Light And Fluffy Donuts In A Flash: No Yeast Required!

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These delightful doughnuts are perfect when you have a hankering for something sweet but don’t have any yeast on hand. They’re surprisingly simple to make and come together in under 30 minutes, making them ideal for a weekend treat or a last-minute dessert.


Donut Holes (Fried, No Yeast)
Donut Holes (Fried, No Yeast)

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil for frying (about 4 cups)
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
  • Cinnamon sugar, for dusting (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Whisk dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    2. Combine wet ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract until well combined.
    3. Wet and fold: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently fold with a rubber spatula until just combined. Don’t overmix! A few lumps are okay.
    4. Prepare for frying: Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat to 350°F (175°C).
    5. Form the doughnuts: Lightly flour your hands and a work surface. Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Gently flatten the ball into a doughnut shape, with a hole in the center. Repeat with remaining dough.
    6. Fry the doughnuts: Carefully add a few doughnuts at a time to the hot oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
    7. Cool and enjoy! Let the doughnuts cool slightly before dusting with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or your favorite topping.

    Nutrition Facts (per doughnut)

    Calories: 250

  • Fat: 12g (saturated 5g)
  • Cholesterol: 40mg
  • Sodium: 220mg
  • Carbohydrates: 32g (sugar 14g)
  • Protein: 3g

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional value and can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.


    These no-yeast doughnuts are a fantastic alternative to traditional yeast doughnuts. They’re light, fluffy, and packed with flavor. Plus, the ease of preparation makes them a great recipe for bakers of all skill levels. So next time you’re craving a sweet treat, whip up a batch of these delicious doughnuts!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use a different type of milk? – Yes, you can substitute buttermilk with an equal amount of regular milk mixed with 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice. Let it sit for 5 minutes before using.

    2. What if I don’t have buttermilk or a substitute? – You can make these doughnuts without buttermilk, but the texture may be slightly denser. In this case, use 1 cup of milk and increase the baking powder to 3 teaspoons.

    3. How can I make these doughnuts vegan? – There are a few ways to make these vegan. You can use a vegan buttermilk substitute, a flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water and let sit for 10 minutes), and melted vegan butter.

    4. Can I bake these doughnuts instead of frying them? – Unfortunately, this recipe isn’t suitable for baking. The lack of yeast relies on the reaction between the baking powder and buttermilk during frying to create rise.