Are Donuts Typically Vegan?


While some donuts are vegan, and you can make your own quite easily, the majority of typical donuts are not vegan.

Why not?

Let’s look at the ingredients that donuts have from a few popular chains.

First, Are Krispy Kreme Donuts Vegan?

If we look at the ingredients in the “original” Krispy Kreme donuts, we see a few clearly non-vegan ingredients:

  • Dried milk powder
  • Egg yolk
  • Palm oil (although that’s debatable)

While that’s just for the original flavor, they all have the same base which includes those ingredients.

So no, Krispy Kreme donuts are not vegan.

However, they do seem to be fine for vegetarians.

Are the Donuts at Dunkin Donuts Vegan Friendly?


Let’s take a look at the ingredients in their old fashioned donuts, which are arguably the most basic ones they have.

Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Sugar, Water, Egg Yolks,

Again, there are multiple non-vegan ingredients:

  • Skim milk
  • Egg yolks
  • Palm oil

So nope, Dunkin Donuts’ donuts aren’t vegan either.

Are Tim Hortons Donuts Vegan?

I’m not sure how many of these are in countries aside from Canada, but they came to the top of my mind when writing this post, so I thought I’d include Tim Hortons.

Again, vegans are out of luck.

Here’s a PDF of all the ingredients in each Tim Hortons product.

While there are no eggs this time, there’s still palm oil and whey powder (a milk derivative).

Summary: Are Donuts Vegan?

One of the humongous sacrifices that vegans have to make is giving up donuts from chains and most bakeries that aren’t specifically vegan.

Most donuts are vegetarian, but clearly not vegan.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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