Powdered Donuts


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These powdered donuts are fluffy, cakey, and need just 5 ingredients to make! No eggs and no yeast needed, they are baked to perfection!

powdered donuts.

Using your donut pan to make some donuts should be a weekly occurrence. They are faster to bake than a cake or brownie and are easy to boot! Some of our more unique favorites include mochi donuts, protein donuts, and blueberry donuts, and recently, we’ve added powdered sugar donuts into the mix! 

Table of Contents
  1. Why you’ll love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make powdered donuts
  4. Tips to make the best recipe
  5. Dietary swaps and substitutions
  6. Storage instructions
  7. More donut recipes to try
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Powdered Donuts (Recipe Card)

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Quick and easy. The entire recipe takes less than 20 minutes to make! 
  • Baked or air-fried. Similar to donut holes, you can either bake these in the oven or do like we do with air fryer donuts and air fry them! 
  • Just 5 ingredients. Count them yourself- this is seriously such a simple ingredient list.  
  • Healthy. Unlike traditional donuts, baking them skips the excess oil frying provides, and there is also no butter in the dough itself!

 If you’ve been intimidated by making donuts, don’t be- these turn out perfect every single time. The texture nails it out of the park: fluffy, cakey, and soft in the middle! 

Ingredients needed

You’ll love the simple and basic ingredient list. In fact, you probably have everything in pantry right now! Here is what you’ll need: 

  • Self rising flour. Skip the expensive pre-packaged kind and make your own!
  • Maple syrup. Provides sweetness to the donuts, and helps keep the center soft and fluffy. 
  • Coconut oil. Refined coconut oil, measured at a melted state. You can also use butter. 
  • Milk of choice. I used unsweetened almond milk but any milk works. 
  • Powdered sugar. To roll the donuts in once they are cooked. 

How to make powdered donuts

This entire recipe takes less than 20 minutes from prep to plate! It follows a simple 4-step process and in no time, you’ll be tucking into one of these beauties! Ready to make some donuts? 

Step 1- Make the donut batter

Start by adding all the ingredients, except for the powdered sugar, in a mixing bowl. Whisk everything together until a smooth batter remains. 

Step 2- Add them to donut molds

Next, pour the batter into a ziplock bag and cut one corner off. Distribute the batter amongst a generously greased 12-count donut pan (or 2 6-count ones).

Step 3- Bake the donuts

Now, bake the donuts for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops lightly bounce back when touched. Let the donuts cool in the pan for 10 minutes, before carefully transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Step 4- Coat them in powdered sugar

Finally, once the donuts have cooled down, dip them completely in the powdered sugar, to cover them. 

powdered donut.

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Make sure you grease your donut pan thoroughly. This ensures there is no risk of the donuts sticking to it. Alternatively, if you have a silicone donut pan, use that instead. 
  • Pour the batter into a ziplock bag and cut off one end of it. Squeeze out the batter from it, to make transferring the batter into the donut pan seamless. 
  • Avoid over-baking the donuts as they continue to cook as they are cooling down. 
  • If you’d like to ensure the powdered sugar sticks on the donuts, lightly brush the exterior with some melted butter or cooking spray. 

Dietary swaps and substitutions

If you have dietary restrictions or don’t have all the standard ingredients on hand, you can make the following tweaks: 

  • Make them gluten free. Instead of traditional self rising flour, use a gluten free version like Dove Farms. 
  • Cut the carbs. Instead of using this dough, make keto donuts and instead of a frosting, dust them in keto powdered sugar
  • Skip the sugar. Use a sugar free syrup in the dough and use a sugar free powdered sugar. 
  • Make mini donuts. Instead of full-sized donuts, use a mini donut pan and reduce the cooking time. 

Storage instructions

  • To store: Leftover donuts can be stored at room temperature, covered, for up to 3 days. If you’d like to keep them longer, store them in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. 
  • To freeze: Place donuts in a ziplock bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
powdered sugar donuts.

More donut recipes to try

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do powdered donuts taste cold?

Sugar has a cooling affect and this includes powdered sugar. After the first bite, this sensation should not be evident.

Is this recipe vegan?

Powdered sugar donuts have no dairy or eggs in them, making them suitable for vegans.

Can I make these as muffins?

If you don’t have a donut pan, you can use a muffin pan instead and increase the baking time by two minutes.

powdered donuts recipe.

Powdered Donuts

5 from 91 votes
These classic powdered donuts fluffy, cakey, and made using just 5 ingredients! No yeast or eggs needed, they take just 12 minutes to bake!
Servings: 12 Donuts
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 14 minutes



  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease a 12-count muffin pan generously and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients, except for the powdered sugar. Once combined, transfer into a ziplock bag.
  • Cut one corner of the bag and squeeze out the batter into the greased pan. Bake the donuts for 12-15 minutes, until they bounce back when touched.
  • Remove the donuts from the oven and let them cool completely, before dipping in the powdered sugar.


To help your powdered sugar stick to the donuts, spritz them with cooking spray or brush them with melted vegan butter.
TO STORE: Leftover donuts can be stored at room temperature, covered, for up to 3 days. If you’d like to keep them longer, store them in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. 
TO FREEZE: Place donuts in a ziplock bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.


Serving: 1donutsCalories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSodium: 29mgPotassium: 56mgFiber: 1gCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 27g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. Das klingt wider großartig und sieht auch so aus, einfach nur lecker! Leider wieder ohne Gramm, ich hoffe immer noch das du deine Rezepte auch in Gramm teilst.
    Viele Grüße,