Only 2 ingredients and 20 minutes will have you eating delicious homemade donuts in a variety of flavors. We love this recipe for weekend breakfasts paired with fresh fruit. Simple directions make this an ideal recipe for getting kids involved in baking.
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My kids are picky eaters to say the least. You won't find typical breakfast fare like eggs or sausage on their plate. Also, I by no means am the mom that really likes to cook. I look for cheater ingredients to help me out whenever possible.
I stumbled upon this idea for delicious donuts after seeing numerous Pinterest recipes using cake mix as a main ingredient. Many of the cake mix recipes were then customized by adding extra items to make "fancy" flavors. I don't buy cake mix often or keep it in my pantry so I looked for an easy alternative that would also be full of flavor.
Did I mention my kids are picky eaters? Oh I did already? Must be that mom brain fog. I also needed donut flavors that me and hubs would eat too. Nothing overly sweet with gobs of frosting on top (hmmm... frosting).
Enter my saving grace cheater ingredient Martha White Muffin Mix . In kid favorite flavors like Chocolate Chocolate Chip, and sensible adult flavors like Apple Cinnamon and Banana Nut, there is sure to be something to please everyone.
On to the recipe...
1/2 cup Milk
Donut Pan - I prefer these silicone ones
Follow the directions on the muffin mix by pre-heating the oven to 400 degrees.
Pour the mix into the mixing bowl, measure and add the milk to the bowl.
Stir gently with wooden spoon until most of the lumps are gone. Typically with muffins and pancakes I like to follow Alton Brown's recommended 10 stir method [give the wet/dry mixture 10 stirs, no more no less, and walk away, just walk away], however sometimes the mix has a few more lumps that need to be broken up. No one wants a bite full of powdery muffin mix. Letting the mixture stand a few moments while you complete the next step doesn't hurt a bit either.
Spray the donut pans with cooking spray. A quick circle around each opening is all that is needed. DO NOT FORGET THIS STEP ... the results may be disastrous and lead to crying children and parents. Seriously though, I made this mistake the first time I made this recipe thinking the silicone pan would save me. The results were muffin crumbs, not quite what I was going for.
Fill each opening with 2-3 spoonfuls of muffin mixture. You want them to be almost full and not over-flowing. Each muffin mix package makes 6 donuts.
Bake per package directions for 14-16 minutes at 400 degrees.
I like to make two batches of different mixes at time. One for the kids and one for the adults. Just to provide a little variety and not create a fight over the last chocolate chocolate donut. On this particular day it was Chocolate Chocolate (kids' favorite) and Strawberry (mom's favorite.)
When the donuts are done and slightly golden brown on top, remove them from the oven. *Reminder to parents to also turn off the oven* I like to give the post in the silicone donut pan a little wiggle to ensure the donuts did not stick and to start to loosen them up. Let cool for a bit, or dive right in. Pairs well with fresh fruit, melon is our favorite, or to compliment a full breakfast feast. Keep leftovers (if any) in an air tight container, keeps well for up to a week (they'l be gone before then though, trust me).
Enjoy this recipe? Leave a comment below with your family's favorite flavors!