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Maple Chai Donuts for a Delicious Fall Treat

Learn how to make these delicious maple chai donuts baked right in the oven! The spices go well with maple for a perfect fall treat.

Maple Chai Donuts

There are so many things I love about autumn! From the acorns to the leaves to the pumpkin spice to the fall desserts . . . there’s a lot to celebrate. I don’t know if you’re like me but I especially enjoy the cooler weather. When the temp hits below 60 degrees, that is prime time for me.

I’m always looking for delicious baked goodies to make for the season and baked donuts are a favorite. I’ve made apple cider donuts in the past and really enjoyed them, so I decided to do another version this year: maple chai donuts!

They’re easy to make and even easier to eat! One of the great things about this fall donut recipe is that it’s relatively quick. Once you gather the ingredients, you’ll only need about 10 minutes to put it together and then 20 minutes to bake.

The chai spices give them a warm, cozy taste that will have you craving more than one. So grab your ingredients and bake up these delicious donuts for an autumnal delight. And when they are gone and eaten up in one day? Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Learn how to make these delicious buggers below.

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Maple Chai Baked Donuts 

Ingredients

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

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease your donut pans with non-stick baking spray.

Dry ingredients mixed together

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and chai spice.

Wet ingredients mixed together

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.

Donut batter in a donut pan

Divide the batter between the donut pans and bake for 15 – 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Baked donuts cooling on a wire rack

Turn the donuts out onto a wire rack to cool.

Maple chai baked donuts for fall

Enjoy the donuts warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Recipe Notes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 donuts

I use this donut pan to bake my chai donuts. If you don’t have a donut pan, you can use a muffin pan. Roll small pieces of foil into about 1/2 inch balls and place them into the center of each cup, then spray the entire pan with cooking spray.

Take your batter and pipe around the foil ball. You’ll fill about halfway but you can use less if you want them to really look like donuts.

Maple chai baked donuts recipe

Recipe Tips

  • Flour gives the donuts structure. Make sure to measure your flour using the scoop and level technique so the donuts don’t become too dense.
  • Brown sugar helps sweeten the donuts. Feel free to substitute granulated sugar if you prefer.
  • Baking powder helps the donuts rise.
  • Chai spice adds a great warmth and earthiness to the donuts. Feel free to swap cinnamon if you prefer.
  • Egg binds the donuts together.
  • Milk is our main wet ingredient– I used whole milk but feel free to use any kind you like.
  • Vegetable oil keeps the donuts moist.
  • Maple syrup adds a rich sweetness to the donuts.
  • Vanilla enhances the flavor of the maple and chai.
Baked donuts for fall with maple chai

I topped the donuts with a simple powdered sugar icing (1 cup powdered sugar whisked with 1 tablespoon milk)— but this is optional! They’re also delicious with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.

Yield: 12 donuts

Maple Chai Donuts

Easy-maple-chai-baked-donuts

It's fall and it's time to get your ovens going! These Maple Chai Donuts are a delicious treat for the season. They're easy to prepare, so whip up a batch today.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon chai spice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease your donut pans with non-stick baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and chai spice.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vegetable oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk just until no large lumps remain.
  5. Divide the batter between the donut pans and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Turn the donuts out onto a wire rack to cool.
  7. Enjoy the donuts warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Notes

Nutrition info is for donuts only as the icing is optional. It adds approximately 40 calories per donut if you choose to use it.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 donut

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

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