Homemade yeast-free donuts

No-Yeast Donut Recipe: Quick and Easy Yeast-Free Donuts, Yum!

Homemade yeast-free donuts

Donuts are a popular treat that many people — including me — enjoy on a regular basis. However, traditional donut recipes often require yeast, which can be a daunting ingredient for many home cooks. Luckily, there are plenty of yeast-free donut recipes available that are just as delicious as their yeast-filled counterparts. In this article, I will give you the best and the easiest no-yeast donut recipe that you can try at home.

One of the best things about yeast-free donuts is that they are quick and easy to make. It means that you can sink your teeth into a pillowy soft donut in no time! With just a handful of ingredients, you can whip up a batch of fresh, homemade donuts in no time. My favorite recipe for yeast-free donuts involves using baking powder and buttermilk to create a light and fluffy texture. The dough is then fried until golden brown and coated in a sweet glaze or sugar for the perfect finishing touch.

To make these delicious yeast-free donuts, you will need 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 cup of buttermilk, 2 eggs, and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Simply mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then add in the wet ingredients and stir until a dough forms. Roll out the dough and cut it into donut shapes using a cutter or first a larger glass and then a smaller glass for the hole, then fry in hot oil until golden brown. Coat with a glaze made from powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract, and enjoy!


Donuts are a beloved treat that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. While yeast is commonly used in donut recipes, it is possible to make delicious donuts without it. Here are the ingredients you will need to make yeast-free donuts:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Oil for frying
  • Additional sugar for coating (optional)

The ingredients for this recipe are simple and can be found in most kitchens. The flour provides the structure for the donuts, while the sugar naturally adds sweetness and improves the texture. Baking powder is used as a leavening agent to help the donuts rise. Salt is added for flavor (important!), and milk and butter add moisture and richness to the dough. Butter simply makes everything better! The egg acts as a binding agent, while the vanilla extract lends a delicious flavor. Of course, oil is used for frying the donuts, and additional sugar can be used for coating the donuts after frying.

It’s important to note that the type of oil used for frying can affect the flavor of the donuts. Vegetable oil or canola oil are good choices as they have a neutral flavor. Avoid using oils with strong flavors like olive oil as it can alter the taste of the donuts.


Here are the instructions that require just a few steps:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, melted butter, and eggs. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  3. Heat a few inches of oil in a deep skillet or pot over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, use a cookie scoop or spoon to drop small balls of dough into the oil. Fry the donuts for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Alternatively, you can roll out the dough and take donut shapes from it (as instructed above) and fry the donuts in oil.
  4. Remove the donuts from the oil with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to cool.
  5. Once the donuts have cooled slightly, you can add your favorite toppings. Dust them with powdered sugar or sugar crystals, dip them in chocolate glaze, or add sprinkles for a fun touch!

That’s it! With just a few simple ingredients and steps, you can enjoy delicious yeast-free donuts in no time. Whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast treat, delicious snack, or a fun dessert, these donuts are sure to satisfy your cravings.

Tips and Variations

Donut recipes without yeast are versatile and can be customized to your liking. Here are some tips and variations to make your yeast-free donuts even more palatable:

Tip 1: Use different flavors

Instead of plain donuts, add some flavor to your dough by mixing in spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. You can also add vanilla extract or lemon zest to give your donuts a unique taste.

Tip 2: Experiment with toppings

Donuts are a blank canvas for toppings. You can dip them in melted chocolate, glaze them with powdered sugar-based glaze (that you can color with fancy colors), or sprinkle them with your favorite toppings like sprinkles, nuts, or coconut flakes.

Tip 3: Make mini donuts

If you want to make bite-sized donuts, you can use a mini donut maker or a mini muffin tin. This is a great option if you want to make a large batch of donuts for a party or gathering.

Tip 4: Fill your donuts

After baking and before topping, you can fill the donuts with various fillings to make the donuts even more scrumptious and succulent. Use your favorite jam, Nutella, vanilla custard, lemon curd, or simply sweetened whipped cream as filling. For the best result, use piping bag with a filling tip to fill your donuts.

Variation 1: Baked donuts

If you don’t want to fry your donuts, you can also bake them in the oven. Simply spoon the batter into a silicone donut pan and bake at 375 °F (190 °C) for 10—12 minutes. This is a healthier, lower-fat option and still results in a delicious, fluffy donut.

Variation 2: Gluten-free donuts

If you’re gluten-free, you can still enjoy donuts by using a gluten-free flour blend. Almond flour, coconut flour, or oat flour are great options to use in place of traditional flour. Just be sure to adjust the liquid measurements accordingly. Coconut flour absorbs about 4 times more liquid than almond flour.

Variation 3: Vegan donuts

If you’re vegan, you can still enjoy donuts by using plant-based milk and butter substitutes. Coconut oil, almond milk, or soy milk are great options to use in place of dairy products. You can also use a flax egg (i.e., ground flaxseed and water) or applesauce in place of eggs.


In conclusion, making yeast-free donuts is a simple and easy process that requires only a few ingredients. With my favorite recipe provided in this post, you can make delicious donuts in no time. Whether you prefer glazed, powdered or filled donuts, this yeast-free recipe works wonders.

Also, don’t forget to experiment with different flavors and toppings to create your own unique donut creations.

Overall, making yeast-free donuts is a fun and delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth. So, go ahead and give it a try. Your taste buds will thank you!

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