Air Fryer Donut Holes

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These air fryer donut holes come together with only 4 main ingredients for the perfect, quick treat. They’re egg-free, dairy-free, and nut-free and will satisfy that sweet craving in just a few minutes!

Air fryer donut holes served with strawberries and blueberries.

When you’re in the mood for donuts without much effort, these easy air fryer donut holes are the answer. The base for these donut holes is naturally sweetened with applesauce and ripe bananas. The cooked bites are then rolled in a cinnamon sugar coating for added sweetness and crunch.

If you’re looking for more easy homemade treats, you’ll love these chocolate-baked oats, peanut butter banana cake, and no-bake coconut balls as well!

What You’ll Need

Here is what you’ll need to make these air fryer donut holes:

Ingredients to make air fryer donut holes.
  • Unsweetened Applesauce: The base for the apple cinnamon donut holes. I used unsweetened applesauce, but you could also use sweetened applesauce for added sweetness, or cinnamon-flavored unsweetened applesauce for added flavor.
  • Banana: The base for the banana bread donut holes. An overripe banana is best here and will provide the best natural sweetness.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Gives the donuts a light and airy texture.
  • Baking Powder: Leavening agent to help the donut holes rise.
  • Oil Spray: To help the donut holes obtain a golden brown color. Oil spray is also used to help the cinnamon sugar mixture stick to the donuts.
  • Cinnamon Sugar: Sweet coating for added flavor and crunch.

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Ingredient Substitutions & Additions

  • All-Purpose Flour: This flour may be replaced with equal parts self-raising flour. If you are using self-raising flour, omit the added baking powder from the recipe as self-raising flour contains baking powder.
  • Oil Spray: If you don’t have oil spray, you can brush the tops of the donut holes with oil or melted butter.
  • Add-Ins: Feel free to add ground cinnamon or vanilla to the dough mixture for added flavor. You can even inject some strawberry jam in the center of the cooked donut holes for added sweetness! For glazed donuts, dip the holes into a glaze mixture of powdered sugar and milk.

Step By Step Instructions

Steps to make air fryer donut holes.

STEP 1: Add the flour, baking powder, and fruit (applesauce or mashed banana) to a bowl and mix it until combined into a moist dough (Images 1 & 2). It may seem dry at first, but keep mixing until it comes together. If the dough seems too moist, add in a little extra flour. If the dough seems too dry, add in a bit more mashed fruit.

STEP 2: Place the dough onto a well-floured surface and break it into 8 equal pieces (Images 3 & 4). The dough pieces will seem sticky, but use the excess flour on the surface to gently coat them so that they can easily be rolled into small circles.

Steps to make air fryer donut holes.

STEP 3: Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with oil spray and place the 8 dough balls into the basket. Spray the top of the dough balls with an even layer of oil (this will help with browning) (Image 5).

STEP 4: Air fry the donut holes at 400 degrees F for 7 to 8 minutes, or until the donut holes are slightly golden and dry to the touch (Image 6).

STEP 5: Spray the cooked donut holes with a light layer of oil spray (Image 7) and dip them into a small bowl with cinnamon sugar to fully coat them (Image 8). Serve warm.

Storage Instructions

These donut holes are best served fresh but can be stored for up to 2 days in an airtight container at room temperature, or for up to 4 days in the fridge. They will harden in the fridge but will soften when reheated.

Air fryer donut holes served with strawberries and blueberries.

Tips For Success

  • Make sure to measure out exactly 1/3 cup of mashed fruit (applesauce or mashed banana) to ensure that the dough will form properly with the flour. If the dough seems too sticky, add in a bit more flour.
  • The cinnamon sugar coating is the main source of sweetness to make these holes taste like actual donuts, but if you prefer to omit it, I suggest making the banana bread flavor as the natural sweetness comes through on its own more than the cinnamon apple flavor.
Air fryer donut holes served with strawberries and blueberries.

Recipe FAQs

What is the texture of these donut holes?

These donut holes have a bread-like texture. They are soft on the inside and the cinnamon sugar coating adds flavor to make them taste like donuts!

Can I fry these donut holes?

Yes! You can fry these donuts in a small frying pan. You can fry the donuts until they are golden brown on one side and then flip them to fry on the other side. Place the cooked donuts on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up the excess oil.

Are these donuts sweet enough with the cinnamon sugar coating?

These donut holes are not very sweet without the cinnamon sugar coating. If you prefer to omit the cinnamon sugar coating, I suggest making the banana bread flavored holes as the banana adds more natural sweetness than the applesauce.

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Air fryer donut holes served with strawberries and blueberries.
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Air-Fryer Donut Holes

These air fryer donut holes come together with only 4 main ingredients for the perfect, quick treat. They're egg-free, dairy-free, and nut-free and will satisfy that sweet craving in just a few minutes!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 13 minutes
Servings: 8 donut holes

Ingredients 

Cinnamon Apple Donut Holes

  • cup unsweetenend applesauce
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder

Banana Bread Donut Holes

  • cup mashed banana, measure this amount out from an overripe banana
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • oil spray
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions 

  • Add the flour, baking powder, and fruit (applesauce or mashed banana) to a bowl and mix it until combined into a moist dough. It may seem dry at first, but keep mixing until it comes together. If the dough seems too moist, add in a little extra flour. If the dough seems too dry, add in a bit more mashed fruit.
  • Place the dough onto a well-floured surface and break it into 8 equal pieces. The dough pieces will seem sticky, but use the excess flour on the surface to gently coat them so that they can easily be rolled into small circles.
  • Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with oil spray and place the 8 dough balls into the basket. Spray the top of the dough balls with an even layer of oil (this will help with browning).
  • Air fry the donut holes at 400 degrees F for 7 to 8 minutes, or until the donut holes are slightly golden and dry to the touch.
  • Spray the cooked donut holes with a light layer of oil spray and dip them into a small bowl with cinnamon sugar to fully coat them. Serve warm.

Notes

  • Make sure to measure out exactly 1/3 cup of mashed fruit (applesauce or mashed banana) to ensure that the dough will form properly with the flour. If the dough seems too sticky, add in a bit more flour.
  • The cinnamon sugar coating is the main source of sweetness to make these holes taste like actual donuts, but if you prefer to omit it, I suggest making the banana bread flavor as the natural sweetness comes through on its own more than the cinnamon apple flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 78kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 0.2g, Saturated Fat: 0.03g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g, Sodium: 27mg, Potassium: 29mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 4IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 1mg
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About Lily Payen

Hi, I’m Lily! The mama behind Feeding Tiny Bellies. I’m here to help you take some of the stress out of meal times for your little ones. My goal is to create simple recipes with baby in mind that can easily be adapted for the entire family.

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  1. 5 stars
    My eight year old wanted a snack so I showed her this recipe and she made it. Now she can’t wait to make the apple sauce ones