Vegan Sufganiyot Recipe for Hanukkah
These jelly-filled donuts are the perfect fried treat for any Hanukkah celebration! Stuff them with your favorite flavors of jelly or get creative and use chocolate spreads, apple butter, or other sweet fillings. At the end, dust these donuts with powdered sugar for an extra little sugar rush.
Servings: 24 donuts Time: Prep: 20 minutes, Cook: 25 minutes, Rise: 30 minutes
- Candy thermometer
- Large pot for frying
- Slotted spoon
- Chopstick or wooden skewer
- Piping bag
- 2-inch circular cookie cutter
- ½ cup + 2 Tbsp non-dairy milk (at room temp)
- ½ cup + 1 tsp non-dairy butter, melted (then cooled to room temp)
- 2 chia eggs (2 Tbsp ground chia, 6 Tbsp water)
- 4 cups + 5 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
- 2 tsp dry active yeast
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 6 Tbsp water, divided in half
- 5 cups vegetable oil (approximate) for frying
- Fillings as desired—jellies, jams, chocolate spreads, etc.
- Powdered sugar for dusting on top
1. Set your non-dairy milk out to warm to room temperature. Melt your butter in a small saucepan and then allow to cool to room temperature. Set both aside.
2. Make your chia eggs by mixing the water and chia together and setting aside for at least 5 minutes
3. Sift and whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
4. Place the 3 Tbsp of aquafaba in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer on high speed until it turns white and stiff peaks form (approximately 5-7 minutes). It can take longer depending on the shape of your bowl and how easily the mixer can beat the aquafaba.
5. Sprinkle the yeast over 3tbsp of slightly warm water. Let it sit for 5 mins or until the yeast starts to react. Sprinkling a little bit of sugar in the mixture can help the reaction occur.
6. Add the yeast mixture, chia eggs, additional 3 Tbsp of water, milk, butter, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Mix until a dough begins to form. When the mixture begins to look dough-like, add the aquafaba. If the aquafaba has gotten foamy and no longer holds stiff peaks, beat again until the peaks form and then add to the dough.
7. Once a soft dough forms, knead by hand in the bowl or on a lightly floured surface for 10-15 minutes. Be generous in using flour on your hands, but the dough should remain slightly tacky.
8. After kneading, return the dough to the bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size. This will take approximately 30 minutes; however, the time can vary a lot depending on the temperature of your kitchen and many other factors. Try to find a warm spot in your kitchen or home to place your dough, and it can speed up the process.
9. After rising, divide the dough in half. Recover the second half of the dough.
10. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about 1/4 inch thick and use a circle cookie cutter to make donuts. Set them aside. Reroll dough as needed.
11. Repeat with other half of the dough.
12. Use extra dough to make donut holes by rolling into small balls.
13. Heat the oil in a large pot. The amount of oil will depend on the size of your pot, but you’ll want at least 2.5 inches of oil.
14. Heat the oil between 320-360° F. It’s important to stay below 360 and above 320 while frying the donuts, so you’ll need to keep rechecking the oil temperature throughout and readjusting the dial.
15. Place 2-3 donuts in at a time (depending on the size of your pot).
16. Fry on one side until light golden brown, then flip and repeat. Remove donuts from oil and place on paper towel lined plates. Repeat with all donuts and donut holes.
17. Transfer donuts to a wire rack to cool. Once completely cooled, you can fill with your choice of fillings using a piping bag.
18. To fill the donuts, you’ll first want to pierce through with a chopstick or skewer to the center or about 3/4 of the way through (be careful not to poke to the other side). Use the piping bag to fill the donuts.
19. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
- The donuts are best served immediately, but can also be stored in an airtight container overnight for the next day. I would recommend waiting to dust with sugar until you’re ready to serve them.
- I filled mine with raspberry jelly and cookie butter, but anything goes!
RELATED: Vegan Latke Recipe for Hanukkah
Want even more vegan recipes, news, food, and lifestyle content? Subscribe to VegOut Magazine!
More from VegOut
Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival Returns This July
It’s going to be a hot vegan summer as New Jersey VegFest is making a comeback in Atlantic City!
Trader Joe’s Launches Spicy Vegan Pork Rinds
Bored of your current snack routine? Add Trader Joe’s Spicy Porkless Plant-Based Snack Rinds to your grazing rotation!
Vans Just Launched Its First Sustainable Vegan Sneaker Line
From old-school skaters to Gen Z teens, and everyone in between, we’ve all owned a pair of Vans at some point!
Jay-Z Invests in Plant-Based Chicken Nugget Company NUGGS
The future of vegan chicken nuggets is looking bright as Jay-Z is now backing this plant-based startup!
Ask the Dietitian: Bloating and Energy on a Vegan Diet
We get a lot of questions about cruelty-free nutrition from new plant-based eaters and longtime vegans alike. With the help of our sponsor, Sugarbreak, we’re addressing two trending nutrition topics—bloating and energy on a vegan diet.
The Body Shop Is Going 100% Vegan by 2023
This popular cosmetics company is transitioning to 100% vegan certified products!
Cafe Gratitude Returns to San Francisco with Limited-Time Pop-Up
The plant-based, feel-good powerhouse comes back to where it all began.
10 Must-Try Plant-Based Burger Joints in Los Angeles
These plant-based burger joints in Los Angeles are 100% vegan and 110% delicious! While it’s great that so many restaurants offer vegan-friendly options, it’s nice to take a break from modifying the heck out of menu items. At these all-vegan burger spots, you’ll go from saying, “Can I have the veggie burger without cheese or mayo?” to “Extra vegan ranch, double cheese, and add a milkshake for dessert!"
The Best Vegan Artisanal Cheese Brands
Our top fancy plant-based cheeses for vegan charcuterie boards and party snacks.
There’s a New Black-Owned Vegan Food Truck in Los Angeles
Vegan AF just hit the streets with loaded egg rolls, fries, and banana pudding!
Beauty Meets Sustainability: Introducing Spectacle Skin Care
Get glowing skin while reducing your carbon footprint with this sustainable skincare company!
10 Places to Get Vegan Ramen in Los Angeles
We’re obsessed with the vegan noods at these ramen spots in LA! Whether it’s 50, 75, or 100 degrees outside, a warm bowl of ramen is always the move. While the traditional Japanese dish is made with meat- or fish-based broth, there’s a wide variety of vegan options available. Here’s a list of some of our favorite plant-based ramen varieties around town.
Subscribe NowOrder the magazine!