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Chai Donuts

These Chai Donuts are maple sweetened, baked and full of fall spices! Pop these in the oven on a chilly fall morning, dip them in glaze and enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

For more fall donut flavor inspiration, take a look at these Pumpkin Streusel Donuts. Everyone raves over our Apple Cider Donuts too!

Chai spiced donuts on a plate, drizzled and frosted with vanilla icing.

Why this Recipe Works

We’ve been on a bit of a chai spice kick lately. It’s for a good reason. The unique blend of chai spices is delicious in so many baked goods.

Chai adds a spicy kick to sweet treats that makes them perfect for fall. These donuts are no exception!

  • Baked, not fried.
  • Chai spice and maple flavors
  • Easy to make recipe

While we all love chocolate donuts (right?), shake things up today and bake a delicious batch of these chai donuts instead!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make chai donuts.

Chai spice mix. Our homemade blend of chai spices is perfect in these donuts.

Whole milk. Full fat milk works best here to give the donuts their structure.

Maple syrup. Make sure to use a good quality pure maple syrup, as opposed to pancake syrups or corn syrups.

Brown sugar. The natural molasses helps bring out the chai spices beautifully. We used light brown sugar.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make chai donuts in the oven,

Start by preheating your oven. Grease your donut pan with baking spray.

Make the donuts:

Whisk together the dry ingredients for the donut batter. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.

Slowly add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Whisk gently just until no large lumps of flour remain.

Pour the batter into the cavities of the donut pan. Bake for 15 -18 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

PRO TIP: Spoon the batter into a ziploc bag, snip off a big corner, and pipe it into the donut cavities.

Dip in glaze:

Whisk together the glaze ingredients. Dip the top of each cooled donut into the glaze.

Place the donuts back on the wire rack for a few minutes to allow the icing to set.

Chai donut with vanilla icing drizzled and a hand picking it up.

Tips and Tricks

  • Be careful not to overmix the batter! Over blending the ingredients can make the donuts dense.
  • If you don’t have a donut pan yet, I recommend this NorPro Pan. Works like a charm for all my baked donut recipes!
  • Fill the donut pans like a pro by using a frosting bag. It makes it easy to pipe batter into the pan without spills or mess.
  • Store donuts in a sealed container in the fridge. Enjoy within 3 days.
  • Love Chai? Try our chai cookies, apple chai bread, or chai bread pudding too!

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these without a donut pan?

You can make these as muffins instead! Divide the batter into a greased muffin tin to bake.

What is in chai spice mix?

Chai spice mix is a blend of the spices usually used in chai tea.
My mix includes cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves and a tiny bit of black pepper for some kick!

How can I tell when the donuts are done baking?

Use the toothpick test to check donuts for doneness. Insert a toothpick into the center of a donut. If it comes out clean, the donuts are ready.

Can I freeze baked donuts?

Baked glazed donuts can be stored in freezer bags and kept frozen for up to 3 months. Let thaw before serving.

White serving plate with chai donuts.

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Yield: 12 donuts

Chai Donuts

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes

These Chai Donuts are maple sweetened, baked and full of fall spices! Pop these in the oven on a chilly fall morning, dip them in glaze and enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon chai spice mix
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk

Instructions

    1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease your donut pans with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and chai spice mix. Set aside. 
    3. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vegetable oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk just until no large lumps remain. Do not ovemix.
    4. Divide the batter between the donut pans and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    5. Turn the donuts out onto a wire rack to cool.
    6. When cool, whisk the powdered sugar with milk until smooth. Dip cool donut tops into the icing and allow to set.
    7. Enjoy the donuts warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the
      fridge for up to three days.

Notes

  • Use our homemade chai spice mix!
  • Be careful not to overmix the batter! Over blending the ingredients can make the donuts dense.
  • If you don't have a donut pan yet, I recommend this NorPro Pan. Works like a charm for all my baked donut recipes!
  • Fill the donut pans like a pro by using a frosting bag. It makes it easy to pipe batter into the pan without spills or mess.
  • Store donuts in a sealed container in the fridge. Enjoy within 3 days.
  • Love Chai? Try our chai cookies, apple chai bread, or chai bread pudding too!
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    12

    Serving Size:

    1 donut

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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    This easy Chai Donut recipe will have you filling your kitchen with homemade donuts just in time for fall!

    About Aimee

    Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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    Posted on October 1, 2021

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