Vegan and Gluten Free Galaxy Doughnuts / Donuts

My friend Morgan and I took on the challenge of the galaxy doughnut today and decided to create both a vegan and gluten free recipe! The doughnut recipe we used was adapted from this one by Peta and we then made a safe guess on how to come up with the galaxy icing.

Makes 12 medium doughnuts / donuts (we did this in two batches using a 6 doughnut hole tin)

Dry Ingredients 
1 cup of buckwheat flour
1/2 cup of coconut sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 dash of cinnamon

Wet Ingredients 
1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 egg replacer (see below)

For the egg replacer we tried both a flax egg and chia egg but overall we felt the flax egg worked best. This was made using 1 tbsp of ground flax seed and 2 1/2 tbsp of water mixed together and then left in the fridge for 15 mins.

To Make The Doughnuts / Donuts
1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl together
2. Add in the flax egg into the dry ingredients
3. Place in a pan the coconut oil, almond milk, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract. Stir on a low heat until the coconut oil has melted. Do not let this bubble or boil.
4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix into a smooth batter
5. Grease your doughnut tin lightly with coconut oil
6. Add two large tbsp of batter per doughnut mould, make sure you keep the hole in the middle empty of batter
7.  Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 8 minutes
8. Let the doughnuts cool in the mould and then tap out onto a wire tray

Galaxy Icing Ingredients 
200g sifted icing sugar
3 tbsp almond milk
Pink gel food colouring
Purple gel food colouring
Edible glitter

1. Add your almond milk to the sifted flour and stir until a smooth consistency. You want the icing thick enough that it won't run off the edges of the doughnut but thin enough that it runs off a spoon. If it's too runny, add more sifted icing sugar, if too thick add a touch more almond milk.
2. Split your icing into two bowls and add a touch of food colouring to each bowl, we used pink in one and purple in the other.
3. Slowly keep adding the gel colouring until you create your desired colour. Mix well.
4. Get a plate and add a line of one coloured icing onto one side and the other colour on the other, make sure both colours touch and meet in the middle
5. Get a fork and swirl the two colours together so you have a marble effect
6. Get a doughnut and place the top down onto the plate of marbled icing, then as you pick the doughnut off the plate, twist it to get the swirling effect
7. Place onto a wire rack with the icing facing up and repeat for the rest of the doughnuts
8. Make sure all your doughnuts are covered and if bits have been missed with the icing simply drizzle some more icing on or push the icing on the doughnut around with a damp finger
9. Let the icing set slightly and then dust with edible glitter (we used a small brush and tapped the glitter off the brush over the doughnuts)
10. Enjoy your galaxy doughnuts!

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