Thank you Potatoes USA for sponsoring this post. Make a delicious and convenient meal for your family tonight with potatoes! Whenever I make baked potatoes, I always have leftovers. I heard a rumor that you could use them to make Mashed Potato Donuts – it was so simple, I couldn’t believe it!
I love cooking, baking, and eating. It’s three of my most favorite things to do, which is why I try to be mindful of the recipes that I make. In general, they’re pretty healthy – but I also love some sweet little indulgences along the way.
So when I heard a rumor that you could use mashed potatoes to make donuts, I had to try it out. Aside from the fact that we always have potatoes in our home (we’re Irish, remember?!), I just thought that it was too good to be true. I mean, if you love potatoes like I do (there are just so many delicious ways to eat them!)- wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to bake a sweet little snack with them too?
For these mashed potato donuts, any white or yellow potato will work. We always have an abundance of yellow potatoes on hand because they’re mellow and creamy, which makes them a convenient, kid-friendly side for dinner. Typically, white and yellow potatoes yield fluffy results when mashed and then repurposed, so these potatoes are a safe option to bake with.
To keep these mashed potato doughnuts from getting too sweet and calorie-laden, I made sure to bake them. I have a nifty little donut pan and I have to say, it works quite well. Baked donuts are never going to be as “crispy” as fried ones, but when you’re ditching all of the grease, who cares? Not my waist, for sure. I can eat these mashed potato donuts and still button my skinny jeans after!
These little treats end up being just the right amount of sweet and you can top them with whatever you like. My kids wanted to do a vanilla cinnamon glaze on top and then we dusted them with a scant bit of cinnamon sugar.
These mashed potato donuts are a fun, simple, food-based science experiment to do with your children. My kids actually dared each other to try them at first and the look on their face when they realized they tasted like “real” donuts was priceless. Now you can eat your potatoes for dinner AND dessert!
Mashed Potato Donuts
Potato Donut Ingredients:
- 1 cup mashed potato (about 2 medium-sized potatoes)
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 cups 1-to-1 baking mix gluten-free flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg, large
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- Cinnamon sugar, optional
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- 10 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Step 1: Take two medium sized potatoes and stab holes in the skin with a fork. Place in the microwave and heat until cooked through. Allow to cool and then remove the skins. Mash potatoes thoroughly – remove any lumps. Measure out 1 cup of mashed potatoes and then set it aside.
Step 2: In a stand mixer, combine egg and sugar together until mixed. Add 1 cup of mashed potatoes, melted butter, greek yogurt, and vanilla. Mix.
Step 3: In a separate bowl, blend gluten-free flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg together with a fork. Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture in increments alternating with the buttermilk. Do not overmix the batter.
Step 4: Coat your donut pan with non-stick cooking oil. Divide batter among the donut pan – yielding twelve donuts. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 350°F. Donuts are done when the bottoms are lightly browned and slightly crispy. Do not overcook.
Step 1: In a large bowl big enough to “dunk” a donut into, sift powdered sugar over the vanilla, 1 teaspoon of milk, cinnamon, and melted butter. Mix thoroughly to avoid lumps. If the glaze is too thick, add the second teaspoon of milk.
Step 2: Line your work surface with parchment paper and place a cooling rack on top of the paper. Once donuts have cooled, carefully dunk them into the glaze and place on the cooling rack. Quickly dust with cinnamon sugar and allow glaze to harden slightly before eating.
Have you ever made potato doughnuts before? Let us know in the comments below or visit our Facebook page. If you make the donuts, post them on Instagram with the hashtag #weknowstuff and we’ll be sure to check it out!
Want more delicious potato recipes like these Mashed Potato Donuts? Well, look no further:
- slow cooker potato corn soup recipe
- tomato and potato soup with parsley pistou
- star wars dog treats (sweet potato and bacon)
- slow cooker broccoli potato cheese soup
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