Embark on a delightful culinary adventure with Air Fryer Homemade Donuts – a healthier and equally indulgent take on the classic sweet treat. This innovative twist on traditional donuts showcases the air fryer’s magic, allowing you to achieve that perfect golden exterior and pillowy softness on the inside without the need for deep frying.

To craft these delectable homemade donuts, a simple yet satisfying dough is prepared and shaped into rings before taking a brief trip into the air fryer. The result is a batch of golden-brown, perfectly puffed donuts ready to be customized with your favorite toppings and glazes. Whether you opt for a classic dusting of powdered sugar, a decadent chocolate glaze, or a sprinkle of cinnamon, these donuts become a canvas for your culinary creativity.

What sets Air Fryer Homemade Donuts apart is their ability to offer the same irresistible taste and texture of traditional fried donuts while significantly reducing the oil content. The air fryer achieves a crispy exterior that gives way to a soft, fluffy interior, creating a satisfying bite that satisfies your sweet tooth without compromising on health-conscious choices.

Imagine the aroma of freshly baked donuts wafting through your kitchen as you eagerly anticipate your next guilt-free indulgence. Whether enjoyed as a breakfast treat, a dessert, or a sweet snack, these homemade donuts offer a scrumptious experience that proves you can have the best of both worlds – a deliciously satisfying treat and a mindful approach to your well-being.

Air Fryer Homemade Donuts


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk (about 110°F or 43°C)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray or oil for greasing the air fryer basket
  • Optional toppings: powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, chocolate glaze, or icing


  1. In a bowl, combine warm milk and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture, let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the melted butter, vanilla extract, and the yeast mixture. Mix until a dough forms.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.
  5. Punch down the risen dough, and roll it out on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  6. Cut out donut shapes using a donut cutter or two differently sized round cutters.
  7. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (180°C).
  8. Lightly grease the air fryer basket with cooking spray or oil.
  9. Place the donuts in the air fryer basket, leaving space between them.
  10. Air fry for about 5-7 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the donuts are golden brown.
  11. Remove the donuts from the air fryer and let them cool slightly.
  12. Optional: Dip or sprinkle the cooled donuts with your choice of toppings.

Nutritional Information (approximate, per donut):

Please note that these values are general estimates and can vary based on specific ingredients and serving sizes. For accurate nutritional information, it’s best to calculate based on the specific products you use.

  • Calories: Approximately 120-150 calories per donut
  • Protein: Around 2-3 grams per donut
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 20-25 grams per donut
  • Fat: Around 3-5 grams per donut

Enjoy your homemade air-fried donuts! Adjust the toppings and flavors to suit your preferences.