• vegan donuts have landed in los angeles!

    December 13th, 2008quarrygirlintelligentsia coffee, LA restaurants


    yawn! i usually don’t post on saturday morning, but as of today, there are finallyย vegan donuts in los angeles and that is so worth writing about at this dreadful hour! intelligentsia in silver lake has started selling dee’s nuts donuts and i can’t get enough.

    dee's nuts vegan donut with chocolate frosting and purple sprinkles. yum.

    dee's nuts vegan donut with chocolate frosting and purple sprinkles. yum.

    it’s about fucking time vegan donuts made their way to los angeles. i mean, jeez, we have a gazzilion vegan restaurants, vegan cupcakes, vegan cookies, and (my fave) vegan twinkies, but no vegan donuts. …UNTIL NOW.

    today, it seems that dee’s nuts donuts, a vegan donut brand has shot up overnight and started offering a line of baked goods at the very popular intelligentsia coffee shop in silver lake. dee’s nuts is a one-woman, animal-free donut company (she doesn’t advertise her goods as vegan, because the v word makes flesh-eaters recoil in horror) who has has been getting quite the buzz in the vegan community and causing a stir among herbivores on twitter.

    dee’s nuts treats have been available for private order through her website for quite awhile. but today for the first time, they made their debut on the los angeles restaurant scene. since silver lake seems to have the most vegan restaurants per capita, it seems fitting that vegan donuts would first show up at a trendy sunset junction coffee shop.

    intelligentsia is known for its superior coffee, tea, and pastries. how awesome is it that thanks toย dee’s nuts, vegans from all of la county have a huge reason to visit there now.

    vegan donuts at intelligentsia. $2.50 each.

    vegan donuts at intelligentsia. $2.50 each.

    glazed and chocolate-coconut are both delicious.

    glazed and chocolate-coconut are both delicious.

    dee’s nuts creates a line of super fresh donuts, baked right in our own downtown los angeles, that taste authentic and sinful just like the real thing. plump, porous, juicy cake deep fried and covered in thick and creamy frosting make for absolute decadence. and at only $2.50 a pop, they are very reasonably priced, and give you an excuse to buy several.

    because they aren’t advertised as vegan, i know that SO MANY omnivores will order these donuts and think they are “real.” muahahahahhahahahahahaha.

    la vegans, get over to intelligentsia and buy some donuts. right now they only have one dozen per day. i got my silly ass there at 6am on a saturday and heard that other people had been calling about them as well. considering there are no other vegan donuts in town, i’d act fast and buy ’em whenever the fuck you can.

    i was so stoked when i heard about these vegan donuts, that i couldn’t even wait for them to become available in stores. lucky for me, deanna of dee’s nuts invited me to her kitchen yesterday and gave me a quick tour, as well as a piping-hot donut fresh off the press. you can order your own batch through her website, and i highly recommend doing so, even if its just to be able to taste a donut moments after its been made. check out this cell phone picture i snapped of the vegan donut maker:

    this is where vegan donuts come from.

    this is where vegan donuts come from.

    i know, i know. i am very lucky.

    dee’s nuts donuts also made a smaller debut today at fix coffee in echo park. fix has already been offering cookies baked by dee’s nuts, and as of today they will be selling donuts too. if you can stomach it, i would recommend getting to fix and trying the cookies out as well. there is a freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie that is melty and out of this world, along with a thick spongy sugar cookie slathered in creamy frosting. these treats are also not advertised as vegan, and they are tasty enough to fool anybody.

    vegan sugar cookie. $2.50 and vegan chocolate chip cookie. $2.25

    vegan sugar cookie. $2.50 and vegan chocolate chip cookie. $2.25

    i will keep you posted as these baked goods and donuts become available in more locations. now that i’ve had vegan donuts in la, i definitely don’t want them to go away.

    oh yeah, and dee’s nuts! lol.

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19 responses to “vegan donuts have landed in los angeles!” RSS icon

  • Wow! I’m impressed! You went to Intelligentisa at 6am to bring bring us on-the-spot donut news! That’s dedication!

    Those donuts (and other pastries) look incredible! I’m drooling as I type this. Your pictures are great!

    Oh yeah … and “Long Live Dee’s Nuts”!!!!

  • I could easily eat a dozen on my own. That Donut Mini-Matic is the new must have Vegan Xmas present (j/k)

  • How awesome! How fun! Lucky you… lucky us!

    As musc as you’ve already got me drooling over those donuts, what I’m coveting even more after seeing these photos is that amazing looking, frosting slathered sugar cookie. It’s making my teeth ache with sweetness just looking at it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • musc? Uh… that should be spelled “much”.

  • yay! thanks for posting! apparently intelli sold out of the whole dozen before 8am. i’m sure sometime next week the order will go up significanly. in the meantime, get there early as poop to get your paws on one. or, order straight from me. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • The sell vegan donuts at Simply Wholesome in the baldwin hills area.

  • thanks~! i’ll check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh my gosh!!! You are a blessed, blessed girl to have not only incredibly gorgeous vegan donuts in LA, but incredible donuts sold AT Intelligentsia! Intelligentsia makes my favorite espresso of all time… They are the best of the best in the espresso world, as far as I’m concerned… I have some of their espresso beans in my kitchen right now, in fact. ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to get my butt over to LA asap. Thanks for sharing this awesome news!
    And your food photos are astoundingly beautiful!

  • Whoa, crap! WANT. I must have one some time soon. I wonder if I can get them without sprinkles?

  • MN- thanks, i have gotta go try those donuts out too!

    rubyredvegan – when you come to LA, be sure to get to intelligentsia EARLY. these things sell out fast.

    melisser – yep, there were just plain frosted ones as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • thank you so much for posting about this! i had no idea!

  • Oh, my goodness…you got to see her baking kitchen?! You truly are lucky!!!

  • For the record, Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana has been making their own vegan donuts (sans holes) every Saturday and Sunday for almost a year now. They only come in one flavor – regular, with a crunchy sugar coating – and cost a little more (I think it’s $4 per donut) but are served warm, fresh, right out of the donut maker. My wife and I have inhaled them a couple of times. They are outstanding!! Worth the price and the drive – and you don’t need to get up at 6am. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wait, I was wrong – Madeleine’s donuts are only $2 each! And yes, served fresh and hot to your table – now there really is no excuse not to go out there… by the way, I notice no review of Madeleine on this site. Better check it out. Vegan world-class gourmet food. Perfect for date night or special occasions. And no, I don’t work there.

  • mtk – awesome! thanks for doing that research. i will definitely get over there and chek them out. i haven’t been to madeleine’s yet, but i hear the best things about it!

  • Finally! The husband works close by, I’m sending him on a run!

  • while waiting for Flore to open on Sun morning, i walked to Intellegintsia but didnt go in as the line was long. I had no idea they had donuts

    Dee’s nuts

  • Vegan donuts are amazing and am glad to finally have some in Los Angeles. While $2.50 is not extravagant, I don’t think ‘only’ fits in front of this price. The costs are different and vegan is specialty, etc, but we are still talking 5x the price of a regular donut. Five times! Understandable, but definitely not cheap.

  • Joyce Robinson

    Would you pls send a sample of the vegan donut?
    I will pay for shipping & handling.
    Thank you!
    Joyce Robinson

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