I recently bought one of these mini donut maker machines (on sale for 14 euro). Even if it sounded like a good deal, this was a rather unnecessary purchase: I’m European, I live in Europe and I just don’t crave donuts. It’s just not part of the culture here. (I do however crave French pastry, Belgian chocolate and Dutch raw herring.)
I’ve seen a Dunkin’ donut store once in Germany, but donuts aren’t that popular here on the old continent compared to McDonalds’ “food” or Starbucks coffee places. Europeans like burgers and fancy lattes, but they’re much more reserved when it comes to deep-fried foreign snacks. Furthermore, they already have their own kind of sweet and sometimes greasy snacks like Belgian waffles, Dutch poffertjes, French crêpes etc.
This machine was thus only meant as a new toy, I kind of had no expectations about it. I tried the recipes included in the product booklet: these recipes were using lots of flour and sugar, so I changed the quantities but ended up with pancakes or waffles in the form of flat donuts.
After various experiments, I’ve finally come up with a good basic recipe for fluffy donuts using my mini donut maker:
Ingredients for 14 mini-donuts:
– 2 eggs
– 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
– 2 tbsp coconut flour
– 1 tbsp pea protein powder
– ¼ tsp vanilla extract
– 2 tsp powdered Sukrin (the brand of erythritol I use) -or your favorite kind of sweetener
– 2 tsp ghee
– ½ tsp baking powder
Ingredients for the coating:
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, adding baking powder as the last ingredient, only when your mini donut maker is hot and ready to use. Bake as described in the mini donut maker user manual. If necessary, don’t hesitate to flip the donuts and bake them a little bit longer to make sure they’re baked equally on both sides.
Nutrition facts per minidonut: 37 kcal, 1.5 g protein, 3.2 g carbs, 1.6 g sugar, 2.1 g fat, 0.9 g fiber.
Sugar comes from the sprinkles. You could omit the sprinkles or glaze your donuts with something else, like a low-sugar dark chocolate coating.
I’ve also try this recipe using rice protein powder instead of pea protein powder and coconut oil instead of ghee:
These donuts were still pretty good, but I recommend using pea protein powder instead of another kind of protein powder. Pea protein powder creates a nicer, fluffier texture. I also recommend using ghee instead of another type of fat source, because ghee brings out more aroma and flavor.
All-in-all, even if my mini donuts may not have the same texture as “real” fried mini donuts, I think they’re very fun to make and eat.
I have a small kitchen with very limited space for new appliances, but I still don’t regret having bought my mini donut maker. I love the small mini donut size and the speed of the process. There are many ‘healthier’ donut recipes on the Internet, but most of them require you to bake the donuts in the oven. The mini donut maker speeds up the baking process and produce perfect sized mini donuts in a couple of minutes.
I don’t have kids but I imagine the mini donut maker can be a fun machine for moms with several young kids. If you have 4 kids, you can all make them a mini donut at the same time, let them decorate it, and still have 3 mini donuts left for yourself :)