficient for anything else.

It took all of 25 minutes from start to finish, including cleaning.

I made these earlier today and already am blogging the recipe (during lunch break at work, no less) because these doughnut holes, my friends, are amazing and totally worth the 985632475 calories consumed.

The colleagues have all approved it. I can’t wait to go home and see what the toddler has to say about ’em.

Try and tell me how you like it?

PS: Yep, I spent time clicking pictures this morning before heading to work (in spite of knowing I was running late). Now praise me for my dedication, will you?

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