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GET TO VEGAN DONUT GELATO FOR THE BEST BAY AREA SWEETS

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CASSANDRA PISONE

JUL 14, 2020

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IMAGE VIA @VEGANOLIA | INSTAGRAM

Possibly the two biggest barriers to veganism are easily those two delicious treats we call donuts and gelato. Enter: Vegan Donut Gelato near Lake Merritt in Oakland. Now to the reason why we’re here: their donuts and gelato are—you guessed it—vegan!

NOT A REGULAR DONUT SHOP

Despite Vegan Donut Gelato looking like a normal donut shop — it’s a cool donut shop (and not just because their donuts are vegan). There are display cases filled with the usual suspects: cake donuts, donut holes, apple fritters, and the infamous bear claw, but there are also special guests like a matcha-glazed cake donut, the butterfly (kind of an inside-out cinnamon roll with a crumb topping), and—wait for it—vegan maple bacon!

Plus, unlike other donut shops, they don’t upcharge for a gourmet flavor — their cake donuts are all $2.

NO DAIRY? NO PROBLEM!

While we’ve been waxing poetic on Vegan Donut Gelato’s donuts, let us not forget their incredible gelato. The gelato is made from an almond milk base, and they have the flavors you’ve been craving: strawberry, green tea, lemon “cheesecake”, cookies and creme, mango, and banana walnut. If you’re feeling particularly daring, you can also order a donut gelato sandwich.

But back to the donuts for a second — they’re so good, no one will guess they are vegan! Our non-vegan friends have told us these might just be better than OG Krispy Kreme. If you’re looking for a gateway treat to get your non-vegan friends to see the light of delicious vegan food, Vegan Donut Gelato might be just the place for you.

RUN — DON’T WALK

On top of the delicious treats, the service at Vegan Donut Gelato is welcoming and friendly. While you make your final purchase decision, you can enjoy a donut hole on the house (obviously they know once you try, you’ll buy!).

Don’t say we didn’t warn you if you find yourself in Vegan Donut Gelato every morning. It’s that good. But as they say, the early bird gets the donut — they’ve been known to sell-out well before closing. An AM run for vegan donuts? Nothing could be more Fitt.

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