Healthy Apple & Fig Mini Doughnuts – vegan, gluten-free


I have a super delicious recipe for healthy apple and fig mini doughnuts that managed to fit in with all of the themes above!

healthy glutenfree doughnut recipe

It’s a doughnut…. in shape at least. I will admit that it doesn’t have the same fluffy texture as a doughnut, but it looks like one, which is the important thing and the texture is pretty incredible. It has little crunchy bits from the buckwheat flakes, which I decided to use instead of oats because they are naturally gluten-free and so should be suitable for coeliacs. Lastly, there are no animal products in these doughnuts to make them suitable for vegetarians (and vegans). I used almond milk, cashew butter and maple syrup to help bind everything together rather than cows milk and eggs like in a traditional doughnut recipe.

gluten free vegan dughnut recipe

This vegan mini doughnut recipe is a collaboration with Nothing But Snack. Originally they contacted me and asked me to create a sponsored recipe to post on instagram that used their freeze dried fruit + vegetable snacks and that would be suitable for coeliac awareness week. Check out the original post on my instagram here.

I was so pleased with how the recipe turned out and the great feedback that I got from my parents when they tasted the healthified doughnuts. I decided to share the doughnut recipe on my blog as well so that it is easier for you to view and to save for later. Usually I don’t like to post recipes that require a special ingredient from a brand, but I just loved these doughnuts and they were too good not to share. Plus I’m sure you would be able to find some dried apple to use if you can’t source the same Nothing But Snacks as I used.

apple and fig vegan doughnut recipe

Apple + Fig vegan, gluten-free doughnuts

Serves 1-2
0 of your 5-a-day

  • 3/4 cup buckwheat flakes
  • 1 bag (12g) Nothing But Snack Apple + Fig
  • 2 1/2 tbsp smooth cashew butter
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • Splash of vanilla essence
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan salt
  • Coconut oil (for greasing)
  • 2 heaped tbsp unsweetened soya yogurt
  • 1/2-1 tsp cacao powder.


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
  2. In a small pan melt together 1 tbsp of maple syrup and 2 tbsp cashew butter.
  3. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the buckwheat flakes, almond milk, vanilla and salt.
  4. Pour the dried fruit snacks onto a plate. You will need to use half of them in the doughnut mix, so pick out the largest bits and put them back into the bag (and store in an air tight container). Crush the rest of the apple and fig pieces and pour them into the mix- including the powdery bit.
  5. Mix everything together.
  6. Grease two holes in your doughnut pan with coconut oil and press half of the mix in each.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes then leave the doughnuts cool down.
  8. Mix the yogurt, cacao powder, 1/2 tsp maple syrup and 1/2 tbsp cashew butter.
  9. Spoon the topping onto the doughnuts and decorate with pieces of apple and fig just before serving.

vegan gluten free doughnuts


If you don’t have a doughnut pan you could just make cookies.

Also, double or triple the recipe for more doughnuts! (I was kicking myself that I didn’t make a larger batch, especially since I had to share them with my family!)


What do you think about ‘healthier’ doughnuts?

Check out these two doughnut recipes for more inspiration.

Raw Vegan ‘Nutella’ Doughnut Recipe

Pronut (a.k.a. Protein Doughnut) Recipe


  1. May 14, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    They may not be as light and fluffy as a normal doughnut, but they do sound really nice x

  2. May 14, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Oh. My. God. They sound so good! And my vegan friends can have them? AMAZING!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      May 15, 2017 / 9:49 am

      Thanks for your excited comment. I’m sure your friends would love you if you made these. My parents have told me several times how much they enjoyed them, so I think it’s a winning recipe 🙂

  3. May 14, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Oh wow, I’ll have to try these for sure. I’m dairy free so always looking for new ideas x

  4. May 14, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    They look delicious! I would totally give these a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  5. May 14, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    These look great. I really like how they are vegan too

  6. garethtorrance
    May 15, 2017 / 7:02 am

    Those doughnuts look absolutely delicious! I think my wife would really enjoy these! Added to the recipe book! 😀

  7. rhianwestbury
    May 15, 2017 / 10:18 am

    It can be so hard to get both gluten free and vegan items so great recipe x

  8. May 15, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    I love figs! Those look amazing, and it’s great that so many people can eat them.

  9. annalisanuttall
    May 15, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    This look so much healthier than krispy kreame. I will be making these. xx

  10. May 16, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    This looks insanely good and I bet they are just as nice as regular donuts!

  11. May 16, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    It’s not easy to incorporate all these things (GF, vegan friendly and without any refined sugar) into a treat! So well done on that! Also, they look delicious x

  12. May 16, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    They look interesting, I had no idea you’d be able to make vegan versions and what a good topping combo

    • Heathy & Psyched
      May 21, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Thanks Steph. I think vegan versions of things are sometimes a lot easier because you don’t have to worry about raw egg or anything 🙂

  13. May 20, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    I want to make these now! I love anything donut related and if they are even healthier then I’m all for it!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      May 21, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      They are pretty simple to make. I was kicking myself for not making a larger batch!!

  14. June 5, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Oh wow, these look amazing! What a great treat.

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