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Low-Fat Air-Fried Doughnuts + Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches

Really? Do low-fat doughnuts really exist? Apparently they do. Or at least in my own definition.

Doughnuts are one of my guilty pleasures. I grew up within a mile distance from a doughnut store and it was a good one. They offered not just sweet sugary doughnuts, but also savory doughnuts... with ham, cheese, or scrambled eggs. Oh yum! Traditional doughnuts have recently taken a backseat to my new favorite doughnut recipe, baked doughnuts. But today, I'm taking things a step further and present you with the ultimate, the Low-Fat Air-Fried Doughnuts!

Low-Fat Air-Fried Doughnuts

Unlike regular fried doughnuts, baked doughnuts are more friendly because I can usually save some calories & fat from frying and splurge on the doughnut icing. But today I'm sharing something different, something new, and something exciting. It's low carb doughnuts using an air fryer! I've been wanting to try this thing ever since I learned about it couple years ago. So I tested a basic doughnut recipe and tried two different methods - fried, just like regular doughnuts and air fried. Regular fried doughnuts have a light, airy texture, but absorb oil; while air fried doughnuts have a dense texture but you don't feel greasy or oily at all. In this case, air fried doughnuts win.

Low-Fat Air-Fried Doughnuts Toppings

A good doughnut recipe takes time and it needs to double in size because there's yeast involved. I'm using my KitchenAid Tilt Head Ceramic Bowl to make the dough as it is big enough to hold it well, or if you want to double or triple the recipe. This bowl is sturdy and can handle all of your favorite mixing tasks. And oh, you only need to use that one bowl. Isn't it nice? Bonus part if you have Kitchen Aid stand mixer.

KitchenAid Tilt Head Ceramic Bowl
Doughnut Dough

As for air frying, this Chefman Air Fryer is super helpful! I love everything about it. This machine is so quiet and I don’t need to worry about cleaning up oily countertops or kitchen after cooking. It also has rapid air technology for crisp and even results in minutes. The hubs is a big fan of fried fish cake and I always avoid frying, so I've been using air fryer for anything fried. And these doughnuts are one of the results.

Chefman Air Fryer

And since ice cream is always a good idea, let's make Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches! Slice one doughnut into two with this Core Bamboo Bread Slicer to keep it clean. This slicer is made from 100% organically grown bamboo and will cut through even the toughest surface. Add a scoop of your favorite ice cream and sandwich it. Enjoy!

Doughnut IceCream Sandwiches
Core Bamboo Bread Slicer
Low-Fat Air-Fried Doughnuts + Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches

Air-Fried Doughnuts
  • 2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk for egg wash
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3.5 tbs unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. In a bowl, combine milk and yeast and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Mix in 2 eggs and sugar until just combined.
  3. Pour the melted butter and stir well.
  4. Add in the flour and salt gradually, mix well.
  5. Knead the batter for 10 minutes on a floured surface until a smooth dough is formed.
  6. Return the dough back into a bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm place to let the dough rise and double in size.
  7. After the dough has doubled, take it out of the bowl and gently punch it down. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, rolling the dough until it's about 1 inch thick. Cut the dough with a doughnut cutter.
  8. Place doughnuts (1 inch apart) onto a baking pan that has been sprayed with butter cooking spray. Allow them to rest for 20 minutes.
  9. Apply egg wash on the surface of the doughnuts.
  10. Preheat the air fryer to 360F. Arrange the doughnuts on the frying basket (4 or 5 doughnuts at a time) and fry for 5 minutes.
  11. Remove the doughnuts and allow to cool, then glaze your doughnuts.

Note: I used melted chocolate and white chocolate, sprinkles, chopped almonds, and crushed Oreos on top.

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