Four amazing places to get vegan donuts in Austin so you can feel better about eating crap
Nothing beats scarfing a sugary donut in front of the boob tube on a Saturday morning. That shouldn't have to stop just because you're vegan and you no longer qualify for the kid's menu at Ihop. Fortunately, if you've cut eggs and dairy out of your life (or you're just watching the ol' cholesterol), you can still stuff your face with delicious sugar and carbs. Just swing by one of these Austin hot spots, grab yourself one or two (or one or two dozen), and take a front row seat for your fave weekend guilty television. If you can make it home with any of said donuts still in tact, that is.Fat Cats Organic Coffee & Desserts
Come for the coffee, stay for the donuts. Sure, they have other desserts, too (cupcakes, pastries, scones, all vegan and made in house from scratch), but if it's a donut you're after. Fat Cats has the goods. From a vanilla cake donut with strawberry glaze (and sprinkles!) to a mint chocolate cookies and cream donut, flavors vary daily, so you can find a new favorite every day. And why wouldn't you?
Don't be deceived by this store's front as a grocery; it's really a donut shop in disguise. Fancy a traditional yeast-risen glazed donut? They have that. In the mood for cream filling? They have that, too. Want a perfectly concocted apple fritter? You got it. And if you can't make up your mind, ask an employee and they'll be more than happy to give you a sample to help you decide. Or just buy them all.
This vegetarian restaurant and bakery may not look like much from the outside, but they crank out some serious sweets. They have all sorts of vegan baked goods, but their little gluten free chocolate cake donut with chocolate icing is one of their best sellers. And it's perfectly snack-sized! Of course, if it's not big enough, you could always buy two. Or three. We won't judge.
While this Portland-based donut company makes mostly crazy twists on conventional donuts (like their Tangfastic donut), they also offer lots of vegan options every day. You can pick up a Diablos Rex cake donut, among others, and most of their yeast donuts, including the signature Voodoo Doll donut complete with pretzel stake through its heart, are also available sans dairy or eggs.
Alisha McDarris is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Austin, TX. She loves good coffee, vegan food, and traveling the world for her blog Terradrift.com