Vegan doughnuts are taking the world of pastries by storm.

Mighty-O-Donuts of Seattle shocked foodies everywhere when it won the "Food Network Challenge: Donut Champions" edition, edging out the contest favorite and two other more traditional competitors. Mighty-O's doughnuts contain no chemical preservatives, no hydrogenated oils, no trans fat, no coloring or artificial flavors and no animal derived ingredients. That's right, the winning doughnuts were vegan.

Then, New York City's first vegan doughnut shop opened for business. Just a couple of months later, Dun-Well Doughnuts was named the best doughnut in the city! Not the best vegan doughnut, the best cruelty-free doughnut or the best healthy doughnut. The best doughnut … period.

It's indicative of a larger trend that's been sweeping the nation. People across the U.S. and Canada just can't seem to get enough doughnuts. The more creative the better!

Perhaps even more surprising, vegan doughnut shops are opening their doors across the country, including Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, Oregon and Ronald’s Donuts in Las Vegas, Nevada. And recipes are also popping up all over the internet. From fruit-filled to chocolate-topped, there's now a vegan doughnut recipe for every taste, mood or occasion.

Want to eat more doughnuts?

Although some scientists are now recommending eating doughnuts for breakfast to help you lose weight (!), we realize these sweet little o's are not exactly a health food. However, the vegan versions of many popular doughnuts are definitely more wholesome than their conventional counterparts. Free of eggs, dairy, and other animal products, vegan doughnuts are cholesterol-free, and typically contain no saturated fat. And most at-home recipes will be baked, not fried, so they're also lower in total fat.

Here's a couple of amazing doughnut recipes we found. There's sure to be one you'll love:

This story was written by Jennifer Valentine for One Green Planet and is republished with permission here. One Green Planet is your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.

How vegan doughnuts are taking over the world
From Food Network Challenges to being named best of New York, vegan doughnuts are taking the world of pastries by storm.