"My boyfriend and I once went to Krispy Kreme on Valentines Day morning and had a doughnut with red, white, and pink sprinkles," recalls Kristen Kuroski, a 27-year-old law student who went vegan a year ago. "I haven't had a doughnut since," she remarks. "I've been missing out."
Ask any vegan about the last time they had a doughnut and you'll likely get a similar response. That's why we at VT saw it as our duty to solve the vegan doughnut crisis once and for all.
For this photo shoot, we rounded up four Los Angeles—area vegans from various walks of life and fed them lip-smacking doughnuts developed by VeganYumYum blogger Lauren Ulm, DIY doughnut diva and Internet celebrity chef who's dazzled the palates of both Martha Stewart and Ellen DeGeneres.
You can tell by our vegan subjects' expressions how much they dug the doughnuts, but you don't have to be a vegan to appreciate these more healthful versions of the anytime-of-day treat.
Score! At under $15, a doughnut pan isn't an extravagance, it's a kitchen essential. Chances are, once you've made your first batch of ring-shaped treats, you'll be using it more often than you do your muffin tins. We like Norpro's Nonstick Mini Donut Pan ($11.95 at cooking.com) and, for full-size pastries, the Norpro Nonstick 6-Donut Pan, $12.99; target.com.