Air Fryer Donuts are bite-sized balls of dough and sugar with less fat than traditional donuts! This cinnamon sugar coating makes them irresistible.

donut holes on a white plate with a black striped towel

Donuts are delicious whether it’s breakfast or dessert, and these Air Fryer Donut Holes are a tasty treat covered with cinnamon sugar.

Some people prefer a glazed donut, but I’ve always loved the extra texture and flavor of a cinnamon sugar donut.

What You’ll Need

Coating Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Vegan butter melted

Donut Ingredients

  • Gluten-free flour
  • Crispy gluten-free cereal
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Non-dairy milk

Note; We’re using gluten-free ingredients here, but non-gluten-free will work as well.

How to Make Them

numbered steps to make donut holes in air fryer

Note: Before you start the donuts, melt some vegan butter in one bowl and mix some cinnamon and sugar in another bowl for the coating in steps 4 and 5.

  1. Mix the flour, crispy gluten-free cereal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Fold in shortening, and mix until crumbly. Stir in milk.
  2. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls.
  3. Place donuts into the air fryer basket and cook at 380°F for about six minutes. Shake the basket halfway through cooking.
  4. Remove donut holes from the basket and roll them in butter. Be careful! The donut holes will be hot.
  5. Roll buttered donuts in cinnamon sugar, coating all sides.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
four donut holes on a white plate next to bowls of melted vegan butter and cinnamon sugar

This recipe can work with all kinds of coatings and toppings, so feel free to experiment!

steps to make donut holes in air fryer
Can I bake in the air fryer?

Definitely! An air fryer circulates heated air around food to cook it, like a convection oven.

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Air Fryer Donuts

Air Fryer Donuts are bite-sized balls of dough and sugar with less fat than traditional donuts! This cinnamon sugar coating makes them irresistible.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time26 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 2611kcal
Ken

Equipment

Ingredients

  • ½ cup vegan butter melted, for coating
  • 1 cup sugar for coating
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon for coating
  • 1⅓ cup gluten free flour
  • 1 cup crispy gluten-free cereal
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk

Instructions

  • In a small pan, melt vegan butter and pour into small bowl. In a second bowl, combine cinnamon with 1 cup sugar.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix flour, cereal, 2 tbsp sugar, baking powder, and salt. Fold in shortening.
  • Stir until mixture is crumbly. Add milk.
  • Roll mixture into 1-inch balls.
  • Place donut holes into air fryer basket. Cook for about six minutes at 380°F. Shake the basket halfway through cooking.
  • When donut holes are done, carefully remove from basket. Dip each ball into melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories: 2611kcal | Carbohydrates: 360g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 132g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Sodium: 3230mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 25g | Sugar: 232g | Vitamin A: 4779IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 1137mg | Iron: 9mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.

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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are so easy to make. We made them with Rice Krispies and wheat flour. Turned out great. So kid friendly.

  2. 5 stars
    These are the best “fried” donuts and I love that I don’t have to make a mess in the kitchen with oil. Thanks for the amazing recipe.

    1. Thanks so much Chrystal, that means so much to me that you came back to let me know! So glad you loved our air fryer donuts!

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