Treasure Hunt: Best Vegan Doughnuts in The Bay Area


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Whole Foods

If you have a hankering for doughnuts and need a place you know will have them without fail- you will certainly find them at Whole Foods.  They have six delightful flavors; banana, old fashioned crumb, blueberry (my favorite!), maple, chocolate and chocolate coconut.  They also make two kinds of doughnut holes in crumb cake and powdered.  The consistency is incredible- cakey and fluffy with a perfect stickiness that makes them finger-lickin-good!

 

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Pepples Donut Farm

If you want inventive, seasonally changing, doughnut flavors, you have to try Pepples. Pictured here (from left to right); coconut curry, coffee, Mexican hot chocolate, vanilla cookie, coconut whiteout, and matcha green tea. The texture of these doughnuts are much more dense and cakier than their Whole Foods counterparts, and should be enjoyed with coffee or a nice tall glass of almond milk. Savor every bit- because the flavors are brilliant! The green tea was my favorite- I’m a huge green tea fan and it reminds me of eating green tea mochi ice cream. You can find them at three locations in The Bay and one location coming soon in Silverlake neighborhood in Los Angeles!

In Oakland:

6037 San Pabloa Ave., Oakland, CA 94608

M-F 7:30am-3pm

Sat & Sun 9am-3pm (Doughnuts and brunch until 2:30)

 San Francisco:

San Francisco Ferry Building (south end)

M-F & Sun 9am-5pm

Sat 8am-6pm

This is the original Doughnut Farm location!

In Berkeley:

1312 Gilman St.

M-Sat 7:00am to 7:00 pm

Sun 7am-6pm

Serves all the donuts, full coffee bar + other vegan baked goods

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Mariposa Baking Co.

Mariposa is a gluten free (and often also vegan) bakery in San Francisco and Oakland. They not only make doughnuts, but they make other yummy treats too like this cinnamon roll (pictured) and Mexcian wedding cookies (my favorite). This chocolate doughnut was so delightful I almost cried. The texture was absolutely perfect, and it was moist and delicate. And I mean, c’mon who doesn’t love sprinkles!

San Francisco:

San Francisco Ferry Building

M-Sat 8am-6pm
Su 10am-5pm

Oakland:

5427 Telegraph Ave, Unit D3
Oakland, CA 94609

M-F 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

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Dynamo Donuts

 Dynamo is a Mission favorite, with delicious coffee and a curious bevy of doughnut varieties daily. These are their spiced chocolate doughnuts, which are deep deep dark chocolate in flavor (perfectly bitter) and a slight kick in the mouth as your finish your bite. The texture is dense with a nice mouthfeel- which is perfect for coffee dunking! On sunny warm days in the Mission, either get here early or call ahead and have them set some on the side for you- their vegan doughnuts tend to fly off the shelves.

Mission:

2760 24th Street

Tues-Sat 7am-5pm
Sun 9-4

Marina:

110 Yacht Road
(Kiosk on the SF Bay Trail)

T-F 8am-1pm
Sat 8am-4pm
Sun 9am-4pm

As if the delicious flavors of these doughnuts weren’t enough, sometimes you just want to step up your doughnut game.  Here are a few things to try:

  • Fresh Berries: Smash and smoosh them, or even douse them in brandy or orange liquor.
  • Sprinkles: There are so many kinds of sprinkles, you can’t really go wrong.  Although, we tend to stay away from the dyed sugar crystals as the color tends to bleed. However there are larger colored crystals that we do love- like these silver ones  and these white pearl ones from Sur La Table
  • Jams and Preserves: Really any kind will do- but try ones with all natural sugar (sugar cane or no sugar added) and whole fruit kinds for added texture. We used raspberry preserves and Lydia’s own cranberry pepper jam (recipe coming soon)
  • Ice Cream: Let your imagination run wild! We use Almond Dream Toffee Almond Fudge! Cut your doughnut in half and make an ice cream sandwich out of that baby!
  • Maple Syrup: Drizzle on top and have fun with it! It’ll be messy, but who cares!

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 Cheers,

Jillian

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