I tried all the vegan soft serve in Ottawa

I tried all the vegan soft serve in Ottawa. I probably missed a few but I did try a lot of them. I have lived in Ottawa for two years and I was still transitioning from vegetarian to vegan when I moved here. I don’t remember having a lot of soft serve in Vancouver when I did eat dairy. I only remember having it at McDonald’s and buffets. I didn’t even know vegan soft serve was a thing until I moved to Ottawa. I tried six places The Merry Dairy, Oddburger, Little Jo Berry’s, Chocolate Favouris, IKEA, PastelXCoco, and 2 bonuses dole whip from Cinnaholic and the plant based dilly bar from Dairy Queen. I also went to Mavericks but they have been having supply issues and the soft serve is currently not vegan. Let me know if I missed any and maybe I’ll update the post in the future.  The Merry Dairy was the first vegan soft serve I had in Ottawa. I remember thinking I had to wait in line to get into the store only to learn soft serve was at the truck with no line. I was super excited that I

Vegan airfryer donuts

Vegan Air Fried Donuts

I have been experimenting trying to get the best tasting vegan donuts cooked in the Airfryer. I don’t deep fry. and there a no good donut stores close to where I live so attempted to make some. 

There are lots of donut recipes on the internet I am not good at following recipes and don’t want to bother with things like rolling out dough. I also wanted to get more of a donut shop texture versus baked. The yeast and baking powder works really well.  This recipe is good I am the only one that has tried them though.  I do not usually measure ingredients which is why I don’t bake but I tried so you can make them and give me some feedback. Comment below or on Instagram @livingvancouverloca. 

Vegan Airfryer Donuts 

2 Tbsp vegan butter melted 
1 Tbsp yeast
1 Tbsp sugar 
1/4 cup water 
1 Tsp baking powder 
2-3 cups flour (depends on weather)
Pinch salt 
Few drops of vanilla (or flavouring of choice) 
Approximately 1/2 cup plant milk of choice 
Melt vegan butter in heat for a few minutes. Let it sit while combining the yeast, sugar, water in a big container. To the yeast mixture add 1 cup flour, baking powder, pinch of salt and mix with a spoon. Add vanilla and melted butter mix with a spoon. Keep adding flour and plant milk until your dough easily forms a ball. Knead with hands for a few minutes add a little more flour if dough is sticky. Put the dough in the bowl that the melted butter was in and coat with the butter. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for an hour. 

Glaze - I have not created my own recipe for this and would recommend following Emma’s Goodies on YouTube for a great tutorial. If you want a non vegan airfryer donut tutorial chilli pot kitchen recipe inspired this recipe. 

Melt 2Tbsp vegan butter. I placed a bowl in my airfryer oven on reheat for a few minutes

 Meanwhile mix 2 TBSP yeast with 1 Tbsp sugar and 1/4 cup water. Let sit while you get other ingredients together. 

Add 1 cup of flour (you will add more later), 1tbsp baking powder, a pinch of salt to the mixture and mix with a spoon. 

I had this apple cider syrup so I used too much of that. You can add 1tbsp of vanilla and the melted vegan butter.

Then keep adding flour and plant milk until you get a dough that you comes into a ball. 

Knead with your hands for a few minutes. Keep adding flour if the dough is too sticky. It should look like this.

Put the dough in the dish you melted the butter in and coat the dough with the leftover butter. The dish should be a little warm which will help the dough rise. Cover in plastic wrap and let rest for an hour. 

I think the cider is making a difference it usually rises more than this after an hour. 

This is what it looks like without the Apple cider

Put some parchment paper on the tray you are cooking with. I used the tray from my airfryer. 

Hand shape the dough don’t worry about it looking messy. Leave it for another hour it will smooth out. 

Non apple cider dough 

Apple cider dough 

After an hour heat airfryer to 345 and cook for ten minutes. 

Non apple cider dough 

Apple cider donuts 

Non apple cider dough 

I wasn’t going to bother making a glaze because of the Apple cider in these but looking at them after they have cooked. Last time I discovered that heating the glaze over some hot water in the instantpot was good. Today I have some water that is a bit warm in the soup maker so added some powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and coconut nog to a bowl over the water. 

Look at this. It is sweet because of the cider but the glaze is ready. Let them cool for a few minutes, 

Apple cider donuts 

Non apple cider donuts sale glaze added some cocoa powder to make chocolate and let the donuts cook for twenty minutes. 

There might be some taste testing happening here you should  let them cool or add some sprinkles and other toppings. 

Do these taste like a donut shop donut? Not exactly but they taste like milk bread and they are very tasty, soft, and fluffy. They are very good. Enjoy if you make these please let me know on Instagram @livingvancouverloca. 

Bonus using Bob’s egg replacer 

Egg replacer version didn’t make donuts but if you want a bagel try this 
You will need egg replacer I used Bobs Redmill, vanilla extract, flour, and plant milk. To the yeast mixture add the vegan butter keep the bowl for later, 2TBSP egg replacer, a 1Tsp vanilla, 1tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt. Mix it will look like this.

Then add flour approximately 2 and a half cups but keep adding flour until the dough comes together. Add a little plant milk to keep combining the flour into a ball. 

Kneed with your hands until it looks like this. 

Then put the ball in the bowl you melted the vegan butter in and coat the dough with butter. 

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let rest for at least an hour. After an hour it will look like this 

Then place parchment paper on tray that fits in your airfryer. 

Shape the donuts I hand shaped them don’t worry if they don’t look great they will after they rest again. Wait another hour. 

Heat Airfryer to 370 abd cook for 12 minutes. Meanwhile make the glaze. 

I cooked them at too high a temperature and the egg replacer made them dark. They were still tasty. 



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    1. Thank you for your kind comment. I just noticed I had comments. I will try to post more often in the future.


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