Air Fryer Donuts are bite-sized balls of dough and sugar with less fat than traditional donuts! This cinnamon sugar coating makes them irresistible.
Air Fryer Donuts Recipe
Donuts are delicious whether it's breakfast or dessert, and these Air Fryer Donut Holes are a tasty treat covered with cinnamon sugar.
With less fat than their traditional counterparts, you won't notice with the crispy exterior and fluffy center for every bite!
Some people prefer a glazed donut, but I've always loved the extra texture and flavor of a cinnamon sugar donut.
This recipe can definitely be used with all kinds of coatings and toppings, so feel free to experiment! We are here to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Got a sweet tooth? Check out our Air Fryer Cupcakes for even more sugar tonight!
Love lemon-flavored desserts? We do, too!
Try these gluten-free Lemon Donuts or these Lemon Cranberry Cookies!
How to make Air Fryer Donuts
Before you start the donuts, melt some vegan butter in one bowl and mix some cinnamon and sugar in another bowl for the coating at the end.
- Mix flour, crispy gluten-free cereal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Fold in shortening, and mix until crumbly. Stir in milk.
- Roll mixture into 1-inch balls with your hands. Everyone can help!
- Place donuts into air fryer basket and cook at 380°F for about six minutes. Shake the basket halfway through cooking.
- Remove donut holes from basket and roll them in butter. Be careful! The donut holes will be hot.
- Roll buttered donuts in cinnamon sugar, coating all sides.
- Serve and enjoy!
Can I bake in the air fryer?
Definitely! An air fryer circulates heated air around food to cook it, like a convection oven.
A traditional oven uses heated air to cook as well, simply heating from the bottom and allowing the hot air to rise and settle around your food.
Make sure your donuts have space on all sides to cook and give your basket a good shake halfway through the timer to keep things from sticking.
Can I make donuts in advance?
Luckily these donut holes in the air fryer are fast to make because they don't keep long!
It's hard not to eat them all in one sitting, so don't worry about leftovers.
This recipe makes about 18 donut holes, but feel free to double or triple it for your own needs!
Just don't overcrowd your basket.
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- Use Any Air Fryer: This recipe can be made in an air fryer unit with a basket or an air fryer oven. If you're using an air fryer oven, place your food on the middle rack and select the "air fry" function.
- Check your food as it cooks! Since each air fryer runs differently, sometimes air frying is a trial and error process. When cooking a new recipe, be sure to check on your food often. This will help you avoid over or undercooking, and help you learn your air fryer's specific ways!
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Air Fryer Donuts
- 2 small bowls
- Mixing bowl
- 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
- 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!
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.