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Easy French Toast Mini Donuts are cake like donuts filled with cinnamon and maple flavors. They are incredibly fast to make using a mini donut maker and make a perfect snack or school lunch item.
I've been using my donut maker more and more recently. The kids love having these for snacks and with breakfast, and I don't feel bad letting them eat these donuts. My French Toast Mini Donuts are a healthy option to a sweet treat. These donuts are a cinch to make and are ready in minutes. Plus, they freeze great so you can make a double or triple batch and keep some in the freezer for later.
What's all in French Toast Mini Donuts?
Do I have to use Whole Wheat Flour?
This is one of the most asked questions. You don't have to use whole wheat flour. You can substitute with all purpose flour. I like to use whole wheat flour because it is a bit more healthier and it gives a slight nutty flavor to baked items. I was going for a slightly healthier donut version for this recipe and that is why I chose to use whole wheat flour, but you can use the flour you have on hand.
What if I don't have a mini donut maker?
If you don’t have a donut maker, you can use mini donut pans and bake the donuts for 8-10 minutes in a 350° oven. If you don’t have a donut pan, you can make your own using a muffin pan. Simply put a ball of aluminum foil in the middle of greased muffin cups and pipe or spoon the batter around the ball.
Glazed or Plain Donuts?
I personally leave the donuts plain because they are just so good that way, and they make perfect lower sugary snacks for the kids. However, you can add a simple glaze if you like.
Glaze: Combine 1 cup powdered sugar with 1-2 tablespoons of milk and a ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. Whisk it up good and drizzle over the donuts, or dunk the tops and place on wire racks until set. You could also had a smidge of cinnamon in the glaze to keep the theme of flavors going.
How to Make Easy French Toast Mini Donuts in a Donut Maker
Step 1: Make the Batter
In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar and pinch of salt. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the egg, milk, maple syrup, vanilla and melted butter. Whisk it all together just until everything is combined.
Step 2: Bake the Donuts in a Donut Maker
The easiest way to make the donuts, is to add the batter to a zip top bag and use it as a piping bag. Snip about a ½ inch off the corner of the bag and squeeze the batter into the greased donut maker or donut pan. You can also use a tablespoon and add the batter in the well of the donut maker. Close the lid on the donut maker and let the donuts bake. My donut maker takes about 3 minutes, but follow the instructions on your donut maker. If using the oven, bake the donuts at 350° for 8-10 minutes.
Step 3: Cool the Donuts
When the donuts are done, remove them to a sheet pan or wire rack and let them cool completely before storing. At this point, once the donuts are cooled, you can add a glaze if you like.
How to Store French Toast Mini Donuts?
These donuts do really well in an air tight container or zip top bag right on the counter. They’ll last 4-5 days on the counter, if they haven't all been eaten in that time frame.
Can I freeze Mini Donuts?
Yes! Let the donuts completely cool and place in a freezer safe air tight container or zip top bag between layers on wax paper. These donuts will last 3-4 months in the freezer. Don't forget to label and date your container or bag.
More easy snack ideas to try!
- Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
- Banana Scones
- Chocolate Mini Donuts
- Chocolate Chip Scones
- Chickpea Peanut Butter Bites
- Easy Blueberry Muffins
- Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites
- Instant Pot Hard “Boiled” Eggs
- Oatmeal Fruit Bars
- Monster Cookie Protein Bites
- Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
Give these easy, quick and super delicious French Toast Mini Donuts at try and let me know how you like them in the comments below! Pictures encouraged on Instagram with the hashtag #heathershomemadekitchen You can also follow me on Social Media to see what other crazy things my family and I are doing! If you like what you see, please share with your friends and family!
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French Toast Mini Donuts
- Mini Donut Maker/Pan
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar and salt.
- Make a well in the middle and add the egg, milk, syrup, vanilla and butter. Whisk it until it is just combined.
- Add the batter to a zip top bag or piping bag and snip the corner.
- Pipe batter into a greased donut maker and close the lid.
- Bake for 3 minutes or follow your maker's instructions.
- Remove and let cool completely on sheet pan or wire rack before storing.