These healthier air-fryer doughnuts *actually* taste like the real thing.

Jaime Milan
April 30, 2020
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I’m not normally a huge doughnut person—I’d rather opt for a brownie or a pot of crème brûlée. But since I’ve been practicing social distancing at home, I’ve been craving all the sweet things—including doughnuts. (Maybe it’s because we crave carbs and sugar when we’re stressed!) But since my favorite bakery is closed right now and I’m trying to eat a little better, I decided to make healthier doughnuts at home in my air fryer.

I just followed our 2-ingredient dough recipe. Good news: It calls for just Greek yogurt and self-rising flour, which is a little easier to find in stores than regular flour right now (but the recipe tells you how to make your own if you don’t have any). I added ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract for a little more cakelike flavor. That’s it—that’s the base of your doughnut!

Once you have those three ingredients mixed together, roll your dough out to an even thickness and shape it into doughnuts. I used the mouth of a glass to cut the doughnuts and poked a hole in the middle with a wooden spoon.

If you’re craving a little more sweetness (which, hello, if you’re making doughnuts that’s kind of a given), you can brush your shaped doughnuts with a little melted butter and sprinkle them with a little cinnamon and granulated sugar before air frying. This is totally optional, but it gives your doughnuts a churro-like flavor, which I’m a big fan of. Another option? Make a glaze! I used our cookie glaze recipe, but subbed the warm water for warm low-fat milk and halved the amount of sugar and it turned out great. Pro tip: Wait until after air-frying to glaze your doughnuts. The glaze will get all melty and delicious.

To make your doughnuts, set your air fryer to 375℉ and fry for 7 to 8 minutes, flipping halfway through. I have the Philips XL air fryer ($200, Williams Sonoma), but these air fryers are also amazing:

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These 3-ingredient doughnuts are all-around winners for me because they’re really easy to make, only require a few ingredients and they’re relatively healthy. I will say that they aren’t pillow-soft like a Krispy Kreme doughnut. They have a little more chew, like a super-soft bagel, but I really don’t mind it (and my usually picky husband gobbled down three of them!).

Plus, I love that they’re totally customizable for whatever you’re craving. Dip ’em in chocolate and top with rainbow sprinkles, mix fresh blueberries into the dough, or dust them with some pumpkin spice and a little sugar. The world is truly your oyster! (Or, rather, your doughnut.)

Jaime Milan is EatingWell’s digital editor for all things newsy and trending. She’s always on the hunt for the latest and greatest things to share with EatingWell’s readers. In her spare time, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen, tackling home projects with her husband or taking pics of her very photogenic American Eskimo Dog, Grits. Follow her on Instagram at @jaimemmilan