Bite into these amazing baked vegan chocolate donuts. They are dipped in chocolate ganache and topped with crushed pistachios for the perfect sweet and salty pastry.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously spray a donut pan and set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together the applesauce, non-dairy milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until you have a uniform batter.
Pipe the batter into your donut pan, filling the donut molds to the top. Bake for 12 -15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let sit for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to let them cool completely.
While the donuts are baking, make the chocolate ganache. To make the chocolate ganache place chocolate chips in a small bowl. Heat non-dairy to a scald. A thin layer of skin will form on the top of the milk when ready. Pour over the chocolate chips. Cover for 5 minutes then stir together until chocolate has completely melted and ganache is well combined.
Dip the top of each donut into the chocolate ganache. Then dip the donuts in crushed pistachios. Let the ganache set up completely before serving.
Serving and Storing – Serve your vegan donuts immediately as a morning pastry or afternoon snack. Serve with a homemade Chai Tea or Matcha Latte. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. To do so, allow the donuts and ganache to cool and set completely. Place them in a sealable container and close the lid securely. They can also be frozen for up to 2 months. When ready to eat, pull them out of the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for 2-3 hours.
Make in Advance – You can make this batter up to 1 day in advance. Store the batter in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to bake, pipe the batter into the donut pan and bake in a preheated oven. If the batter is chilled, the donuts may need a minute or two extra in the oven.
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