Froot Loop Donuts
Froot Loop Donuts are a blast from the past!
Froot Loops was a favorite cereal of just about all of us growing up, and even if we’ve moved on to more “adult” cereals, let’s face it – Froot Loops were and are delicious!
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To take the nostalgia ever further, you might remember some fast food chains (like Tim Hortons, Carl’s Jr., and some Hardee’s locations) offering their Froot Loops Dream Donut!
Why You’ll Love Froot Loop Donuts!
- These are such a fun colorful snack! By dying the donut dough, you’ll create brightly colored doughnuts with a fun fruity flavor. It’s impossible not to smile while you eat them!
- They’re small! I make this sweet donut in a miniature size, making it just the right size for a perfect anytime snack.
- It’s the best of two breakfasts – Doughnuts and cereal!
Ingredients You’ll Need To Make These Colorful Donuts
Alongside a mini donut pan and some piping bags, you’ll also need these baking ingredients:
- 3/4 Cup of Sugar – Opt for white granulated sugar.
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt – Just a little bit, to contrast with the sweetness a bit.
- 1/4 Cup of Butter – Use unsalted butter, as you’re already adding salt separately. Be sure to let the butter soften to room temperature by setting it out on the counter overnight.
- 1 1/4 Cup of Milk – Whole milk will give you the perfect, moist texture.
- 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla – Vanilla extract adds a wonderful depth of flavor.
- 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda – There’s no egg in this recipe, so this is your raising agent…
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder – …along with this.
- 1 1/2 Cups of Flour – Use all-purpose flour for the best results. If you’d rather use wheat flour, you’ll need to add more milk.
- 1/2 Cup of Crushed Froot Loops – Get a box of this popular Kellogg’s breakfast favorite, and crush them up. They’ll be used as a topping, along with a vanilla glaze.
- Food Dyes – You need four food coloring dyes of different primary colors. Think red, green, yellow, and blue, for example.
- Vanilla Glaze – You can buy this premade at the grocery store, or make your own. I’ll tell you how below!
How To Make Froot Loop Mini Donuts
Making miniature doughnuts may sound daunting, but it’s not. Trust me – You can do this! Here’s how:
- In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, salt, butter, milk, and vanilla until well combined.
- Add baking soda, baking powder, and flour. Whisk these ingredients in until they’re combined.
- Separate the batter into four separate bowls, and add your food coloring. Once the batter is dyed, place each color of batter into it’s own piping bag.
- Fill each mold of the donut pan (Here’s a silicone pan option.) about 3/4 of the way full with one batter color. When you’re finished, you’ll have a wide variety of colorful mini doughnuts.
- Bake the doughnuts for approximately 12 minutes. Then let them cool for about 10 minutes afterwards.
- Dip each of the colorful mini doughnuts in a glaze, then top with crushed Froot Loop pieces, or whole Froot Loops if you’d like!
Top Tip For Perfect Froot Loop Donuts
My top tip for perfect doughnuts is to not overmix!
When you go to add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, whisk until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.
Why? Because overmixing cake batters like this one will cause the gluten in the flour to bind together into strands.
You want this gluten strength for some recipes, but not for a light and fluffy doughnut!
How To Making A Piping Bag In A Pinch
If you have plastic zip-top bags at home, don’t worry about running out and snagging a set of piping bags.
For what we’re doing with this recipe, you can make your own!
Fill a plastic Ziploc bag with the doughnut batter, then use scissors to snip off one of the bottom two corners.
Push your batter down to this corner, twist the top opening closed, and voila! You’ve made your own piping bag!
How To Create Colorful Crushed Froot Loop Pieces
There are different ways to go about crushing up the colorful Froot Loops into small pieces.
A quick blitz in a food processor is the easiest, but if you don’t have one, no big deal – just get out another Ziploc bag!
Put a half cup of the cereal into the plastic bag, seal it well, then roll it over with a rolling pin until it’s finely crushed.
How To Make Your Own Vanilla Glaze
You can buy vanilla glazes already made at many grocery stores, but it really doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to make your own!
Simply mix 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extra, and 2 tablespoons of milk together. That’s it!
If you’d like it to be thicker, then simply add more sugar.
Not thin enough for your liking? Add more milk!
Topping Options For Your Froot Loop Mini Donuts
There are many ways to top this sweet treat! Here’s a few to get your creative gears turning:
- White Icing Drizzle – Swap out the glazed exterior for a drizzled design of white icing.
- Strawberry Glaze – Starting with a strawberry icing base, just add more milk until it’s the perfect dipping consistency.
- Hand-Scooped Ice Cream – I mean, why not put a small scoop of ice cream right in the middle of your cereal donut?
Take Your Colorful Donuts To The Next Level
If you really want your breakfast cereal inspired doughnuts to have that “wow factor”, add flavorings!
Make each color of batter a different flavor.
Wouldn’t it be amazing for your blue batter to have a blueberry flavor? For the red batter to taste like strawberries? Of course it would!
How To Store These Nostalgic Treats
Of course, your colorful mini donuts are going to be best if you eat them the same day that you make them.
They’re so delicious that you probably will!
But if you need to extend their freshness, you can place them in an airtight container once they’ve fully cooled.
No need to use the fridge – setting your container on the countertop at room temperature will do just fine.
Froot Loops Donuts
- 1 Mini Donut Pan
- 1 Piping Bags/Plastic Sandwich Bags
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter Softened
- 1 1/4 Cup Milk
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 1/2 Cups Flour
- 1/2 Cup Froot Loops Crushed
- Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Food Dyes
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prep the donut pan by spraying it with baking spray.
- In a medium mixing bowl add the sugar, salt, butter, milk and vanilla and almond extracts, stirring together until combined.
- Next, add the baking soda, powder and flour and whisk together just until combined.
- Split the batter into 4 different bowls. Dye each bowl a different color; red, yellow, blue and green.
- Place each colored batter into its own piping bag Snip the end of the bag and fill the prepared donut pan, filling each mold about ¾ way full.
- Place in the oven for about 12 minutes. While the donuts are in the oven, prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Let the donuts cool for 10 minutes out of the oven.
- Take your vanilla glaze and dip each donut in the glaze then cover with the extra fruit loops.