Do not underestimate the power of the doughnut. In WWI, simple balls of fried dough were said to raise morale of the US troops. You can read more about the history of this delicious day here, but if you’re in less of an educational mood and more of a “how fast can I find a vegan doughnut?” craze, keep reading. From coast to coast and everywhere in between, here are the best vegan doughnuts to start the day off on the right foot. 

Donut Friend

1 Donut Friend’s Youth Brûlée in Los Angeles, CA

There’s so much wasted potential in a doughnut’s hole. Instead of leaving a gaping space of unsatisfying air, this vegan doughnut micro chain fills the gap with bavarian cream that’s topped with sugar and torched for a crème brûlée effect. In terms of dessert mashups, this glazed doughnut crème brûlée hybrid is a step above the cronut. 
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Peaceful Provisions

2 Peaceful Provisions’ eclairs in Beacon, NY

This doughnut is worth getting up early for. Based in Beacon, NY, and only open Fridays through Sundays with limited hours, this vegan bakery sells out fast. It’s a telling sign that you’re in for something great. Every morsel they make is epic, but the eclair doughnuts are over the top. Go traditional with a vanilla pastry cream filling and chocolate glaze or get spicy with the Cinnamon Pecan variety. Just stock up on whatever is left. 
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Victor and Mika’s Bakery

3 Victor and Mika’s Bakery Biscoff Cookie Butter Donut in Winter Haven, FL

Those who eat cookie butter by the spoonful, you know who you are. While there’s a purity to spooning speculoos spread into your mouth, frosting a yeasted vegan doughnut with it is exponentially more delightful. Find them on the rotating menu at the Winter Haven farmers’ market. 
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4 Doe Donuts’ Tiramisu-Filled in Portland, OR

The best vegan tiramisu may just be in doughnut form. This vegan doughnuttery specializes in yeasted, filled, and sweetly adorned fried dough. The tiramisu is a deliciously complex wonder of tart cream cheese filling, light-but-bready dough, and cocoa powder-topped coffee glaze. Enjoy with a double espresso. 
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Dun-well Doughnuts

5 Dun-Well Doughnuts’ PB&J in Brooklyn, NY

A step above the classic jelly-filled, this doughnut adds a thick layer of creamy peanut glaze to recreate this humble sandwich in fried dough form. There’s a reason why it’s a bestseller. 
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Vegan Doughnut Company

6 Vegan Doughnut Company’s Strawberry Shortcake in Lakewood, OH

Based in the Cleveland area, this specialty bakery offers a rotating list of inventive doughnut flavors, but customers and visitors alike can rely on the recurring Strawberry Shortcake. It’s a square-shaped filled doughnut topped with strawberry crumble borrowed from the famed ice cream novelty and finished with a center dollop of whipped cream and a fresh strawberry. You’ll need two hands (or a knife and fork) to take this doughnut down. 
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7 Seed NOLA’s beignets, New Orleans, LA

By culinary definition, a beignet is a doughnut. Now that it’s settled, seek out a hot batch of these melt-in-your-mouth, powdered sugared treats. Enjoy with a large cup of coffee and a mountain of napkins. Plan your outfit accordingly—do not wear black or risk sporting a powdered sugar residue all day. 
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Ronald’s Doughnuts

8 Ronalds Doughnuts’ Birthday Doughnut in Las Vegas, NV

This no-frills vegan doughnut shop is cranking out some of the best vegan doughnuts in the country, according to its loyal fans. Grab yourself a dozen and make sure to snag a few sprinkle-topped Birthday doughnuts with a smattering of rainbow jimmies and a thick vanilla glaze.
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Dottie’s Donuts

9 Dotties Donuts’ Boston Cream in Philadelphia, PA

The flavors change daily at this acclaimed vegan doughnut shop, so while we’d love to recommend the blueberry pop tart-topped option or the spicy chocolate cheesecake-filled chef special, it may not be around during your visit. Pro tip: order the constant Boston Cream and always go for the chef special if it’s not sold out. 
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Erin McKenna’s Bakery

10 Erin McKenna’s Coffee Crunch, multiple locations

Looking for something gluten-free that doesn’t taste gluten-free? Erin McKenna’s got you. This bakery’s cake doughnuts are sublime and never gritty. It’s a tough choice between the coconut-and-chocolate-topped Samoa and the Coffee Crunch, but the texture of this coffee-flavored, crumbly topped treat calls our name every time. 
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Vegan Treats

11 Vegan Treats’ Chicken and Waffles in Bethlehem, PA

This mashup only appears at the baker’s discretion, so if you see it in store, grab it. Light and fluffy doughnuts are dipped in a maple glaze then topped with two pieces of homemade crispy fried “chicken” and miniature Belgian waffles. If you thought chicken and waffles was a crazy combo, this doughnut will blow your mind. 
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Good Town Doughnuts

12 Good Town Doughnuts’ Vegan S’mores in Costa Mesa, CA

Not all the doughnuts at this boutique doughnuttery are vegan, but at least half are. While the colorful Raspberry Pistachio or pretty Cherry Blossom may first draw your attention, feast your eyes on the colossal toasted marshmallow- and graham cracker-topped chocolate glazed pastry. You’ll have to unhinge your jaw to taste everything in one bite. 
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Donut Run

13 Donut Run’s Apple Fritter in Washington, DC 

As the country’s capital, it was high time DC had its own vegan doughnut shop. Established in January 2021, the small shop with a light pink exterior specializes in yeasted and glazed confections. Certainly, grab your fill of these frosted treats, but leave room for the head-sized apple fritter. It’s sweet, craggly, soft, and fluffy all in one. 
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Revolution Doughnuts

14 Revolution Doughnuts’ Mint Julep in Atlanta, GA

It was extremely vexing to choose just one stand-out flavor from this vegan-friendly shop, but the Mint Julep edged ahead by a nose. The pastel green pastry is a yeasted round topped with bourbon and mint glaze, vanilla whip, and fresh mint. Why drink your cocktail when you can devour it? 
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The Donuttery

15 The Donuttery’s Blueberry Cake in Huntington Beach, CA

This surftown doughnut shop will never let you down. It’s open 24/7, 365 days a year. We profiled The Donuttery last year for National Doughnut Day to see how it managed to stay afloat (and open) during the turbulence of 2020. Given the vast assortment of vegan options here, we always try to mix it up whenever we visit, but the humble blueberry cake doughnut will forever be a constant in our orders. 
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Kimberly Deflores

16 Vegan Donut Gelato’s Old Fashioned

This old-school Oakland-based doughnuttery is serving up affordable, accessible, pink-box doughnuts to the Bay Area. Each bite into this crinkly, maple-glazed old-fashioned-style doughnut is utter perfection. 
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Valkyrie Doughnuts

17 Valkyrie Doughnuts’ Birthday Cake in Orlando, FL

There’s more than one reason to visit Orlando, and it’s not Disneyworld. These square-shaped doughnuts surpass any vegan-friendly treat you may find in the surrounding amusement parks. When it’s in rotation, snag the Birthday Cake if you can. Think of it as a traditional sprinkle doughnut kicked up 13 notches—it’s hand-sized yeasted dough topped with a thick birthday cake-flavored glaze, rainbow sprinkles, and homemade funfetti cake crumb. Stick a candle in it and start celebrating. 
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Voodoo Doughnuts

18 Voodoo Doughnuts’ Vegan Voodoo Doll, multiple locations

Not for the easily offended, this edgy, in-your-face doughnut chain is known for its crass inventions both in name and shape (we won’t sugar coat it—several cream-filled flavors are phallic-shaped). We’re fans of several of the vegan flavors, but first-timers have to try the brand’s namesake Voodoo Doll doughnut. Shaped exactly as it sounds, the playful yeasted treat is filled with raspberry jelly, glazed with chocolate, and stabbed with a salted pretzel stake. This is definitely a time to play with your food. 
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19 Dough Joy’s Everything but the Bagel Donut

Even Seattle locals can get a bit down when the weather is exceedingly dreary and they haven’t seen the sun in 10 days. That’s where Dough Joy comes in. While we don’t recommend eating your feelings for every cloudy Seattle day, treating yourself to any one of these yeasted, filled, and frosted treats can lighten the mood. Those who like it savory cannot skip the shop’s inventive Everything but the Bagel flavor featuring a fluffy yeasted dough, everything bagel seasoning, and a cream cheese center. Don’t question it—just enjoy. 
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