Want to make your own homemade copycat Hostess Donettes? This recipe for Gluten-Free Baked Mini Powdered Doughnuts is just the thing! These donuts are sugar-free, grain-free, paleo, vegan, allergy-free, and only require 8 ingredients to make! A healthy dessert or snack perfect for little hands or your own nostalgic indulgence!
Mini powdered doughnuts were a household favorite growing up! When mom brought a bag of Hostess Powdered Donettes home, you know our fingers were coated in powdered sugar before she could even set the bag down! There was nothing better than licking the powdered sugar off your fingers after eating some of those mini doughnuts! I always thought of them as the sweet sister to the savory Cheetos or Doritos finger-licking snack necessity. If you didn’t lick the powder off…did you even snack? (I should also note that the powdered sugar Donettes were the superior variety over the chocolate frosted by far!)
How do you make mini powdered doughnuts?
Just like any good copycat recipe, a special baking pan is required! Equipped with a mini donut pan means making copycat Hostess Donettes healthier, allergy-free, grain-free, and shockingly sugar-free, as easy as 1, 2, 3! To make these mini powdered doughnuts you’ll be using coconut flour, arrowroot, baking powder, applesauce, some vanilla, non-dairy milk, and erythritol (aka Swerve, aka natural sugar-free sweetener). The thing about coconut flour-based foods is that the batter goes a LONG way! You’ll be able to get about 32 mini doughnuts out of this batter which equals about 2 1/2 batches with the 12-count mini donut pan. They only need to bake for 8 minutes, so multiple batches is easy peasy!
How do powder sugar coat doughnuts?
After you bake the doughnuts, they’ll easily pop out of the donut pan by just flipping it upside down onto a plate. Let the doughnuts cool a bit on a wire rack and then, in small batches, place the baked doughnuts in a brown paper bag along with the powdered sugar (or sweetener in this case) and shake, shake, shake, baby! They’ll be fully powder sugar coated without any mess on you! Then just take the mini doughnuts out and let them rest and cool completely on a wire rack…if you can handle not eating them immediately! Warm doughnuts are delish, so don’t worry if you can’t!
What’s the difference between Donettes and mini doughnuts?
Nothing. Nothing at all. “Donettes” just happen to be the cute name that Hostess branded them mini doughnut line! Plenty of other “junk food” brands make and sell mini doughnuts (or donuts, as they’ve all misused the proper word), like Little Debbie and Entenmann’s. Hostess is the number one and calling them Donettes > mini doughnuts. The suffix -ette actually means denoting something as relatively small in size; for example “kitchenette” (something that would never work for me!). Using the adjective “mini” is just obvious in this case, so nixing it all together and just using a suffix sounds much more fancy, clever, and adorable! Cute food rules!
How free-from are these gluten-free mini powdered doughnuts?
I may have gone overboard, but don’t worry, these are perfectly sweet and doughnutty-delicious! These mini Donettes (double positive?) are gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, vegan, top 8 allergy-free, oil-free, sugar-free, and still delicious! You’ll still get the full nostalgic experience of finger-licking goodness and you can feel GREAT about eating these doughnuts for breakfast, brunch, snack, dessert, midnight grazing perhaps…Super kid-friendly and they won’t even know this copycat free-from version is GOOD for them!
Gluten-Free Baked Mini Powdered Doughnuts (Copycat Hostess Donettes)
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut flour, arrowroot, baking powder, and granulated sweetener together, mix.
- Now add the applesauce, vanilla, and milk. Mix again until you have a thick doughnut batter.
- Grease a 12-count mini donut pan and spoon 1 tablespoon of doughnut batter into each of the 12 molds.
- Bake the doughnuts for 8 minutes, remove and flip out onto a wire rack.
- Repeat this process for the rest of the batter (about 2½ batches total)
- To powder coat the baked doughnuts, place the powdered sweetener into a brown paper bag and in batches of about 6 doughnuts, place them into the powder, shake well to coat, take out and set on a wire rack. Add more powdered sweetener if needed between batches.
Package these little guys up for the lunchbox or that afternoon pick-me-up you know you’re going to need! Sure, “normal size” powdered doughnuts are delicious, but when you have a mini donut pan on hand…the choice is obvious! Now go forth! Grab your pan and your powdered (not) sugar, bake up these mini powdered doughnuts and lick those fingers clean!
So tell me:
+ Were you a finger licker?
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