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From Albania with Love: Vegan Petulla to Sweeten Your Day

"Indulge in the vegan twist on Albania's beloved petulla with our easy-to-follow recipe, ensuring everyone can enjoy this traditional treat."

Petulla, a classic Albanian treat akin to doughnuts, is traditionally made with simple ingredients and often served warm with a dusting of powdered sugar or savoury toppings such as cheese or jam.

For those embracing a plant-based lifestyle or catering to vegan dietary preferences, is delighted to share a vegan version of this beloved dish.

This vegan adaptation ensures that the charm of the classic petulla is preserved, allowing everyone to indulge in a taste of Albanian culinary heritage.

Vegan Albanian Doughnuts Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes 

Cook Time: 20 min 

Total Time: 1 hour 50 min 

Servings: 6


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  • 1 tbsp instant yeast 
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 pound all-purpose flour 
  • 100g vegan butter  
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean 
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • Ground star anise, optional
  • 1/2 cup oil

How to Make Vegan Donuts (Step-by-Step)

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  1. To proof yeast: dissolve the yeast in the mixture of 1/2 cup of lukewarm water and 1 tsp of granulated sugar until it’s creamy.
  2. Mix the flour, butter, salt, vanilla, and lemon zest in a bowl; add the yeast mixture and the remaining water. 
  3. Knead the dough and place it in a warm place; let it rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface (about 1/2-inch thick); use a glass to cut out the doughnuts. 
  5. Let them sit in a warm, dry place for a further 30 minutes to rise. 
  6. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, fry your doughnuts for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown; work in batches. Use a slotted spoon to transfer fried doughnuts to paper towels (the paper will absorb excess oil from fried doughnuts). 
  7. Optional: Add the remaining granulated sugar to your blender or food processor. Blend the sugar until it is fine, powdered sugar.
  8. Dust warm doughnuts with powdered sugar and serve at room temperature. 

And here is the final result! Bon appétit! 

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Nutrition Facts About Vegan Albanian Doughnuts

Vitamins Values
Vitamin A 419 IU
Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin) 1.298 mg
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) 0.907 mg
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin) 5.807 mg
Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic acid) 8.307 mg
Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamin) 0.04 µg
Vitamin D 10 IU
Vitamin E 419 IU
Vitamin K 35 µg
Minerals Values
Calcium 26 mg
Magnesium 25 mg
Phosphorus 90 mg
Iron 3.66 mg
Potassium 159 mg
Sodium 587 mg
Zinc 0.68 mg
Copper 0.125 mg
Selenium 26.7 µg
Manganese 0.527 mg
Other nutrients Values
Calories 598
Total Carbohydrates

67.6 g

Protein 8.8 g

Total Fat 32.2 g
Sugars 8.8 g

Fibre 2.4 g
Folate, total 254 µg

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