Hello, Atlanta! It is so nice to be back at home, and I’m finally starting to feel caught up after Sam’s and my California adventure. I couldn’t have asked for a more fantastical traveling companion, and San Francisco blew. my. mind. The transit is accessible, the parks and architecture are beautiful, and there is vegan food at every turn!
So, most of my to do list on this trip was food-related, and my #1 mission was to eat vegan donuts. I haven’t been able to find any fresh vegan donuts here in Atlanta, despite us having several vegan bakeries. If anyone knows of a place that sells fresh, vegan donuts here in town, I will be forever in your debt!
We searched high and low and finally discovered a company in San Francisco that makes vegan donuts: Pepples! They sell their organic vegan donuts at coffee shops all over town and have a few of their own locations, too. They even used to sell at some Whole Foods Markets in California, but apparently there was a less-than-amicable parting of ways there. Drama-rama!
On to the Vegan Donuts!
Right, so you don’t want to hear about my trip. You want to hear about DONUTS! Sam and I bought 3 to split: coffee, cinnamon sugar, and salted caramel. Here they are, in all of their donut-y glory:
As a side-note, the folks at Pepples use the Square in their Fisherman’s Wharf kiosk, which is pretty cool. They’re using Square for iPad, which I totally love! The inventory system on there is fun to set up and so easy to use and track!
Right…back to donuts. They only sold cake donuts at Pepples, which was sort of disappointing. When I think of a donut, I picture a fluffy, Krispy Kreme-style situation covered in sticky glaze. These were delicious cake donuts, though. Don’t get me wrong here. Sam and I had similar feelings about all three, so here they are in order of least to most favorite.
- Coffee – This was Sam’s and my least favorite. It was sweet and the cake was good, but I couldn’t really taste the coffee. It was pretty delicious dipped in a strong cup of coffee with almond milk, though.
- Salted Caramel – This was my first time experiencing any sort of salted caramel, and it was freaking delicious! The donut was rich, the caramel was sweet, and the grains of sea salt hit you right at the end. I think I would have liked this better in non-cake-donut form, but I definitely still recommend it!
- Cinnamon Sugar - This donut was completely coated with cinnamon and sugar, which I think was better suited to the cake donut than the glaze topping on the other two. It was sweet, a little spicy, and perfect dunked in coffee. If we had Pepples here in Atlanta, I could see this becoming a regular treat.
All of their donuts were between $2-3, and they were kind enough to give us a small discount after hearing about our quest from Atlanta to find vegan donuts. I’ll definitely track down another Pepples next time I’m in San Francisco.
So, vegan Atlanta peeps! Have you found anywhere here that offers fluffy vegan donuts? For whatever reason, it seems strange to me that Sublime Donuts doesn’t have vegan options. Maybe because of my great experience with Voodoo Donuts in Portland? I would love to be wrong about the lack of vegan donuts in Atlanta, so please tell me if I am!
Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Check out my new book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies!