There's nothing more fun than mini cake pops that come homemade and ready for any celebration. However, Mini Dairy-Free Homemade Donut Pops are even more perfect and aren't traditional pops at all. Super fluffy, soft, moist, and completely dairy-free, these mini donuts are easily baked, lightly frosted, and topped with fun sprinkles, making them the best sweet treat for the entire family.
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In case you aren't too familiar, traditional donut pops are very similar to cake pops in that they have a cake-y body, are coated with a rich chocolatey layer, and finally covered with a colored frosting. However, for these mini donut pops, they are simpler and come naturally coated and sweetened without the need for two layers or chocolate or an extremely thick frosting. This makes them perfect for kid parties, family gatherings, or a fun family sweet treat project.
These homemade mini donut pops are so easy to make, it's insane. Although we're leaving the cake box mix and canned frosting out of this recipe, you'll be happy to know that these donut pops are made in just a few short steps:
Make mini baked donuts.
Make Homemade Blueberry Glaze.
Dip donuts into glaze.
Let glaze harden.
Believe it or not, these donut pops were inspired by my childhood love for vanilla sprinkle donuts. Years ago, I use to buy vanilla sprinkle donuts from Dunkin Donuts, but I must admit that homemade ones have been my main thing these days.
For regular sized sprinkle donuts, I recommend trying these Vegan Vanilla Donuts with Sprinkles, which are SO delicious.
And the best part is that this recipe is super easy, quick, and won’t leave you feeling weighed down. However, the one drawback is you have to do the sprinkle clean up.
If you have little helpers at home, this homemade donut recipe is the perfect opportunity to get them in the kitchen. This recipe is perfect for kids to practice their measuring and mixing skills. Not to mention decorating! Ask my personal little helper---my son. He loves making donuts and these were no exception.
OK, so as I mentioned, these homemade donut pops are better than cake mix versions, in my opinion. Not only because they are just as easy, but also due to the fact that you have control over the ingredients used.
Personally, I enjoy homemade foods + sweets for that reason alone, especially when feeding my family. When it comes to the main ingredient of this entire recipe----the flour, I enjoy using Bob's Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour, which is ideal for all kinds of baking, including this one. In addition, their all-purpose flour includes a touch of malted barley to enhance the rise in yeast breads.
If you would love to make these donut pops gluten-free, then substituting all-purpose flour with Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour is the easiest option. It's a special blend of gluten-free flours, starches, and xanthan gum, which makes these donuts just as soft, fluffy, and airy as the original!
This Healthy Blueberry Vegan Donuts with Blueberry Glaze recipe is a real treat. Fluffy, moist, baked, and completely dairy-free; these donuts (or doughnuts if preferred) are the perfect sweet treat for the entire family. Easily whipped together in under 30 minutes.
These Vegan Peppermint Brownie Donuts are the epitome of Holiday cheer! Not only are these donuts completely moist + fluffy, but they remind you of the best fudge brownie in donut form! Plus, with a delicious vegan chocolate peppermint infused body and topped with an easy chocolate glaze, these donuts are gooey and melt-in-your-mouth goodness, worthy of a seat at the BEST OF HOLIDAY DESSERTS table! Completely dairy-free, vegan, + oil-free.
These Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts are anything but boring! They are super fluffy, soft, moist, and are a delicious sweet treat that comes loaded with lemony flavor married together with a slight nutty flavor from the poppy seeds and baked to perfection. These donuts are perfect on any given day and it’s popping vibrant yellow color makes it especially awesome for Easter!
The quickest ways to glaze and decorate your mini donut pops is by dipping or spooning on the glaze. Using the dipping method, invert one donut at a time into the bowl of glaze, then place it back on the cooling rack. Immediately out of the glaze, while it’s still wet and shiny, hit the donut with a handful of rainbow sprinkles and push your stick upwards directly into the middle of the donut. Yes, it can get messy, but that’s part of the fun! For easier cleanup, place a piece of parchment paper under the wire rack to pick up and go.
When mixing together the wet and dry ingredients, do so just until everything is combined. DO NOT OVER-MIX! This will ensure that your doughnuts/donuts are soft and fluffy.
For perfectly sized donuts, be sure to pipe them into the donut cavity, about ¾ way full. If you don’t have a piping bag, simply use a zip loc bag and cut the edge as a handy alternative.
This is so important because the acidy from the buttermilk makes the gluten in flour tender, which creates a softer texture and ensures that donuts are nice and fluffy. If you don’t want to use lemon juice, you can substitute it with apple cider vinegar.
In the past, I’ve made plenty of vegan donuts recipes using oils such as coconut, vegetable, or canola. However, with this recipe, I wanted to make it entirely oil-free by using plant-based butter (melted) as my oil/fat source. It’s absolutely incredible and definitely creates a moistness + softness that works perfectly and makes the substitution that much more worth it!
The donuts are best enjoyed the day they’re made. If you have leftovers, however, you can store them in an airtight cake stand (with cover) at room temperature for up to four days. For longer storage, freeze the donuts in an airtight container (without sticks) for up to three months. To serve, defrost the donuts on the counter for several hours. You can also freeze the baked, undecorated donuts and add the glaze and sprinkles just before serving.
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These donut pops look super cute! I am sure my kids will go crazy over them. Definitely making these!
These are literally too cute! I love the mini donuts and that they are like cake pops but a bit different is so awesome. Can't wait to give them a go on the weekend!
Whaaat??? These are so adorable! I'm going to enjoy making these with my dairy-free kiddos! Perfect!
My daughter who loves donuts and cake pops would be so crazy for these! Need to make these soon!
Oh I love this idea of making donut pops! They look so cute and delicious. Saving to make this weekend!