Vegan Baked Ginger Pear Donuts

These Vegan Baked Ginger Pear Donuts, topped with a vanilla drizzle, are a sweet, ginger-spiced treat for your breakfast menu. Made with chopped pears and spiced with ground ginger, you’ll love the tenderness and flavor in each bite. A perfect weekend indulgence!

If you love delicate, delicious vegan pastries for breakfast, be sure to try my Vegan Toasted Coconut Donuts. Or my super simple and elegant Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Croissants. Yes, vegan croissants made simple. What a concept!

Several Vegan Ginger Pear Donuts sit on a baking rack.

I may be a bit of an oddity in the vegan community. I don’t care, really. Because rather than being a part of some community of people I don’t know all that much, I’d rather just be sharing great recipes with you!

I guess I dig you like that! ❤️

Because some people are vegan for health reasons and they can be super into healthy vegan food as a result. I get that.

And some people are vegan for animals, and so they can turn their nose up about things like honey. I mean, I respect their passion and their personal commitment, but it’s not me. We are picky about the honey we eat, but we definitely consume it sometimes.

I’m in between these two groups. Because I love animals and it is definitely one of the reasons I went vegan. And I love being healthy because it makes me feel so good! And Shawn and I have Green Smoothies every friggin’ day now because we love them so much.

But sometimes, we also like having Vegan Baked Ginger Pear Donuts.

Do you blame me?

A donut pan is full of batter to make vegan baked donuts.

How To Love Vegan Baked Ginger Pear Donuts

It’s important to love your Vegan Baked Ginger Pear Donuts properly. First, it requires having the right ingredients on hand. I use a combination of all-purpose flour and whole wheat pastry flour. I think the two together add nice flavor and color. I also used coconut sugar. Of course, you could use brown sugar, but again, the flavor created from the coconut sugar is, well, um, sweet!

Besides, coconut sugar seems to have less impact on blood sugar, so that makes it a healthier alternative to refined sugar, which is what brown sugar is.

Are you surprised to learn brown sugar is refined sugar? When they refine sugar, molasses is a by-product. And they make brown sugar by adding some molasses back into the refined sugar.

When I add the chopped pear, I leave the skin, because the skin is where most of the nutrients are found in something like a pear. Besides, once the pear is baked into the donut, the skin is nice and tender. You won’t even notice it.

The second way to love your vegan baked pear ginger donuts is to get all drizzly with them. We love just a little drizzle of vanilla frosting on these donuts. They add some lovely color, but also flavor. Because these baked donuts are lightly sweetened, the frosting brings it all home.

A hand holds an icing bag and is drizzling icing over Vegan Baked Ginger Pear Donuts

But I Hate Pears!

Oh, it’s ok. I understand. There’s a lot of foods I hate too. Pineapple is not one of my favorites. I eat it from time-to-time, but I have to confess it takes effort. So, if you hate pears, just try some other fruit instead. In fact, I highly encourage you to make this recipe your own. Change up the flavors, make a double batch. Be the boss of this recipe! You can do it! If you need some ideas to get you started, well, here goes:

  • I think that drizzle of frosting could use a sprinkle or two of cinnamon (or ginger)
  • You can sub some chopped apple in place of the pear
  • Go ahead and mash the pear instead of having chopped pieces
  • Add more or less ginger, depending on your preference
  • I’m so into ground cloves right now and I could see adding a sprinkle of that to this recipe
  • Make these gluten-free by using gluten-free baking flour
  • Add a tablespoon or two of chopped nuts to the recipe

So, wherever you go, there you are. I can’t believe I said it, but it’s true. 😬

And I’ll add something else while I’m at it. Wherever you go…take these vegan baked ginger pear donuts with you! They make perfect travel companions. I’m such an avid drinker of my Skinny Hot Chocolate drink, that I think it would go perfectly with one of the donuts. Right?

Vegan Baked Ginger Pear Donuts stacked on a baking rack
A hand holds an icing bag and is drizzling icing over Vegan Baked Ginger Pear Donuts

Vegan Baked Ginger Pear Donuts

These Vegan Baked Ginger Pear Donuts, topped with a vanilla drizzle, are a sweet, ginger-spiced treat for your breakfast menu. Made with chopped pears and spiced with ground ginger, you'll love the tenderness and flavor in each bite. A perfect indulgence!
5 from 4 votes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ¾ cup plant-based milk , vanilla
  • ½ pear , cored and chopped

Vanilla Drizzle

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 350°F/180°C. Spray compartments of a regular-size donut pan with vegetable spray.
  • In a bowl, add the flour, coconut sugar, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda, baking powder, and ground ginger. Stir to combine.
  • In a microwaveable bowl, place the vegan butter. Heat for 20 to 30 seconds, until the butter is melted. Add the ground flax seeds, water, and plant-based milk. Stir to combine.
  • Add the chopped pear to the flour mixture and stir until the pear pieces are coated. Then pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and gently fold, stirring until combined.
  • Use a spoon or carefully pour the batter into the donut compartments, filling them generously and equally. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until the donuts are done and slightly golden on the edges.
  • In the meantime, prepare the Topping by pouring the powdered sugar into a bowl. Add the plant-based milk and stir to combine. Add more powdered sugar or milk to achieve a desired, spreadable consistency.
  • Once the donuts are done, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for several minutes. Once they're cool enough to handle, remove them from the pan and place a wire rack. Use a spoon (or frosting bag with a round tip) to drizzle the top of each donut with icing. Repeat with each donut. Serving while still warm adds to the pleasure!

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Notes

If you don’t have coconut sugar handy, brown sugar works here too. 
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Baked Ginger Pear Donuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 374mg16%
Potassium 159mg5%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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Whatever fruity vegan breakfast you’re jamming on, enjoy!

5 Responses to Vegan Baked Ginger Pear Donuts

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStefani Reply

    I am tickled beyond belief to find this in my inbox today! As it is fall in our hemisphere, pears are in season (and honestly, people who hate pears are just weird), so I’m totally down with this wonderful alternative to the ubiquitous apple cider donut – not that those aren’t also terribly tasty.

    I also occasionally eat honey. I support local beekeepers back home. As anyone who can read knows by now, bees continue to be threatened by agricultural poisons. As anyone who can reason knows is that sometimes the only reason that convinces anyone to protect anything has to do with the wallet, so if everyone stopped eating honey to ‘protect’ the bees, there would be no reason for beekeepers, there would be no financial incentive to protect bees (yes, politicians are that dumb), and soon, there would be no more bees. That’s my reason, anyway.

    Have a great weekend, everyone, and happy donut eating.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Stefani. I agree with you so much about honey. Supporting local and/or organic beekeepers is a way of supporting bees. Besides, my theory, also, is that there is no way to live 100% without impacting animals in some way. I buy vegan products at a health food store or local grocery store and they both also sell meat products. I could go on. At some point we have to draw a line. I choose not to judge others for where that line comes for them. For me, honey is a natural sweetener and supports bees.

      And yes, happy donut eating weekends for ALL! ❤️

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLeona Mcmillen Reply

    You are so creative. I love this!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyErica Reply

    These came together very quickly and easily and were *so* good. I swapped cinnamon for the ginger because I have toddlers who are sensitive to spice, and I didn’t put as much milk in the glaze (my own personal preference). My whole family devoured them. I will be making these again and trying more of your recipes. Thanks so much!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Erica. So glad you liked these donuts!

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