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Not that anyone needs an excuse to enjoy a good donut, but June 1 is National Donut Day! This whimsical American holiday was established in 1938 by the Salvation Army to pay tribute to the “Donut Lassies,” two women who served simple fried donuts to the American soldiers in the trenches during World War I. The gesture was meant to bring the soldiers a bit of comfort under their distressing circumstances, and the Salvation Army continued this tradition in World War II.

Throughout the decades, donuts have continued to spark joy within the American culture. However, the donut making process has become a bit more refined since the WWI days of frying dough in soldier’s helmets (talk about being resourceful). We’ve tracked down the best gourmet, over-the-top, and just plain delicious vegan donuts in the U.S. so you can make the most of out National Donut Day…or any day, for that matter.

Where to Find the Best Vegan Donuts in the U.S.


1. Voodoo Donuts

Voodoo

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This quirky Portland donut shop has quickly expanded into a nationwide chain, as people can’t seem to get enough of its voodoo doll-shaped donuts and colorful vibe. Vegans can find an array of options at all eight national locations, from a jelly-filled, peanut butter-glazed variety to the classic voodoo doll yeasted donut stuffed with raspberry jelly and decorated with chocolate glaze and a pretzel stick through the “heart.”

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2. Donut Friend

Donut friend

How long are you willing to wait in line for a donut? This tiny Highland Park vegan donut shop always has a steady line of customers out the door, and at festivals, the average wait clocks in at an hour. Donut Friend’s Instagram-worthy creations taste as good as they look, and with dozens of over-the-top options, there’s a donut to match everyone’s taste and style. One of the most popular flavors is the Youth Brûlée, which features a bullseye donut filled with Bavarian cream and topped with brûléed sugar. Don’t see what you like? Donut Friend also offers the option to customize your own donut, so you can create the ultimate sugar-high.

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3. Peaceful Provisions

Peaceful Provisions Donuts

It’s okay to be square. This New York pop-up bakery is cranking out exceptional raised donuts with unorthodox ingredients and shapes. Try the Cookie Bandita, which is filled with cookie dough, cookie butter spread and a cookie creme sandwich, then topped with vanilla glaze, chocolate icing and vegan rainbow sprinkles. Less childhood nostalgia and more hardcore? The Goth Von D (inspired by a certain vegan celebrity makeup brand?) features a raised donut with coconut ash pudding topped with coconut ash glaze.

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4. Karma Baker

Karma Baker Donut

If you can’t decide between a cake or a donut, have both. Karma has created quite the buzz around its allergen-friendly donuts with the invention of the Unicorn Donut, closely followed by the Mermaid Donut. These colossal on-trend themed treats feature a vegan buttermilk vanilla or chocolate cake donut, enrobed in vegan white or milk chocolate, then heavily garnished with oversized sprinkles and a unicorn horn or a hand-painted white chocolate mermaid tail. These treats are baked, not fried, and have a more dense, cake-like texture. However, they are sweet, moist, and oh-so-trendy. Stop by the store in Westlake Village, Calif., or ship them to your home anywhere in the U.S.

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5. Erin McKenna’s Bakery

Erin McKenna's Donut

With locations in New York, Orlando, and Los Angeles, Erin McKenna’s gluten-free donuts put smiles on faces nationwide. Her cake donuts are perfectly adorable and always give customers pause – it’s rare to walk into her storefront and not see someone gazing longingly at the donuts through the glass case. The mocha and the samoa are loaded with drizzles and toppings, but for a more simple yet equally satisfying snack, go for the cinnamon sugar and the pretty pink glazed options.

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6. Vegan Treats

VeganTreats

Nestled in a small town in Pennsylvania, Vegan Treats is far from a hidden gem. This completely vegan company was named one of the best bakeries in the world by American Express, and its donuts are undoubtedly a major factor in that success. The shop has over a dozen varieties to choose from, with raised and cake flavors that range from Vanilla Soy Chai to Bavarian Cream. The company has even featured a funnel cake donut at past pop-ups. Find them in Bethlehem, Pa., or at one of their pop-ups across the country.

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7. Dun-Well Doughnuts

Dun-well Donuts

This Brooklyn donut shop may be all vegan, but that didn’t stop it from being recognized as one of America’s Best Donut Shops by Food & Wine Magazine. The shop offers an extensive range of sweets, including raised, cake, and filled varieties, all accompanied with flavorful glazes and toppings, depending on the selection of the day. Don’t even try to pick just one. Go with friends and order a baker’s dozen.

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8. Tandem Donuts

Tandem Donuts

One wouldn’t expect to find many vegan donut options in rural Montana, but Tandem Donuts has answered the call. This wholesale bakery supplies donuts to a handful of Missoula, Mont. cafes and markets, and hosts the occasional pop-up for customers who just can’t get enough. Each cake donut is creatively flavored and glazed, far from the average maple bar or plain blueberry donut. Try the Turkish Coffee which features a cardamom donut topped with rich coffee glaze and chocolate ganache, or the Apricot Rose with an apricot donut draped in a rosewater glaze.

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9. Beet Box Bakery

Beet Box Bakery Donuts

Life is all about simple pleasures, and you can find them at Beet Box Bakery in Denver. Crowned Best Donuts by Westword’s Best of Denver in 2016, these humble baked cake donuts have converted even the most skeptical omnivores into loyal fans. The four simple flavors come in chocolate, pumpkin, apple, and vanilla, all topped with a generous schmear of silky frosting. Not all donuts have to be complex to be delicious. Beet Box donuts are pure, simple joy.

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