Happy Valentine’s Day! While everyone else is celebrating with flowers and candy, I’m over here enjoying a few of my Air Fryer Chocolate Cake Donuts! These easy homemade air-baked chocolate donuts are topped with a delicious chocolate icing and sprinkles. Perfect for breakfast, dessert or whenever you need a sweet treat.
So if you haven’t already figured it out, I LOVE using my air fryer. I bought mine last summer on QVC. I consider myself to be the queen of all kitchen gadgets, so I was a bit concerned spending money on something that may just sit in the box. Not the case. I find myself using my air fryer at least 3 times a week. It’s a huge timesaver and perfect for those hot summer days when you simply have no desire to turn on your oven.
Let’s get to the recipe!
The inspiration for these donuts came from Skinny Taste’s Easy Bagel Recipe. I was so impressed with how my Everything Bagels turned out that I thought why not give it a shot with the same recipe but adapt it ever so slightly to make donuts. I’ve seen a few donut recipes floating around on the internet that use canned biscuit dough. For my recipe, I chose to go with using a gluten free all purpose flour.
Since this was my first time experimenting with an air fryer donut recipe, I wasn’t quite sure how they would turn out. These have a dense, cake-like texture and deep chocolate flavor slightly reminiscent of an Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake Donut from Dunkin Donuts. Made with a lot less sugar and fat than a traditional donut, these healthier donuts are easy to make and totally delicious.
With just a few simple ingredients, these donuts take about 10 minutes to whip up and then another 10 minutes to bake in the air fryer. This recipe makes 4 donuts, however, you can always double the batch. And don’t worry if you haven’t invested in an air fryer yet, there is also an oven method you can follow on Gina’s bagel recipe.
Let’s talk toppings! Since there is no such thing as too much chocolate, it was a pretty easy decision to go with a dark fudgy icing for these. Chocolate donuts just don’t feel complete to me without sprinkles. The more sprinkles, the better! Since it was close to Valentine’s Day, I went some fun heart shaped ones I had in the pantry.
And who doesn’t love a fresh baked donut! These are best enjoyed within 2-3 days of making, however with a hungry hubby, they usually don’t make it past one day in my house! Enjoy!
If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s treat – look no further, these Air Fryer Chocolate Cake Donuts are a celebration of love and chocolate!
- 1 cup all purpose flour(I used Trader Joe's all purpose gluten free flour)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ cup NuNaturals Organic Cocoa Powder(Substitute with any dark cocoa powder)
- ¼ cup NuNaturals Stevia powder(Substitute with your favorite sweetener)
- 8 oz plain greek yogurt (A thick yogurt like Fage or Chobani works best)
- ¼ cup Swerve All Natural Confectioners (or substitute with regular powdered confectioners sugar)
- 2 TBS NuNaturals Organic Cocoa Powder
- 2 TBS unsweetened almond or cashew milk
- Preheat the air fryer to 320-325 degrees.
- Prepare your donuts.
- Add the flour, baking powder and dark cocoa to a medium sized bowl.
- Whisk until there are no lumps.
- Add the yogurt and stir with a fork or spatula.
- The dough will be slightly crumbly.
- Transfer the dough to parchment paper that has been lightly dusted with cocoa powder.
- Continue to work and knead the dough about 15-20 turns until you get a dough ball.
- If the dough is slightly sticky or tacky, add a bit more of the cocoa powder.(You'll know the dough is ready when it no longer sticks to your fingers)
- Divide the dough into four equal balls.
- Take the dough and roll into ¾ inch rope and make a circular donut shape.
- Bake your donuts two at a time for about 10 minutes.
- Remove and bake remaining two donuts.
- Place donuts on a wire rack to cool.
- Prepare your icing.
- Add confectioners powder and cocoa powder to a small bowl.
- Whisk to ensure no lumps.
- Add milk a teaspoon at a time and stir until you have a thick icing consistency.
- If the icing gets too thin, just add a bit more of the cocoa powder to thicken it up.
- Top with icing and sprinkles.
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