You’ll love these easy and delicious Vegan Air Fryer Doughnuts that require just a few ingredients to make! No frying needed, and they’re perfectly fluffy with a sugar coating and jam filling.
Vegan Air Fryer Doughnuts
Air fryers have become super popular recently, especially in the food blogging world. I treated myself to an air fryer for Christmas as I wanted to see what the hype was about. I’ve only been using it for a month or so, but I’m already in love with it. It’s become a staple in my kitchen!
I have always deep fried doughnuts and was unsure how they would turn out in an air fryer. I was pleasantly surprised and they are crisp on the outside, soft in the middle with a fluffy interior as well as being lower in fat, due to being air fried rather than deep-fat fried. Dipped in a buttery glaze along with a coating of sugar, and filled with jam, they make a great breakfast or treat!
What is an Air Fryer?
If you are wondering what an air fryer is, it’s basically a countertop convection oven designed to simulate deep frying without frying the food in oil. A fan circulates hot air, producing a crisp layer with browning. It’s seemed to be a healthier way of cooking / baking. They are available from most online stores and in-store. You can also get them on Amazon!
Can you Air Fry doughnuts?
Yes, as the recipe suggests, you can air fry doughnuts- yippee. Air frying doughnuts requires a different recipe from regular fried doughnuts, hence the new adjusted recipe. The doughnuts contain simple ingredients, with yeast to help them rise and puff up which makes for super light and fluffy doughnuts. I love making doughnuts and air frying has really taken the stress out of prepping the boiling pan of oil, and the fear of accidental burns. Using the air fryer is a breeze, and it’s a fun way of making doughnuts!
Why you need to make these air fryer doughnuts:
- They require minimal ingredients which you probably already have in your kitchen cupboards.
- They only take 8-10 minutes to bake!
- No frying required, meaning lower in fat and less dangerous to fry!
- The doughnuts are 100% vegan friendly, with no animal ingredients.
- The dough is super easy to make and work with, it proves like a dream.
- The doughnuts are filled with berry jam, and you can choose whatever jam you fancy : strawberry, raspberry or even go down a sweeter route like Biscoff or vegan Nutella.
- Great snack or breakfast option!
Ingredients needed to make Vegan Air Fryer Doughnuts
Dairy-free milk : The heat from the milk is what will help activate the yeast, making the doughnuts fluffy. If you don’t heat the milk before adding in the yeast, the yeast won’t activate resulting in a flat doughnut. Pour the milk into a saucepan, simmer on low until just warm (you don’t want it too hot or it will kill the yeast).
Caster sugar : The sugar will help activate the yeast mixture, as-well as adding sweetness to the doughnut. I like to use a fine white caster sugar, don’t use granulated or coconut sugar.
Active yeast : You want to use dry active yeast for these doughnuts. This is what will allow the doughnuts to rise when proving. This ingredient is essential.
Plain flour : You want to use plain flour / all purpose flour for this recipe.
Sunflower oil : Baked doughnuts can be dry, so adding in the oil along with butter helps to improve that. Also try to use a neutral tasing oil like sunflower oil. This won’t affect the overall flavour of the doughnut.
Dairy-free butter : The butter will help to keep the doughnuts delicious and moist. Once the doughnuts have baked, brush or dip melted vegan butter around the outside of the doughnuts. This will help keep them soft, and also acts like a glue for the sugar to stick too.
Jam : You can’t have a doughnut without a delicious jam filling. Keeping the doughnuts super simple and classic, I transferred the jam into a piping bag, poked a hole in the side of the doughnut and piped it in. The fun is overfilling and watching jam ooze out the sides – so good!
How to make air fry doughnuts
- Make the dough
Mix all the ingredients together and knead into a smooth, elastic dough. Place into a bowl, cover with a tea towel and set aside in a warm area until doubled in size.
Once doubled, roll out and use a cookie cutter to chomp/cut out circles. Place the doughnuts onto a tray and allow to rest for a second until until puffed up.
Heat air fryer to 180 degrees c and grease the basket with oil. Place in the doughnuts and bake for 8-10 minutes until golden.
Brush melted butter over the doughnuts and roll in sugar. Poke a hole in the side of the doughnut and fill with jam. Serve!
Air Fryer doughnuts FAQ
What air fryer to use?
- There are so many different types and styles of air fryers. The exact one I use is from Scoville. I’ve linked it here.
What setting on the air fryer do I use?
- You want to turn the air fryer on to 180 degrees c and heat it up. On my air fryer it allowed me to heat on a ‘cake’ setting, so if yours has a baking setting, use that! Otherwise, simply heat to 180 degrees c. Maybe do a test run with one doughnut to see how it goes in your air fryer.
Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
- Unfortunately I am yet to perfect the gluten-free vegan air fryer doughnut! This recipe does require gluten flour for it to work.
How to keep air fry doughnuts fresh?
- These air fryer doughnuts are best eaten on the day of making, but they can be stored in a sealed container for up to 24 hours.
How to store air fry doughnuts?
- The doughnuts are best enjoyed day of making, but if you wanted to make them the day before, simply store them in a sealed container at room temperature.
Why didn’t my dough rise?
- There are a few reasons why your dough didn’t rise – the milk may have been too hot, you didn’t allow the dough to prove for enough time or the dough was over kneaded.
How hot should the milk be for the yeast?
- When it comes to activating the yeast, you want a warm milk. You only want it warm, as too hot can kill the yeast resulting in very flat and dense doughnuts, which will not rise when proving. Only heat the milk in low for a minute or so.
Tips for making the best Vegan Air Dry doughnuts
Take your time : When it comes to dough, the key is to take your time and not to rush. The magic happens in the proving so make sure it has enough time to do it’s thing!
Don’t rush the proving : It’s important to allow your dough to rise twice, one in the bowl and the second time when the doughnuts have been chomped/cut out. If you skip any of the proving, your doughnuts won’t grow in size and won’t puff up when in the air fryer. If the dough doesn’t rise, place it in a warmer spot in your house.
Don’t over knead : Over kneading the dough can result in a dense and un-fluffy doughnut. It can knock out all of the air created in the proving and result in a really cakey or flat doughnut. Simply knead until the dough is soft, bouncy and stretchy.
Weigh out the ingredients in grams : I can’t stress enough how important it is to weigh the ingredients using grams. It’s a much more precise way of baking.
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