Try This: Gourmet Donuts at Green Bar That You Won’t Believe Are VeganApril 23, 2017
Jade and Sarada Santos are sisters who co-own vegan restaurant Green Bar Café in Makati City, formerly a vegetarian deli in Westgate, Alabang. Having been vegetarian all their lives, they grew up learning how to cook their own food. But it was only two years ago that they got into vegan baking, a challenging feat since veganism prohibits the use of dairy and eggs. They rose to the challenge and learned how to make cupcakes, but what really enchanted us are their vegan donuts, which they just started offering late last year and have since become a bestselling treat, with you having to either drop by their café early to pick up a piece, or ordering a box in advance.
They worked on the recipe for four months before finally perfecting it. “As a plant-based company, we can’t use dairy or eggs to help the dough rise or anything like that, so it was really a lot of trial and error, and fiddling with that recipe for a while,” explains Jade. “A lot of trial and error,” continues Sarada, “to find the ingredients here that’s going to work in baking, for example alternative milks. We had to test different brands because some will put in sweeteners, which will make the dough not rise as well, et cetera. So we really had to get the most pure ingredients as possible.”
“Not all soy milks are created equal,” adds Jade, laughing.
Most people who have tried the donuts have not been able to tell that they were vegan at all. In fact, more than 50% of their customers don’t adhere to the vegan diet but visit Green Bar for their tasty food, snacks, coffee and free wifi.
“We try to make our food as accessible as possible. Most people eat meat. We’re the minority in this situation . . . I want them to become curious and [realize] that vegan food can be as satisfying or comforting . . .”
The sisters tell us that vegan doesn’t necessarily mean having to ‘eat leaves all the time’ like the stereotype connotes, and many vegans enjoy their own versions of junk food. “As far as donuts go, these are cholesterol-free. Cholesterol has to come from an animal product, so they’re still healthier in that sense,” says Jade, “but they’re still dough, they’re still deep-fried so you’re still going to get that comfort from any junk food you would buy.”
The vegan donuts, just as they described, are indistinguishable from their non-vegan counterparts. With a crackling, finger-licking outer glaze and a light, soft interior, these vegan donuts can give Krispy Kreme a run for its money. Coming in an array of flavors that rotate daily, we were most partial to speculoos-filled chocolate donut, mango with coconut ‘bacon’, and cookies and cream, though quite frankly, biting into any of their sweet flavors is sure to satiate your donut desires.
Green Bar is a vegan restaurant that specializes in vegan donuts.