Can You Make Donuts Easily In The Air Fryer?

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Can You Cook Donuts In An Air Fryer?

Who doesn’t love the mouthwatering aroma of freshly baked donuts?

And what if I told you that you can make glazed donuts using only three ingredients in the air fryer?

Yes, you heard it right!

With self-raising flour, vanilla yoghurt, and icing sugar, you can whip up a batch of irresistible donuts quickly.

It is a healthier and more convenient alternative to traditional frying methods with fewer calories.

Although these donuts are made in the Ninja Dual they will work just as well in your air fryer. Be mindful that timings may vary.

How To Make Air Fryer Donuts

air fryer 3 ingredient donuts


Makes Approx 8

  • 90g self-raising flour
  • 245g vanilla /fruit yoghurt (A thick vanilla/fruit yoghurt or Greek yoghurt)


  • 150g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp water

How To Cook Air Fryer Donuts

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and yoghurt and stir until you have a thick dough.

Add more yoghurt if the dough is too thick. Add more flour if the dough is too thin.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface.

Knead it a few times until it’s smooth.

Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.

Roll each portion of dough into a long, sausage shape and connect both sides to form a donut shape.

Depending on the size of your basket, you may have to cook in batches.

Line the basket with greaseproof paper and add the dough.

Leave gaps to allow for spreading and air circulation.

How Long To Air Fry Donuts?

Air Fry at 200 C / 400 F for 7-8 minutes.

Turn halfway through the cooking time.

Once cooked leave to cool.

Preparing The Glaze

While the donuts are cooling prepare the glaze.

In a large bowl, sift the icing sugar and add 1-2 tablespoons of water. Mix until a smooth and thick glaze is formed.

Dip the cooked donuts into the glaze and leave on a wire rack until the glaze has set.

chocolate covered donuts

Donut Toppings

Plain donuts are great, but adding different toppings and textures can take them from ordinary to extraordinary.

Cinnamon sugar: A classic topping that never disappoints. Mix cinnamon and sugar, then toss your donuts in the mixture.

Nutella and sprinkles: For all the Nutella lovers out there, this is the perfect topping for you. Warm up Nutella in the microwave and drizzle it over. Add sprinkles for extra flair and colour!

Melted chocolate: This method involves dipping your donut into melted chocolate and then adding additional toppings, such as sprinkles or chopped nuts. It’s messy, but oh-so-satisfying.

PRO TIP: Allow the toppings to set on your donuts before storing or serving. This will prevent the toppings from smudging or falling off.

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Tips For Successful Air Fryer Donuts

You can use flavoured yoghurt. The doughnuts will be tasteless if you use plain yoghurt.

If you only have plain Greek yoghurt add two tablespoons of honey or sugar. This will work just as well.

Be sure to leave room between the doughnuts when air frying to allow for air circulation.

Depending on the size of your basket you may need to cook in batches.

Allow to completely cool before glazing them. If the donuts are warm the glaze will just run off them.

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Storing Air Fryer Donuts

Cooked donuts can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Freezing Air Fryer Donuts

The donuts can be frozen for up to 4 months.

I would recommend freezing them once prepared, not air-fried.

It’s not advisable to freeze them after air frying because they do not reheat well.

This way you can defrost them in the refrigerator overnight and freshly air fry them.


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