Lemon and Poppy Seed Mini Donuts - Lusciously light, delicately lemony and oh so moreish! 10 minutes to make and 10 minutes to cook these things are dangerous! #vegan #donuts | thecookandhim.com

Posted in Recipes on 01.06.2018

Lemon and Poppy Seed Mini Donuts

prep: 10 mins / cook: 10 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 20 mins / quantity: 24 mini donuts Print recipe?

These little nibbly lemony bites are dangerous.  Seriously dangerous.  Just 10 minutes to make and 10 minutes to cook.  And the first time I made them I was a little over ambitious with how much of the mix my brand new mini donut pan could hold.  So I ended up with around 40 of the little buggers!  They ARE teeny tiny though.  AND they’re baked.  AND vegan.  So that makes them sorta healthyish right?

Lemon and Poppy Seed Mini Donuts - Lusciously light, delicately lemony and oh so moreish! 10 minutes to make and 10 minutes to cook these things are dangerous! #vegan #donuts | thecookandhim.com

These are also super light, super lemony and super cute!   There were some squeals when I tapped the first batch out of their tins.  This was after I’d freaked a bit at having filled the tin and appeared to have used none of the mix as my piping bag was still SO FULL.  What am I going to do with a gajillion mini donuts?!

Lemon and Poppy Seed Mini Donuts - Lusciously light, delicately lemony and oh so moreish! 10 minutes to make and 10 minutes to cook these things are dangerous! #vegan #donuts | thecookandhim.com

In hindsight I probably should have tried freezing them but I was so excited to share the mini donut love I packed Phil off to the gym with them.  For healthy bods they sure all do have a sweet tooth!

Lemon and Poppy Seed Mini Donuts - Lusciously light, delicately lemony and oh so moreish! 10 minutes to make and 10 minutes to cook these things are dangerous! #vegan #donuts | thecookandhim.com

Don’t worry though, I’ve rejigged the original recipe so now you only end up with 24 donuts.  Oh dear I had to make more donuts to make sure halving the recipe still worked – I’m THAT dedicated to the cause ?  But that still seems like a lot right?  I need to stress just how teeny tiny they are.  They feel more like candy and they’re just SO easy to keep popping one in.

Oh just ONE more.

Oh that was so small I barely tasted it so I’ll just have one last one.

There’s so many, no-one will notice ?

Lemon and Poppy Seed Mini Donuts - Lusciously light, delicately lemony and oh so moreish! 10 minutes to make and 10 minutes to cook these things are dangerous! #vegan #donuts | thecookandhim.com

Here are some items I used in today’s post:

Wilton 12 Hole Mini Donut Tin | Denby Mixing Bowl | Mason Cash Measuring Jug | Blue Rubber Spatula | Wire Cooling Rack | Coconut Sugar

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Lemon and Poppy Seed Mini Donuts

prep: 10 mins / cook: 10 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 20 mins / quantity: 24 mini donuts

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tblsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tblsp poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut yoghurt
  • 1/2 lemon - squeezed juice and grated zest
  • 1 tblsp oil - I've used olive and avocado oil and they both taste great!  If you use coconut you'll need to melt it before adding

Optional glaze

  • 2-4 tblsp icing sugar
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 Fan / 180 C / 350 F / Gas 4 and with a little coconut oil or spray oil very lightly grease your mini donut pan (see note)
  2. Put the ground flax seeds into a small bowl or mug and add 1 + 1/2 tblsp cold water and stir to mix together.  Set to one side while you prepare the other ingredients
  3. In a medium bowl add the flour, baking powder, soda, poppy seeds and sugar
  4. In a small bowl or jug mix together the almond milk, yoghurt, lemon zest and juice and the oil.  Give a quick whisk then pour into the dry mixture, folding gently together gently with a rubber spatula
  5. The mixture is quite wet.  Don't worry!
  6. Spoon into a piping bag - no nozzle necessary or into a sandwich bag.  For ease put the piping bag or sandwich bag over a jug or large mug while you scrape in the mixture
  7. Snip the end off the piping bag or corner of a sandwich bag and carefully pipe the mixture into the tin - you want to roughly half fill the cups
  8. Bake for 10 minutes then leave to cool in the tin for 5
  9. Invert the tray and gently tap it over a wire cooling rack so that the donuts fall out.  If they need some persuasion GENTLY use the end of a tsp to loosen the edges before lifting or re-tapping out
  10. Cool completely before glazing - mix 2 tblsp icing sugar with 1 tsp lemon juice, adding more icing sugar if you'd like it a little thicker
  11. Drizzle, spread or spoon the glaze over the donuts
  12. Store in an airtight container (if they last that long!)

Notes

  • I experimented with greasing and not greasing the donut tin - using a non-stick coated tin the donuts eventually popped out when I didn't grease the tin but they needed MUCH more persuasion than with a greased tin!
Lemon and Poppy Seed Mini Donuts

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