3 ingredients Air Fryer Donuts

3 ingredients Air Fryer Donuts

You will like these simple and delectable 3-ingredient air fryer donuts! They have a simple glaze on top and are deliciously fluffy without the need for yeast!

Are donuts air fryable?

Yes, you can air fried donuts, as the name of the dish says. We’re talking freshly baked doughnuts here, not premade jelly doughnuts or anything like that (they’re kind of like bagels, too!).

Why this recipe for air fryer donuts will be a simple fix for dessert:

  • Just flour, yoghurt, and powdered sugar (for the glaze!) are needed to make them.
  • Like donut holes, they come together in less than ten minutes.
  • Each donut has only 115 calories, making them low in fat!
  • All it takes to make these donuts vegan and gluten free is a simple ingredient substitution!
  • The fact that this recipe is entirely homemade is what I adore about it. No pre-made or frozen biscuit dough. You can taste six different flavours and customise them however you please.

Ingredients required
As previously said, there are only three ingredients needed for this recipe, all of which are common pantry items. What you’ll need is as follows:

  • Self-rising flour is made by mixing baking powder, salt, and all-purpose flour. You can make your own instead of using the store-bought kind.
  • Greek yoghurt or coconut yoghurt are examples of thick vanilla yoghurt.
  • To make a glaze, combine powdered sugar and water. By substituting powdered sugar, you can reduce the amount of sugar and calories.
  • Sprinkles: Always optional, but a great way to add some colour!

How to cook donuts in an air fryer
Step 1: Prepare the dough
To begin, stir together the yoghurt and flour until a thick dough is formed. After that, turn the dough out onto a surface dusted with flour and knead it several times to make it entirely smooth. A little extra yoghurt can be added if the dough is too thick. Add extra flour if the dough is too thin.

Step 2: Form doughnut shapes
The dough should then be divided into eight parts. Roll the dough into a thin sausage shape using your hands that have been lightly floured, then join the two ends to create a donut.

Step 3: Let the donuts air fry.
Now line the basket of an air fryer with parchment paper. The size of the air fryer basket will determine how many donuts you can fit in. Make sure there is at least half an inch between each donut so it can spread and rise. The donuts should be air-fried for 6 to 8 minutes, or until they are light in colour and firm.

Step 4: Take out and arrange
In the end, take the donuts out of the air fryer basket and let them to cool fully. After cooling, stir the powdered sugar into milk or water until it becomes thick and pourable. After dipping each donut into the glaze, set them on a wire rack to allow any extra glaze to drop off. Sprinkle with sprinkles, then dig right in.

Tips for creating the greatest recipe

  • The air fryer basket should not be overfilled because the donuts will spread and rise. Three donuts seems perfect to me.
  • Your dough will be flavourless and bland if you don’t add flavoured or vanilla yoghurt. If all you have is plain or natural yoghurt, then stir in 2 teaspoons of maple syrup or sugar.
  • The glaze will seep out if the air-fried donuts are not fully cooled before adding it.

Dietary substitutes and swaps
The simplicity with which this doughnut recipe may be adapted to fit different diets is what makes it so lovely. This is what we examined:

  • Turn it vegetarian. Make sure the yoghurt you choose is free of dairy. Since vanilla-flavored coconut yoghurt is thick enough to counterbalance the flour, I like to use it.
  • Make it without gluten. Use Doves Farm brand gluten-free self-rising flour.
  • Reduce the sugar. Use sugar-free vanilla Greek yoghurt, sometimes referred to as protein yoghurt, and make the glaze with sugar-free powdered sugar.
    Include mix-ins. Add chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or berries and fold through.
    Details about storage
  • How to store: You may keep leftover donuts wrapped in the fridge for up to five days.
    To freeze: Put the donuts in the freezer for up to six months by placing them in an airtight container.


  1. 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour
  2. 1 cup vanilla yogurt

For the Glaze:

  1. 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  2. 1-2 teaspoons water or milk
  3. optionally, 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles.


  1. Combine the yoghurt and flour in a large mixing bowl, stirring until a thick dough forms. Add extra flour if the dough is too thin. Add extra yoghurt if the dough is too thick.
  2. Dust a kitchen surface with flour and place the dough onto it. Repeatedly knead until smooth. Cut the dough into eight equal pieces. Each dough portion should be rolled out into a long, sausage-like shape. Join the two sides to create a donut.
  3. Use parchment paper to line the basket of an air fryer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, place two to four donuts on it; make sure they are spaced at least half an inch apart to allow the donuts to spread and rise.
  4. The donuts should be air-fried for 7–8 minutes, or until the outsides are hard, at 200C/400F. Continue doing this until all of the donuts are cooked.
  5. Allow the donuts to cool fully. As it cools, get the glaze ready. The powdered sugar should be sifted into a big bowl. Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of water (or milk) until a nice, thick glaze is left behind.
    After dipping each donut in glaze, arrange them on a cooling rack. Sprinkle some on top if you’d like.

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