It’s almsot New Years Eve one of my goals for the coming year is to blog regularly again so first and foremost, I wanted to share with you a vegan recipe for the Dutch New Years donuts, Oliebollen! This recipe is very simple and the perfect treat to bring in the new year! This donut is not very sweet, but it it’s so delicious with the addition of raisins and cinnamon sugar! 

Vegan Oliebollen!

Expert Level: ⭐️⭐️ / Prep & Cook time: 2.5 hours


1 package of Dry Active Yeast

1/2 cup warm water

2 cups warm Rice Milk (you can sub out for any non-dairy milk but I use rice milk!)

1/4 Cup Sugar (bone-char free sugar like : Zulka Pure Cane Sugar (10 lbs.) 

Dash of salt

4 cups of unbleached flour (I use King Arthur Unbleached Flour)

The equivalence of 2 large eggs via a vegan egg substitute - I use this one : Ener-G Egg Replacer -- 16 oz

1/2 cup of Raisins

Oil for frying - I use a traditional vegan vegetable based  shortening to fry, but you can use coconut oil, if you prefer, but keep in mind you will need to adjust frying time and temp for coconut oil.

Confectioners sugar (Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade Organic Powdered Sugar, 16 Ounce Pouch is vegan and organic) and cinnamon for dusting. 


Combine warm water, yeast, 1 tbsp of the sugar into mixing bowl and whisk until frothy. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes. In the meantime, follow directions on EnerG package to mix 2 large eggs (I shake it in a lidded jar until thoroughly combined) and set aside.

Once yeast mixture is frothy, add 1 of the 2 warm cups of rice milk (I microwave for 25 seconds) 2 cups of flour, the rest of the sugar, and salt and beat on low with bread hook in a stand mixer. Once combined, add the remaining cup of warm rice milk, remaining 2 cups of flour and 2 large EnerG eggs. Beat with bread hook on med for 4-6 minutes, add raisins and mix for another 2 minutes on low. Dough will be soft and sticky. Removed the bread hook and place in a warm spot to rise. Cover with a damp towel, and let proof for 1 hour.

Once your dough has risen, heat your oil in a frying pan and keep it at medium-high. Flour your hands liberally and ball up the sticky dough into 1” balls. The dough is still very sticky, so you can always use a floured ice cream scoop or 2 teaspoons if you don’t want to deal with sticky hands. Drop your dough balls into the oil and let it start to puff and brown. Flip once the bottom is a nice golden brown. Let both sides cook equally and transfer to paper towel to dry.

Once all donuts are cooked, place them in a paper bag with confectioners sugar and cinnamon, and shake shake shake!

And now try to not eat them all in one sitting!

Happy New Year! 

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