You’ll love these easy and delicious air fryer donuts that need just 3 ingredients to make! No yeast needed, they are perfectly fluffy and topped with a simple glaze!
My air fryer has been getting quite the workout recently, especially in the baking department.
My savory tooth has been loving pizza rolls, and of course, I get my veggies in via some Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Recently though, I’ve thrown in air fryer donuts into the mix, and I’m never turning back!
Can you air fry donuts?
Yes, as the recipe name suggests, you can air fry donuts. We are referring to donuts made from scratch, not pre-made jelly donuts or something of that nature (similar to bagels, too!).
Why this air fryer donut recipe will be a quick dessert fix-
- They need just 3 ingredients to make- flour, yogurt, and powdered sugar (for the glaze!).
- Similar to donut holes, they take less than 10 minutes to make.
- They are low in fat and each donut has just just 115 calories each!
- These donuts can be made gluten free and vegan, with just a simple ingredient swap!
What I love about this recipe is that there is nothing pre-made about it. No frozen biscuit dough or pre-made dough. You can decorate them as much as you like, and there are six flavors to try.
As mentioned earlier, this recipe is very simple and needs just 3 ingredients, and all of them are pantry staples. Here is what you’ll need:
- Self rising flour– A combination of all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. You can skip the store-bought kind and make your own.
- Vanilla yogurt– A thick vanilla yogurt, like Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt.
- Powdered sugar– Mixed with water to create a glaze. You can cut the calories and sugar by using a powdered sugar substitute.
- Sprinkles– Optional, but adds a fun pop of color!
How to make air fryer donuts
Step 1- Make the dough
Start by mixing the flour and vanilla yogurt until a thick dough remains. Next, transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead several times, until completely smooth. If the dough is too thick, add a little extra yogurt. If the dough is too thin, add more flour.
Step 2- Shape into donuts
Next, divide the dough into eight portions. Using lightly floured hands, roll the dough into thin, sausage shape and connect both ends to form a donut.
Step 3- Air fry the donuts
Now, line an air fryer basket with parchment paper. Depending on how big your air fryer basket is, add the donuts, ensuring there is at least half an inch of space so they can spread and rise. Air fry the donuts for 6-8 minutes, or until firm and light in color.
Step 4- Remove and set
Finally, remove the donuts from the air fryer basket and let them cool completely. Once cool, mix the powdered sugar with water or milk until thick and pourable. Dip each donut into the glaze, then place them on a wire rack so excess glaze can drip off. Add sprinkles and enjoy immediately.
Tips to make the best recipe
- Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket, as these donuts do rise and spread. I find 3 donuts to be ideal.
- You must use a vanilla or flavored yogurt, otherwise your dough will be bland and tasteless. If you only have plain or natural yogurt, add 2 tablespoons of sugar or maple syrup.
- The air fried donuts need to be cooled completely before adding the glaze, otherwise it will seep off.
Dietary swaps and substitutions
The beauty of this donut recipe is just how easy they are to customize to various other diets. Here is what we’ve tested:
- Make it vegan. Ensure the yogurt you use is dairy free. I like using vanilla flavored coconut yogurt, as it is thick enough to balance out the flour.
- Make it gluten free. Use a gluten free self rising flour, like the Doves Farm brand.
- Cut the sugar. Use a sugar free vanilla Greek yogurt (often called protein yogurt) and use a sugar free powdered sugar for the glaze.
- Add mix-ins. Fold through berries, chocolate chips, or even chopped nuts.
- To store: Leftover donuts can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to five days.
- To freeze: Place the donuts in an airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to six months.
More air fryer desserts to try
Frequently Asked Questions
Unlike my other 2 ingredient dough recipes, plain yogurt is not recommended. It is too tart and does not provide any sweetness. It will yield a bland and flavorless donut. Instead, use vanilla or any sweetened yogurt of choice.
These donuts are not designed to be enjoyed warm, as they have been glazed.
The only flour this recipe works with is self rising flour or gluten free self rising flour.
Air Fryer Donuts With 3 Ingredients | From Scratch
- 1 3/4 cup self rising flour
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
For the glaze
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar sifted
- 1-2 tablespoons water or milk
- 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles optional
- In a large mixing bowl, add your flour and yogurt and mix well, until a thick dough remains. If the dough is too thin, add more flour. If the dough is too thick, add more yogurt.
- Lightly flour a kitchen surface and transfer the dough onto it. Knead it several times until smooth. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions. Roll out each portion of dough into a long, sausage shape and connect both sides to form a donut.
- Line an air fryer basket with parchment paper. Place 2-4 donuts on them (depending on how big your air fryer is), ensuring the donuts are at least half an inch apart, to ensure they have room to rise and spread.
- Air fry the donuts at 200C/400F for 7-8 minutes, or until firm on the outside. Repeat the process until all the donuts are cooked.
- Let the donuts cool completely. While cooling, prepare the glaze. Sift the powdered sugar into a large bowl. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water (or milk) and mix until a thick and smooth glaze remains.
- Dip each donut in the glaze and place them on a wire rack. If desired, top with sprinkles.
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