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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dairy Free Homemade Doughnuts Made In The Air Fryer

Air Fryer Doughnuts are way healthier and these are made without any dairy products. So now those with a dairy allergy can enjoy doughnuts.

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 Having a dairy allergy can be tough at times as it makes eating out a challenge. It can also make social events with friends difficult as I am usually not able to enjoy the delicious treats at the event. I have learned to have strong will-power as I don't want to have an asthma attack over a sweet treat like a cookie or doughnut. For the most part, I can easily say no to baked goods at social events and I have learned to bring my own food. The one sweet treat that is very hard to resist is doughnuts as they are so tempting with their frosting and sprinkles, especially a glazed chocolate doughnut. I remember the last doughnut that I enjoyed a year ago. The pink glazed doughnut tasted so delicious but an hour later I was sick to my stomach and the asthmatic cough that made breathing difficult was a reminder that my dairy allergy is real.

Doughnuts made without milk  

 Why can't doughnut shops make donuts without milk or butter? Sadly I have yet to discover a doughnut shop that makes a dairy-free doughnut. I did visit a donut shop that had a sign in their doughnut display case for vegan donuts and I got so excited but that quickly ended when I was told they were sold out. So I gave up trying to locate a donut shop that sells dairy-free donuts and I decided to make my own. My dairy-free doughnut recipe is not only delicious and tastes like the real thing but they are way lower in fat when compared to the ones you buy at the doughnut shop. So that is a win-win for me. Healthier doughnuts are a good thing!

The doughnut dough is so easy to make

The dairy-free doughnut dough is so easy to make. The donut dough is similar to making dough for bread or biscuits. You do have to allow time for the dough to rise. Trust me, you want the dough to rise so the doughnuts will be soft, fluffy, and tender.

 Soft on the outside, yet fluffy and tender on the inside 

 This doughnut recipe uses yeast and has to rise. That is what makes the doughnuts soft on the outside, yet fluffy and tender on the inside. One bite and you will fall in love with these doughnuts made without dairy products.

Not fried in oil, so they are healthier

 Normal doughnuts that come from a donut shop are fried in oil. These doughnuts made without milk are made in an air fryer so they are healthier. The vegan butter adds a small amount of fat to the recipe but it is way less. A typical doughnut has 11 grams or more of fat while these low-fat doughnuts have around 3 grams of fat depending on the type of vegan butter that you use.

Things you need to make air fryer doughnuts

To make air fryer doughnuts, you will need an air fryer, I love my air fryer as it is great for making fish, potatoes, and 2 ingredient everything bagels. A stand mixer also comes in handy for baking doughnuts and more. A stand mixer is the best appliance for baking and I am glad that I splurged and bought a Kitchenaid mixer. This mixer is a time saver for baking and makes it easy for my son to help with the baking. Other useful items are staking baking racks and cookie cutters. I finally bought stacking racks to cool my cookies on and I love them. These cookie racks make glazing the doughnuts a breeze.

Optional toppings and flavors for the doughnuts

These dairy-free doughnuts are delicious with just a plain glaze but you can top them with

+ sprinkles
+ coconut
+ chopped nuts
+ cinnamon sugar
+ chocolate frosting
+ mini vegan chocolate chips
+ mix 4 TB cocoa powder into the batter for chocolate doughnuts

Make sure to Pin this recipe on Pinterest to make later

Dairy Free Homemade Doughnuts Made In The Air Fryer

Dairy Free Homemade Doughnuts Made In The Air Fryer

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Air Fryer Doughnuts are way healthier and these are made without any dairy products. So now those with a dairy allergy can enjoy doughnuts.


  • 1/4 cup warm water (between 100-115°F)
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup  plant-based milk, like almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten
Doughnut glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons water


  1.  Heat water to 100°F in a small dish and add 1/2 teaspoon sugar and the yeast. Let rest 5 minutes.
  2. Measure dry ingredients into a mixer bowl.
  3. Melt the vegan butter in the microwave in a small dish. Let the butter cool down a bit and then stir in the almond milk. 
  4. Once the yeast is frothy, add the yeast liquid and all the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl.
  5. Mix the dough until smooth, using a dough hook. You can also use a wooden spoon or your hands on a lightly floured surface.
  6. Place the doughnut dough in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean towel. Let this rise in a warm spot for an hour.
  7. Once the dough has doubled in size, place it on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough out to 1/4" thickness. The using a 3" round cookie cutter or a drinking glass cut out the doughnuts. With a 1" round cookie cutter or a use a glass bottle that has a 1" circle, cut out the center of the doughnuts. Save the pieces to make doughnut holes.
  8. Cover the doughnuts with plastic wrap and then a kitchen towel. Let rest on board 30 minutes, until about doubled.
  9. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Place 4 doughnuts and 4 doughnut holes in the basket of the air fryer. (adjust the amount to your air fryer so the doughnuts do not touch each other.)
  10. Air fry at 300°F for about 5 minutes.  Let the doughnuts cool on a rack before glazing them
  11. Mix sugar and water well, until no lumps of sugar remain. Dunk cooled doughnuts in glaze and set them back on the rack so the glaze can set. If you are using sprinkles make sure to add them before the glaze hardens.
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  1. These look absolutely delicious. I love the fact that they are made in an air fryer to make them a little more of a healthy option.

  2. Whaaat you can make donuts in an air fryer? I so have to try this!

  3. These look so amazing! I love donuts. But I need to get an air fryer first.

  4. We are obsessed with anything in the airfryer. I love that you can make doughnuts. Thanks for all the helpful tips. This will be perfect for the weekend

  5. I love using my air fryer but I haven't tried making donuts in it. These look so good!

  6. I love the idea to make donuts in the Air Fryer! I should try! It's brilliant!

  7. These look amazing! I'll definitely be making these.

  8. These are really awesome stuffs, super resourceful and thanks for the idea of this recipe. Might try sooner.

  9. I love that you can make this in the air fryer! Thanks for the recipe! Looks so delish!

  10. I love making donuts at home and always fried them, didn't really know that they could be made in ait fryer too. I think that's a motivation enough for me to buy an air fryer right away!

  11. This is great! I have yet to be successful at making homemade donuts. I'm definitely trying this one out.

  12. They look so nice and delicious. So good there is no dairy because I'm dairy intolerant. Need to try your recipe

  13. I have never tried doughnuts..but had a wish to have..Thanks for sharing the recipe it looks so delicious and tasty to have..will love to make it...(World in Eyes)

  14. YUM, and just one more reason I need to get an air fryer!

  15. I think it's time to get an air fryer. I've heard many good things about it, plus I really miss some of the oil fryed food that I used to enjoy and now I avoid because it is unhealthy. Like doughnuts.

  16. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sugar, but the instructions only mention 1/2 tsp - is the rest of the sugar supposed to get mixed in with the dry ingredients? thanks!

    1. Thanks for pointing that out to me. Yes the rest of the sugar will go in with the rest of the ingredients.

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