It鈥檚 NATIONAL DONUT DAY 鈥 a day Brit + Co celebrates far more often than once聽a year. As self-proclaimed donut aficionados, we decided to have a taste test of聽our聽most coveted treats. And by taste test, we mean an ultimate vegan versus regular donut face-off.聽Because Matcha Green Tea has been popping up everywhere (in聽breakfast foods, snacks聽and energy-boosting recipes), we thought it would be the perfect unique flavor for this very serious competition. Scroll down to see which was the winner!聽Oh, and one last important PSA:聽Here are all the places聽you can get FREE donuts today.

MATCHA GREEN TEA DONUTS

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Ingredients:

鈥 1 1/4 cups flour

鈥 陆 cup sugar

鈥 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

鈥 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

鈥 1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder

鈥 鈪 cup melted coconut oil

鈥 陆 cup milk

鈥 1 egg

鈥 陆 teaspoon white vinegar

鈥 陆 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to聽350 degree Fahrenheit.聽Lightly grease a donut聽pan using聽butter or oil.聽This batter will make about 12 regular-sized donuts.

2. Whisk all of your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and matcha powder) together in a bowl.

3.聽In another bowl, mix together your wet ingredients (coconut oil, milk, egg, white vinegar and vanilla). Pour your wet mixture in with the dry mixture and stir until combined.

4. Now put the batter into a piping bag. We put one corner of聽a large Ziploc庐聽bag into a tall glass and used a spatula to pour the mixture into the bag. Seal it up with no air,聽snip off a small triangle in the corner and begin piping into a donut pan. We did a mix of mini and regular-size donuts. Fill the donut pan with batter 鈥 no need to leave space in each slot.

5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

6. After your donuts are聽done baking, let them cool completely on a cooling rack聽before icing.

VEGAN MATCHA GREEN TEA DONUTS

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Ingredients:

鈥斅2 cups all-purpose flour

鈥 1/2 cup sugar

鈥 2 teaspoons baking powder

鈥 2-3 Tablespoons matcha green tea powder

鈥 1/2 teaspoon salt

鈥 1/3聽cup applesauce

鈥 3/4 cup non-dairy milk or water (I used almond milk)

鈥 1/3 cup oil

鈥 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

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Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to聽350 degrees Fahrenheit.聽Lightly grease a donut pan using (vegan)聽butter or coconut oil. This batter will make about 12 regular-sized donuts.

2. Whisk all of your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and matcha powder) in a bowl.

3.聽In another bowl, mix together your wet ingredients (applesauce, water,聽vinegar and oil). When聽combined, pour your wet mixture in with the dry mixture and stir until completely incorporated聽and smooth.

4. Now put the batter into a piping bag. Put one corner of聽a large Ziploc庐聽bag into a tall glass and use a spatula to pour the mixture into the bag. Seal it up with no air,聽snip off a small triangle in the corner and begin piping into a donut pan. We also did a mix of mini and regular-size donuts for the vegan version.

5. Bake for 11-13 minutes聽or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

6. Let cool completely on a cooling rack聽before icing.

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MATCHA GREEN TEA ICING GLAZE

Ingredients:

鈥 4 cups powdered sugar

鈥 4-5 teaspoons matcha green tea powder

鈥 6-8 Tablespoons hot water

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Instructions:

Mix together the powdered sugar and matcha powder in a bowl. Add one tablespoon of hot water at a time until you reach your desired icing consistency. Look for a thick but syrupy consistency. If it鈥檚 too thin, add a little more powdered sugar; if it鈥檚 too thick, add a little more hot water.

Dip a donut聽into the matcha green tea聽glaze, swirl it around to coat the top, then set it down icing side up.聽Pro Tip: Lay parchment paper under a cooling rack to catch any icing drippings.

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3. Sprinkle any toppings onto the top of the donut before the glaze sets. We used sprinkles on our vegan donuts and green tea KitKats and Green Tea Pocky (that our Executive Creative Director, Anjelika, brought back from her travels to Japan!) on our regular donuts.

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YUM. Now, which one was the winner?!

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Vegan donuts! Winning by a small margin of one vote, our vegan donuts seem to have the best texture and matcha green tea flavor. Ten extraordinary tasters brought their A-game and gave some honest feedback. Comments about our vegan donuts聽included, 鈥渟weet and delish,鈥 鈥渕ore sweet and moist, tastes more like a donut,鈥 鈥渕oist and FLUFFY鈥 and 鈥渕atcha flavor more pronounced.鈥 Our regular matcha donuts elicited comments like 鈥渕ore flavor,鈥 鈥渓ittle more coconut-y,鈥 鈥渓ess dense than the other one鈥 and 鈥淜itKat topping for the win.鈥

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This donut gallery wall though鈥

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Love these mini donuts?聽Check out this recipe for mini rainbow donuts!

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Author: Anita Yung

DIY Production + Styling: Anita

Photography: Brittany Griffin